Have you ever wondered why, despite living in this digital era, people are still using paper planners and loving them? The number of paper planner enthusiasts may have been lesser now compared to the past years, but it continues to thrive. Some even returned to paper planning after trying out digital organizing.
There must be a reason why you and I and millions of people worldwide still prefers to use a paper planner over the digital one. If you are still not convinced, here are the benefits you can get in paper planning.
1. Remember things easily
You must have probably heard this, writing on papers can make us remember things better than typing stuff on our phones. Several studies have proven this claim. And a professor from the Dominican University of California found that “people who wrote down their goals, shared them with others, and maintained accountability for their goals were 33% more likely to achieve them, versus those who just formulated goals.”
Writing down your appointments, to-do lists, and goals actively engages the brain. Typing, on the other hand, just involves selecting letters by pressing identical-looking keys, making it harder to remember stuff.
2. Less Distracted
There is also an advantage in using digital calendars. One of them is it notifies you when you have to do this and that which is convenient. However, the dings, the rings and the buzzes may not be as helpful as we thought it was. A study from Florida State University suggests that merely receiving a push notification is as distracting as responding to a text message or a phone call.
How many notifications do you receive daily? Sure enough, you can turn off notification sounds from other apps, but what a hassle to do it every day? Whenever you hear a notification sounds, it drives you to check your phone to see what is it or who it is from. A single notification can make you lose your focus even without checking it.
3. Reduce Stress
Have you ever experienced being bombarded with work-related tasks, deadlines, personal matters, and important appointments all at one go? The feeling of not knowing what to do first is very stressful.
When you feel like your life is a mess and you don’t know how to organize it, write everything down. Writing helps you process your thoughts and emotions. It allows you to look at your situation in a different light. Seeing all the things you need to do on one page will help you analyze what is more important than the other.
Deciding what organizing tools to use is like trial and error. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. It doesn’t matter whether you are a paper planner or a digital calendar enthusiast, as long as it works for you and helps you keep your life on track. If you are planning to give a paper planner a go, check out StriveZen’s monthly planner, and StriveZen’s weekly and monthly planner/appointment book.