Many busy professionals have already made the switch to electronic calendars, but others are sticking to their tried and true paper planners. So which type does our team at Innovatively Organized think is best? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!
Advantages of Electronic Calendars:
- Sync across devices: Easily access your calendar and to-do list on your computer, phone, and other electronic devices so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting it at home.
- Share with others: Share your calendar with coworkers, family, and friends so it’s easier to coordinate schedules.
- Set reminders: If you’re prone to forget appointments, setting reminders for an upcoming event can help you stay on track.
- Our favorite electronic calendars: Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, Toodledo App (to-do list app) or Action Method App (for managing your to-do list)
Advantages of Paper Calendars:
- Good for tactile people: Some people respond better to physically turning pages in their calendar, writing reminders in a specific pen color, etc.
- Writing it down: For many people, the act of physically writing something down helps them remember it better. An article by Lifehack explains the science behind this idea.
- Making it your own style: You can customize your paper planner to fit your “style” whether that means color coding appointments with highlighters or using sticky notes.
- Our favorite paper calendars: Circa Notebooks, Moleskine, Action Journal
What Innovatively Organized Recommends:
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preferences and individual learning styles (although, we’d love to hear your opinions in the comments at the bottom of the page). While an electronic calendar might make the most sense for someone who is constantly on-the-go, a paper calendar makes a lot of sense for people who benefit from physically touching a pen to a piece of paper. No matter which system you choose – the key is consistency.
If you do decide to make the switch (either way), remember that it will take time to build new habits. Be patient. It will get better.
Which type of calendar do you prefer? Let us know in a comment below!