We Want to Know

Digital or paper planning, which one couldn’t you live without?

Apple made available its much-anticipated iPad last weekend prompting scores of digiphiles to rush out and buy this new instrument of technology. While the jury may still be out on what place this tool will fulfill, what is clear is the willingness of individuals to purchase and add new tools into their lives.

Some might say we’re a society continuously creating better solutions, while others will say that the principles of planning all lie in analog processes – pen and paper day planners. At some level, both schools of thought are undoubtedly correct.

So, on that note we’d like to find out from you if you had to choose one type of tool for managing your productivity and time management systems, which would it be: paper or digital?

Please comment. We want to know your thoughts.

7 thoughts on “We Want to Know

  1. I still have and use the electronic Daytimer 2000. I use it for my address book that I reprint as needed to insert in my Day Timer planner. I tried using the 20254 pages with Outlook and could not get it to print on both sides.

    I have not been able to export my electronic Daytimer files to Outlook.

    I back up frequently so am not concerned about losing my files but if you could provide an interface with Outlook, I could have the best of both worlds.

  2. Both! Paper planner is great because it’s my permanent record; Blackberry is my hourly task reminder!

  3. My BlackBerry (synced to Outlook) and my paper journal keep me on top of everything. So much comes to us in a digital fashion that it only makes sense for me to look towards a system that keeps digital stuff digital. I don’t want to print e-mails and hand copy information from a computer screen to paper.

    With my BlackBerry/Outlook, the search capabilities are far greater than paper. I can keep far more information in the BlackBerry that fits in my coat pocket than I could ever imagine keeping in the most over-stuffed paper planer. I have one and only one COMPLETE address book (rather than one in my e-mail program, one one my phone, and a paper one) and never have to rewite.

    Could my computer crash? Sure, could you leave your paper planner on the checkout counter at the grocery store? I back up my data regularly, so nothing is going to be lost. Compare that to the planner that is lost or stolen.

    That being said, my system is not complete without my paper journal. Whenever I am in a meeting or taking notes during a phone call, my paper journal is in front of me. Nothing fancy, just a put a date at the top of the next page and take notes. I decide what I need to DO about those notes, and the results goes in my digital system. I have developed an easy (and digital) way to find what i have written in my journal.

    I realize personal preference plays into the equation. Some like the feel of paper. Also the lack of well-defined systems using digital tools makes people hesitant. Digital tools don’t make you organized. They do make organization faster and easier if the system is well developed.

  4. I like my paper DayTimer but did just purchae an iPad and would like to try this out – any ideas when Movers&Shakers will be modified for the bigger screen?

    Thanks!

    1. @MagicTrevor: Movers and Shakers will work for your iPad now, and just as all iPhone apps it should be used in a smaller format. We have many exciting things coming in the near future, including the ability to sync with Outlook, Yahoo, and Google calendars, and an iPad app is also on the horizon.

      Enjoy your time!

  5. Definitely paper, for all the same reasons that Mike articulated. Plus, I can make notes anywhere and know that if I have to destroy them, they really are gone — shredder, match, whatever. It’s much more difficult to get rid of electronic records.

  6. paper! for one thing, it doesn’t crash. You can see several months at the same time. You can flip back and see your notes.

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