This is an issue that I've struggled with a lot in the past. As I try to get a grasp on an organized life I've struggled with the idea of whether writing something down or typing it onto an online document in the cloud is better. Should I use a paper planner or a digital planner?
Here's the issue, while in school I like to write everything down. We've been told over and over again that actually writing things help you remember it, right? But then a year or two later we are told that we shouldn't print out our notes, that we should save the world and recycle, and that digital documents are the way to go.
So, what do you think? What is the better method? Honestly, I don't know. But I'll share with you what I do.
When I had a paper planner, paper notes, and a pencil on hand at all time, life was simpler. I could write down an event, and I wouldn't have to worry about how it fit in with the rest of my meetings or the numerous tasks that I had on hand. I was young, my responsibilities were few, and my notes were all pretty straight forward.
Now that I am older and attending college, working at a fabulous department, and taking on more responsibilities by the minute there are just too many things to keep track of on a paper planner. I need to have a software like Outlook keep track of my calendar and organize my emails, an application like Wrike to keep track of my to do lists, and OneNote, Word, and PowerPoint to keep track of all of my intertwined notetaking.
I still struggle from time to time on whether I want to print something out and actually write things down, but I know that paper documents are more difficult in a life that is constantly moving and changing. Now, I only use paper to scratch something down really quickly, and then I go home later that day and upload that note to whatever online application suits my needs.
While I know that no one system is the "right" system, I still find that mine is the best for me. I need to be digitally reminded of all of my events and to do lists, and I need to have access to all of these things at all time. What are your priorities? How do you plan out your day? Are you #TeamDigital or #TeamPaper? Tweet me and let me know!