Eric Mack: aProductivity Specialist

Thursday, July 7th, 2005
Michael Sampson's at it again. This time, he's picking on me for using, of all things, an analog tablet!
You can imagine my surprise, therefore, when during the next week Eric spent a great deal of time using paper and a pen! And in the past week, he's started to post about "analog productivity" (see Print a Next Action Form on the Back of Your Business Card and No Digital Tool Beats My Paper Scheduling Tool). What's going on? Is Eric changing from being an "eProductivity Specialist" to an "aProductivity" one? Look at the evidence and decide for yourself... link
Indeed, our trip was a great deal of fun; I did use paper and pen more than I planned to and internet and tablet challenges did provide ample opportunities for laughter. In fact, I can't remember when I laughed so much for so long. We talked about technology and productivity, solved the world's problems - or at least those at the Westin Times Square (like poor internet access, no WiFi) and enjoyed fellowship together.
Seriously though, I had a neat week hanging out with Eric. We had numerous discussions about technology and productivity, although not as many as I would have liked. Regardless of what happens next for Eric, here's my final word: There are many people who become so enamoured with electronic tools that they fail to see the pure simplicity of paper, pens and pencils. Eric defly demonstrates a clear understanding of the pros and cons of each, which is why I have no reservation in recommending his thinking and approach to eProductivity. Keep up the good work Eric (once, of course, you get back from a supplies trip to Staples).
Everything Michael wrote is true, and I did write those words on the display tablet at the Levenger store. (My M4 was...unavailable at the time.)
There are, however, many more pieces (and pictures) to the story than Michael shares in this post.

I'm saving those for a future blog entry ... perhaps when Mr. Shared Spaces least expects it...

Discussion/Comments (3):

Eric Mack: aProductivity Specialist

You're a good guy Eric. Keep up the good work.

Posted at 7/8/2005 5:51:32 AM by Walter

Eric Mack: aProductivity Specialist

You can't use your tablet all the time when it weigth 6 pounds ;) Paper is needed in that case.

Just kidding :p

Posted at 7/8/2005 11:19:19 AM by Thomas BRESSE

Eric Mack: aProductivity Specialist

If you scribble temporary information onto a sheet of paper then paper and pencil works well.

If you put many unrelated things on a sheet of paper, then the trouble starts - not only do you have to read each sheet of paper, instead of being able to search, but then whatever information you need to keep has to be transcribed.

If you only need text notes, then a PDA makes a good, light alternative to a tablet. When I go to shops collecting prices I take my PDA. Previously if I was going to a customer to discuss their requirements and brainstorm with them I used to take an A4 pad, but no more because it is much easier to do this on a tablet.

6 pounds is only a big deal if you have to walk around with it in your hands.

Posted at 7/9/2005 10:24:58 AM by Geoff

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