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Friday's Unscientific Poll: Paper planners [20160108|09:57]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I know I'm a slow-moving mammal when it comes to the Internet. I mean hey, I'm still actively using LiveJournal and am suspicious of these new-fangled innovations like Tumblr and Instagram. But it sometimes surprises people to see that I keep a paper diary. I do use an electronic calendar (for work; Microsoft Outlook) but it's not my primary source for my list of daily tasks and meeting reminders. If I don't physically write things down, I don't remember to do them nearly as well as if I've put pen to paper in the process of committing them to memory. So I'm curious if there's anyone else out there who is still stubbornly clinging to their paper calendar or planner, or if I'm finally approaching an age when I can start becoming properly Luddite.

Poll #2032986 Paper planners

For scheduling, I primarily rely upon

An electronic calendar (e.g. Outlook, Google)
8(53.3%)
A paper calendar or planner
4(26.7%)
Post-it notes stuck to mymonitor/my mirror/my forehead/various household appliances
0(0.0%)
My brain
3(20.0%)
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2016-01-08 10:34 (UTC)
...any chance of an additional copy of these, with the title "...and if I was being honest with myself, for scheduling, I should primarily rely upon..."

Because my answer for that would be "Electronic calendar". I use it, but nowhere near enough. It's just that my brain is so handy and convenient, and to be honest if I forget something it doesn't cause me any worry until it's too late. Which is terrible, but true, and makes it harder for me to override my instincts and go "NO! TO THE CALENDAR-MOBILE!!"
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2016-01-08 10:45 (UTC)
Funny you should say post-its, i used to live by those too
Funny how electronic post-it apps never do
They have to be stuck to a real surface to do their magic!

Paper journals would alwyas be ouf of site out of mind
I could write stuff but id never be minded to look again to know when so ething was due!

I dont know what devices you use but ive gone all electronic fot several years now
Even to the point i use siri to set reminders for me
Nad i even have shared calendars and shared to do lists w people!

And i have several calendar overlays for different contexts
Family/home, personal errsnds, informational (eg events you hear about on flyers/emails you may/not go) plus subscribe to sport team and other public calendars
I even finally found an app/widget that i like to show me the moon phase on my phone notifications
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2016-01-08 14:44 (UTC)
The LJ app isn't letting me take part in the poll, but yes, I still use a paper diary (my Filofax no less). I tried to stop using it a few months ago as I felt like I had enough electronic resources, but I found I was less productive and more likely to forget to do things I bought a new calendar refill for the new year and am already loving it.
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[User Picture]From: dylsexia
2016-01-08 19:51 (UTC)
When I was working full time in a deadline heavy environment I used a paper calendar for myself and a redundant electronic calendar for my two assistants to check so they could keep pace with what was coming down the pipe.

Paper was/is better for me to remember. The physical act of writing something, more than the actual calendar kept me from forgetting anything critical. Electronic calendar app kept everything organized and kept me from missing minor tasks that could otherwise fall through the cracks.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2016-01-09 04:16 (UTC)
i use iCal. but i also use post-its and my brain.
everything but a paper calendar, i suppose.

i still have my filofax inserts from years past stacked away in storage somewhere.
mainly b/c i have this completely awesome filofax-hole-puncher i refuse to get rid of.
it's my favorite "appliance" i never use!
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2016-01-09 04:18 (UTC)
(work stuff is strictly paper. since everything changes so much in the space of a day).
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[User Picture]From: thatdamnninja
2016-01-09 04:48 (UTC)

I chose the option with the greatest number of inherent faults.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2016-01-11 23:09 (UTC)
All of the above!
My job now requires me to be thinking about things 6-12 months from now and maintain a schedule of weekly conference calls, so I need all the help I can get.
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