I don’t get this “wait-in-line-for-days-to-purchase-a-device” business.
It’s not that I’m technology-averse. Over a decade of online content creation would indicate otherwise. I read books on a Kindle as much as I read physical copies (though Kindle has yet to match the glorious smell of fresh ink).
It’s just that I’m a really late adopter. I mean, I refused to get a smartphone until a little over a year ago. For YEARS, I made fun of people who texted, and told people I didn’t text because “I’m not a seventh-grade girl.” (I definitely ate those words.)
It’s not that I always prefer to be low-tech. I’m just more “slow-tech.” I’ll wait a long time before adopting new tools. That way, the early adopters can work out all the bugs for me. I don’t need the newest, latest, greatest. I just want something that works, and sometimes it takes a while for me to be willing to let go of the familiar and try something new.
However, I am trying to become a little more open to tech. For example, it took me a little while, but I started using Evernote about 2 years ago (though it doesn’t seem that long ago). I love it. It’s become my digital brain, storing lists and information that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to recall if my life depended on it. If you don’t use Evernote, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
But thanks to a new book by Tim Challies (which I’ll be reviewing soon on this site), I decided to bite the bullet and take another leap into the 21st century. Until now, my calendar and to-do lists have been mostly paper and pen (or marker, or colored pencil). I bought big monthly desk calendars and week-by-week planners. I had countless scraps of paper to keep track of my tasks (until I started jotting them down as a “note” on my ipod).
Last week, I made the leap. I’m now on Google Calendar and Todoist — two applications that have been recommended and praised by bloggers and productivity gurus and tech geeks alike. (I realize the Venn diagram of those groups is not very broad.) I was a little nervous at first, entrusting my calendar and task lists to the ephemeral zeroes and ones of the interweb. But I have to admit, in the early going, I’m starting to wonder how I functioned without it.
“So much for one day going off-the-grid,” says my beloved wife. And I think she’s right. (Sorry, dear.) I wonder if I’ll ever want to go back to a low-tech option for my scheduling and task lists. At this point, I’m pretty enamored with the easy accessibility of these online platforms.
That’s really all I’ve got for you today. Nothing profound–just a little bit of geeky giddiness about how technology is actually making my day-to-day go a little more smoothly.
Your Turn: Are you an early-adopter or a slow-techie? Do you have favorite apps or devices for increasing productivity or helping your life and work function more smoothly? Share your recommendations in the comments below! (But be nice: if things devolve into a pro-Apple/anti-Apple slugfest, I will turn this blog around and drive home, just you watch.)