The war of paper vs. digital
I work in a highly technical field (I do research on information security, aka ethical hacking), so it seems like a given that I would use a digitally-based GTD system.
I started GTD with a paper-based system to get the hang of the workflow, gradually moved to digital over the last couple of years with RTM, Google calendar, and an iPhone, but I'm strongly considering moving back to paper.
Benefits of computer-based GTD:
- my emails, meeting invites and references are right there, so I can link to them
- Archiving and searching abilities
- Just takes up less space in my purse
- Reoccurring meetings are easier to sync up
- It makes me feel all super-cool to pull out my iPhone
Benefits of pen and paper:
- Doesn't need batteries (I missed a meeting last week because my iPhone battery was dead when we were talking about scheduling it, and I never transferred it to electronic!!)
- Forces me to slow down and think about what I'm committing to as I'm writing
- Visually, it's easier to parse through a paper calendar
- I can put stickers and doodles on things, which is waaay more fun
- During weekly reviews, I can literally lay out all my lists and projects on a table to get a bigger picture
- When I've crossed off my entire list of next actions on a page, and there's one that's dangling, it's a an indicator that I've put everything else first - therefore, I've been procrastinating on it and should really act on it, clarify the action, or make a decision to move it to someday-maybe (vs. digital, where it's just one big list)
I guess, in general, I just feel more disconnected when I use a digital system. Oddly enough, I used to gauge my stress levels by my handwriting in my planner - if I started scribbling my NAs in cursive, it was a sign I needed to manage my projects and maybe shelve some commitments for a while. Am I crazy for thinking about moving back to paper? Am I looking back through rose-colored glasses here, or looking for perfection where it doesn't exist? Has anyone else gone through this?