Daily Planner vs. iCal:
Why a physical to-do list is better than a virtual one
Today everyone is running about with their iCalendar’s synced, being notified for meetings and told it’s time to leave if you want to make it to your yoga class on time. Whilst there are many benefits to organisation in this digitised day and age – sometimes sticking to the old school can be a much more positive experience for some when it comes to staying organised. Wondering how? Well here’s why.
Physically writing things down, can create stronger memory retention
The practice of physically making notes of things to-do has been proven to be more effective than the use of apps. The act of grabbing a pen and just writing it down engages the part of our brain that relates spatial relations with information – strengthening the process by which our memory retains information. So when you write down that list of chores on your stylish new notepad, you’re more likely to actually remember it!
Customisable to your own way of planning
Everyone is different in how they plan and keep on top of their hectic schedules. When using an app, you’re limited to the style in which the application was designed. When using a planner, you’re able to design a way to get organised that suits you individually! If using colours, sticky notes or drawing pictures keeps you engaged with the ever-growing list of things to do – then you can go ahead and get creative! Methods which apps unfortunately are limited in offering.
When technology fails
Sometimes, your phone battery will die! Your laptop will stop working or you will drop that iPad for the 100th time, but this time the screen will smash. When that happens, you’ll still have that handy list you made to keep you on track!
So there you go folks! The reason you forgot all of the to-do’s you added into your app that time? Because you didn’t write it down! Got some handy hints as to how you keep on top of your own to-do lists? Leave a comment below!
By Meg Gillespie – whilst at P4 Group