I have been using a paper planner my entire professional life. Ok, don’t laugh at me but I can remember getting excited each fall as I picked out a new one for the following year. This particular purchase really does make me happy (and productive). I did try to go digital over the years as I was feeling behind and old fashioned in the “going paperless” world but my world literally fell apart. My productivity plummeted and my stress soared.

For me, the “behind the screen” planning did not work. I believe this to be true for many people. I now use a combination of digital and paper productivity tools and a paper planner is my personal favorite. I attribute my feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of a long day mostly to the fact that I indeed did plan my day and looked at my planner several times during the day.

Instinctively as a Certified Professional Organizer®, I know that the physicality of writing our tasks, goals, thoughts and appointments along with the neurological processes that follow, bring many positive productivity results but it’s wonderful to see all the scientific evidence now such as this article, “5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Paper Planners Are Better Than Digital Planners And Calendars.”

Additionally, this one from the New York Times in 2018 is still excellent information when deciding which way to turn, “The Case for Using a Paper Planner.”

The first blog announces these 5 points scientifically:

  1. You’re less distracted
  2. You remember things better
  3. You’re more motivated
  4. Reduced stress
  5. It’s your healthy habit

I agree and would like to add 5 more of my own points based on client and personal experience:

  1. It causes clarification of ideas
  2. It helps with prioritization
  3. It highly increases the chances of getting things done
  4. Its weakens procrastination
  5. It talks to your Reticular Activating System in your brain

Now I have given you 10 excellent reasons why using a paper planner can be good for you.  Let’s see what you think…😀