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I want to get serious about task and time management but am torn between paper and digital. While researching various methods, I saw an anecdote about a person switching from digital to paper and then back again every 4 months.

To get the best of both worlds, I'm considering getting a tablet with a built-in digitizer (like this one) and stylus. The digitizer would provide high-precision note-taking and writing functionality. Ideally, I could use the tablet as a pen and paper while getting all the benefits of digital.

What are the pros/cons of this approach?

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Your handwriting on the tablet will never be the same as the when you write on a paper. :) – alextanhongpin Jun 9 '14 at 18:01
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The Pros:

  1. You are saving the environment. +1 for that.
  2. You do not have to maintain a large number of files. This makes sorting and searching easy. Most of the note-taking apps have built in search features so you can search for titles or specific words in the content. This is a major productivity boost as it saves time and effort.
  3. You can sync your notes to the cloud so you can access them on your computer or another device that you have. This solves the problem of "left it at home."


  1. Size may be an issue. Not a lot but yeah a bit maybe.
  2. You need to be careful about battery life. You dont wanna have low battery when you really need your tablet.
  3. You might want to have an alternative device / strategy for situations out of control. Like your 2-year old niece dropped her orange juice on your device.

What I suggest is that you still carry a pocket-size jotter like they show in detective movies. Just in case things go wrong with your tablet.

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Good points about the battery life and breakdowns. I would definitely want to it up to sync to my desktop PCs at work and home. – poke Jun 7 '14 at 20:30

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