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The Analog Solution Test of 2023

As a Information technologist, I have dedicated the last twenty years to learn, use, and support people using the latest computer technologies.  Starting in 2023, I've made a fateful decision this month to made a radical change. I'm committing to put my projects, plans, ideas, notes in a analog system as a trial to see if I can make improvements in my thinking, my tracking, and my living. My paper platform of choice is Levenger's Circa organizer and Pilot's Frixion erasable pens.  What have I learned so far? I need a hybrid (analog and digital) approach to notes Tasks seem to be better managed using Microsoft ToDo. Written notes are most for work and personal notes mostly digital.
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