I understand. You love your smart phone.
I do, too. I am a proponent of technology. I use my smart phone all day - to check email, make calls, look up information, and check Facebook.
But for planning, I think it's time for most people to break up with technology.
Paper is a far superior way to plan!
Now, now, before you get all defensive, hear me out.
Your smart phone is still an excellent tool - for setting alarms, sharing information (including a joint/family calendar), or recording a voice memo.
But paper is the way to go for actual planning, EVEN IF you use the phone for other purposes.
Paper Projects a Cooperative Image
Imagine you are sitting in a meeting at work or a parent/teacher conference. If you put your phone on the table, there is an expectation that you will text, check email, or not give 100% to the conversation.
Even if you are disciplined enough to refrain, the message has been sent. The smart phone is the most important participant in the room.
A planner just doesn't send that message. Others around the table still feel valued - perhaps more highly valued if you take notes.
Paper Forces Active Thinking
Doodling, drawing, making lists, creating schedules...all of those acts are ways to organize your thoughts.
You simply cannot use a smart phone to create those links between separate ideas.
Paper Defines Limits
You can only write so many tasks in a single day's space on paper.
Instead of adding and adding items endlessly, you prioritize and do the most important things first when you use paper.
Paper Aids Memory
Writing creates memory in a way that typing or swyping does not.
When you write, you encode your brain to remember, even if you never look back at your planner.
Paper Doesn't Die
Smart phones do.
They also lose information, have bugs, and require boot up before entering data. Plus, entering the data is tedious.
For planning, a paper planner is a far superior device to a smart phone.
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