Why You Need A Paper Planner

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I’m the kind of girl who needs to write stuff down. Whether I’m making a brain dump list or scheduling appointments, filling a page of paper helps me see the bigger picture. Plus, I just really like the touch and feel of paper. With a new school year starting, this is a good time to put down your phone and consider a more tactile way of keeping track of your life.

Apps are great, but here are a few reasons why you need a paper planner. Plus, I'm sharing thoughts on my Erin Condren LifePlanner and a coupon code!

Why you need a paper planner…

Writing may help you remember better.

LifeHacker takes a brief but interesting look at why writing may be better for your brain than typing, and I know for me at least, this is true.

It cuts back on your screen time.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m not working at my computer, I’m looking at my phone or I’m watching TV. In a world of screens, it’s nice to take a break from the pixels and look at something in the real world.

You can setup exactly what you need.

Planner apps are conveniently portable, but it’s not always easy to find an app that matches your needs. I use Cozi to track my family’s schedule, but it doesn’t allow me to journal within the app. So, I have a paper planner that allows me to go into more detail about my day, and I use a lot of the elements from the Bullet Journal to do that.

It’s an easy way to look back on your year.

Perhaps my favorite thing about paper planners is that they can become a sort of scrapbook for your year. Throughout the year, my planners are decorated with stickers and stuffed with cards and filled with notes that I can look back on at a later time. Suddenly, I have a little time capsule that I can thumb through and enjoy.

Thoughts on my planner…

If you are looking for a paper planner to try, I’m currently using the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Erin Condren has a great referral program, and if you sign up using my referral link, you will save $10 off your first order, and I’ll get a $10 store credit. I love it when everybody wins!

For more planner posts, don’t miss: Erin Condren 2015 Life PlannerErin Condren LifePlanner and Coupon Code, and The Best 2016 Planners and Calendars.

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  1. I totally agree that a paper planner is a must. I have to have the physical thing, a digital calendar just doesn’t work for me. Lots of people rave about the EC planners but I am loyal to the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. Just seems to work best for my life.

  2. Cutting back on screen time is probably my biggest incentive to go back to a paper planner. And there are so many cute options out there these days. Your’s look very well organized.

  3. Slytherin costumes, lol.

    It’s definitely nice to cut down on the screen time, but I must admit, I’d rather use the planner on my phone than a paper one. I, instead, take a break from looking at Instagram.

  4. I love the idea of paper planners but I just can’t keep them up! The best I can do is a to-do list on my days off. I tend to plan in my mess of a head!

    Corinne x

  5. I JUST got to see the Erin Condren line for the first time this weekend. Her products look so great and I am a total planner geek!

  6. I know so many people who love the EC planners! I’m a Sugar Paper girl myself, but the EC ones look great too! And I am so with you on loving having an actual paper planner to write in. I call mine “my brain” because I’d never remember everything without it, ha!

  7. I never really felt like I needed a planner outside my phone. I like getting the little reminders – especially the live traffic “You need to leave by XX to get to your appointment on time” reminders. Those are good. Plus I feel like if I had a paper planner when I looked back on the year I’d just feel sad because it would be so empty. Not that much in my life involves a whole lot of scheduling.

    But I am in agreement that taking a step back from the screen is a good thing, and I’m all about paper grocery lists, on the fridge.

  8. I love my planner, and I also remember things better when I write them down. My daughter studies better when she hand writes her notes, too!

  9. I have the EC Planner too and I’ve been using it for about a year now. It is mostly for my blog and I just love to decorate each month with stickers, etc. You are so right about it being nice to have ONE thing that isn’t on the screen for a change!


  10. I am a paper planner but I am not a decorative planner type girl. I know it’s fun and all, but I can’t do it. It’s too distracting for me, but I love the enthusiasm for them!

  11. I like that very much, I have lists on paper and I am “old school”, I guess, I really prefer lists that way. Like you said, to have a break of screens and also to have all near and fast. I liked the tip to write the email inside the planner, it’s always handy!

  12. I am probably really old-fashioned. I like the calendar on the fridge. I know, don’t laugh – well okay, go ahead and laugh. This is accompanied by written to-do lists. I do use my phone app for certain “events” but not for birthdays, appointments, and other everyday sorts of happenings.

  13. Paper planners rock! I’m a huge list maker, too, and while it does make more sense for some of them to be on my computer (such as my list of possible future blog topics), for my day-to-day life in particular, I tend to favourite classic paper lists and planners for sure. It’s fun that planners are back in a big way. I recall when they were quite the thing in the 90s, so seeing them come back in full force (if not even more so) again in recent years has been a lot of fun. Hopefully they’ll stick around for ages now.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  14. I love your planner, Ashley! Thanks for sharing this vid:) I love the one-sentence idea and might steal that:D I actually have a planner I write to as well, as I find I do tend to remember things better when I do so. It’s become a sort of a journal coz stuff like movie tix and such get in there as well.

  15. I like writing out my thoughts on paper too, but I like digital calendars ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I guess bc they’re easier/cleaner to change, move around, etc. But I totally agree with being around and cutting down screen time.

  16. That’s a nice big planner! Very cute with the butterflies. Actually just last night I was thinking I need to get a paper planner instead of just trying to keep everything in my head… Very smart to work with different color stickers.

  17. I love paper planners. I have to use a pen & paper. I’m a total list girl. I finally got a Happy Planner about a month ago. I’m still getting use to the set up.

  18. So many people love their Erin Condren planner. I know the 2017 calendars are out, so I should check it out. I, too, love writing things down. It’s just easier and sometimes even cathartic.

  19. First off you have the BEST glasses! 🙂
    I need to get more organized. I’ve noticed I’m actually more productive when I’m consistent with my planner. I’ll have to check out that Life Hacker article. I love Life Hacker. 🙂

  20. Neat! Thanks for that link (and I love a company with a great referral program!). I’m in love with my planner, too. I don’t need stickers or anything fancy, but it needs to help me keep my day itemized so I know where I have to be, what needs doing, and at what time.

  21. Love paper planners too. It is a fun way to be creative and organized. I am going to try out the Happy Planner for 2017. Love the flexibility of adding pages with its system.

  22. I love paper planners…there is just something magical about writing things off and being able to cross/check things off as they are completed. Makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something 😉

  23. I may need to look into an Erin Condren planner! I am a list maker, planner, and journaler, and I’m currently working in a blank journal and a basic yearly planner. I need a better calendar with a variety of pages for the year, month, week, and day. And I also like the idea of goal-setting pages and activity sheets. Definitely something to consider. Her planners look like they’d keep me inspired, too!

    <3 Liz