I Love Paper

I love paper!  I love paper!  I love paper!  Every so often I feel compelled to remind myself how useful and efficient using paper is to make notes and appointments.  About 25 years ago an urban legend about a paperless future was born.  This legend told of a day we would seamlessly, and more efficiently transcend the dark ages of paper use and live happily ever after in the paperless world electronic everything.

Through the last 25 years I have sustained untold mockery for my insistence that using paper to make notes and using a paper calendar, is actually more time efficient.  Although I had attempted many times to transfer my use of a paper calendar to an electronic devise – I am the person who owned a Wizard in 1990 and then a Palm – I was always struck by how much longer it took to make an appointment in an electronic devise vs. just opening to a date page and putting down an appointment.  I can remember waiting what seemed liked minutes for a business colleague to hunt and peck their way to a date and time, only to learn it was booked and we had to begin again.  In June 2010 I finally gave in, gave up my paper calendar and its beautiful designer leather case, and began to use my IPhone, ICloud and Outlook to house all my appointments. I did it as much because I wanted something to do while everyone else was wasting time looking for their next available appointment.  I even surrendered to using the cloud-based Google Calendar for the TEDxUNLV project.

I won’t belabor my trials with my IPhone, ICloud and Outlook, those were my choice.  But I will belabor Google Calendar.  For the second time in as many months, I have sat in horror as I opened the Google Calendar to find that all TEDxUNLV speaker appointments had been wiped out.  Yesterday, I invested about an hour and a half re-populating the calendar.

This is when being an Applied Positive Psychologist comes in really handy.  With each entry – that I was reading off paper BTW – I had the opportunity to say over and over again:  I Love Paper (instead of other things I would have preferred to be saying – okay I said those too, but I quickly shifted my words to improve my mood).

In the end, I was reminded how any task, no matter how distasteful, can become an opportunity to think Love, be Love, and share Love.

And so it is…Thank you.

P.S.:  Of course, I still print out my calendar every week and every few months print a hard copy of my address book.

Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.
About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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  1. This blog truly delighted me because I LOVE PAPER! I smiled in recognition and heartfelt delight to find someone else loves paper as much as I. I always have. Recently I attempted to do the electronic thing for appointment, reminders etc…….it tool so long, didn’t look pretty, or make me happy inside and out. Thanks for sharing. Loved, loved, loved it!

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