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Do You Have Old-School Habits You Won't Let Tech Replace?

Do You Have Old-School Habits You Won't Let Tech Replace?

I use my iPhone for most things — scheduling, phone calls, photos, email — but one old-school goody I won't give up is my Moleskine day planner. No matter how many calendar entries I keep in my iPhone, I like to have an on-paper record of my schedule, too. Then this happened:

I was running late for a connecting flight and grabbed a bottle of water at an airport newsstand before racing to the gate. As I stood in the aisle waiting to take my seat, I felt the dreaded drip-drip-drip that could only be one thing: an open bottle of water in my messenger bag. The same bag carrying my iPhone, laptop computer, camera, planner, and various chargers.

As soon as I got to my seat I pulled all of the gadgets out of my bag and frantically dried them with napkins, paper towels, my scarf, anything I could get my hands on. Luckily there was only one casualty — my treasured daily planner was full of water. The ink was smudged, pages stuck together. Even after drying out, it turned into a mess of warped pages and smudges.


You've shared stories of saving water-damaged phones, and I'm thankful my gadgets made it out alive. But I can't help but lament that the one essential non-tech item in my bag was the first to go.

Do you use gadgets in most of your day-to-day life, or do you have any old-school habits you won't let tech replace? What are they?

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blossommac blossommac 7 years
love write in letter to send to my friends, specially because the live in another country crossing the ocean, i think is a nice surprise
blinkypink blinkypink 7 years
I am so old fashioned even though I have a BB and other tech gadgets. I LOVE to WRITE LETTERS instead of EMAILS. Especially on my pretty Hello Kitty stationary.
devils devils 7 years
I'm the same with the notebook. I like to have a physical notebook / planner to write stuff down in. Rarely do I use for blackberry for that stuff. In fact, I only enter it in my blackberry also if it's something REALLY important so I can set an alarm to it to help me remember :)
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I write everything down in a planner (calendar, needs list, things to do, etc) and I keep an Outlook calendar for work. I really want to get a smart phone or some device that I can do everything with.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
I like to make weekly to-do lists::
mek123 mek123 7 years
I still keep my to do lists and grocery lists on paper and we have a paper calendar at home for the family.
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
I like to use a written to-do list-calendar combo at work. I make my own using a Moleskine and Sharpie Pen, because I haven't found one with a template that works for me. Tres Geek!
caroline_1 caroline_1 7 years
i LOVE my Moleskine!!!
kiminla kiminla 7 years
Wow. I feel like I wrote this entry. iPhone lover and keeper of a Moleskin planner.
beansandsyke beansandsyke 7 years
ive got two jobs its easier to write everything out on a giant desk calendar my bf keeps telling me my phone does the same thing. no sir no
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I know everyone has all their music on iPods, but there are car rides and moments when all I want to do is listen to music on a CD :)
twirtygrrl twirtygrrl 7 years
I can't live without my Moleskine Day Planner! Love having my dates, notes, reminders, lists all in one happy little package!
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
I used to be like that and only put my calender in the planner. That changed last year when I was in IT which was a very BB/outlook heavy workplace, and I am comfortable with having it on the iphone now. My old-school habit would be my handwritten to-do/shopping lists. I just can't break it!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I use and love my record player, my daily planner and playing solitaire with actual cards :D Do DVDs count, too? As opposed to keeping movies on a harddrive?
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 7 years
I have a Moleskin planner too. I love my iPhone to bits and use it for pretty much everything except the calendar - one time I connected it to my computer and for some reason, I lost absolutely everything on both iCal and the iPhone calendar when they synced. I assume it was down to my sync settings but I don't want to chance it happening again, hence the paper records :)
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I have to agree with you on the Moleskine. Although for me it's not the planner it's the journals. Yes, I carry my laptop with me pretty much everywhere, but for me, there is nothing like putting pen to paper.
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