Calendar decisions – paper or electronic?
At this time of year, the shops are full of calendars and diaries, with pop up shops all over the high street, And they’re busy! In this age of smartphones and computers, it is interesting to see how the paper diary and wall calender still have such a following.
So, what is it that people like about a paper diary – is it nostalgia? Is it that we spend so much of our days with our heads in our computers that it’s nice to have a break from it?
It is not that long ago that I converted from hand writing in my appointments, to using Google Calendar and I’ve never looked back. I’ve asked people the top reasons behind their calendar of choice.
“I’d like to break out and use an online calendar but I find the paper version a hard habit to break”
- I enjoy copying all the important dates across every year!
- I find a paper diary more visual and enjoy using it;
- It’s easier to look forwards and backwards and compare week to week than it is with a screen;
- It’s hard to consult an on-line calendar when you’re on the phone;
- There’s something pleasing about paper that you just don’t get with a screen (let’s not start the paper novel vs. e-reader discussion!)
- It can remind you of meetings so you don’t miss anything (and you’re never late!);
- I can share my calender with my assistant and he/she sees any changes right away;
- You can attach items to it or add notes/background information which you have received by email;
- You can add events/reminders to repeat monthly, yearly etc. such as birthdays;
- I can work with an assistant based anywhere in the world.
Perhaps you have both – on-line for work and paper at home? Do you have a preference? I’d love you to tell me about the reasons behind your choices and what you’ll be using in 2016.
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