So when it comes to planners, journals, calendars -- all that stuff to keep us organized -- it seems there is a continuing debate about the pros and cons of each. You know, back in the dark ages (before smart phones, so 10+ years ago) everything had to be written down. Well, you could use your work computer's calendar, but....it wasn't with you 90% of the time and, it usually crashed at some point. So you had to have a paper backup anyway.
I've used paper planners and calendars exclusively and I've used digital apps and software exclusively. So what are the pros and cons of each?
Here's what I think...
Paper Organizational Tools:
Digital organizing tools
So what do I use? Well, a combination of both. My family and I share a digital calendar. And if it’s not on the calendar, then it doesn’t exist and there’s no belly aching if someone else schedules something over your event.
But I also keep a paper bullet journal. I sit down on Sunday afternoon and draw my minimalist weekly layout and put down all the events that are on the family’s digital calendar. I add a To Do list, menus for the week and that’s about it.
But since I have started selling planner/journals/diaries “dijournners” on Etsy and writing this blog my daily To Do list has exploded. I still haven't wrapped my arms (or head, for that matter) around how to organize all that needs to be done. I am using a digital project planning app, but I’m not entirely thrilled with it — maybe just the learning curve.
The purpose of planners, calendars, reminders and notes is to help us remember things we don't want to forget: the things we have to do, the places we have to be and when we have to do it or be there. So, it's important that each of us really think about what we need to remember and then find or make the organizational tools that will keep us remembering all the stuff we need to remember, when we need to remember it.
The bottom line here, I think, is each of us is unique. The lives we live and the way we think are uniquely ours. So, it stands to reason that the organizational tools we use would be unique and easy for us to use. What works for your friend may not work for you. Keep trying new tools and tweaking them until you have the perfect system for you.
Thanks for stopping by this week. Please leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas.