I'm the poster child for digital everything: paperless office, Evernote, DayOne, blah blah blah. Imagine my shock and horror when I found that I could have NO electronic devices whatsoever at my new job. They don't like cell phones in prisons. By "don't like" I mean it's a felony if you have one. I felt bereft. CUT OFF.
For the first time in more than a decade I had to get a paper planner, on which I affixed an Apple sticker just to make me feel a little better. (For the curious, I got a Moleskine 2014 Weekly Planner+Notes, so it has a week on one side and a blank page on the other for each week.
At first I felt tortured. E-mail appointments had to be penned in and not just autodetected and put into my calendar. I had to manually enter repeating things that I cared about (like my grandma's birthday and such). Repeating to-do's made me want to weep.
I exaggerate but a little. I have spent huge chunks of my life wasting time on figuring out how to be more electronically productive, and here I am with a NOTEBOOK.
Now after a couple of months, I find it oddly soothing to write things down and flip through pages. It's ended up doubling as a journal, and that's kind of cool. I never flip back through an electronic calendar.
I keep my tasks in three ways: those that HAVE to be done on a certain day, I write on that day. This makes me feel much more committed than adding it to Reminders. Those that I need to do at some point that week go on the blank facing page with a dash before them. When they're done the dash becomes a plus. If I fail to do it it becomes an arrow and I transfer it to the next week. So I can track of how lazy I am. That's not the POINT, but it's sort of handy. Finally, I keep a few little sticky notes stuck to the back page with repeating things. I stick them to the week and when they're done I unstick them.
To my great shock, this is a workable system. The Moleskine came with a miniature book that slips into the back pocket, and I wrote a few contacts in there that I might need to call from work. Works fine.
You can apparently teach an old dog new tricks. By the way, we also use all-paper charting, and I have come to like the pen-over-paper feeling. It really is...soothing, somehow. We're switching to EHRs soon like everyone else, and that'll be fine, but I think the phenomenon is interesting.