It’s true that since the pandemic I’ve shifted to facilitating online and using some amazing online collaboration tools such as ThoughtExchange, Mural and Zoom. However, for planning purposes I am still a pen and paper person.
I use big walls, post its and markers to outline major events, projects and workshop sessions. I have colour schemes, shapes and use icons to help me stay focused. I use small, med and giant notebooks! I continue to buy an endless supply of very fun pens that write in several colours, thickness and script.
While the software and online environment have been a blessing, moving post-its on the paper, writing out key points or reminders and taking notes (in a notebook) are habits that help me work better. My office (for the moment) has space to hang paper, draw on the wall and post stickies. I could envision that one day, if that space was not available, I would need to shift to be more digital. I also often wonder if the time will come again when we all go back to meeting rooms. In that case, I am ready to bust out my kit to help people ‘see the bigger picture’ and find meaning. In the meantime, I am going to continue my deep dive into online tools to keep the magic happening in the virtual space. I am also curious how this will look in the future hybrid meeting environment.
Do you still work on paper? Are we an old-fashioned tribe destined to shift online? What are your tricks for moving completely online?