More and more people are making use of software based alternatives to the good old fashioned wall planner. This is as true of business people as it is of families.
Whilst technology and gadgets such as iPhones and calendar apps are all undoubtedly useful and can make modern life more manageable, they do not always in fact achieve this. And neither is placing your proverbial eggs in a virtual basket necessarily a good idea.
Then, here are 5 reasons to keep your planner on the wall and off the computer. Meanwhile, to view our ranger of wall planners you can do so directly via our range.
Wall Planners Rarely Break, Get Stolen or Refuse to Cooperate.
Neither do wall planners turn black and become unusable when they come into contact with liquid or haven’t been plugged into a wall socket for a few hours.
In contrast, spill a cup of coffee on your computer or phone and the day can quickly descend into chaos if it results in frazzling your gadget, with it costing you your calendar – or access to it. Meanwhile, there your trusty wall planner will be, fixed to the wall and ready to go.
In fact, a zombie apocalypse or ‘Millennium Bug’ style catastrophe could take place and, you guessed it, your wall planner would still be there reminding you to fee the neighbour’s cat. Forget to charge your laptop in the meantime and even without a zombie apocalypse to blame that is the day’s plans gone out the window.
Hence, investing in a wall planner and getting into the habit of keeping up with it really is a good idea.
Keep Things Tangible to Keep Things Manageable
One of the most inexpensive, simple and effective means of keeping a family or household organised is to fix a planner to the kitchen wall. Not only does doing this and keeping it up to date, with each member being represented by a different colour, prove an extremely well organised way to ensure a family remains well organised; it can also save a lot of otherwise potential arguments. After all, even a teenager is unlikely to argue with a wall.
Hence, what is written on the planner is far more likely to be stuck to, especially when the planner is in a communal and functional room or space such as kitchen where it is also likely to be seen at the beginning of each day.
This is also a canny way of getting little ones into a routine and preventing tantrums as smaller children who can clearly see what each day brings are far more willing to feel respected, involved and at ease with going along with the day’s goings on – and there is of course scope to add to a wall planner all the things to look forward to as well as the appointments, chores and bin day, turning the kitchen wall into a year round advent calendar.
The Satisfaction of Ticking, Crossing Out and Wiping Clean
Whether putting a big fat tick beside a completed chore, drawing a line through a task or wiping away an entire day’s ‘to do’ list, there is a special kind of satisfaction that comes with doing all these things that silencing Cortana or virtually erasing a memo just cannot compete with.
The Peace of Mind that Comes with Being in Control
Not only is there a distinct lack of satisfaction when it comes to being potentially managed by Cortana or heeding all the alerts that can pop up on the computer, keeping up with them all and the fact they nag, beep, flash and ‘remind’ us can increase a person’s stress levels rather than lower them through helping to keep us organised and on time; then, using a wall planner negates the need to have the computer shout, flash or nag us whilst we ironically try to work or get stuff done.
The Psychology of Writing vs. Typing
The Act of literally writing and / or pinning information provides us and our brains with a second opportunity to filter information, process, retain and store it. Meanwhile, we spend so much of our time on our smart or iPhones, tablets and laptops that much of what we do becomes automated. This results in forgetting or failing to consciously compute what we have just done.
Then, and because a wall planner is not something we spend half of our day (if not significantly more of it) sat in front of, when we do face it we are far more likely to see what is there, which when facing a wall planner is likely to results in achieving, sticking to and dealing with all the things it details and which are there because they need to be achieved, stuck to and / or dealt with.