As I am sure you already know, there are two types of people in this world. One type needs to have paper. Paper everything. Paper notes, books, notebooks, paper planners, paper calendars, and paper grocery lists.
The other type of people live digital lives. These people have very different needs. They need digital calendars, digital planners, digital grocery lists, digital notes, tablets for their college classes, and they even prefer to take their notes digitally.
I am the type who needs paper! I seriously have to have a physical piece of paper in my hand or I am lost and mentally unorganized. Anyone out there like me?
Okay, so maybe not everyone is like me, and I haven’t convinced you that paper is the way to go. But, here are 4 reasons why I find paper planners much more useful than digital planners.
- In the digital world, we are constantly overwhelmed with bings, beeps, messages, and alerts coming at us from all sorts of directions. I don’t know about you, but when I hear constant notifications and see alerts all over my phone, my anxiety peaks at an all-time high. Paper planners don’t make noise and aren’t overwhelming with the notifications!
- When I open my paper planner, I don’t get sidetracked by Facebook, emails, and text messages. Digital calendars are nice, but with so many options and paths to take on a digital device, it is extremely easy to get sidetracked and completely forget what you went to the calendar to look for, or add, in the first place.
- Digital calendars place us in a box with what we are capable of doing. We all think differently, right? That is why paper planners are so amazing. There is something about pen and paper and the freedom it creates. No matter how you think, you can create an organization system that works just for you.
- Did you know it is more likely that you will remember writing the to-do down than just typing and creating a task? Writing it down takes more mental energy, thus it is more likely you will remember the act of writing the task out.
In case you can’t tell, I <3 my paper planner! My planner doesn’t place strain on my eyes, it doesn’t beep at me, it doesn’t run out of battery, and it doesn’t upgrade every few months.
If I haven’t converted you yet, that is okay. Whether you use your phone or a paper planner, if you are staying organized and not missing meetings, appointments, and important dates, keep using what keeps you in-line and on-time!