[Insert some diatribe about how I’ve been gone so long and I’ll try to be better about making blog posts] The title of this post really explains what I’ve been doing these past three months. For those that are new or haven’t followed, I am in graduate school to obtain my MSW and eventually become a therapist. This has been a challenging summer and my program is designed to be quite difficult— I completed 10 courses in the past three months. It was hell for sure, but I’ve made it through my first summer and have a lot to talk about. I started this journey excited (and still am) and glad to be back to being a student. Not gonna lie— if I could be a student forever I’d do it— there’s something about learning that is so rewarding. I started this semester like I’ve started my undergrad semesters by purchasing waaayyy too many school supplies and figuring out the best way to take note, read papers, and organize my stuff. I purchased a laser printer and a file organization system that I’ve used in the past, researched for hours on what is the best laser printer paper, and finally purchased enough pens and highlighters to open my own store.
I was determined to engage with the material in a tactile way with the presumption that I would feel 更多 engaged and retain 更多 资讯rmation. You see, we are in the middle of a pandemic and unfortunately (but really fortunately) my program has been online. Four days a week, six hours a day, I found myself on Zoom and Moodle (for any of you that are familiar with Moodle— UGH) for just as long. I was assigned to 阅读 关于 500 页面 a week and while the writing was not intense, we did have to write two 10ish 页面 papers for each class (plus forum posts and responses). I learned very quickly that, while well intentioned, I was not going to come close to 阅读ing everything and that I was spending a tremendous amount of time pulling out my 阅读ings, annotating, AND taking notes. Against everything I said I would never do, I made the decision to purchase and iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.
Now the first time I used the iPad and the Apple Pencil, I was underwhelmed. It felt so unnatural and odd. I missed the scratchy feeling of writing on paper and there were a million things to learn since I was completely new to the Apple ecosystem since I also purchased a MacBook Pro at the same time as I did the iPad. My muscle memory of using Android and Windows-based systems was hard to adjust (and still is!). Two things shifted my perception AND transformed the way I engaged with my iPad. First, I purchased a “paper like” screen protector that provided that tactile feedback I so desired. I also found an amazing note-taking app called GoodNotes that allowed me to import PDFs, scan documents, and create notebooks. I was able to create a notebook for each class and keep everything together for each class. I could then export my notes to print or share with classmates. What used to take me several minutes (organizing papers/notes) took mere seconds. Instead of carrying a 10-pound, six inch binder with me, I could just grab my iPad and go. I’m still learning all the fun things I can do with my iPad, but I feel this has been one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while re: productivity.
I find myself missing my analog tools and do not use them as much as I used to. What I have found is that I am much 更多 intentional 关于 how I use my tools. When I do use a new pencil or crack open a new notebook, I feel a sense of joy that I haven’t really felt in a long time. I also purchase less and use 更多— I now ask myself if I REALLY NEED new pencils or notebooks before buying. I want to get back to reviewing stationery 产品介绍s and will always love analog ways of communicating. In the past, I’ve had a difficult time bringing together the dichotomy of the analog and digital world into a 更多 realistic whole. I now realize that both of these mediums can exist in the same universe and even side-by-side and I can finally feel as though I am not betraying my true passion that is the love of stationery.