Why paper is better than digital – planning wars

For years people in all kinds of professions have had to plan their time and keep some sort of physical copy of their day to day plans. Today there are more ‘planning’ tools than ever. In the age of technology there really is no limit to what your devices can do. And although our devices can do a lot there is a lot they can’t do well.

Technological and online solutions are often seen as superior to the traditional pen and paper planner, but is this the case? Here are 4 reasons a paper planner is better than your device.

Speed

When we think of speed most of us would likely pick a digital planner before a physical planner. But is this right? You can flip your planner open to today’s date before you have even unlocked your device and found the app. A paper planner is designed to do one thing, plan, not message or play games, just plan – something it does very well. Not to mention whacking out your phone or tablet in front of your students is unprofessional and tempts them to sneakily go on their own.

Vision

Seeing a plan in full gives you a clear view of what you have to do and when. When you look at your lesson plan on a device you never seem to get the whole picture. You always find yourself swiping and pinching to try and get the best view, whereas with a paper planner, you simply open it and you have a complete view of your week with no battery life.

Personal

Planning varies depending on your personality. Although most planners come off the printing press identical, the similarities stop when it reaches your hand. Your writing, highlighting, doodles and colour coding all reflect you and your planner becomes your creative footprint. A physical planner gives you the flexibility to mold it into your own personal planning system without the limitations of the programmed software’s on your said device.

If you would like the foundation of your doodles and plans to be personalised from the very beginning, check out our personalised teacher planners. After all teachers have a million and one things to do, and adapting their planners to them lets them focus on the important stuff – teaching.

Memory

It is backed well by lots of research that writing things down helps commit them to memory. Being able to mentally envision your diary with your personal colour codes and handwriting helps with this more so. You may argue that typing them into a device achieves the same thing but in fact this is not true. Studies have been carried out at universities on those who revised with laptops and notebooks, and the note takers came out on top every time.

Over the years we have helped millions of people get organised and achieve more. If you are looking for a new teacher planner or student planner for your students choose us for effective planning and organisation.