Personal Update 202403 | 4 Mar 2024


Thanks for taking a moment to read this month’s update. I hope you’re doing well. The photo above is from a Kent Park on 8 Feb 2024.

Paper-Based Organizing

Despite being an enthusiastic ambassador for the wonders of modern technology, I still like to encourage the use of paper and pen for as many tasks as possible. Sometimes a simple non-electronic solution is the best.

I use a half-sheet paper-based system as a daily planner. Using the front and back of a page cut in half, I am able to have four planner sheets from a single 8.5×11-inch piece of paper.

For each month, I have a half-sheet monthly checklist. I try to get started on my monthly tasks as early in the month as possible. Sending out my monthly newsletter is on the list.

Weekly tasks don’t require a checklist since they are prompted by the days of the week, with most tasks getting done every weekend.

The inkjet printer I use can be run from a solar-charged battery pack. The paper I use is made from sawmill waste chips and manufactured using solar and wind power. [View] So, I feel like it’s an eco-friendly system. I can easily teach the method to others and it can be used without great expense.

Using a paper-based day-planner system is a nice simple and quiet way to start the day without distractions.


I continue to expand on the topic reports found on the Resources For Life dot com website. The list can be found on the What’s New Page. Adding incrementally takes very little time since the post and related context are already present.


If you’re interested in the latest tech-related guides and articles I’ve posted, you can visit the Posts Page on the Iowa City Tech website.


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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 23 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith/philosophy), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and public interest efforts. This is based on the Life Map presented on the Resources For Life website. [View]