Planners: Paper vs Digital – Which is better & how can it help your Productivity?

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have 48 hours in a day? Are they productivity ninjas? Does the sheer volume of what they manage to do in their business in 24 hours leave you in absolute awe?   A not so secret-secret is their ability to effectively use a planner that works for them. Most people are staunch supporters of either paper planners or digital planners.

Even though some people use both, you’ll generally find that they still prefer one over the other.

Why is this?

Let’s take a look at the pro’s of PAPER vs. DIGITAL and you decide which you prefer.


  • Statistics show that you’ll remember what you need to do a lot better if you use good old pen and paper.
  • You get to check off an actual list. Nothing quite as satisfying.
  • You don’t have any notifications popping up to distract you while you plan.
  • No flat batteries while adding to your to-do list.
  • You can make it as colorful and pretty as you want to.
  • Writing is a great stress reliever.
  • You can see your 3 most important tasks for the day even if they are spread across different projects, as they’re all written on one page.
  • Paper planners are a lot easier when you just need to jot down a quick note or two.
  • They never need a Wi-Fi connection and no updates are required.

Here are some of our favourite paper planners:

Inspire Now Journal

The Inspire Now Journal is encouraging, inspiration & motivating. It helps you stay on track with your goals & finances as well as day-to-day tasks.  Click here…

For printables click here…

Simplified Planner

The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is perfect for busy women, it inspires women to organize & plan their days with minimal effort. Click here…

Emily Ley also offers free printables which are great to use on the go. Click here…

Passion Planner

The Passion Planner is a whole lot of goodness squeezed into one diary.  $1 of each planner sold goes to those affected by breast cancer. Click here…

Passion Planner also offers a variety of free downloads. Click here…


  • We always have our smartphones with us so we can add notes at any time.
  • If you have multiple devices you can sync your data to make sure you’re always looking at the latest version of your planner.
  • Easy to create recurring tasks. Set and forget until the app reminds you with a ping.
  • You’re able to use the search function to find tasks.
  • You can easily share digital planners with team members if you need to.

Here are some of our favourite digital planners & organizers:

Google Calendar (Android, iOS: Free)

ZenDay (Android, iOS: Free)

TimeTree (Android, iOS: Free)

Informant 5 (Android, iOS: Free)


Do you have a preferred planner? If you’re undecided on which is a better option for you, why not be daring and use both.

If you liked this post, you might enjoy reading this one!  How to plan your month, when you are planning to leave your 9-5.


I must admit, I am a Paper Planner fan. While I use a Digital Planner so that I can sync my data, all my planning starts on paper.

The most important take away from this should be to remember that whether you choose paper or digital, a planner is only a tool. It will only work if you use it consistently.


This is a great FREE resource if you need some help planning out your goals.

“There’s a myth that time is money. In fact, time is more precious than money. It’s a nonrenewable resource. Once you’ve spent it, and if you’ve spent it badly, it’s gone forever.”
~ Neil A. Fiore


And if we don’t have a plan that we follow to reach our goals, all we are doing is planning to fail.

So choose the medium that suits your business needs and your style of planning!

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