Paper or Plastic?

July 24th, 2004  |  Published in Uncategorized

I had this idea in my head that the iPod and a nice pad and paper would be my portable calendar/memo/address book accouterments. Now I’m having second thoughts, mainly because I’m realizing the iPod interface to the calendar is better for finding out how I’m looking on a given day than finding a particular event. What’s everyone else think? Is iPod/paper a futile holding action against giving in to the superior but fragile Palm?

In other workflow-related stuff:

  • I set up a basic day planner calendar in iCal so I can start trying out a few ideas the week after next. Next week will be odd because of OSCON, but the week after things should be closer to normal and I’ll be able to try some things out.

  • I found three books that have been useful for thinking about domestic workflow stuff:

  • “Too Busy to Clean?” — It has a real no-nonsense approach to housekeeping that’s useful to me, because it’s short-circuiting my “thwarted perfectionist” impulses.

  • “500 Terrific Ideas for Organizing Everything” — It’s one to browse, since it covers just about every organizable facet of domestic existence. Lots of good ideas, some blatantly pointless ones. Mostly practical

  • “How to Be Organized In Spite of Yourself” — The hook with this one is the way it breaks different kinds of disorganized people into useful categories. The “Pack Rat,” “Slob,” “Hopper,” and battling Perfectionist/Anti-Perfectionist tendencies I’ve got all warranted some space and useful insight.

  • I’m in the market for some kind of timetracker/project tracker software.

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