I recently joined a new group where everyone uses their smartphones for planning, notes, and apps, and yet most also use paper planners and/ or notebooks. It’s very interesting to see what combinations people use.
For example, one woman uses a pocket size planner for appointments, but keeps her task lists on her smartphone. Another woman uses her smartphone for all planning, but has several notebooks for lists and notes.
I do all of my planning, listing, and note-taking on paper only, and I don’t own a smartphone (for many reasons) so sometimes I feel behind the technology curve. Yesterday I was working on a project with someone and she said, “I’ll send you the app for this.” When I said I don’t use apps, she looked at me like she couldn’t quite understand what I was saying. How could I not use apps? When I explained I don’t use a smartphone, she took a quick breath of surprise, then composed herself and said, “That’s okay, you can do this on your laptop too.” Now we’re speaking the same language!
I asked my online planner friends if they have ever felt self-conscious about using paper planners when everyone else around them uses their phones instead. Everyone replied no, they love their paper planner and wouldn’t want to give it up. Most even said that when people see their paper planner, their reactions are usually, “Wow, I wish I were that organized!”
Do you use a combination of paper and digital for planning, lists, and/ or note-taking? How do people react when you use your paper planner in front of them?