It wasn’t an easy decision to go paperless. I have kept daily journals for years, and I have always loved having a journal in my backpack. But let’s face facts. I’m not getting any younger, and that backpack gets heavier every year. Also, living with schizophrenia means that I have a mountain of disorganized papers that match my sometimes disorganized thought patterns, and its become too easy to lose track of important papers. I’m also a student and I want to reduce my carbon footprint. So I opted to go paperless. What does this mean? It means that I purchased an Ipad sixth generation (I couldn’t stomach the price of the Pro for this experiment) and I plan to use it for all my school note-taking and journaling. This is going to be hard for me. Giving up paper. I’ve tried it before. But that usually meant taking a laptop everywhere, and busting that bad boy out at the drop of a thought is cumbersome at best and dangerous in my neighborhood at worst. So I opted for an Ipad. I suppose I could have gotten a surface, but the Ipad has cooler covers, it’s smaller, so I feel more comfortable taking it out and, well, they only carried Ipads in the school bookstore.
So tomorrow I will begin my paperless journey; a shame really since I just got a new journal for new years 2019. But maybe I can take some pictures of it and use its cover as a cover and its pages as templates. Who knows? Not me, not yet anyway. But I think I was reading of an app where you can customize the templates. Now that would be cool. What was it called? If you know leave me a message in the comments section. I think its Goodnotes.
One thing you can bet on is that I’ll be writing away on that iPad; every time I look at my journal I think about how many trees died to make it. Yes, there are journals that use recycled paper or that use a fabric pulp by-product to make less of a carbon footprint. I have used both with good results. But I’ve really wanted to go paperless for a long time now.
Also to be fair, I looked at a number of tablets like the Sony DPT-RP1, the Remarkable and the Boox Onyx Note. What turned me off these werethe prices and that most of them don’t handle the kindle app or adding images on the notepaper paper. I often add photographs I print out to my journals. The Ipad with an app like Notability, One Note or Evernote seemed to be the cheapest and smartest alternative. I also wanted a way to organize my Kindle textbooks, school notes, and my journal into an all in one device. Once again the Ipad with apps won the day.
I also looked at 2in1 laptop tablets like the Dell Inspiron, but none of the ones that work with the active stylus were sold in the bookstore and while you are thinking “Mae, there are other places to shop than your university bookstore,” let me remind you that only your university bookstore takes your financial aid package into account if you want to purchase one. This was yet another reason I went with the Ipad.
I’ll also be looking at various apps to help me journal and note take. It might be that I need to use two separate apps, but I doubt this. Still, I’ll look at both journaling and notetaking apps.
Will this finally open up the world of Macs to me? A lot, I mean a lot of people love their Macs. Although I know there is going to be a learning curve coming from windows so I would love to find an app that works on windows machines and the Ipad, ideally, one that allows me to export and print. I know what you are thinking: Onenote! Yes, its free and I will certainly be putting it through its paces first. Along with the usual office suite that works on Apples, I’ll have to see if it works on the Ipad. From what I read they will.
So while I’m impatiently waiting for my iPad to show up tomorrow, I will be looking at
the various note-taking and journaling
apps, such as (in no particular order):
- MS Word
- Good notes
- Day One
- Notetaker HD
- Complete Class Organizer
I’d like to try them all, but money is a factor so the free options will be used first. Hell, if Onenote makes the grade, I’ll be using that if I can sync it to my win 10 desktop, thus eliminating the need (but not the want) for a MacBook. Anyway, true believers, I’ll keep you updated…. And in the meantime, I’ll show you the case I bought. It certainly has personality, it looks like me journaling! Its from Dluggs on Amazon and cost about $14.00. I didn’t need the card holder but I like the fact that it has a pencil loop, when most of the didn’t. I hope the loop isn’t too big, none of those pens at the bottom look like my Apple Pencil…