These days, technology provides so many great resources for home managers. Paper is becoming more and more obsolete, and the free web apps and tools save us money and time as we effectively run our homes.
But you know what? I kinda like writing on paper.
There’s something to be said for giving your eyes and brain a break from screen time. When I sit at the laptop for too long, the my body’s atrophy weighs heavily on my shoulders, and my overstimulated brain needs a rest from the glare of the screen. Plus, I’d hate to think my kids’ memories of their mama was staring at the computer, even if I am managing the home from there.
But I’m also not a luddite.
Many of the free tools we have at our fingertips are gold mines, and I’m sure our grandmothers would have loved to have such access to the endless supply of recipes, calendars, to-do lists, automatic bill paying, and educational curriculum we have online. It would be poor stewardship to shun all these helpful tools, all in the name of paper.
I do both. What works best for me is a hybrid of both traditional, offline management and online web apps. Both have their benefits, and both have their pitfalls. I want to work both to my advantage.
There’s not a right way to do this – in my opinion, each home and home manager is different, so there’s different methods to best meet our needs. The beauty of the 21st century is that we can customize a management plan to best meet our needs. And that’s cool.
For the next few articles, I’ll share how I use online resources to my advantage, and also how I use offline, traditional methods. I’m still tweaking my system (I’ll probably always be tweaking), but for now, I’ve got a rhythm that works well, more or less.
Have you found a system that works well for you? How intentional are you in your choice of using offline and online tools to your advantage? If you had to pick, which method is your preference?