Paper planners vs digital? Here’s why technology isn’t always more effective than old-school stationery options.
Nowadays we do pretty much everything on some kind of electronic device. Case-in-point: reading this article. Okay, maybe you printed it off, but that took TWO electronic devices—only proving the point further. Whether watching a series, doing the banking or researching the best way to stop your child from harassing the cat, our lives are ruled by our machines.
But don’t fret, we’re not looking to proclaim some Orwellian kind of robot takeover, we just want to remind you that pen and paper still exist and maintain a relevant place in the world. And when it comes to something we’re intensely passionate about—organisation—we want to argue the case of paper planners vs digital.
One area where digital may not be all it’s cracked up to be is in the field of personal planning. Life is busier than ever, and we all need some kind of formalised structure to get through the tasks that encompass our daily lives.
No one wants to face the social embarrassment of letting the afterschool pick-up slip the mind. Nor can anyone be bothered rescheduling the forgotten car service. And above all else, imagine the horror of overlooking the massage you had booked in for weeks. “But my back’s killing me!” we hear you scream!
And between school, homework and the plethora of sporting events, kids have just as much to keep up with. Yep, we all need the occasional reminder about where we’re supposed to be and what we should be doing.
The delays of our lives
The last thing you want when you’ve got the stress of remembering where you’re supposed to be (or which stove burner you might’ve left on) is an electronic implement that is suddenly not working the way it’s supposed to.
Just put yourself in any of the following scenarios to see what we’re talking about:
- SCENARIO A: You’ve just opened your digital calendar to check the time of your much-needed hair appointment when your mother-in-law rings. As much as you’d like to implement a call-screening, you have no choice but to answer, as she’s currently babysitting your first-born. Forty-five minutes later and the salon informs you the next available appointment is June 2026.
- SCENARIO B: You unlock your phone to see it’s clinging dramatically to 1% of battery power. The sweat beads are dripping from your forehead as you tap away to see if it’s cricket training or a tennis lesson where you were supposed to pick up the kids. The calendar app is just launching when the screen goes deathly black, incapable of resuscitation. It gives you nothing but a blank stare as you begin contemplating which coach your partner will be getting an angry phone call from.
- SCENARIO C: You start to lament your failing eyesight when you reach the maximum amount of zoom on your electronic calendar and still can’t read anything. You ponder which item you want to throw against the closest wall in frustration: your phone or your glasses.
Well, you get the idea…
So, this leads us to the case of digital or paper planners. Boring as it may sound, a traditional paper planner can be far more effective than a digital one. It can be simpler to use, cause less stress, and just overall be more effective.
It may be a big, bold Wall Planner you keep at home—one that everybody can read clearly and add appointments to with ease. Perhaps it’s a Personalised Notepad you can carry in your handbag, or your child can slot into a schoolbag. It’s easy to access on a whim and quickly jot down every thought you have or that next appointment you can’t afford to miss.
Or you might have really little kids you want to get into good habits early on and whom you want to discourage from too much device usage. Chore Charts that come with fun Reward Stickers are the kind of hard copy item that will encourage them to help out and stay organised—in a way a digital equivalent cannot.
So, there you have it—everything old is new again. Paper planners (and other stationery) are still as useful as ever and can absolutely co-exist in the modern world of digital everything.
In fact, it’s even a great idea to use them both in tandem. Why not use your phone to take photos of your paper planner so you’ve got your imminent events at your fingertips? Just ensure you have the battery power to view them later!
When it comes to organisation, it’s all about planning and being smart about how you use the tools at your disposal. And with Stuck On You stationery at your side, that’s a breeze!
We’ve just launched our 2020 stationery range, so jump on the website to check out all our fantastic personalised options!