Analog or digital planning for 2019?

In a few weeks, I will need to stop dithering and make a decision: will I use an analog or digital planner for 2019?

When I started my current job at the library, I had a Bullet Journal system in place, which satisfied my two primary drives: recording notes and ideas by hand, because I learn and retain them better that way, and using my fabulous fountain pens and ink, because they’re so much fun.

Within a few weeks, my to-do list inflated at an alarming rate, and to keep up I switched to Todoist to track my tasks, especially relying on reminders to nudge me to do stuff on particular days at particular times. So handy!

While I think Todoist is a great app, I’ve been yearning to go back to simpler methods for months now, even as I assume more responsibilities at work. When Ryder Carroll’s book “The Bullet Journal Method” came out, I convinced myself I could do this again. Back to basics! Get rid of the bells and whistles of an app and hand-write my way to happiness.

Then one night I woke up in a cold sweat from a nightmare in which I have forgotten some important due-date because my phone didn’t yell at me anymore.

How are you planning your next year, with notebooks and pens or with apps? Help me decide in the comments.

Published by Halsted M. Bernard

An ever-molting black swan. Reader, writer, library director, over-enunciator. Listening + Unlearning. Opinions are my own. She/her. #BlackLivesMatter

2 thoughts on “Analog or digital planning for 2019?

  1. Why either or? Why not both? Primary system is analog with your pens and ink and satisfaction of hand-entered notes.

    Use digital as back up.

    Reasoning: the downside of your new responsibilities is more to do. With more to do there is more to forget. There are two ways to forget. A. Look to do list, are jogged to do an item; look at said item and get distracted from doing it. B. Forget to look at to-do list in the first place.

    My recommendation is do both and for the digital as soon as you enter an analog item dictate it into your Fone for your digital reinforcer.

  2. Both sounds like a good plan. I use the calendar on my tablet but it would not work with all you have to do. I can set up my calendar to remind me at two times. It has help me sort do keep on track with my craft projects.

Comments are closed.