This year, I went old school. Not so surprising since I still love the fashions and vibe of the 1990s.
But what I’m referring to here is that I switched from my phone calendar to using an agenda book… as in, an agenda I actually carry around with me, pull out of my bag when I need to add something, and use a pen to write it down.
But, but, but….! I hear your objections, the same ones I had all through 2017.
1) But you have to carry it with you…
A: Yes, but since I’m carrying a bag with me anyway, a small agenda makes no difference.
2) What happens when someone from this decade wants to share something with you, let’s say through Google Calendar, directly to your phone…?
A: They still do. And I still get the update in my phone calendar–and then I transfer it to my agenda book.
A: It works for me.
First of all, many of you are also moms of young kids, and you understand when the kids are with you, just walking through Target can be a harrowing experience: “I’m hungry!” “Are we done?” “I hate shopping!” and that’s just me. The kids complain too. (Insert “winky” emoji here.)
So to survive, my youngest takes my phone, jumping back and forth between “Cartwheeling” in the Target app and watching DIY videos on, “How to make a bed for your new kitten.” (Our cat is almost four by the way.) There’s no way I can grab my phone to input something into the calendar.
Also, when I want to look at my week, I like having the pages of the agenda laid out in front of me. It makes it easier to move an appointment from one day to the next.
Even though I can type much faster than I can write, I also find it quicker and easier — changing colors, fonts, or circling something I want to stand out — to input into the agenda.
I add sticky notes where I need them–plus, there’s something much more personal about the whole experience.
Inputting my daily activities into a written agenda book makes it feel more personal and therefore I feel more accountable to myself and those activities I’ve scheduled in my book.
Plus, I love going in and checking something off my to-do list. It’s way more satisfying to use a brightly colored pen to make a big “CHECK!” next to a task then simply to see it pass by on my phone.
And I’m not talking about the big clunky agenda of the 1990s that had names, addresses, and home phone numbers listed. Just a small streamlined version.
So how about you? Do you like the old school agenda or are you all about your phone or other? Leave a comment and let me know!
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