WRITTEN BY: CARLY GOETZ
Whether one is the perfect planner or whether one is more go with the flow, everyone is busy as can be and has one way of planning, or not-so planning, strategies.
When it comes to planning, one usually falls under the category of “paper for life” or “depends on online calendars.” With a large survey of some college students, the majority loves their paper planners, but there are still the procrastinators who use their phones for dear life.
Then there is the small chunk who really fail at planning and just hope they make it to all of their events. All in all, there are three main categories and which approach you take says a lot about you as a person and each strategy has its pros and cons.
The Classic Paper Planner
Writing on paper brings a sense of reality. Those who write on a paper planner are artistic individuals who enjoy the sense of planning and feeling close to their planner.
Scientifically, it is easier to remember things if you write them down physically. These groups of planners definitely seem in charge of their day-to-day routines and are efficient, motivated and generally optimistic.
One freshman student Kylee Freedman shared the reason for her preference of paper planners.
“Paper planners are superior because I get to be fun and creative with my planner, and I seem to remember things better. I almost always forget things when I set phone reminders,” Freedman said.
Overall, keeping a planner is resourceful, helpful, and promotes independence. Hard work goes a long way, so one might suppose putting in the work to write things down so you seize the day.
The Digital Planner
For the digital planners, life is about speed and shortcuts.
These individuals enjoy using technology for everything and most likely have given up on paper. They might not remember each and every event, but hey, that’s what their phone is for.
These people prefer devices to paper because of the easy access and lack of supplies.
A freshman student at MTSU, Danny Farone, spoke of the value of using a device rather than a paper planner.
“I have a million reminders on my phone. It’s too much work keeping up with a planner. I could never,” Farone said.
This mode of planning is fast, efficient and lacks error because it is digitalized. However, this method may make things harder to remember, technology is bound to fail and it takes time to figure out how to figure technology out.
The most popular apps to use are the Apple reminders and calendar, since there is no need to download anything. One may say that in this day and age, it is better to work smarter than harder.
With both groups considered, there are some individuals who dedicate events for writing down and assignments online.
One student, Jackson Paul, spoke of a sort of hybrid approach to planning.
“I prefer events on paper because looking at it on my walls helps me remember, but I always save assignments till the last minute anyways, so who cares?” Paul said.
Altogether, each person is different, and there are many different ways to plan.
Whatever floats one boat is the way to go, but the key to all of this is to have a plan.
If that means paper or digital, that is subject to you — only you can choose. Planning is a beneficial way to start “adulting” better, and the more in tune one is with one’s life, the easier it is going to be.