Why I made the move to pen and paper.

I have married myself to a black notebook and a couple pens. You see, I have been dating “To Do” apps for a couple years. If I were to list them here, I would lose you at “Hello.” The point is, I have tried them all. Many of them are very good. They are well thought out and super powerful. Trello is cool, Evernote is mighty, and Wunderlist is wunderful. However, what are they missing? For me, that is…

Basically, they are not lovely. They don’t feel like anything. They are ghosts of sorts. They can drag, they can drop. But a notebook and a pen can pop. How is that? I guess I’m just a fan of touch. I know, “Any.do” can be used on a touch screen, but it feels like a glass screen. After I write some thoughts down in my notebook (people are calling them bullet journals these days), I can actually feel what I wrote. I can remember better, and I can experience it again. And Pens? Don’t get me started on pens. No stylus has anything as worthy as a pen to paper feel. It feels like travel to me. Driving down the highway (welp, there goes Doobie Brothers in my head) feels and smells like progress and the achievement of making it from here to there (like that) is a luxury experienced only in the last 75 years of all human history. Ball point pens are pretty recent too.

Did you know that in 1948, a ball point pen cost about $250? I could go back in time and sell a pen, and come back and buy a big screen TV. Man, I have got to get back to work on my time machine.

My marriage mentioned before is an actual oath (aleph, tov) with myself to download zero planning apps. I have my Moleskine professional notebook and a couple Pentel Ener-Gel needle tip pens. I will continue to use Evernote to scan pages and archive. And, yes, these are non-paid endorsements. I have tried more pens than there are planning apps. I hope your 2017 is a powerfully blessed year. We are looking forward to all that Elohim has in store for us.

What’s your favorite planning system? Why did you choose that?

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