In the age of technology and smartphones you might ask yourself why a paper and pen day-planner is even necessary. However I believe there are points that back up the idea of a traditional hand-written planner over an app.
With constant dings, buzzes, and notifications going off on our phones what’s another app to add to the madness right? Effective planning is difficult if an app is the only thing you use because once again, it’s just another app. Another click, swipe, and ignore. Trust me I’ve tried it and it didn’t work out too well.
A paper and pen planning method enables you to create a system that works for you and be in control of the way you plan out your day and tasks. Take a look below for some of the reasons why a day planner is a good idea.
It relieves some of your stress.
Even if your schedule is packed and you don’t have even a minute to sit down during the day, seeing it written down on paper will make you feel like you have a handle on things.
It creates self-discipline.
You’ll get into the habit of writing things down so that you always remember when your next appointment, class, or shift is.
It can help you get more done.
Looking at your day or week written out on paper will help you see when there’s extra time hanging around to get other things done.
It can help you set goals.
For example, I schedule, plan, and have ready about a month worth of blog posts and videos at all times and it’s because of my planner. I set goals to have a certain amount written, shot, filmed, and edited each week. I know that if I screw up one week’s schedule then it’ll give me difficulty in the next. I’m a goal digger!
Here are a few of my favourite planners from Chapters – Indigo right now! Their links are in the caption.
Do you prefer an app or a traditional day-planner? Let me know in the comments!