10 awesome paper planners to help the year go smoothly

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Why you should embrace a paper planner

If you’re heading off to school in the fall, starting a new job, or simply wanting to get on track with better organizational skills, then you should consider buying a paper planner to help. The following slideshow outlines a few of the many great options currently on the market.

While paper planners may seem archaic in today’s technology-obsessed world, there are many reasons to use one. They don’t run out of charge or fail to get reception. They allow you to jot down thoughts and to-do lists more quickly than typing with one’s thumbs on a small cellphone screen. They provide a permanent record of everything you’ve done for the past year, which can be fun and helpful to look back at down the road.

Contrary to what many people say, I’d argue that the environmental footprint of a paper planner (made from a renewable resource, often plastic-free and entirely recyclable or even biodegradable, in some cases) is considerably smaller than mining for minerals and generating new plastics for difficult-to-recycle handheld devices, whose lifespans these days seem to be even shorter than paper notebooks.

Give them a try and see how it goes. If you have any recommendations for paper planners that you know and love, feel free to share in the comments below. Be sure to check out another earlier slideshow featuring another 10 great planners.

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