Why I Went Back to a Paper Planner

Sorry for the radio silence the last couple of months. I've actually drafted a few posts but haven't finished them and today I want to tackle a completely different topic. 

In high school and college I could not be without my planner. I used it to store addresses and phone numbers (this was way before smart phones), keep track of my school assignments, work hours and other tasks. I loved writing everything down in one place, especially my ever-expanding to-do lists.

When I got hooked on the Google train, I started using its Calendar function exclusively and dropped my paper planner. It was a great way to keep track of my many appointments and tasks, especially as I embarked on a freelance/work for myself career four years ago. But the to-do lists were another story. I would often scribble them on whatever scraps of paper were around and sometimes they would get forgotten or misplaced.

Between the end of last year and the beginning of this one, two people who I admire and respect so much (my client Rachel from More to Love and my dear friend Carly from A La Mode Wardrobe Consulting) recommended that I check out the Passion Planner. They've both started amazing businesses and have a lot going on in their lives, so I had a feeling that if they liked this tool I would too. I checked it out online and after looking at the website multiple times in the course of a few days, I ordered mine. (I got the compact one and love the size.)

It arrived not too long ago but I'm already reaping so many benefits from it. I love that unlike a lot of planners that just focus on to-do lists and calendars, the Passion Planner has a focus on big picture goals and dreams and helps you figure out how to accomplish them through small, every day tasks. I'm still inputting appointments in my Google Calendar, but my Passion Planner now holds all of those plus my daily task list, my weekly to-dos, monthly outlook as well as space for reflection. As a longtime journal-keeper, I'd say it's almost a hybrid planner/journal. 

As our world gets ever-more digital, it's helpful to remember that not everything is better on screens. I'm so glad I took the leap back to a paper planner and I don't think I'll ever be without one again.

Do you use digital calendars exclusively or do you still love paper planners? Or do you do a mix of both?