Yesterday the New York Times posted a story on the divide between people who still use paper planners (like Dana Levy—the creator of an online juggernaut, DailyCandy.com!) and those whose calendars are entirely online (such as novelist Ayelet Waldman).
I used to be a strictly paper person.Because my days are filled with interviews for magazine stories (which often get re-scheduled again .. and again), deadlines and family appointments, I eventually realized that it was easier to schedule everything in iCal. The biggest benefit: the appointment reminders that iCal delivers to my email inbox. They’re a life-saver for this sleep-deprived mama, who’s become more than a little forgetful.
At the same time, I love being able to scribble down ideas and big-picture thoughts, so I use a Moleskin weekly journal to record my workouts and keep track of my week’s goals. Sometimes I think it’s nuts to try to keep up with both—but the paper planner inspires me to be creative and think long-term, and I have yet to find an electronic application with the same perks.
I’m still looking for a good FAMILY calendar—something to keep track of all four of our appointments—and I have yet to find anything I love.
How do you stay on top of your schedule: e-cal or paper planner?