Technology can be a wonderful thing. These days we have cloud storage (Dropbox, Evernote), calendar apps on our phones and desktops, tablets, readers, and a thousand other ways to be more efficient using our gadgets and devices. However, there are a few old-school methods that can just as efficient and in some ways important to the way(s) we think and organize our work.
- Index cards and an index card file box – we can use this for filing story ideas, character descriptions, resources and more
- A corkboard with push pins – using these to write notes that are stuck to the cork is better than using post-it notes that can fall off of surfaces
- Multiple slot mailbox – file and store papers in labeled slots instead of a file cabinet or shoebox
- Project planner notepads or notebooks – excellent for list makers
- At-a-glance desk calendar with base – it is an essential that enables you to flip those pages risking paper cuts but it works
- A stapler with staples that fit – one of those things you don’t know you need until you need one
- File sorter or tickler file – one of the greatest ways to keep track of monthly expenses or paperwork for meetings
Don’t laugh or sleep on these things. They actually come in handy and promote critical thinking. Technology is awesome but can sometimes miss the mark as in the stapler. Apple hasn’t figured out a way to staple real paper together using an app. Psychologically, cognitive skills are enhanced by performing some tasks using both parts of the brain as in sorting, alphabetizing, writing by hand and by touch.
Did we leave anything off of the list? Share in the comments.