I love technology like the next person. I use my smartphone to catch up on news, follow my favourite blogs and news feeds via the Feedly app, or Whatsapp friends and family. I also use my Macbook Air almost every day. I can’t do without it. I use it for work, for leisure, to surf the web, do online shopping etc. But while I use technology a lot, deep down, I’m old school.
When I think of grocery lists, I think of pen and paper, not a grocery list app. I also use a hardcopy diary/planner. I can’t live without it!
One of the pieces of advice Sher Maine gave me when I decided to quit my job and do freelance work, was to keep close track of the work I had done and ensure that payment is collected. People tend to be tardy in payment. I can’t remember the method she uses. But being old school, I found a nice, pink notebook and started noting down each of the jobs I took on since a year ago.
I’ve been very pleased with it. I have columns, where I note down the work, organisation, amount, and whether the job has been done and money collected. Yes, I know there are columns in Microsoft Excel as well but I hate that program. I had a brush with it when I was helping to do some public relations work for a philantropic organisation last year. It was the last straw.
I feel a great sense of satisfaction each time I fill up a column, and tick off against it.
I’ve been so busy the past two months, I haven’t had time to fill up the pages for the work I did. I also haven’t had time to check who has not paid me. Then I did today and realised there were a couple of clients who still owed me payment for work done a couple of months ago. I casually mentioned to my husband that I had emailed them today to chase for payment.
Husband: Are you sure you kept a proper record of all the work you did?
Me: (Proudly) Of course. I have a notebook when I record down every last important detail.
Husband: A notebook?! Not Excel?! Why not?!
Me: I hate Excel. (Showing him the notebook) See how meticulous I’ve been.
Husband: What?!?! You even have to draw your own columns?? Do you think you’re running a provision shop or what?!?!