Long Live The Hand-Written Planner

Why use a notebook in the era of technology?

If you’re like most of us, you’re a cell phone addict – even when it comes to note-taking and to-do lists.  We’d however like to make a case for the notebook.  Here are a few reasons to go retro-cool and give the notebook a chance:

Make a Memory
Using your fingers to write rather than text actually leads to greater memory retention and recognition.  Basically, when you write it down, you remember it.

Feel Productive
Yes, cell phone reminders and to-do list apps do simulate the sense of checking off the tasks you accomplish, but it’s just not the same. Admit it – there is no feeling quite like the sensation of crossing out completed achievements.

Make a Statement
Like everything else these days, your notebook is an expression of your style and taste. Are you bold, streamlined, minimalistic, or classic?  Pulling out a notebook in a meeting or interview says something about you and reinforces the image you chose to project.  (You also seem sophisticated, well-prepared, and thorough.)

Follow the Leader
If it is good enough for the likes of notebook proponents, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemmingway, Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson, it’s good enough for us – enough said.

Make Your Teacher Proud
You probably dedicated years to your handwriting – cursive and print in grade school. What a shame to squander those skills!  Nice handwriting is a sought-after trait and the handwritten anything is practically a lost art.

Create a Time Capsule
Even though you may not use your notebook as a journal, it functions as one. Old notebooks full of ideas, plans, and revelations serve as memories from the past and guides to the future.

Just think how refreshing it will be to go into airplane mode without having to go into airplane mode! After all, no Wi-Fi is necessary to access the information your notebook contains.

So, the only remaining question is, What type of notebook screams you?  Here are a few options to help you find your notebook style.

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