With a fresh supply of 2018 paper diaries and calendars in stock, we turn our attention to the question – why are paper diaries still relevant? Our lives become more digitised by the minute, and yet the humble paper diary still remains. Everyone has a smartphone with extensive calendar, planning and scheduling features so do we continue to carry them? Why haven’t they died a dusty death, along with the multitude of other now-unnecessary stationary products?
Smartphones are great. Being able to schedule appointments and set automated reminders for the future is incredibly helpful. And never before have we had so much information immediately available to us, tucked neatly in our pockets or bags. But with this information comes a wealth of distractions – whether it’s a message, a traffic alert, an interesting news story or anything else. And the more we get used to these distractions, the more easy it becomes to ignore them – whether they’re important or not. With a paper diary, your task is physically there – holding you to accountable until you complete your task and consciously cross it out. It’s also proven that writing things down helps commit them to memory, so the act of scribbling itself could help you remember your ‘To Do’ more clearly.
Divide and conquer
Unless you have the luxury or having a specific smartphone for work, it can sometimes be difficult to separate your personal and work life. Using a specific paper diary for your work cuts this problem out immediately. One diary for work, and one for everything else. Once you get into the habit of using a separate physical diary for work, you’ll soon be able to master your schedule.
Lists, diagrams, sticky notes and highlighters – everyone plans in their own unique way, for their own individual objectives. A paper planner gives you the flexibility to create your own personal planning system, without the requisites and limitations of a pre-programmed app.
Paper is easy
Ever opened up your planning or calendar app and not known where to look? If you’re having an off day, the last thing you need is to navigate through your calendar app to simply add a quick reminder. With a paper diary, you can get to the point quickly and write whatever you like to make sure you remember.
A sci-fi ability to see the future would be the ultimate alternative to planning devices. If you’re like me, sometimes you need to see what’s coming up in a fortnight in order to make a decision for right now. To that end, nothing beats a wall calendar – for being able to see all the activities for that month at a glance. On a smartphone you might see snippets of an activity or perhaps just the first of the day’s events but, due to their inherent size limitations, they fail to provide a full monthly overview at a glance.
If you’re exclusively analogue, solely digital or an artful blend of the two, we’d like to hear from you. What qualities of a paper diary will technology never replace? We’d love to hear how you go about planning your day-to-day. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you need to order some new paper diaries for next year, why not get in touch? We provide a wide range of stock item, with volume discounts, as well as personalisation services. Our experts will be able to help you find the perfect diaries and calendars for your business. Orders soon and beat the end-of-year rush!