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Paper and Digital Daily Calendars

Do You Use a Paper Planner or Digital Calendar to Stay Organized?

The New York Times recently published a story profiling a dying breed — the paper planner user. What was once a traditional holiday gift for the New Year is now often replaced with the convenience of digital calendars and apps on smartphones and tablets.

Many paper advocates quoted in the article fear the breakdown of technology in their carefully planned lives. While the digital adopters can't fathom the chance of losing a notebook calendar and appreciate the cloud-based digital backup. The debate comes down to a matter of preference, with each option offering its own pros and cons.

Though we're rarely more than an arm's length away from our smartphones, there is a touch of romanticism in the act of writing things down and doodling between the lines. Plus, many people find that in everyday life or while studying for exams, writing helps remember important facts. Where do you stand in the digital vs. paper organization divide?

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jamie-ferrari jamie-ferrari 6 years
I'm a paper, note kind of gal. But am happy to have electronic back up for really important dates too. Good idea for me to have a couple of reminders for things that matter the most to me.
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 6 years
i use both. My phone crashed and I lost everything but my calendar bc i back everything up on a paper planner. Now i'm going to start doing that with my contacts too!
Day-Timer-Jeff Day-Timer-Jeff 6 years
It's truly an individual choice. Some prefer a hybrid approach which allows you to use the benefits of both paper and digital tools. I wrote about it here:
bluebrooke11 bluebrooke11 6 years
Easily tech organization all the way. It's quicker and easier, and It's always on me in the palm of my hand.
karyney karyney 6 years
I do have everything in my phone but I also like to write things down occasionally. I used to love my Filofax but it would just get so heavy.
mixedpie mixedpie 6 years
I love my phone calendar, but I hate entering in things on my phone and I'm not always somewhere I can use my computer. So paper for me!
psychobabble psychobabble 6 years
I use a combination of both methods. I use Google calendar, mostly for reference and scheduling things while I'm out. At home we have a family dry erase calendar to coordinate schedules, appointments and grocery trips (color coded because I'm OCD about some things). In addition I have a dry erase board above my desk that I keep my weekly schedule and to do list on (also color coded). I sound like a nut but it keeps me from forgetting things!
frumpydarling frumpydarling 6 years
I got my first Filofax last Christmas and I love it so much. I find digital planners too complicated (and I'm a very tech-savvy girl). Writing things down also helps me to remember them!
stone_soup stone_soup 6 years
I still enjoy the task of writing things down. It helps me to remember stuff better too.
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