Digital vs Paper?
Digital planning didn’t work for me.
It bugged me too much to bounce from the task app, the notes app, and the calendar app on my phone and tablet. It’s easier for me to turn to a sheet on my planner and see the date, task list, and notes all on one page. Also it is harder to ignore handwritten tasks than it is to ignore notifications on your phone or Outlook. Digital definitely has benefits but paper is here to stay.
If you go paper based, any planner/organizer that fits your needs will do. It is important to choose one that is
- the right size for your needs, and
- fits your thinking processes so that you’ll use it
All of us lead different lives, so that’s why there are zillions of planners out there. You may have to try a few before you find the right planner that’s right for you.
Options for Trying Out New Planners
Target is a good option to test planners. They are not expensive and they have a lot of pretty and/or functional ones. The other option is printing out templates of the planner you are thinking of using. You can also try drawing out a template in a bullet journal or notebook.
If you never use planners before, it’s best to start inexpensive to see how your thinking process meshes with the planner layout. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a planner that does not work well for you and not use.
The Right Planner
The right planner, when you open it has to delight you. It has to inspire you because without that, it’s not going to keep you being productive. It should make your life easier and it should make you happy. If it’s not working out or it’s frustrating you, then it’s okay to try another planner, or go back to digital.
Also as your life changes and as your kids grow, your schedule changes, and therefore your planning changes.
It’s always exciting to start a new planner, so give it a shot, and continue planning.
What planner do you use? If in market for planner what have you seen and liked so far?