I sit at a computer for most of my day. I don't own an IPad or any other kind of tablet for that matter. I'm not really sure what they are used for. They are kind of a larger IPhone right, without the phone? I feel like most people who have an IPad probably already have an IPhone, so what do they use the pad for that the phone doesn't do? Maybe I'm missing something...
I'm all for reducing our use of paper. I think we used to use too much of it, especially in the office. We really used too much when I worked at the law office. Yikes! I keep most of my work files just on my computer. It's pretty rare that I'll send something to the printer at work. However, I do still want to make to-do lists on paper. I still bring a pad of paper to meetings. I still jot down phone messages on paper. I still like to read from actual books. At races, we still print out age group awards, even though we're also sending personal times to everyone's smartphones & results are online within the hour. When editing documents, I like to have the actual printed document in front of me to mark up. It's just not the same on the computer.
I think it's important to find your own balance. Some people can read books on a screen, I can't. Some people like to keep their calendar online (me) some like to have a paper date book. Apparently, 87% of business professionals combine pen & paper with their digital work. So it's not just me here!
|Leather & Lace Journal|
As a creative person, having a notebook & pen with me at all times is cheep & easy. You never know when the next best idea is going to pop into your head & you'll need to have something to jot it down on so that you don't forget it in 2 minutes. You know that happens! If you rely on an electronic device to do this on, then instead of just grabbing & jotting, you'll likely have to "wake it up" then find an app to write your thought into, then type it in hoping that either your fingers don't accidentally hit the wrong (tiny) key to mess up your words & that auto-correct doesn't auto-correct a crucial word into something it shouldn't be. If it does, then you'll have to go back & fix it. When writing on paper, all that isn't a problem.
I really think that having a written out to do list is better than a digital one as well. The satisfaction of scratching off each item as it gets done is irreplaceable. Plus, a paper version is sitting out, looking at you, always, until it's all done. A digital one you can hide behind things or save it & close it for later. It doesn't do much good reminding you to do all those things when it's gone!
There's plenty of things to write on paper & plaster onto paper. I like to think it is not a dieing form of communication. I love paper. I love beautiful paper. I love making beautiful paper into beautiful books. Yes yes I do. It smells & feels so lovely. The pretty blank pages open waiting for me to grab my pencil & write something important in them. (Yea, I like pencil better than pen too).
Are you with me? Do you love paper as well?