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First, everyone at AT-A-GLANCE would like to thank you for following our blog throughout 2013 and providing excellent input on our posts and content. This is YOUR blog as much as it is ours, so never hesitate to give us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on organizing, productivity and planning.
Second, we want to highlight the most popular post of 2013—and, as it turns out, one of the most popular topics year in and year out. This post—Digital or Paper Planning: Why Not Both?—looks at the strengths of both planning systems and gives you the foundation for starting your own “hybrid” approach. Enjoy and let us know your own thoughts on the best planning systems. Continue reading Best of 2013: Digital or Paper Planning—Why Not Both?
Your paper and digital planning tools can combine to create a powerful hybrid planning system. The key to successfully using them is to capitalize on the strengths of each tool.
Digital tools offer a mechanical advantage. They simplify the management of planning data by making storage, collaboration and organization all easy, push-button processes. On the other hand, paper provides a more human experience, which compliments the personalized nature of planning. Paper and pen inspire creativity and emotionalism perfect for defining and pursuing your dreams and goals.
Your reasons will differ for using a paper and digital planning system. Some do it by necessity—their business uses Microsoft Outlook but they still enjoy using a paper day planner. Others are evolutionary types who enjoy digital technology such as the iPhone, yet find planning more effective on paper.
Planning is never a one-size-fits-all process, so you must find which tools work best for your individual needs. Continue reading Combine Digital and Paper Planning Tools for the Best of Both Worlds
By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands
“Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system.”
This is how former HP CEO Carly Fiorina looks at technology, and I think it’s safe to say that the same can be said about planning. Is technology the best platform for keeping calendars and notes, or is a paper system your best bet? Like Carly said, it’s neither.
Certainly, all of us have a preference or system of planning and organizing that works best. In fact, many people who say they are completely digital in these respects may not realize that written notes, reminders and to-do lists place them in the “paper” category as well. Herein lies the dilemma when choosing a planning system: Do you want the flexible nature of paper planning, or are you enticed by the speed of digital solutions?
Why not simply use both—it’s what we like to call a hybrid. Continue reading Digital or Paper Planning: Why Not Both?