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I’m the kind of person who is a visual learner. Planners, post it note calendars, lists, color coding, calendars.. you name it, I’ve tried it.
However, I’m also the kind of person who is infamous for quickly overwhelming herself with too many projects and commitments. Last semester I was juggling 4 jobs and 18 credits of classes, it was insane. This can cause me to fall behind on important things.. like eating and finding time to make myself food.
It’s a lot to organize.
Juggling this takes a lot of work. I’ve shared with you a ton of posts focused on how much I love my planners, so it’s no surprise that I prefer to rely on the old pen and paper method over technology. However, the best part about technology is how crazy portable it is. I don’t think there’s ever a period of time longer than 10 minutes throughout my day where I’m not within reach of either my phone or computer, and I’m sure college students everywhere can agree with me. Meanwhile, my favorite planner is pretty big, bulky, and difficult to carry around.
I recently had the chance to try out a tool called the Wacom Bamboo Spark and it has really changed the way that I organize some of the more challenging things about living on my own. This Bamboo Spark has really worked to combine my favorite aspects about both using paper and pen and using technology.
The Bamboo Spark works primarily through a free app on your phone which it sends your notes to so you can access them digitally. It is super simple to set up and sync, and really powerful once you do so.
Right now I use it for the little things: grocery lists, recipes, blog post brainstorming, to-do lists, and keeping track of all my ideas in one place. This has really minimizing the amount of paper that I use, as well as helping me put everything in one place instead of 40 different notebooks like I used to. It is really great to be able to write things out by hand and then be able to access them on my devices later.
Now, you may be reading this going “wait Dani, that’s all in black and white.. and you’re obsessed with color coding, how are you going to survive?!” No need to fret, I’m way ahead of you. I instantly went looking for a solution to this problem when it first arose, and I found it!
In addition to the original Bamboo Spark App, Wacom has another cool app called Bamboo Paper which you can export your Bamboo Spark notes to and then draw on them, paint, and highlight to make them look nice and pretty. This is also a great tool for artists, designers, and really anyone who is a visual learner.
I’m really excited for my courses to start this week to get a chance to incorporate the Bamboo Spark into my everyday note taking in class. I’ll be sure to update you on how I use it to note take in class in a couple of months!