There is a time and place for electronic organizing, but my default is always the paper!
I have tried and tried to switch to electronic organizing formats, however I always come back to my paper versions. I have used Day Runner, Filofax, Moleskine, and have finally landed on a Talia discbound journal. It seems that I prefer the ones that are customized over hardbound or spiral bound. I like being able to add, remove, and rearrange pages as needed. Plus, if I mess up a page I can just replace it easily! When I used the Moleskine, I sometimes had to turn a page into a scrapbook of sorts to cover up some bad lettering attempts. I am currently using the set that came with this handy starter set from Talia Discbound Notebook. Not only did it include the covers and discs, but it also came with an amazing variety of planner stickers to help get you started. I have the simple grey cover but I will admit I have been eyeballing the purple marble! I’ve also taken a look at some of the nice leather covers with credit card slots on the inside. It would be so handy for business cards.
I love the paper. I like the tactile aspects of paper – turning the pages, the pens and pencils scratching along the surface or the gel pens gliding out their beautiful colors; the physical act of crossing something off the to-do list; the ability to add a mandala to color or tracing a new picture as a monthly cover. These things you just can’t get with an electronic list!
And lest you assume that paper planners are boring, you should take a look at some of the beautiful layouts people have created! I can really get lost down a Pinterest rabbit hole looking at layouts or stickers or planner pages.
Now I do use electronic means to create some of the pages that I use. Word will draw a straighter line or a more even circle than I ever could! But I print them out, hole punch them, and add them right into my discs. I was admittedly skeptical that a set of loose discs would actually hold a planner together but it really does work. I bought a small hole punch when I first put my system together but I will probably end up getting a larger one that can accommodate more pages at once.
The Talia Junior which I have is interchangeable with numerous other discbound brands of the same size, such as Arc or Circa by Levenger. I would invite you to check out this terrific guide from Laura at I Heart Planners — ‘The Ultimate Guide To Discbound Planners’. She says it all so much well, I can’t improve!
Anyway, thanks so much for reading! I would love to hear about what planners you like best and why you enjoy the one you have!