Find Time Using a Low Tech Approach, Too!

Low tech or high tech – do you feel like you have to choose?

Finding time and getting organized using the technological tools available and constantly being developed is something we all strive to do, to varying degrees.  I enjoy sharing the innovations that come to my attention, and I hope that you find many of them useful and interesting.

Finding Time for Pen and PaperI tend to prefer the simple approach, myself.  I’ve certainly got nothing against technology; it has enhanced our lives in countless ways.  But the low-tech approach has its pluses – and for some they may be very important.  The key is to find what works best for you!

One thing about writing that I have long loved is the connection of hand to pen and hand to paper.

Organic Connection

It’s an organic connection that can be very grounding.  In addition, the physical process of writing leads me to slow down – in itself a gift in this fast-paced world.  The flow of writing, the sounds as my pen and my hand move across the paper – these are things that I don’t want to sacrifice – even for the enhanced efficiency that a computer offers.

Low Tech To-Do List?

Likewise, managing your time choices and time priorities with a To Do List is a key tool.  Whether you use a computer-based, web-based, or handwritten To Do List is a matter of personal preference. I would encourage you to experiment and see what works best for you. Here’s a helpful vignette from an article posted in Realtor Magazine:

When Tammie Fleming, GRI, started her job as managing broker of Prudential One Realty Centre in Granite City, Ill., she wanted all the practitioners to adopt her enthusiasm for using technology.

She had a tech solution for nearly every aspect of real estate, from scheduling appointments to keeping in touch with clients. “I made it my mission to train all my agents on the fine art of becoming high-tech,” she says.

But after meeting resistance from certain practitioners, she made a realization: For some people, the old-fashioned way of doing things is still the quickest and easiest way.

“My top agent comes in every day with Post-It notes all over her planner,” Fleming says. “And inside her planner is a rainbow of colors. She uses a color-coded, highlighted system that would drive me insane, but it works for her.”

You get to choose…

Maybe writing a first draft by hand gives you the organic connection you want, and then the computer can be used for polishing and editing.  Maybe your post-it notes work better for you than an iPhone.  Maybe you like the sound of a keyboard clicking.  You know better than anyone else what’s going to help you stay on track.  Give yourself the space to experiment and explore.

Again, the key is to find what works best for you.  YOU make the choices – and there is certainly a large and interesting smorgasbord of possibilities to choose from!

What works best for you?  Drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you!

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