It’s no secret that I am a big fan of technology.
However, my iPad doesn’t travel far without my Moleskine notebook.
When it comes to taking notes, I always end up back at paper.
The Productivity of Paper
Technology continues to replace paper.
However, let’s not write off paper just yet.
When was the last time that your (paper) notebook crashed?
Or you lost work because something you wrote down didn’t “save?”
Paper is reliable. Paper is always there for you.
And paper just gets the job done, plain and simple.
Here are 5 Ways that Paper Still Beats Your Tech:
- Brainstorming – Even the best mind-mapping tools still get trumped by a good pen and blank paper canvas. There are no limits to what you can visualize or draw. And sometimes scribbling creates ideas that you never knew you had.
- Crossing Tasks Off Your List – I use the Things app for my Todo list. However, there is something powerful about physically crossing something off a paper list. That is why we tend to make little lists on pads, Post-Its and scraps of paper. Because we like to take a big Sharpie marker and cross those things out.
- Note-taking – Even with Evernote, iPads, and more, nothing beats paper for ease of taking notes. And even though tablets have changed the culture of our business world, it is still not socially acceptable to be tapping away on your tech while in a meeting. However, people actually respect your actions if you are writing things down. This etiquette will continue to shift, but for now, it is still more socially acceptable to take notes on paper.
- Simple – Paper doesn’t waste your time with complex options and bloated features. I have watched meetings where half of the time is wasted dealing with the technology being used. After 35 minutes of fighting with an electronic white board system, a large paper flip-chart saves the day and gets the job done.
- Reliability – You know that your paper is going to be there for you. Not always true for your data. A client recently lost an entire year’s worth of project work due to a hard drive failure. All notes and documents had been electronic. (Of course, you should have a backup plan for your data…)
Gadgets Haven’t Replaced Paper… Yet.
Our technology has replaced paper in many areas of our work.
Textbooks, news, and more are quickly becoming electronic-only.
However, when it comes to notes, capturing ideas, and more, paper is still the go to solution.
Our tech may eventually displace paper, but for now, paper still rules.
Question: What uses does paper play in your productivity?