It’s Planner Prep Time! Paper or Electronic?


It’s time for planner prep–the question is, paper or electronic? 

I am a planner. My days, weeks, and even months are laid out as much as humanly possible. I am also aware that with a large family like mine, all the moving parts don’t allow for this. However, I sure do try. I think because there are so many moving parts, I’m more motivated to be as organized as possible.

I include everything. Me time, work stuff, kid stuff, husband stuff, all the stuff.

The question is, how do I stay organized?

Personally, I use both written and electronic methods. That’s extra work, I know. And it took some effort to find my system.

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Why do I do this?

I love the written planner. There is something about pen (erasable pen) and paper and seeing my weeks and months laid out that makes my heart happy.

For 2024, I am using a planner/journal combo with a monthly layout. I typically carry a planner and a separate journal, but this coming year I am trying the combo.

It's Planner Prep Time! Paper or Electronic?But . . . since I also plan for our family of six, I also use the electronic calendar. My husband and three of our children prefer this method because I can create, edit, and invite specific people to specific events. Plus, their planner is in the palm of their hand.

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There are positive and negative aspects to both. 

Paper Planner

The Pros

  • You get to write. For me, if I don’t write it down, it does not exist.
  • Reduces screen time.
  • Customization. I can use pretty pens.
  • No battery or service issues.

The Cons

  • I can’t search for events.
  • My paper planner can’t send me reminders.
  • It’s another thing to carry.

Electronic Planner

The Pros

  • Digital organization.
  • Can send reminders.
  • Accessibility at all times.
  • Other apps talk to it.

The Cons

  • Increases screen time.
  • It can get complicated.
  • Tech issues.

There is no right or wrong.

Let’s get to your planner prep. What matters is what works for you. You can be team electronic or team paper. Whatever you choose, it needs to work for you and add some ease to your life while helping to keep all the things organized.

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Tonya Ellison
Tonya is a wife and a mom of 4, ranging from college to kindergarten. Having lived in New Mexico long enough to say she’s from here, Tonya finds beauty in the New Mexican community and enjoys soaking it in with her family. Tonya has worked outside of the home in the end-of-life field for the past 13 years and has taught online graduate classes on grief and bereavement for the past year. Doing this work has allowed Tonya to appreciate each day she’s given and is a motivation to live life to its fullest. Her kids keep her busy as a sports mom and most weekends she can be seen (or heard) in the stands of a basketball or football game. Having kids in different developmental stages has taught Tonya a great deal about motherhood, and no matter how old or young your kids are she feels it’s important to know that moms matter. Follow Tonya on Instagram.


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