Remember the “day planner”?
Remember the time before copying and pasting, dragging and dropping, typing and swiping?
The time when a new year meant a fresh, new calendar refill to plan out your day, your month, your very life’s existence.
Before there was an app for that. Or 3,584 apps for that.
When there was just pen and paper and you….
It sounds so faintly retro, right? And if we’ve learned anything from hipsters, retro is cool.
This may explain why, in an uncontrolled fit of nostalgia, I recently bought an old-school day planner. Actually, it’s a sexy little number designed by Danielle LaPorte as part of her Desire Map product line. Ooh, la la…with it’s soft and velvety cover and 2 pages to a week, it makes me want to plan my heart out!
The Return of the Paper Calendar
After years of Outlook calendaring, Evernoting and apps galore, I now miss the simplicity and physicality of paper. Dentist appointments, tennis match schedules and long to do lists just seem more “official” and real to me when I write them down.
And frankly, there’s a seamy undercurrent to digital’s seamless and efficient integration of our personal and professional lives. Now with shared calendars, we all know each other’s business. Do I really need to know that Sally from the office is having a root canal on Monday at 3:00 at Dr. Vanderhoven’s office? And thanks to social media integration, I now get birthday reminders for “Facebook friends” I met once twenty years ago.
There’s too much information being shared, so much of it irrelevant and frivolous, at the expense of privacy and personalization. It’s enough to leave a reserved girl like me, with notorious “control” issues, longing for the resurrection of her old faithful companion – the refillable, customizable, leather “day runner” of yore.
I think this new “paper” day planner will satisfy my craving for something that’s mine and mine only. It’s something that I can pretty up and personalize. Something that can hold a few post-its and tolerate tabs, washi tape and colored pens and highlighters. And, best of all, Sally from the office and my Facebook friends will never have to know what’s inside of it.
At least for now, this year, for my personal “stuff”, only paper will do…
Is anybody else going retro this year with a paper calendar?