Eric, if right now, during this phone call, you wanted to quickly make some notes or map out an idea, what would you reach for?
Even before I spoke my answer, I grabbed a colored pen and a piece of scratch paper and made a quick note to myself: "Start using tablet again for note taking;" I tossed the note in my in-box and then answered the question.
Why did I do that?
I've been thinking about why I instinctively reached for the pen and paper. Here's what I came up with:
- It was ready
- It was easy
- I trust it
I've been thinking a lot lately about how I use technology, particularly in the context of knowledge management; it's something I do on a regular basis. Lately, I've come of with some surprising conclusions. This is not an anti-fill-in-the-blank post; I'm simply reevaluating the productive value of the tools I use. I do this with clients; I should certainly do this for myself.
In the course of this reevaluation, I've asked myself whether (or not, as the case may be) the tools I use consistent meet most, if not all of these criteria. I've even considered drawing an imaginary line to divide my office and dragging everything, including phone, gadgets, laptop, programs, and data, to the opposite side of the room. Then, starting with a clean work surface, I will discover what's truly essential to my work; the things I reach for. I might try that.
Meanwhile, let me ask you:
If right now, while reading this blog entry, you wanted to quickly make some notes or map out an idea, what would you reach for?