Computers makes me feel stressed. Let me clarify. I’m not a Luddite. I do not hate technology. I am not against technology. I am fully capable of using it. But computers almost always makes me feel anxious. I recently said this to a friend and it made me wonder why this is the case. My first thought was that it is the tasks that I have to do on the computer. Perhaps I am anxious about the tasks and, therefore, I am projecting that anxiety on the poor computer. I don’t, however, think that this is the case. Case in point, paying the bills, if I am just sitting down with my checkbook, paper budget, and paper bills, it doesn’t bother me, there is no stress. When I think about paying my bills electronically and balancing my checkbook on the computer, I get stressed. Strange, right? I love to write people letters, real letters, paper and pen letters. I hate writing emails. I love to write, period. Essays, thoughts, blog posts, etc. The thought of sitting down and typing up an actual blog post on the computer makes me stressed, and so I put it off. (Hence, I’m not very good at the whole “blog” thing.) I have lots of examples, but I won’t continue to bore you with them.
Despite all of the conveniences that technology offers—pop-ups, email reminders, fancy apps, etc.—I always still manage to forget things. But since changing over to the paper planner, this never happens (as long as I make certain to write things down). Another perk of the planner is the quotes. Every time I feel anxious or stressed, I just read a quote and I feel better. Take my advice (I love to give advice) find a paper planner and use it. (This one is on sale for only $20) You will probably feel less stressed just by holding it.