Put Things Off (PTO) is a blog written by Nick Cernis, a 26-year-old web developer from West Yorkshire in the UK. PTO talks about productivity, freelancing, travel and much more.
In one of his posts, Nick talks about his switch back to paper from PDAs. It caught my eye, because one of our customers recently emailed us saying we had to do more to publicize the benefits of paper vs. electronic.
One of the pages of this year’s Quo Vadis catalog will do just that – focusing on the creativity and individuality paper and pen or pencil can spark. This page will also be added to our website, with perhaps an interactive component where people can add their comments on why they like to organize, record, create on paper, and why it’s better, cheaper, faster than electronic for making lists and jotting things down.
Here are Nick’s “13 Reasons”:
1. It’s faster. I challenge anyone to fire up their PDA or phone and enter their upcoming tasks and appointments for the week in less time than it takes them to do it on paper.
2. It’s cheaper.
3. It’s always accessible.
4. It’s always charged up.
5. There’s no learning curve.
6. It encourages creative thinking. There’s no faster way to brain storm ideas than with a piece of paper and a pencil. Using it every day encourages creative thinking and builds your idea bank.
7. You don’t have upgrade it.
8. It’s a break from the screen.
9. It’s less anti-social.
10. Your handwriting will improve. Handwriting is a dying art form. Mine is still atrocious, but it has improved no end since I’ve gone back to paper productivity systems. There is nothing quite as wonderful as a brilliant message written in a beautiful hand. Learn to take pleasure in your handwriting–it’s a simple joy but one that’s worth chasing.
11. Your friendly police officer uses it.
12. It’s been proven by time.
13. David Allen says so. In David Allen’s own words: “The simpler and the faster you can make simple lists and access them, the better. Whatever any applications do support that, I go, “that’s great,” but quite frankly it’s hard to beat just paper and pencil.”