In this day and age, it seems that everything has gone digital. Streaming services have replaced movie-rental stores, meetings are being held online, and quite often you hear the phrase, “There’s an app for that.”

Yet for all the instant gratification and convenience that modern technology has brought us, there’s still something about doing things the way they’ve always been done. To quote a line from a James Bond film, “Sometimes the old ways are the best.”

Take planning, for example. Recent research shows that writing schedules and notes by hand in a planner can be more effective than utilizing a digital device in several different ways. According to a study done by the University at Tokyo, writing things down on paper is actually a faster, more accurate method than digital note-taking. It also is associated with more robust brain activation in multiple areas and better memory recall. (1)

For jotting down your important appointments and reminders, we recommend using the #8203 Classic Monthly Planner and the #55258 Rival Gold Pen. This slim and lightweight planner features dated blocks that provide ample space for jotting notes and scheduling appointments. Its FSC® label means that the materials used for this product come from well-managed FSC®-certified forests and other controlled resources. The pen, meanwhile, is a classic writing instrument that comes in rich colors and sports gold trim for an upscale look.

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Fun Fact: In addition to the benefits mentioned above, other reasons to choose paper planners over digital versions include being less distracted, increased motivation, and having less stress. (2)

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