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I received an email from a client of mine who admitted to having a hard time being consistent about keeping a calendar and to do list because they are torn between using their phone and also wanting to write down on paper.

Q: I am inconsistent with keeping a calendar, be it paper or electronic. I can’t decide which is better for me, although I think the answer is both. I like to write (I have stickies EVERYWHERE), but then I like the reminders on my phone. I have downloaded several “to-do” apps, but can’t decide which I like best. Any suggestions?

Here is what I answered and this may help to free you also to do what is best for you and to go with your instinct.

A: I keep an electronic calendar, but I keep a paper to do list. I like to write things out too, but love the convience of having it on my phone when on the go. So decide to use both. You can use an electronic calendar, but do your to do’s on paper. You could then scan your to do list in Evernote or just take a picture of it daily so that it is with you throughout the day. This is why I like Evernote because I can take a photo of my papers that I write out and have with me on any device. Evernote is free software and has apps for every device. So use both is my recommendation. That’s how I got over feeling guilty about not using just one. I found that a combination of the two worked best for me and I think that may be the case with you too.

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Key Takeaway

It is very easy to get confused and ultimately stuck when it comes to marrying digital and paper together. You hear so much advice on just pick one, but that isn’t necessarily the truth for everyone. I am quite productive using both methods because it just feels right for me. And I found a way to marry the two and never be without my information.

Which method do you prefer to keep your calendar and to-do list? Are you team paper or team digital? Let me know in the comments below.

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