Reality Blog: Why Breaking This Lifetime Habit Was One Step Too Far

Businessman Brainstorming And Writing Notes

“He selected his leather-bound diary from its allotted position on the bookshelf, carefully wiping the table before resting it lovingly on the oak. 

“Spectacles resting on the end of his nose, he selected his finest feather quill and dipped it expertly into the precious ink. With a practiced flourish, he opened the diary and began writing.

“Meanwhile, busy workers surrounded him on all sides, furiously hammering at their keyboards. As one, they ignored their slightly eccentric co-worker and his quaint determination to hold onto the past.”

Okay, perhaps I’m not that bad. But I do have a habit that I just can’t break. You see, I just can’t wave goodbye to my faithful diary.

Seeking an Alternative

Ever since computers took over my life, I’ve been searching for an alternative to pen and paper. Mostly I’ve succeeded. I rarely write by hand.

Up until a couple of years ago, I would even print out every post and edit by hand, attacking the printed word with a satisfying vengeance. I broke that habit, and I’m now comfortable editing on a screen.

But I still can’t find an alternative to my diary.

My work diary is my life. Without it, I’d be completely lost. And that has always bothered me. If I did lose my diary, I’d be in a world of trouble.

Everything work-related is in my diary. Even this post I’m writing now… “Friday: Reality Blog due.”

But no matter what I try, I cannot find a viable alternative. Let’s see… Excel spreadsheet, Word to-do list, Stickies (like Post-It® notes on a Mac), Google Calendar, various computer calendars. And that’s just a small sample!

None of them worked.

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew has traded the daily grind for a life on the road. He loves the lure of Australia’s wide-open spaces, solitude and isolation. Andrew and his wife Peta are experienced remote travelers, living the simple life on the road. They travel, work and live in their 4x4 truck camper. Andrew plans to build his Money-Making Website Top Wire Traveller to the point where it provides a regular income... enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.

2 Comments

  • Haha, Andrew, you’re definitely not alone. I keep a Google calendar, because that way it’s always with me on my phone. But I plan my work with a combination of Trello and a paper-and-ink planner. It’s what works for me, and I make no apologies!

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