A paper calendar is an amazing tool to help you plan your day, and be more in control of your time. It can improve your current schedules, help you make better choices with respect to the things that you want to do and stop doing, and probably save you money by reducing the number of unplanned trips and unnecessary expenses.
And while they are heavily substituted by online calendars and mobile apps these days, paper calendars are not obsolete just yet. In case you’re wondering why, here are some advantages of using paper calendars that you might find convincing enough to consider getting one for your home or office.
1. They Don’t Need Electricity or Battery
Yes, online calendars and calendar apps are great because they are easily portable, and you can access them from anywhere anytime. They come with many benefits, but these calendars often require access to the internet, they’re apparently susceptible to hacking, and the device should be powered at all times.
On the other hand, paper calendars will “stay on” at all times, even when there’s a blackout. They can be installed right away, and don’t need power to work. Just turn the calendar pages, and voilà! You’re good to go.
2. You Can Create a Gorgeous Photo Calendar That Makes You Smile
One of the best things about paper calendars is that you can have them custom-designed to your specific tastes and preferences. You can create a calendar that will fit in perfectly with your living space and with your daily schedule or one that will be useful for organizing important events.
But don’t let that be all you do: you can also create a calendar that will serve as a “to-do” list as well, which would be very useful in getting things done.
A good way to give your calendar that personal touch is to have some photos of you and your colleagues, your organization, your family, or even your favorite pet in the background… pretty much anything that inspires or makes you smile.
Making a customized calendar made with Mixbook or a similar design platform lets you choose a design you love. It also gives you a range of helpful tools and features you can use to add text, modify fonts, add photos, place stickers, insert notes, highlight important dates, and so forth.
3. A Quick Look Is All You Need
Unlike digital calendars, which can be turned on and off several times a day, and which keep track of appointments, and other things that need to be remembered, paper calendars can be used practically around the clock.
With just a quick look at your calendar, you can easily tell what day or date it is. This could be a great help when you’re organizing an event or planning a trip and can’t remember the exact date that it would take place. The few seconds you save each time you use the calendar can go towards other important tasks to make your day more productive.
4. You’ll have Fewer Distractions
When using an online or cell phone calendar app, it’s very easy to get distracted by other things from the device, from emails to missed calls, SMSes, and even tempting ads that end up being annoying. This is something you’ll never have to worry about when using a paper calendar. They can especially be a great alternative when taking a tech break.
5. You Can Use It for More than Just Planning
You can also use paper calendars to use them as notes and a diary. They’re a great way to keep track of your thoughts and ideas, whether you’re planning an event, or you want to remember to pick up some vegetables at the market or catch up with a friend.
Paper calendars are one of the best tools you can have to manage your time, organize your schedules, and do more. Even if you occasionally rely on the calendar on your device, it doesn’t hurt to have one on your desk or wall.