What would I do without my planners? If you’re trying to find the right way to organize your time, and thus increase your productivity, you’ve probably thought about using a planner. With the advent of smart devices, numerous applications for similar purposes have appeared. What to choose: a traditional paper planner or a phone app? Read what my experiences are and what I recommend to you for a better organization.
Why use a traditional planner?
There are people who simply love paper and everything paper. They like to physically write down their obligations on paper and that is the safest way for them. That’s how they remember best: when they see a written word on paper.
Why traditional, paper planners are good for a better organization:
- they don’t have a battery, that can be discharged;
- they come in a variety of sizes, colors, and qualities of binding and paper;
- a lot of people only remember when they write physically on paper;
- it is faster to use them – there is no waiting for the application to start;
- you can use them in places where telephones are not allowed – lectures, important meetings, conferences, etc.
Paper planners are always my first choice. What I like most is to buy a bound, thicker A5 notebook, so that I can write the dates and days of the week by myself. Organizers from bookstores usually have already marked days of the week and dates, so it is inconvenient to use them when those dates pass, it can be confusing.
Which smartphone apps are good for better organization?
As the time of general digitalization came, the paper also began to lose some of its popularity. Everyone uses their smart gadgets for … well … everything – fun, work, and even organizing their lives. As an eternal tech fanatic, I just had to find out what applications exist to increase productivity and organization.
Some of the reasons to use a smart app for time management purposes:
- taking up less space – physically, device memory is another matter;
- usage is easy and intuitive;
- instant synchronization on other devices is possible.
Some of the well-known applications that you can use for this purpose, which did not “fit” me, are:
Recently, I started using Google Calendar, in which I organize appointments and events that are repeated every week, organized by color. I also have several calendars: business, private, for a blog … Everything is clear and I can easily distinguish between different obligations. I recommend that you try at least some of these applications and find your optimal one.
You can read about some more useful applications, sites, and tools for increasing productivity and getting better organization skills on the College Info Geek site, where a well-organized student and entrepreneur shares tips based on personal experience.
Why not use both for even better organization?
I found my “planner peace” (a term used to denote the optimum techniques and tools for better organization) in a combination of both paper planner and phone app. Try “a little bit of everything” and over time you will recognize what kind of time management suits you best.
Note: I am not an expert in time management or productivity. However, I try to constantly find new tips and improve my way of organizing, and I have been using planners for years.
I would like to know what you use for personal organization and time management. Do you have any app to recommend to me and everyone who reads this? Write in the comments!