Even with all the technological advancements and innovations that have taken place in the last decade or so, paper-based planners are still pretty popular among busy families, as well as professional businessmen. If you don’t want to rely on modern technology, in order to plan out your week, month or a year, you can have a great, affordable and effective alternative in the form of printed planners, especially undated planners, which allow you to set your own pace and timetable.
A wide array of choices
However, choosing the right undated planner can be a somewhat daunting task. Not only are there dozens upon dozens of styles and types to choose from, but you will also have to choose a planner that will suit your personal organizing style, as well as your information processing style and personality.
When making your purchase, consider the following:
- Are you an action-oriented individual?
- Are you a creative person?
- Do you prefer to plan everything, or are you a minimalist planner?
- Do you consider yourself a “hands-on” learner? If yes, a planner should feel good in your hands.
Your style and personality will greatly affect how much effort and time you will put into using a planner. If you go with the first planner you come across, it is highly likely that it won’t fit your natural style, and that you will end up not using it. With that in mind, don’t just buy a planner because it looks good, has a quality print, or because you think you should use its pre-printed planning system, in order to organize and schedule your activities. Using an undated planner will allow you to plan according to your style. When making a choice, you should also take into consideration your work and lifestyle. You should also keep in mind the following questions:
- Do you require to see your daily schedules in great detail?
- Is a page per month or a week enough?
- Are you a person who makes a lot of appointments?
- Do you need to keep track of a large number of deadlines?
In addition to these, you should also consider the mobility of the planner, its size, whether it will properly fit in your purse or briefcase, and your needs to refer to it and regularly update it. A good planner should also be very intuitive and comfortable to use.
Pen & Paper Vs. Technology
While technological advancements have made it much easier to organize certain spheres of our lives, online and computer planners are not always the best choice for planning and time management. If you still prefer tried and true methods of using a pen and a paper, you can be sure you are not alone. Aside from all the benefits. electronic systems also come with a number of disadvantages. Just like any other technology, this one can break or malfunction, as well. And, if you are a busy person, you cannot allow yourself to lose all your schedules and dates in a matter of seconds. With a printed, undated planner, you will have a very affordable and stylish alternative, one that will not break and that you can rely on at any time.
Consider the budget
Printed planners can range from completely free ones to those that cost hundreds of dollars. In order to make the best possible purchase, make sure to create a list of features and criteria for your new planner. In this case, you will probably want it to be lightweight, intuitive, portable, colorful, stylish, simple, and with plenty of room to write.