Why I still use a paper day planner.

In an age of technology a lot of people look at me in a weird way as I take out my paper day planner to make a meeting time. Many folks use an electronic form planner on their phones. I will let you know I tried it and found it was not for me.


I like to see my week in one glance, know what is coming up and am able to change things whenever possible.

I am more likely to remember events coming up as I wrote them down with a pen. When we write things down they stay with us longer. I do not have to live my life by reminders and alarms I usually know what is happening the next day. I am in the habit of checking every evening before bed to remind myself of what the next day has in store for me.

I am a small business owner so having a written log of all I have done is great for when I get audited. I say when because it will happen, as nowadays all small businesses are being audited on a regular basis.

I also have a space in my day planner to write in birthdays, to do lists, goals and any other information that comes up that I need to record and have for later reference.


Here is a link to the paper agenda I have been using for the last several years:


I like because I can see the week at a glance, it covers the whole day and evening in the times, I have a space to add numbers, information, etc., it fits in most of my purses, and I can purchase refills for it instead of having to purchase entire agenda each year.

I believe there is a place for digital devices I just use them for what they are primarily made for, a cell phone to call and text, laptop to do day to day work, I use telephone and online banking and am on social media. I have not completely stayed away from technology I just find a written day planner works best for me, it is a critical piece to planning your life and work life so make sure you use what best suits your needs.

Comments (5)


Oct 29, 2017 at 1:28 PM

I think, know that I need both. It was good when my Mother was ill and couldn’t go out anymore. She loved shopping and I would take pictures for her. I even taught her to use a computer to do her bills and shop online and how to get help online. The IT techs were so nice when they realized that she was 80+ and lives in Detroit.
It’s bad in financial institutions or police departments. Many don’t realize how I use it to keep family together and file numbers for everything you do in life. Like medicine lists, insurance numbers etc.
The writing is for as the day goes logs, what’s going on, ideas and that song you just heard while driving. I keep repeating the name until I can write it down or tell my phone if I can get to the phone.
It’s good for a choice of prayers for my granddaughter when I do my morning grandma taxi duties

Janet Barclay

Nov 15, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Stephanie, I’ve gone back and forth from paper to electronic several times over the last 10 years or so. I’ve finally got an electronic system that works well for me, but I am always drawn to paper planners. Thanks for sharing yours and how you use it.


Nov 15, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Maybe one day I will find an electronic system I like but until then why fix something that is not broken 😉


Dec 21, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Hi Stephanie,
I, too, love a good paper planner.

However, I use mine in conjunction with my online calendar. I enter important appointments and events online because I always have my phone with me, and I use the paper planner to expand my thoughts and block out my time.

The most important thing, of course, is to find a system that works for you – this is different for each person.

Your planner looks like an awesome planning system!


Dec 21, 2017 at 5:56 PM

That sounds like a great system you have for yourself!!
Thanks for stopping by.

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