The Best Laid Plans
Don't judge. When's the last time you remembered a phone number?
The worst part of the trust and dependence I've placed on that phone is getting out of the habit of keeping a notebook at all times. I had no planner in my suitcase with an itinerary for the next 21 days, no calendar of events, not even a printout with hastily scrawled notes to guide me. It's the first instance in a very, very long time that I couldn't simply look at my phone to know what came next.
These days, you don't ever truly lose everything when you lose your phone. Contacts are in the cloud and receipts are in email, and a quick trip the next day to a Verizon center saw most of my information restored. What wasn't restored was my confidence. I knew that I couldn't completely rely on my phone to do all my thinking for me, and that no matter how convenient it may be, nothing beats having a hard copy. Our planner story in the June issue covers just some of the many benefits of putting the important things on paper.
Later that day, I ordered a planner online. On my phone, of course. Baby steps.