Having a husband who is tech- savvy is great. He often will show me ways I can better use my time and energy doing things on the computer instead of writing them down, such as my weekly grocery lists and school planning. These technological advances have been great for the most part, but still have their drawbacks. Here is a summary of how going paperless has worked, and not worked for me lately:
Grocery Shopping: I was keeping track of my purchases in a small notebook, so every month or so I could graph in which categories we were spending the most money. Yes, I was a math major, why do you ask? But I realized I would be doing a lot better if I was putting all of the data in an Excel spreadsheet, and letting the computer do all the sorting and calculating. Not only that, but I could generate a new list (from my master copy) every week and only have to introduce the few items I hadn’t bought before (like chicken feet), saving me a lot of time and effort. I went so far as to try using my iPod while I shopped, Luke having transferred my list to it before I left, but this is where my paperless existence had to end. That was too hard. I’d much rather have a piece of paper in my hand, crossing out the items, than a device that presented so many tedious problems, like going black every few minutes, and being only the size of my hand, I was constantly scrolling up and down.
Homeschooling- My goal this school year is to try to stay a month ahead as far as planning goes. I’ve been putting all of my lesson plans and ideas into text documents and calendars, which has been really nice. Today though, I went to look for the document that had all my science lesson plans in it, only to find that it had disappeared! Thankfully, it wasn’t more than just the one document. I can’t help but think this wouldn’t have happened if I was writing these things down on paper. But, then, a kid could have eaten it, or thrown it away. Nothing’s ever safe here. 🙂
Recipes- I’ve been posting recipes here, to have them all be in one place. At home there is a box of recipe cards, a clipboard of recipe printouts, and a list of recipes bookmarked on my web browser, not to mention the ten cookbooks shelved over the stove. Too many locations! We are pretty simple eaters around here, eating the same things over and over, so it would be nice to have one place demonstrate the reality of our limited variety. My blog seemed like a good choice, since it was already here on the Internet taking up space. This would be a problem if it were the only place for my recipes, however, because we won’t have Internet at the new house. I’ll have to plan my meals ahead enough to catch them when I am out to McD’s or Panera to check my email.
Books online- I’m currently reading How To Have a Family Altar by Norman V. Williams. Nancy from Above Rubies has mentioned it many times as a great read, and now it is available online here. I love that I didn’t have to pay for this book to enjoy the benefits of it. Other books I have had to buy, because they are too old or unknown to be found in a library system. It is nice to find rarities online from time to time.
How about you? Have you been typing more and writing less?