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Paper vs digital planners. Every time a new year rolls around someone asks the difference between a paper planner vs a digital planner. I always thought I was a paper planner kind of girl. I love walking through the stationary isle and finding the perfect cover design. And I always remember things better when I have to hand write them. I still love nice stationery and handwriting notes. However digital planners have recently won the battle.
Digital planning used to just mean using note apps such as todoist and OneNote. It’s no longer like that. There are a multitude of planners that look like a paper planner but they’re stored on your iPad/tablet. Even better, using the Apple Pencil with the iPad allows you to also write in your own handwriting on the digital planner. *mind blown*
I have totally switched to a digital planner over my paper planner. Let’s explore 5 reasons why.
1. Make a Mess?
Quite possibly the biggest disadvantage of a paper planner vs digital planner is the “oops” factor. Paper planners are pretty permanent. Once you write it, it’s there. Pencil or pen- doesn’t matter.
Whereas a digital planner gives you a lot more grace. Write an appointment on the wrong day? Select the text and move it! Misspell someone’s name? Don’t like the way your handwriting looks? Erase without leaving any residue or weird impressions and start over! Digital planners are extremely helpful in direct sales when you have a host that doesn’t answer their phone or needs to reschedule their party. Just lasso the info and move it.
2. Cheaper to Maintain
The cost comparison between paper planners vs digital planners can be night and day. I’ve spent upwards of $50 for a paper planner that does what I want it to do! Even I think that’s kinda crazy, especially since it didn’t do exactly what I wanted it to do. Most digital planners run the $20-$25 range.
Lots of people like to decorate and personalize their planners with stickers and colored pens. Once you use a sticker in your paper planner, it’s gone! Digital stickers can be used over and over again as many times as you want. Colored pens are a great way to visually see planned time. You’re making a trip to Staples or ordering from Amazon for real ones. With your digital planner you can have any color ink you want right within the app!
3. Get That Sync-ing Feeling
I am using my planner in GoodNotes on my iPad. And I’m eternally grateful for the mysterious cloud! Digital planners sync with the cloud and will sync between all devices on that same cloud network. *angels sing* That means your GoodNotes planner will show up on your iPhone the same as it does your iPad. No carrying a bulky paper planner with you everywhere! No more fear of losing your life (because that’s what your planner is when you’re a busy gal) on the bus! It’s all on that wonderful thing called the cloud.
4. Navigate and Customize Easily
The processes of customizing a paper planner vs a digital planner are night and day. The paper planner needs to be customized before it even goes to production. Once it’s bound together, it stays that way. With a digital planner, you can move pages at will! Add new pages. Delete unused ones. The possibilities are endless. Sometimes Add Ins for your specific planner will be available and you can add them where you see fit.
When looking for a digital planner, make sure to find one with hyperlinks! They allow you to zip all over your planner without “flipping pages”. My current planner has a bunch of hyperlinks so I can quickly pop from the year view, to the notebook I added in the back, back to the month view and even the week. Check out the Now What Digital Direct Sales Planner by Makin It Social for a great example of a hyperlinked planner.
5. Instant Gratification
You don’t have to wait upwards of 6 weeks, and risk a restraining order from your postal worker, for your paper planner to be delivered. Digital planners are INSTANT DOWNLOADS. Instant. We like that. You just shelled out cash and are inspired to get organized— who wants to wait?!
Don’t wait. Go digital.