If there was one word to describe my pursuits for 2013, it would be organized, systematic, or quite possibly – disciplined. In a nutshell, I have to get my
shit stuff together. Not that it was not together before, but really together. As I say this, I know that I am going to annoy the family to death with my hyper-scheduling, over-programming, and lists but this is the way it has to be….I have work, decisions to make, family to enjoy and a Bar Mitzvah to plan (gulp). Time to get systematic. Not to mention that one of the ways, I get more done is quite simply – being programmed.
A few weeks ago, I had the kids at the pediatrician and he was chatting about middle school with my oldest. Basically, they were discussing how much more responsibility there is in the 6th grade (ha) and it is good to make a list at the beginning of the week of everything there is to do. What the doc said was not a list on the iPod, iPhone, iPad, or anything of the sort. A paper and pen list. For a moment, I thought my son was going to ask – what is that?
I thought a lot about this over the last few weeks, and the good, old doc is right. Putting pen to paper is all around good. It is symbolic of making a note to do something, cleanses the mind because it literally purges you of the thought, and in general, a mighty good feeling. I used to make notes on a tablet all the time. A real tablet. Now, I open a document on my computer each morning and make notes. It is not working for me. I am going back to the paper and pen method.
Although it can be any scrap of paper, I am making myself a little May Book to keep my scribbles. I met the woman/mom/powerhouse behind May Books last year at Spark and Hustle, and she is a busy mom like you and me, and I downright like her. Not only that, she brings a little pretty into the mundane. When I met Mica May and heard her speak, she mentioned taping business cards of people she met in a notebook and putting notes to next to each one. I did that, do that now, and it is brilliant. Another way to keep a record of someone’s brand with their personalized card in an old-fashioned way.
Now, I am going to keep a notebook with my to-do’s and notes.
Sometimes, a vestige of the past is good. Really good.
AM I old-fashioned?