August Challenge

As if the month of July wasn’t enough discomfort for me I decided to challenge myself again in the month of August.

Let’s Go Digital

For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of going digital. Setting up my life set up digitally where I can have access to all things all the time and where I don’t have to worry about storing or shredding papers. I am not going to sit here and claim that I’m doing it for the environment, although it is a perk. My motivation is mostly a selfish one. It is time and portability that I crave.

Time: Being able to just tell Siri what I need done. Telling Siri to remind of something at a specific time and place or when I arrive somewhere. Being able to schedule my appointments on the go without having to reach for a planner;

Portability: Being able to schedule appointments or write a note or, again, remind myself of something without having to always carry a purse or a planner. All this can be done on my phone, my iPad or my computers. I am sure you have all been in the situation when someone needs to schedule an appointment with you and you have to respond “let me get back to you when I get home after I look at my schedule.” Admittedly, some times this is a great excuse if you just need a little time to get yourself out of a situation but more often than not it’s just because you are not carrying your planner.

A few days ago I was out for a walk and had an idea for a post. I had my watch with me (that whole thing about closing my rings every day) so I was able to quickly dictate a note to myself on my watch. By the time I got home I had totally forgotten what my idea had been. Had I not dictated it to myself I would have lost it. Instead, I opened up my dictation tool and was able to transfer that to my notes on Good Notes on my iPad and now it’s something I’m going to be working on.

In my last post, if you recall, I was torn between two planners, the B6 Stalogy and the standard TN with two notebooks. I had tried the A6 Stalogy and I had loved the size and portability of it but I was not able to fit everything I wanted in each of the pages and I didn’t like having things all over the place. The TN works because I can fit one day per page, including an hourly bar (which I draw out) and a to do list. If it’s not a particularly busy day I’m even able to journal a bit and add special notes on each of the days. This is all good. I love the space and the Tomoe River paper is so amazing with my fountain pens. I really enjoy using my fountain pens on it.

So I decided to turn my planning life upside down and go digital for the month of August. Not just digital on my calendar, I’m going digital on my journaling, my to-do list and my notes.

Starting tomorrow, I’m putting my TN on a shelf and my pens in my desk drawer and for the whole month I will only be using my iPhone, my iPad and my computer.

The apps I’m using are:

  1. iCal for my appointments and calendar blocking;
  2. Productive for my habit tracker;
  3. Reminders for my to-do lists;
  4. Day One for my journaling;
  5. Notion for project planning, weekly and monthly reviews, reports and other random stuff; And
  6. GoodNotes 5 for work notes, personal notes and when I’m missing the look of a regular planner;

I think these will be all I need to make sure I’m on top of all objectives and goals for the month.  I’m excited to see what I learn in the month of August and I’m excited to see what happens when my calendar reminds of appointments and tasks that need to be done.  I will update here once a week. Although this is a challenge for just the month of August (at least that’s what I’m telling myself), I am hoping to make this a habit and a forever thing.  There’s a sexiness about going digital and having your life one your wrist (my watch) or on a piece of technology that’s with you all the time.

Come by and give me some support and let me know how you’re challenging yourself in the month of August.

The next post is probably going to be about the books that I read in the month of July (not that many at all) and I will work the updates in between the book posts as I am able.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy wherever you are.  Looking forward to connecting with you all.




Author: Ana

I live in Camelot. I didn't do it on purpose but .... here I am. This is the story of another 50+ year old woman who just realized that the life she worked so hard to build is no longer what she wants..... why am I speaking about myself in the third person? Odd!!! Come join me as I try to figure out my next move. Ana

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