3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Notebook and a Pen for Planning Your Daily Schedule

Day 114/365: My $2 supermarket notebook is better than your fancy to-do app that costs you $25 a month!

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There’s this notebook that I bought from the supermarket, and it’s now ruling my life. Not even from a bookstore. A supermarket. Well, it’s ruling most of my life. The other parts of my life are ruled by good TV comedy series, my bicycle, my uncontrollable travel addiction and a mild anxiety towards flights and drinking beer with a spoon.

There are dozens of free or paid apps out there that will help you with planning your daily schedule, be it work related or free activities from when you finish work. The truth is, they will start to feel like just another app that you have to use from some point forward, and for me, I can’t have that.

I’m sick and tired of the apps that want me to do certain things. Adding an app that will do JUST THAT? That’s crazy bruh!

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Introducing the Notebook!

Not the movie, but the actual $2 100-pages notebook that keeps me in touch with work ever since I started freelancing full time. This notebook is gold for time management, scheduling away my work, and I’m sure doing it on a silly app would’ve never worked for me.

1. Paper is King

Writing something on the laptop triggers some machinery stuff that makes you think you just wrote something. Like I’m doing right now. Am I really writing this? Is this just an illusion? It definitely feels like it is!

With paper on hand, the minute you write something down, you actually imprinted your idea on a piece of paper that could last forever. Paper is much more powerful than any laptop, and your schedule on it is freeing and somehow reassuring.

2. Immediate Access

I’m always on a run after I’m done with my daily tasks. I barely open the laptop nowadays anymore in the afternoons. Still, I sometimes get messages from clients later in the night, and I sometimes need to add certain tasks for the next day into my schedule.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ― Michael Altshuler

With the notebook, I have immediate access to my schedule and can change it as I please. There’s no need to open up the laptop, wait for it to load and then browse through the apps to find the scheduling one. I just open the notebook, add the task and the number of words I’ll need in order to complete it and that’s it! Simple and fast.

3. Better Planning

This is the number 1 reason for why you should use a notebook for planning your daily work. You simply become a better planner when you’re writing your tasks and activities down on a piece of paper. Everything is so much more palpable, you have a lot more power over everything and you can change whatever you want with a hand movement.

You’ll also take a better look at how is it that you spend your overall work time. You’ll learn from one day to the next, and better manage your work and free time accordingly. The planning will suddenly become more efficient, and you’ll get to enjoy more free time that you can spend however you please, instead of working your ass in front of the laptop all day.

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” ― Victor Hugo

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My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, Full-time Freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 47 claps!

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