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Digital Planner vs. Paper: The Pros and Cons

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So you want to start planning? Or you’re thinking about switching your planner method? In this post I will share some of the pros and cons of a digital planner vs. paper. Hopefully this will help you decide how you want to plan.

Digital planner: Pros

  • No bulky planner to carry around with you in your bag. You can access a digital planner through apps such as GoodNotes or Notability, so you can always view your planner on your phone or iPad.
  • It’s easy to keep your planner neat, because whenever you make a mistake in your digital planner, you can erase it or move things around to another day. 
  • They are really affordable, about 30$-50$, and you can use it year after year, which isn’t only good for your wallet, but also for the environment.
  • You don’t have to flip endlessly through the planner to find the page you need. The hyperlinked tabs make it effortless to navigate from one page to another. 

Digital planner: Cons

  • You can get distracted by a new notification popping up on your phone and end up spending 30 minutes or so scrolling on social media ;-).
  • It’s harder to write down appointments and notes in your digital planner when you’re accessing it on your phone. An iPad is more fit for this, since it has a bigger screen. 
  • You have to remember to keep your phone charged, because when your phone falls out you won’t be able to view your digital calendar. 

Paper planner: Pros

  • Several studies have shown that writing something down helps you to remember it better, because your brain is more engaged in the process. 
  • If you buy planner ring binders such as Kikki K or Filofax, you can customize the content of your planner with planner inserts. There a tons of planner inserts available on the internet and Etsy. And I have also created a few that you can find in my shop.
  • Paper planners are not dependent on technology, so there is no risk of losing your data due to a malfunction of your device. 
  • Writing something down in your paper planner is usually quicker. 

Paper planner: Cons

  • You have to remember to bring your planner wherever you go.
  • A paper planner is not cost-effective. Popular planners can be quite expensive, they often cost something between 50$-100$ and you have to buy a new one every year.
  • If you forget your planner at home or lose it, you won’t be able to view your appointments and notes.

Everyone has different goals and preferences, so I can’t decide what planner method is best for you. If you don’t know which method to choose, then think about what you think is important in a planner and evaluate which one comes closest to it in functionality. You can also consider things such as cost, portability and which one allows for the most creative freedom.

Digital planner vs. paper. What planner method are you going to use?

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