Call me crazy, call me old-fashioned, call me seriously out of touch with technology, but I still carry around a paper planner. My day-timer is my life – literally. My whole world is inside it. Work meetings and assignments, vet appointments and play-dates, family birthdays and anniversary reminders. It’s all in there in a neat, hand-written, excessively highlighted package. Yes, I am aware of the calendar on my phone, built into my email, and the many digital calendars that exist on the internet. I’ve tried them all, and I keep coming back to my dear old paper planner. Here’s a few reasons why I’m living in the dark ages of scheduling…
Writing helps me remember things
There are studies out there that will back me up on this. It may not apply to every single person out there, but when I write something down I’m way more likely to remember it. I’m not sure the reasoning behind it, but writing reinforces something into my head, whereas typing doesn’t. Once I plug something into a Google calendar, I don’t know where it goes, maybe to the cloud, but it’s gone from my mind.
The physicality of it is pleasing and easier to use
I like that I can hold my planner in my hands, take it with me in my purse or diaper bag, and have it open on my desk while working. It might sound silly, but it’s a bit of a security blanket for me. I’m also a bit of an organization junkie, and being able to cross something off a list or highlight an important upcoming meeting is satisfying. Not to mention, I love how easy it is to flip through each week and see everything at once. That’s something that just doesn’t carry over to a digital calendar.Highlighting and checking things off in my paper planner makes me weirdly happy. #organization Click To Tweet
I was maybe irrationally excited as we got closer to 2017, as it meant time to pick out a new planner. There’s so many options, formats, and beautiful designs to choose from. I ended up settling on a spiral bound, floral decorated beauty. It features colourful tabs for each month, a pocket for important documents, and tiny adorable stickers for marking out appointments and events. It makes me crazy happy.
So while calendar and planning technology keeps evolving, getting sleeker, and more high tech, I’ll be over here with my clunky day-timer and a set of highlighters. And I’m perfectly ok with that.