The Ultimate Organizational Tool

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Smart Phone FunFor us type-A planners... finding the perfect organizational tool is like the quest for the holy grail. Personally, I'm always changing my system in the search for something better.  I started with the Psion Series 3c, circa 1996, right when PDAs were bursting onto the scene. It had a black and white calendar, folks!  In 1998, I stepped up to the sleek and hip Palm Pilot III, which in hindsight looks a little like a big cheap plastic brick. Additionally, I had to scribble each letter about four times before the Palm would correctly identify what I was trying to write. The Palm Tungsten E lasted me quite a while until I made the gigantic leap to a smart phone with the Treo 755p and a software-sync to Outlook. That was pretty darn cool. Still not satisfied, I wrote my own custom web app that would take data exported from the phone and publish it into interactive reports that could be shared online.

Yet... through it all... something was missing. No matter how these devices improved... I still found it just took too much discipline to make these tools useful. My quest had failed. 

Until now.

I've recently stumbled upon the mother of all organizational tools. Seriously. I'm kind of addicted to it. The interface is so intuitive and customizable that it has been revolutionizing the way I plan my day! Sorry Apple fan-boys, I am definitely not talking about the iPhone. What is this incredible piece of technology?

The paper notebook.

I'm really not sure how they came up with this thing. But it is blowing my other tools out of the water. Mainly... because I actually use it. The electronic tools always end up being a hassle. This thing is just so darn easy that it comes naturally. And using a basic tool is actually more effective than having a fancy tool and not using it.

Check out these cutting-edge features:

  • The Ultimate Productivity ToolCan be used during take-off and landings
  • Insanely long battery life
  • Includes a multi-color display if you use different colored pens
  • You can double your memory without extra cost by turning over the sheet and using the back side
  • Very GREEN.  Screen doesn't emit potentially harmful RF rays, can be completely recycled, no toxins used in the production
  • Is a great gaming device including popular hits like "Tic Tac Toe" and "Hangman"
  • Completely wireless
  • You can talk on the phone and write on this thing at the same time
  • Backwards-compatible with all brands of pens and pencils
  • Priced at about $494 dollars less than the Apple iPad
  • The completely customizable interface adjusts to how you want to use it
  • Customizable "skins" with virtually any type of cover you want, including "Hello Kitty"
  • Comes in both small and large screen sizes for those with poor eyesight
  • The case is virtually unbreakable. Can be dropped from a height of more than six feet without damaging the unit
  • Writing on screen can be viewed from all angles
  • Compatible even with Windows Vista.

Anyway, I felt like I had to pass this tip along to all five of my blog readers. You can find one of these at all kinds of online retailers, including Amazon.com. I'm not getting a commission or anything. Just trying to help.

I can't wait to see what they think of next.

Posted by Dan Rutledge




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Posted by Susan Whitbourne on Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:39 PM EST
Thought you might be interested in my latest Psych Today blog on whether smartphones are making us... not smarter? http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201110/your-smartphone-may-be-making-you-not-smart


Posted by Will Null on Fri May 13, 2011 4:29 PM EST
Or you can just type it all out on Microsoft Word.


Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Mar 1, 2010 12:41 PM EST
Thanks for writing, as that is a common issue. Here are the simple directions for porting over the content you created on your notepad to a computer or laptop:

1) Rip out page from notebook
2) Tape the page to the screen

I've found this works with both mac, PC, and the new iPad. Hope that helps.


Posted by Jack Lugar on Mon Mar 1, 2010 10:18 AM EST
So I got one of these new fangled things and added a lot of content, but now I can find the USB plug to upload it all onto my computer. Any suggestions?


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