The new year always seems to light a fire under me! I want to be more organized, more on top of my life, healthier, happier, I just generally love a fresh start! I have been setting goals and making big plans for 2017 and as I have I’ve been spending a lot of time with my planner. Lately I’ve had a few people mention how they are surprised that I used a paper planner, and the honest truth is that I couldn’t live without it! So, I thought today with the start of the new year it would be fun to talk a little bit about why I love my paper planner so much and a few of the reasons why it works best for me! It’s customizable. I am a pretty computer savvy person, and I am constantly working on my phone/computer. However, I frequently get frustrated with how over-complicated apps are these days. Even to type in a reminder on my phone I have to have a date, time, location etc. You can easily customize a paper planner to fill all your needs, without all the extra crap you don’t need. It can be just what you want– no more, no less.
No distractions. My phone is a constant flood of information. In the past when I have tried various calendar apps and programs I would go to look at my days schedule and be distracted 15 times in 15 seconds by three different emails that came in, someone’s comment on my instagram, and the latest breaking news. Now, when I go to see what I have going on for the upcoming day, I have a brief moment of peace and clarity, no distractions.
Everything’s in one place. A paper planner is much more than just a calendar or a scheduler. As mentioned above it can be as much or as little as you want it to be, but when I look at my week on my calendar on those two pages I can see our daily schedule as well as my weekly meal plan, my to-do list, which blog posts are going live, quick self-reminders, and maybe an inspirational quote or two. If you are using digital planning tools you need like four different apps or programs to give you all of that, and I swear my paper planner saves me time because of it.
It’s pretty. The bright happy colors in my planner make me happy. Checking my schedule or setting goals and plans in it is both desirable and fulfilling to me.
I plan better. Every Sunday I have a little date with my planner. I write down my to-do list for the upcoming week, plan my meals, remember what I have going on, make notes of people I’d like to check in on or what goal I’d like to focus on that week. It gives me a chance to meditate on how I’ve done the previous week, and move forward with added focus and clarity. I have found that I am much more productive when using a paper planner, because I enjoy working in it.
It’s routine. When using digital calendars in the past it seemed like the second I would put my phone down and close my computer for a moment of peace with my children that is exactly when the critical reminder would come through and I would miss something. I am on my phone and computer a lot, yes, but that is exactly why I need to be able to disconnect from them. I hate feeling like I have to have my phone with me at all times or I will miss things. With my paper planner, it is a part of my routine to check it right before I go to bed at night, and again first thing in the morning. It’s so second nature now I don’t even think about it, and I never miss things anymore. Plus, it has been proven that writing something down is more effective than typing it out when it comes to remembering something.
Positive Endorphines. I may or may not be one of those psyco people who writes things down on their to-do list after they are done just to check them off, haha. There is just something about physically checking something off my to-do list that makes me happy. Not only that, but being able to look back and see what I have accomplished in a week (even the little things) all in one place makes me feel proud, when it is all too easy to get lost in the “where did this week even go? I accomplished nothing” wasteland.
It’s Private. I’m not one of those crazy conspiracy theory type of people, but I do like the fact that some company doesn’t know every single detail of my life, where my children are at all times, etc.
It works. At the end of the day, I have tried both digital and paper “planners” and this is just what works best for me. It may not be the best for everyone, but if you are using apps or programs to plan your life and feeling disorganized or unproductive I challenge you to give paper planning a try! You might just love it like I do. And because I know you are all going to be asking where I got my cute planner, it is from Michaels! And all the accesories shown in the picture are as well! They have an AMAZING planner selection right now, and they have everything you could ever need under the sun to customize it just how you like it! They have so many great options, it took me forever to pick my favorite, but this one just felt like me! If you wanna shop their planner stuff online, click here. If you wanna see all their other awesome organization ideas for the New Year click here! What do you think, will you give paper planning a try? xo, Be sure to check out all the other Michaels Makers posts this month over at the glue string blog!