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  • Eight reasons I no longer use a paper planner

    I used to have a nice leather planner but switched to a Palm Vx a few years ago. (I know it's old but hey it works so why upgrade?)

    Eight reasons:
    1.) I have atrocious handwriting.
    2.) Writing (for me) is somewhat painful, but I can type at about 50wpm.
    3.) Transferring data from my computer to my Palm is as easy as copy+paste.
    4.) I read my Bible every day. Carrying a Bible plus leather planner is a burden. Plus it has a nice searchable concordance which is great for looking up verses when, for example, engaging an atheist in discussion.
    5.) If I would like to read something else than the Bible or play a game I can pop into Acrobat or Boxman.
    6.) Paper planners (of the size I used to use*) can't be popped in and out of a pocket.
    7.) Paper planners can't be backed up with the push of a button. What happens if you lose your paper planner, as happened to me once? My backups are also copied to a remote server in case of fire/hurricane/Technology-eating aliens from the planet Zotokry.
    8.) Paper calendars don't beep when it's time for an appointment. I'd heard this from a bank president back in 2000. He said this was his #1 reason. It began me thinking, and when I missed two appointments, I switched.

    * I have since learned of the Hipster and PocketMod.com PAAs (Personal Analog Assistants). Much smaller in size but not without the other restrictions. Not to mention the added burden of replicating the data to the next week's incarnation.

    Paper feels good and clean and retro, but because the Palm OS is so well thought-out I can't see that I'm really missing anything. Just learned about DoodleBug so now I can actually draw on my Palm. OS 3.5.5 didn't have the drawable Notepad that the later versions did. Paper might even give some of you a "spiritual" feeling of retro simplicity but for me it was not worth the detractions.

    Plus I still have options. I could certainly write on a piece of paper and later transfer to the Palm.


    What reasons do you have for choosing paper over Palm?

  • #2
    1. I have atrocious handwriting, too. Which means I can read it, but my computer can't. What's on paper, stays on paper.

    2. I can write faster than I can type, and far faster than I can use Graffiti. And I can write in situations where a computer would be too clumsy and/or intrusive.

    3. One system = no need to transfer data.

    4. Not relevant for me. (Off the topic of your post, I wouldn't expect an atheist to be terribly impressed by Biblical quotations. (Or quotations from any other religious scripture.) As universal wisdom, maybe. As evidence for the existence of a Supreme Being, no. )

    5. Numerous paper-based entertainment options exist. I've also learned that I don't actually need to have more than one or two entertainment options available at any given time. Long periods of downtime (like airplanes) usually offer opportunities to plan accordingly.

    6. True, but a single sheet of paper will fit almost anywhere. I rarely need to carry more than that with me.

    7. I've lost more data to electronic disasters than I've ever lost on paper. Also, I do keep static reference information (like address books) electronically. Paper information is more ephemeral.

    8. If I need an alarm clock or appointment reminder, I can carry one. I usually don't need one.

    9. Been there, done that. I carried a Palm for many years, but I quit carrying one this spring and don't miss it.

    Katherine

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    • #3
      Why I use paper:

      I can type 85 wpm but I still hate data entry, and no, it's not just a matter of copying and pasting from my computer

      I can format things however I want them. Just because I wanted to be reminded to do something as of yesterday but not necessarily do it right away doesn't mean that it's bold red today (aka overdue).

      I don't have $$$ to spend on some electronic equipment.

      I've used eletronic before, but backing things up and data entry got really old really fast.

      And backups that fail? As in, they re-write the software to backup your computer to your hard drive instead of the floppy and you lose 6 months worth of data? Still makes my blood boil when I think of it. You couldn't pay me enough to use electronic to make it worth risking going through that again.

      The programs never work the way I want them to. They may do all sorts of fancy things, but there's always some obvious stupid thing they don't do that annoys me every time I use them. Trying to make what someone else has designed work for me is not my idea of fun. Writing my own software - too time consuming. With paper, I can change how things look whenever I want - I don't necessarily need to know all issues in advance.

      I've never lost a paper planner, but if I did, it would just give me a fresh start. It may help me greatly with day to day living, but a fresh start would not be the end of the world. I don't have an address book in my paper planner or anything else criticial like that - just my lists of things to do. If it's really important that I do something, I would remember it eventually. With computer programs, on the other hand, such as Netscape updating itself on my computer without my knowledge and deleting all of my Bookmarks, now that made me angry. Hate technology!

      I don't have to worry about keeping it charged. Pens are easy to come by and so is paper.

      I like crossing things off and seeing what I have accomplished without having to go back in and manually delete each crossed off item at the end of the week. New page with the handful of leftover items and a fresh start - love it!

      I can record thoughts and ideas on the same type of page as I can write a new list. I don't have to worry about using some software appropriately so I will be able to find things (supposedly).

      Don't miss search because I know where things are because I have things organized. Search engines always bring up 90% garbage and 10% what I actually need, and I hate weeding through the garbage.

      Those are some of the reasons why I choose paper over Palm. But really, whatever works for you. It sounds like you have great reasons for loving your Palm - use and enjoy!

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      • #4
        Seems like my reasons are pretty similar, but I'll breakd them down.

        1) Likewise, my writing is pretty brutal, but I can understand it, and hey, I can always use the practice Plus, its quicker than Graffiti (I used to use a Sony Clie) and typing is faster, true, but I find that paper is more flexible for these basic uses.

        2) See 1.

        3) I very rarely have to rewrite anything, or if I do, its usually transcribing some notes from meetings, half of which I find I don't need, and the other half needs some editing anyways, so they'd require pretty much the same amount of work, and that's if I could enter info as quickly with Graffiti or a thumb keyboard (a la treo/bb) as even though I have a laptop, I don't really work at the type of organization where I'd carry it to meetings and not get some looks.

        4) I read a lot of books for fun, and usually have at least one with me, plus when you throw in my iPod and a few other things, I'm carrying a bag of some sort with me anyways (laptop case, man bag etc.)

        5) Likewise to # 4. And There are some good sudoku books which fit in my junior size planner and still allow me to close it, for if I'm just carrying that.

        6) See the comment on the man bag.

        7) My project support materials aren't in the planner anyways, and I've got an electronic calendar that I keep up to date in addition to my planner (works for me), so the worst I would lose would be my list of NA's, which I could reconstruct if need be in an hour or two, generally by doing a good weekly review anyways.

        If I'm at my desk, Outlook will beep for an appointment, otherwise, I'm checking the paper calendar as much as necessary to not have to worry about it anyways that I notice when stuff is coming up.

        Plus, paper is discrete from the office computer system, so I don't have all my personal tasks sitting on the exchange server.

        Then there is the money factor, and once I've made the initial $50 investment in my paper planner, I can run it off relatively inexpensive pens which I'd be using anyways, paper I can either get on sale or at work, and free templates from DIYPlanner or purchased templates through work.

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        • #5
          Backup using mobile phone's 1 megapiksel camera.

          Originally posted by cdevidal
          7.) Paper planners can't be backed up with the push of a button. What happens if you lose your paper planner, as happened to me once? My backups are also copied to a remote server in case of fire/hurricane/Technology-eating aliens from the planet Zotokry.
          You can easily backup all pages of your paper planner using your mobile phone's 1 megapiksel camera.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kewms
            3. One system = no need to transfer data.
            You've never transferred some computer-based information into your paper system by hand? I had to, it annoyed me.


            Originally posted by kewms
            (Off the topic of your post, I wouldn't expect an atheist to be terribly impressed by Biblical quotations. (Or quotations from any other religious scripture.)
            Off topic, yes.

            You're right, I fully do not expect an atheist to be impressed with what they think is nothing more than the fanciful writings of a pink unicorn.

            But I think you're missing something because I didn't go into detail. I was speaking in instances where an atheist is trying to disprove the Bible by quoting the Bible, or when they have begun to see the need for the Savior. So yes, I have actually needed to search for a Scripture with my concordance while out talking to people like atheists. It would have been quite difficult if I used a paper system -- I don't carry books everywhere.

            I don't intend to go down this rabbit trail here in the forum, so if you'd like to discuss this further please email me: Chris (AT) deVidal (DOT) tv. You will get an automatic reply, click the link.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cdevidal
              You've never transferred some computer-based information into your paper system by hand? I had to, it annoyed me.
              Send to printer. Punch holes in paper. Done.

              Katherine

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AdamMiller81
                If I'm at my desk, Outlook will beep for an appointment, otherwise, I'm checking the paper calendar as much as necessary to not have to worry about it anyways that I notice when stuff is coming up.
                I'm not always at my desk and I guess one just has to get into the habit of looking at the time/calendar very frequently. I didn't, and I missed two appointments, which is when I finally got fed up with paper.


                Originally posted by AdamMiller81
                Then there is the money factor, and once I've made the initial $50 investment in my paper planner, I can run it off relatively inexpensive pens which I'd be using anyways, paper I can either get on sale or at work, and free templates from DIYPlanner or purchased templates through work.
                My Vx is a work loaner, so I'm immediately saving money (but then, so was the leather planner)

                PDAs have now come under a $100. If I needed to replace my Vx I could get one on eBay for about $60. Your investment over a few years is likely to come to about $60. I'd say this is a draw.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pageta
                  Don't miss search
                  Oh yeah, forgot about that one! I *would* miss search if it were gone.


                  Make that my reason #9.


                  Originally posted by pageta
                  Those are some of the reasons why I choose paper over Palm. But really, whatever works for you. It sounds like you have great reasons for loving your Palm - use and enjoy!
                  Totally agree. Not dissing paper, just telling you why I don't use it anymore. Me, personally. I think #8 (paper doesn't beep) is the biggest.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pageta
                    And backups that fail? As in, they re-write the software to backup your computer to your hard drive instead of the floppy and you lose 6 months worth of data? Still makes my blood boil when I think of it. You couldn't pay me enough to use electronic to make it worth risking going through that again.
                    I guess it's because I work with software backups all day long that I trust them. I know how to run them, I know how to make sure they're always working.

                    My backups are stored in two buildings miles apart so in case those technology-eating aliens from the planet Zotokry do hit my work office I can recover.

                    But if that ever happens, I'll probably have bigger things to worry about

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kewms
                      Send to printer. Punch holes in paper. Done.
                      Yeah I suppose so.

                      I'm not dissing paper, really. What could I possibly have against it? Just saying why I choose a Palm instead.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cdevidal
                        What reasons do you have for choosing paper over Palm?
                        I ditch the palm a while back.

                        Eight reasons:
                        1.) I have atrocious handwriting - but it's better that my graffiti
                        2.) I can type fast too. but I type on a computer not my palm. SoI find it just as easy to print the info as it is to sync.
                        3.) Transferring data from my computer to my Planner - again print.
                        4.) I read my Bible every day, well at least once a week (Carrying a Bible should not be a burden.) But I find ebooks include the Bible to be the only reason my Palm isn't filed in File13. {...rant deleted regarding verse quoting...}
                        5.) Can flip to my reference section. Or doodle on a blank page.
                        6.) Screen too small to see all the info i need at one time.
                        7.) Don't have to worry about backing it up. I know that it contains the one accurate version of my system.
                        8.) No interruptions in my thought process due to that annoying beep.

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                        • #13
                          7 years with a Palm (OK, about 5 of them) -- have never looked back at a paper organizer. I always have a weekly backup of my Palm on the computer, so data loss is no issue for me. My current Palm also has a horizontal keyboard, and entering data is much faster with it even though I am very good with Graffiti as well.

                          I realize PDAs are no longer in vogue (since about 3 years ago -- many factors here), and smartphones and Ipods are all the rage now, but my Palm does everything I need -- fast, reliably, and (one of David's favorite words) elegantly.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Max
                            I ditch the palm a while back.

                            Eight reasons:
                            1.) I have atrocious handwriting - but it's better that my graffiti
                            2.) I can type fast too. but I type on a computer not my palm. SoI find it just as easy to print the info as it is to sync.
                            3.) Transferring data from my computer to my Planner - again print.
                            4.) I read my Bible every day, well at least once a week (Carrying a Bible should not be a burden.) But I find ebooks include the Bible to be the only reason my Palm isn't filed in File13. {...rant deleted regarding verse quoting...}
                            5.) Can flip to my reference section. Or doodle on a blank page.
                            6.) Screen too small to see all the info i need at one time.
                            7.) Don't have to worry about backing it up. I know that it contains the one accurate version of my system.
                            8.) No interruptions in my thought process due to that annoying beep.
                            Being able to turn the beep off is the easiest thing you can do on a PDA (or Palm specifically) -- let's be serious, please. That's the least we can do.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by alsa
                              Being able to turn the beep off is the easiest thing you can do on a PDA (or Palm specifically) -- let's be serious, please. That's the least we can do.
                              No problem.

                              Actually I never used the beep. I don't want by pda (or outlook for that matter) interrupting my workflow.

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