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Big Idea 4: Paper Is Vital Technology That Has Come Full Circle In Our Lives. It’s The Most Effective Way To Anchor Your Daily Life And Actions.

Big Idea 4: Paper Is Vital Technology That Has Come Full Circle In Our Lives. It’s The Most Effective Way To Anchor Your Daily Life And Actions.

 

When we think of technology, we rarely think of paper and pen. Typically, we focus on the most recent advancements in science, medicine, travel, or communication. But for two thousand years paper has been, and will continue to be, a fascinating technological advancement. Just because paper is common today, that doesn’t make it any less efficient.

 

Technology is defined as: The sum of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives.

 

With that definition in mind, it’s easy to see that paper is the most technologically sound choice when it comes to setting goals and planning the things that mean the most in your life. Writing brings clarity and creativity to thinking. It increases mental health and memory retention. It’s a simple solution that enables greater productivity.

 

Science and experience have shown that writing with pen and paper:

  • Improves your ability to recall information, because your brain is intrinsically connected to your hands.
  • Brings clarity and creativity to thinking.
  • Is a powerful way to align your actions with your values.
  • Increases mental health and memory retention.
  • Is a secure and effective place to plan, journal, think, and gain peace.

 

In recent years, many of us have gravitated toward digital devices to manage our schedules. However, something very interesting has been happening lately. Paper is making a strong comeback! People everywhere are returning to their paper planners because digital planners simply can’t provide the same benefits that paper planners offer.

 

Paper planners allow you to envision your goals from the beginning to the end. You can write out your plans in detail, scrawl mind maps, and even sketch out your big ideas. Science has also found that writing with pen and paper improves your ability to recall information. As you read a book or write on paper you create a mental map of the information, which makes it easier to find later. On top of all that, your brain is intrinsically connected to your hands. Writing notes by hand actually sparks more related ideas and imbeds the information deeper into your memory. It’s simply more powerful to plan with paper.

 

Even though Franklin Planner has helped millions of people focus on what matters most in their lives for more than 35 years, it’s still incredibly valuable today. In fact, with all the distractions we face in today’s information age, your Franklin Planner may be the best way to tune out the noise and bring clarity to each day. It’s never been more powerful, relevant, and vital!

 

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2 Replies to “Big Idea 4: Paper Is Vital Technology That Has Come Full Circle In Our Lives. It’s The Most Effective Way To Anchor Your Daily Life And Actions.”

  1. Yes, here I am again looking for the structure of the Franklin Planner System. I started using the FPS probably around 1990 after reading Steven Covey’s book on the Seven Habits while I was babysitting our new granddaughter. What a mind changer! My first planner was the Compact version. Nice, but too small for my needs. I settled on the Classic version around 1994. So much better! When we got our first computer in 1997 I was able to coordinate my Classic planner with Outlook and print out my schedules and especially the right hand pages which I used as a Journal. One of my friends was surprised when looking at my Journal pages to see that my “hubby” had “pissed me off again today” for at least a week! Oops! It was cathartic to write my feelings, even if it was through the computer. Then smart phones took over. I thought that a “paper planner” was so 80’s and not modern enough. My phone took over with it’s 123 apps on it from grocery stores, ToDo lists, Sun and Moon phases etc. All very important, sort of, but not really what was important in my life! The problem is, all of these apps didn’t get me where I thought I should be, like in the 1990’s with my Franklin Planner. So, here I am again, looking for that laser point direction that was lost so many years ago. I was thrilled to receive a catalog last week and went about deciding what set of Classic pages I would want. Some of the “funkier” ones of the 1990’s aren’t there now. 🙁 Oh well . . . . I think I should re-read the Seven Habits book to re-familiarize myself with those habits I learned so long ago and have neglected to use. Of course now, I’m no longer juggling many careers, wife, daughter, dental hygiene and commercial photography, so my schedule won’t be as hectic as it was in the 1990’s, but there’s still much that I want to accomplish that with the help of the FPS I know I can do! Thank you so much for rekindling the organization in my life that has been lacking for 25 years!!!

  2. Yes, here I am again looking for the structure of the Franklin Planner System. I started using the FPS probably around 1990 after reading Steven Covey’s book on the Seven Habits while I was babysitting our new granddaughter. What a mind changer! My first planner was the Compact version. Nice, but too small for my needs. I settled on the Classic version around 1994. So much better! When we got our first computer in 1997 I was able to coordinate my Classic planner with Outlook and print out my schedules and especially the right hand pages which I used as a Journal. One of my friends was surprised when looking at my Journal pages to see that my “hubby” had “pissed me off again today” for at least a week! Oops! It was cathartic to write my feelings, even if it was through the computer. Then smart phones took over. I thought that a “paper planner” was so 80’s and not modern enough. My phone took over with it’s 123 apps on it from grocery stores, ToDo lists, Sun and Moon phases etc. All very important, sort of, but not really what was important in my life! The problem is, all of these apps didn’t get me where I thought I should be, like in the 1990’s with my Franklin Planner. So, here I am again, looking for that laser point direction that was lost so many years ago. I was thrilled to receive a catalog last week and went about deciding what set of Classic pages I would want. Some of the “funkier” ones of the 1990’s aren’t there now. 🙁 Oh well . . . . I think I should re-read the Seven Habits book to re-familiarize myself with those habits I learned so long ago and have neglected to use. Of course now, I’m no longer juggling many careers, wife, daughter, dental hygiene and commercial photography, so my schedule won’t be as hectic as it was in the 1990’s, but there’s still much that I want to accomplish that with the help of the FPS I know I can do! Thank you so much for rekindling the organization in my life that has been lacking for 25 years!!!

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