Should you use a paper planner ?

Did you know that there is a lot of science that goes into the idea of using a paper planner? Trust me when I say that I didn’t believe it myself, but after a lot of thought, it makes sense.

Earlier this year, I wrote a post titled “Why You Should Use a Paper Planner.” In this post, I highlighted specific moments where a paper planner would be a valuable tool. What I didn’t do is explain why. I realize now that I didn’t focus on that aspect because I wasn’t quite sure myself. During this time, it just so happened that I was approached by a woman who told me about her science based planner, NEUROPLANNER, and it made me want to learn more. There’s far more psychology to using a planner than most of us could ever think.



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With the current state of the planner market, it’s a great time to jump in and purchase one whether for yourself or for someone else. The wide variety of products that exist means that there is something for everyone. While digital products start to rule the world, there’s a lot to be said about using a product made with paper. The variety of products that exist means that a lot of things can be taken care of and formed to your needs. It’s very easy to maintain and create excellent habits and even assist in the education of future generations.


An added feature that’s often found in many planners within the planner community are habit trackers. These added habit trackers allow for personal accountability and helps create healthy and important habits. These habits range from not biting your nails to making sure that you schedule time for yourself. Being able to schedule these tasks is helpful and important for a lot of planners. These habit trackers have helped many planners on their weight loss and weight gain journeys. Going even further, the use of trackers, in general, have helped many couples conceive their first child and provide medical professionals a more in depth approach into their patient’s lives. They have helped others find success in multiple aspects of their lives, by providing a simple and easy to use tool. In fact, these habit trackers go a lot further than just helping the every-day college aged adult. For the younger generations, planners add a lot more.


One of the things that more schools should take note of in the United States are the true importance of planners. A lot of educational tools are found digitally, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has the accessibility to these tools. Paper planners range in pricing and style allowing for the most flexibility for someone just learning how to use one. By instilling proper planner habits early, it’s almost guaranteed that a young student will be set for success through their educational career. However, there is a difference between just providing the tools to success and showing someone how to use it. Young students should not only be provided the tools, but educated on helpful techniques to make the process not seem like a chore. From personal experience and from talking to my friends with school-aged children, the use of paper planners is seen with resentment. By forcing children to utilize their planners in one specific way it takes away from the different learning styles that a child has. While I understand the need for some educational professionals to have a planner be presented a specific way, it doesn’t mean that a child shouldn’t be allowed to have their own system that works for them. Planning at the elementary and primary school level should be a system of give and take and become a partnership. Finding a middle ground and fostering these habits early on will be a tool that guides a child through their whole life.


In addition to providing tools for life, a lot of planners find that their overall productivity has greatly benefited from writing their tasks down. Being able to see the tasks at hand and prioritize them as needed leads to overall boosts in productivity. Whether large tasks are handled first versus multiple smaller and manageable tasks being taken care of first – it doesn’t matter! The planner owner is able to better delegate the tasks that they have and figure out whether they need to stretch them throughout the week or fit them in one day. This allows for an aid in a better work-life balance and overall happiness.


Why does having a paper planner lead to these success stories? As it turns out, it all comes down to science and the psychology of how our brains function. For a lot of us, the use of a paper planner is due to the way our brain responds to a tactile motion. The very act of writing a task down is what causes us to become more productive and manage our everyday lives. However, the truth of the matter comes down to the selfishness of our brains function. The hidden meaning behind paper planning aiding in success is it stems from the reward center in our brains. Being able to take a physical task and check it off a list leads to a feeling of accomplishment. By feeling accomplished, you become happy. When you’re happy, it’s easier to accomplish even more. While plenty of digital formats for planners exist, the tactile response plays tricks with our minds and helps us find pure bliss. The benefits of using a planner far outweigh any possible negative issues that might arise.

To anyone who asks, I will always recommend having a paper planner on hand. There are certain things that digital products won’t be able to truly reproduce. There are dozens of studies that prove the benefits of writing things down versus typing them on a computer. A quick search on Google proves this theory and will prove it for years to come. Sometimes the very basics are what we need – not fancy gadgetry. If you’re looking to maintain a productive lifestyle, go out and buy yourself a paper planner; you’ll only be thanking yourself at the end of the day


Caitlyn Storm

is the owner and founder of, a website devoted to helping you find and use your perfect planner. After being a part of the planner community for the past few years, she discovered a need for resources and tools to be found in one place. When not working on content for Planner Babes, Caitlyn can be found spending time with her fiancé Chris and her dog Rico.