Most of my colleagues–old and young–keep everything on Outlook or on our server and never print out anything or very little. They read files and emails online. They can quickly parse information online in a fragmented series. On the opposite side of the spectrum, in order to comprehend and create I need to print out relevant materials, assemble or spread it out in front of me, and take in the whole picture at once.
A plus on their side is that they can prepare very rapidly, much faster than me, with a lot less effort. My plus is I will remember details or questions they have missed.
But, the world is moving much faster, communication and response are much faster, and it’s hard for me to keep up. I get into work earlier and earlier to assemble, coordinate and organize. After months of doing this, I am struggling and wonder if it is worth it.
Since I feel stretched thinner and thinner, at some point I can see myself giving up on paper and just doing the best I can with whatever detail I take in on the fly. I don’t know that I will ever be comfortable learning and creating that way, but realistically I need to do better on time management.
Is anyone else facing this dilemma and how are you handling it?