Geralin Thomas, a well-known and respected professional organizer, recently ran a contest on her Facebook page to raffle four (4) 2014 Quo Vadis Minister planners. Geralin has used a Minister for many years and continues to do so. I count it high praise if one of the best organized women in America feels the Minister is a helpful companion!
I was interested to read the comments of people who signed up to see if they could win a Minister. Many of them also use smart phone calendars. Here is a sampling:
“I use both. I use a lot of reminders on my electronic one. But I tend to go to my paper one first to jot things down ‘before I forget.'”
“I tend to think clearer about my day, week or month when having a pen in my hand. I take my time and plan ahead. Digital is great for on the go items, quick notes or unexpected events but there is no substitute for the freedom paper provides. And it’s much easier on the eyes!”
“I use a paper calendar because I save ALL of them. I have saved calendars since 2002! I love looking back on my life!”
“I use a paper calendar because I like the tactile feel of writing and erasing! It reinforces the entry in my brain as well.”
“I use paper and electronic. I love the portability of the electronic but I love the tactility of he paper calendar. I constantly go back and forth between the two and wish I could settle on one…haven’t been able to so far.”
Here is my take, as a strictly “paper person” who is now venturing into digital waters: I am getting tired of lugging around both my iPhone and my Sapa X and loose notes. The iPhone has the advantage when I’m out and about in that I can call, note, text, search and take a photo on one device. I find that very convenient and handy, and helps me to be more spontaneous.
But my paper planner still has some emotional and psychic advantages: my hand-writing and they way I order my notes are more “mine” vs. the standard font and regimentation found in digital. The paper way is more individual. I also find myself rebelling from constantly being pushed to change, buy something new or upgrade. I don’t mind change, but I don’t want to feel pushed all the time.
What do you feel? How do you utilize (or not) paper planners with other systems?