In today’s world, there are endless apps and online programs to help keep us organized. I admit if I didn’t have those 15-minute reminders in Outlook, I would be
late to many meetings. I’m grateful for so many technological advances that help keep my professional and personal life organized.
However, I still use an old-fashioned, trusty, paper planner. I write it in frequently. I keep my to-do lists, jot down due dates, highlight important events and use stickers and sticky notes to death. Quite frankly, when I finish something, I love crossing off it off my to do list.
My husband is very tech savvy, and he makes fun of me often for how often I refer to my planner. But I’ve had a planner since high school, and I’m not about to give it up now. And in the past couple of years, paper planners have made huge strides in terms of customizatio
n and organization.
Why should you go back to paper?:
- Flexibility – Everyone’s brain processes information differently. Having a paper planner gives you the freedom to organize your thoughts and tasks in a way that best suits you.
- Memory boost – It’s a well-known fact that writing things down help us to remember. When we take the time to write things down, it’s more likely to stick in our brains. Even if you don’t use a planner, write it down.
- Check it off – There is something utterly satisfying about crossing tasks off your to-do list.
If you haven’t been using a paper planner, it might seem a little overwhelming at first. Have no fear – below are three tips that make it easy to get started:
- Make it a priority – Every Monday morning, I spend about 10 minutes reviewing notes in my planner and prioritizing my week. I think about goals and things I need to accomplish. I also try to look forward to see if there is anything due. Usually this means looking through the previous week and looking forward to following week. I also take a few minutes every morning to see what I accomplished the day before and what needs to be done for the day. It really helps me focus and start my day.
- Do it every day – Time gets away from us very easily. As part of your morning routine, spend a few minutes to sit down without distractions to make a plan for the day. Taking this time could save you time as the day progresses.
- Find what works for you – Everyone is different. Finding the right planner can make or break or break your experience. Luckily, there are so many options for personalizing to choose from. From layouts to design, I’m confident you’ll find something that works for you.
If you want to be more organized in 2018, now is a great time to start planning ahead. On Jan. 1, you start the year off with a fresh, clean piece of paper.