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  • If you use hybrid paper/electronic system

    I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me which things you find are done best by the electronics and best by the paper.

    Calendar/daily schedule?
    Next actions/waiting for, etc lists?

    I ask because I was thinking of keeping next action, etc. lists (in an outliner) in my PDA along with contact info, but using paper planner for month at a glance, daily appointments and taking notes in during the day. I should add that the outliner for the next actions has both PDA and desktop versions so I can enter new info and work with the lists either on the palm or desktop. This allows me to have the benefit of the paper display for the better visual overview and the benefits of an outliner for keeping lists of projects/subprojects. I'll add that it is tempting to just go back to the time design planner and using all paper.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks for your time.
    Last edited by ScottL; 11-12-2008, 09:13 PM.

  • #2
    Hi Scott

    Check out this thread for my trial of a hybrid system:

    http://www.davidco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8570

    I went the other way I think to what you're contemplating. Still using the same system all these months later.

    Cheers

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ScottL View Post
      I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me which things you find are done best by the electronics and best by the paper.
      I'm trying a hybrid system right now. My calendar, @phone list, @town and @city lists are all on my Treo phone in Palm Datebook or todo sections. I use Splash Shopper to track all shopping lists and it is also on my phone. I synch with my Macintosh system at least twice a day.

      My Project list and the other 5 context lists I am using are on paper. My S/M list is an Open Office Writer file that also has still on it all active projects. When a project or major NA is completed I move it to my Ta-Da list (A place I keep a list of all the projects I have completed this year) with the date done beside it.

      My universal input is a small spiral bound note pad about 3x5 inches that I keep in the same belt pouch I have my Treo in that is with my everywhere. I have a digital camera, 2 pens, spare battery for camera and a list of all the animals on the place in that pouch too.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ScottL View Post
        Calendar/daily schedule?
        Next actions/waiting for, etc lists?
        I use an electronic system for all the things listed above, but I (almost) always have my space pen and paper with me for jotting down a quick note.

        NOTHING I've found is faster than pen and paper for ubiquitous capture. It still the fastest way to get something off my mind and get back to the task at hand.

        - Don

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dschaffner View Post
          I use an electronic system for all the things listed above, but I (almost) always have my space pen and paper with me for jotting down a quick note.
          - Don
          Same for me. I'm using a small moleskine notebook for quick capture. Each evening I'm moving all data from the notebook to the electronic system.

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          • #6
            I'm currently using a hybrid system as well.

            I use Omnifocus for my lists, Google for my calendar (with the new Calendar in Gmail widget), and a Moleskine/wallet combo for my UCT. Here's where it gets hybrid. I intend to buy an iPhone and set it to sync with Omnifocus, but for now I simply print my Next Action lists and my Project list, throw them in a plastic folder, and go on my way. It's great. I mark them up, highlight stuff I want to front burner, scribble notes on them and on the back, and the next day, when I get back to my desktop at the shop, I just toss them in the In basket. For Weekly Review, Omnifocus allows me to endlessly reword, rearrange, and re-context, but printing gives me the speed and that lovely tactile sensation of touching paper.

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            • #7
              hPDA as part of a Hybrid system

              My system is described here:

              http://www.davidco.com/forum/showthr...1054#post61054


              In short nothing beats paper & pen as a way to get something outta my head fast.

              The electronic/digital option is best for archival, sorting and retrieval process. Also - my handwriting reads like cunieform....

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