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Planners and diaries- paper or digital?

New year, new planner? This week Bec and Tara talk about the different types of diaries and planners you can use, specifically the difference between paper and digital planners. They discuss the pros and cons of each and what they will use to stay organised in 2019.

Show notes:

  • There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to planners and schedules- as long as the system you choose works for you. 

  • Pros of digital:  You don’t have to re-write anything, You can copy from emails or link various tools together, It can be cloud based, It doesn’t take up any space, You can easily carry it everywhere (if on your phone), You can design your own if you wish, You can access it from anywhere, You can share it with others/ sync with members of the family/ workplace, Easy to enter, easy to reschedule or delete,Have alarms for appointments, Has search capacity, To do lists can roll forward if you don’t complete them.

  • Cons of digital:  Needs power, Can be accidently deleted/crash, You can be distracted when going to use it (ie, go to write down a to-do, see a notification, come off Facebook an hour later…), We look at screens so much already, What if you’re ‘off grid’ or lose coverage?, Not as easy to see the bigger picture, Opportunity to be leaked, hacked, shared, Harder to use your creativity with it (not impossible though). 

  • Pros of paper: A break from screens, You can design your own, You’re not reliant on devices, software, wifi or electricity, Many different versions - customise with extras such as meal planners, goal setting tools, gratitude prompts etc, Can choose a size to suit- wall/ desk/ pocket etc, Easy to access when offline, Satisfaction of manually checking things off list, When you hand write something, additional neurological pathways are utilised in the brain and that makes the item easier to remember and recall, Handwriting forces us to slow down, You can use a range of art mediums if you want to be creative.

  • Cons of paper: Harder to share with people, If you lose the diary, it can’t be recovered, You can forget to carry it with you, heavy/ clunky/ inconvenient, You need a pen, No alarms, No security features- pin etc, No data backup, If you’re not organised can overflow with sticky notes/ paper inserts etc

  • Bullet journaling: Ryder Carroll- bullet journal is a methodology, not a product. It’s like a set of guidelines that you use to create your own calendar, planning and tracking system in a notebook.

  • Omni Journaling 

  • Micheal Grothaus blog: Swapping electronic for paper.