Going paper in a paperless world

Picture this:  a geek, who owns more than one laptop, loves technology, works in the field, sitting in an enterprise information systems graduate course.  Which laptop is in front of him?  The answer is none.  It was still in the backpack on the floor.

I don’t know why, but I have a really hard time taking notes in Word or Evernote or OneNote while I’m sitting in a lecture, meeting, and even when working on a development project.  Maybe it’s my way of avoiding Facebook, Twitter, and the news while I should be doing something more important.  Maybe it is directly related to my strange obsession with notebooks, pens, and pencils.  Maybe it’s because I love the flexibility that a paper and pen give me that no technology can provide.

I use spiral-bound notebooks, legal pads, and a Moleskine.  Each have their own purpose.  I just can’t get myself to move this concept of notebooks and notes to “modern” systems, like OneNote and Evernote.  They’re great apps with everything I could imagine I’d ever need and more, but there is something stopping me from adopting them.  Call me old school, call it routine.  I was surprised (and relieved) when, during this past weekend’s St. Louis Day of dot NET, I was not alone in the ol’ paper and pen note method among attendees and was geeked when presenters Michael Eaton and Dru Sellers proudly displayed their Moleskines when discussing time and project management.

Task lists in Outlook or Gmail?  Nah, post-it notes.  Now if I could just find a way to sync them to my phone.