My partner totes her blackberry everywhere; I carry my canvas folio with my Sapa X recycled in my purse or laptop bag with me everywhere. She sits on the train tap-tap-tapping. I take out my pencil (or Sailor fine point) and flip back and forth among the weeks and months as I do some planning and list-making.
She has tried to interest me in using a blackberry; I have tried to get her to go back to a paper planner. Neither of us will budge – although we both concede the other’s way has some merit. (Our 26-year-old son uses a cell phone AND a Monthly 4!)
The advantage of a blackberry is the instant communication and the all-in-one convenience. She can email, call, manage her calendar and appointments. She whizzes right through them, while I need to get out my cell phone to laboriously text, or wait until I get home to read and write email.
On my side, I need to wait for her to catch up when it comes time to using a calendar. She needs to scroll-scroll-scroll when I can flip a few pages and be there in seconds. I have to wait while she tries to catch up. This takes awhile if we have a few dates to discuss and agree on. Another advantage is that paper planners note holidays–many of them–very clearly. She can make an error booking something on a holiday. I can also see and make changes to the “family to-do lists” on my Sapa X notes pages.
So it’s back and forth, back and forth on paper or plastic in my house. Do you have this same situation? How do you manage it?