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20 Things All Highly Productive People Did Before Smartphones

It was a simpler time filled with flash cards and day planners... But personally, we'd suggest a new Samsung device from Best Buy.

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1. You made so many lists of chores and errands that you needed to complete.

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2. And crossing something off that list was the most satisfying thing in life.

Ugh, the feels, man.
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Ugh, the feels, man.

3. Before you left home, you'd do a mental check in case you needed to write down essential information for the day's activities.

"Wait...who is our dental insurance provider..." "Wait...what are the kids' socials..." "Wait...I should jot down her number in case we need to call..."
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"Wait...who is our dental insurance provider..." "Wait...what are the kids' socials..." "Wait...I should jot down her number in case we need to call..."

4. Sticky notes were your greatest ally in the battle against forgetfulness.

(And yes, sticky tack and magnets also played very important roles.)
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(And yes, sticky tack and magnets also played very important roles.)

5. Your life was in order, but your calendar was literally a mess.

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6. And every January brought the sacred "transference" of information from last year's calendar to this year's calendar.

Never forget the transference.
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Never forget the transference.

7. Before smartphones, "snooze" was both a button and an indulgence you rarely allowed yourself.

But you do miss having the radio wake you up...
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But you do miss having the radio wake you up...

8. Day planners were your jam.

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9. And you probably filled up one of these babies:

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10. You printed out maps from the 'net to make sure you could find unfamiliar destinations.

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11. When you met someone, you added their contact info to ye olde Rolodex so you could get in touch.

You listed their address, home phone number, and work phone number — and you got those numbers out of the PHONE BOOK.
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You listed their address, home phone number, and work phone number — and you got those numbers out of the PHONE BOOK.

12. And you definitely cleaned it out every so often to make room for new cards.

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13. Before smartphones, you gave new acquaintances hot tips about which last-name entry was actually your last-name entry in the phone book.

"Don't pay attention to the first number; that's the home office line. We're the second number, under David. Steven is my brother."
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"Don't pay attention to the first number; that's the home office line. We're the second number, under David. Steven is my brother."

14. You definitely had some of these bad boys:

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15. And maybe even one of these ancient devices:

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16. Your hands displayed the battle scars of your busy schedule.

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17. You kept a notepad by the phone to jot down any super-important bits of information.

"OK, so, two large pies...comes out to...$16.54. OK, great. Thank you!"
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"OK, so, two large pies...comes out to...$16.54. OK, great. Thank you!"

18. Before smartphones, you would keep an itinerary to make sure everyone kept to the plan on vacation.

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19. You'd print your boarding passes at home to save extra time when checking in at the airport.

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20. And if you had a question you needed answering, you had to go to this place:

Unless you were really with the times, in which case you would ask a man named Jeeves...
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Unless you were really with the times, in which case you would ask a man named Jeeves...

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