Paper versus Electronic Planner :: Pick a Side


Planning excites me. Being organized brings me peace. I love a schedule with a schedule. The more details the better. I love to pre-plan. I enjoy having a plan A, B and more likely a C if there’s time. And I love my planner! Going on vacation with me is sure to be a well thought out, planned adventure.

Spontaneity gives me anxiety. I’m very indecisive. I can’t have too many choices in front of me. My brain is in constant overdrive and paper and pencil calms me. It’s my jam. I love to journal and read…real books! Hardcovers are the best. I love the smell of the pages, the feel of the paper between my fingers, the folds of the top corners to show my reading journey. I can get lost in a Barnes & Noble (are those still around?). Books take me to another world. I can write an entire blog about my love for books.

I own a Kindle and a Fire tablet (yes I’m #teamAmazon). I have books on these devices but those books I don’t want a personal, intimate relationship with. These are books I read just because I have free time or I know it will be a short read. Now don’t get me wrong, I have some great books on my Kindle that I absolutely adore but they’re not the books that I will sip wine and cuddle with. These aren’t the books that I need to break out my journal and highlighter (yes I love to highlight) and take notes. These are not my vacation/long road trip books. I need the real deal for that.

I believe my love for books is why I am a planner chick. I get excited when it’s time to purchase a new one. It’s a big deal in my book. That planner holds my life! Literally. My entire life is between the covers. And don’t get me started on a planner with stickers, now that’s how I have a good time. I love to see everything laid out in front of me, color-coded by child or activity. Highlighters (yes, again), colored pens, and pencils…I can go crazy.

paper planner

My husband got me an iPhone (still on the fence about my loyalty; previously a die hard Android fan) and I’m trying to convert to the electronic calendar. It has its perks. I love how I can have my own personal calendar and then a shared calendar with my husband so we can keep track of family activities. I do like the shared notes app. I love the reminders when an appointment is coming up and I can adjust the alerts. BUT…it’s hard to let that paper planner go. So right now I’m doing both. It’s working for me so far. I can put the appointment in my phone and if I need to go into specific details I add that to my planner. Yes I know I can add detailed information in the phone, but people IT IS NOT THE SAME. 

I’m vintage. I love that I have a tech-savvy husband. He’s my go to for all things electronic, but paper will always be my 1st choice. 

Where do you fall? Are you #teampaper or #teamelectronic?

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Angela has Memphis running through her veins. Born and raised here, she loves traveling but Memphis is always home. There is no other city like it. Angela is the mom of three amazingly unique girls: Jordan (June 2003), Carmen (January 2009), and Norah (June 2014). Jordan has Autism and is a talented artist; Carmen is the entertainer that loves dancing and competitive cheering (yes, she is a cheer mom!), and Norah has Down Syndrome and is full of sass. Besides being a full-time mom and a full-time employee, she is also a full-time advocate for her girls with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her family creating memories, vacationing whenever the opportunity arises, and dancing in the kitchen while cooking. Her mottos for life are: with God all things are possible, every day is a new day to be grateful, and live to love and love to smile.