The following is a guest post about choosing a paper planner over an electronic planner from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
I know this is the technology age. We use our phones and computers for almost everything. You can’t even apply for a job without being directed to a kiosk these days. But, I can not pass over my paper planner for an electronic calendar. I have tried and failed.
About 5 years ago, I told myself that I was going to start using the calendar on my iPad as my main calendar. I had a case for it and planned to carry it around with me in my work bag. I spent some time putting everything into the calendar and it looked really nice. Then, I never picked it up again.
I gave it a shot because several people I knew used only their electronic calendar and raved about it. So, I thought I was missing out on an amazing organizational tool. But, we were not a good match.
After giving it some thought, I have determined there were four main reasons why it just didn’t work for me.
I have always associated speed with technology. But, not this time. For me, it is a lot easier to grab my paper planner and open it to the page I am needing than using my phone. I always use planner tabs that mark my weekly and monthly spots, so there isn’t any guessing.
With my iPhone calendar, I have to figure out where the icon is on my phone and then, find the month or day I am searching for, which takes a lot more time. And, I understand that this process would get easier the more I used the app. I guess I just feel it isn’t the best fit for me.
Planner Ease of Use/Experience
This goes along with speed. I guess you could say old habits die hard. I have always used a paper planner, so it is easier for me to use. I know how they are laid out and I know how to turn quickly to certain spots in my planner.
I have very little experience with electronic calendars, so I find them more difficult to use.
The “Big Picture”
When I am using my paper planner, I can actually open up an entire month’s spread and see everything that I have down. So, I can get a nice overview of how a month is going to go and what things we have scheduled for that month.
I can’t do that for an electronic calendar. You can open up a whole month, but it doesn’t give me the same insight. I use stickers to indicate certain events, like football games. I will always label my husband’s football Fridays with a half box and a football icon sticker. So, when I open up my planner, I know exactly where the football games are. The same goes for appointments and practices.
Something about the Paper
This one is a little hard to describe. There is just something about having the actual paper in my hand. I am the same way with books. I like to be able to flip back and forth between pages when I am reading. I have attempted reading on a Kindle and it just wasn’t the same for me.
The same for my planner. I just need to have the actual planner in my hand and not on an electronic device.
I would love to get a discussion going. Do you prefer paper planners or electronic ones? Why?
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My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!