The Ultimate Organizational Tool
For 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.
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.
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
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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