In this day and age, people have been relying on their mobile phones in almost every transaction. While keeping up to date with your schedules by logging on to your phone is convenient, there is still a different kind of satisfaction in doing it the traditional way, by keeping a paper planner.
• Keeping a physical planner challenges one’s creative side. One of the things you need to do when you have a planner is organizing. One way of organizing is to use colorful pens in writing activities, depending on its urgency. You can use red for paying bills, submitting important reports, and urgent meetings while you can use green or yellow in doing daily tasks. Stickers also work great in organizing. You can choose from simple ones to the really cute ones. You have to be careful though or you might end up hoarding and paying hundreds of bucks just to get that little cute stuff.
• Having all your notes written in one place. The thing about using your phone as your go-to planner is it won't allow you to use one app for everything, i.e., calendar apps for meetings, and notes for your to-do lists. There is a tendency you might forget errands or deadlines. If you are keeping a paper planner, you won't have to worry about forgetting because everything will be laid down on one page.
• No distractions. Checking phones to read notes and to-do lists are prone to distractions. One minute you are checking your schedule on Google calendar the next you are liking pictures on Instagram or searching J. Lo and Shakira's halftime Superbowl performance on YouTube or checking out what's trending on Twitter.
• Writing can improve our ability to remember things. In an article by the Huffington Post, Dr. Helen Macpherson of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University said that the different ways we encode information leads to richer memory. She added that when we write, we create summaries and contents using our own words. To do that, we need to organize our thoughts first and that kind of organization affects how we interpret the information.