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#1 beckles5

Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:57 AM

Just wondering do people still use a paper diary these days?  I instinctively went out and bought the same type that I have been using for years when I thought I should use my phone. Until now I haven't had a fan dangle phone so it didn't cross my mind.

I have loved having a paper diary to write my appointments in but know I should probably use the phone. ANyone the same?

#2 gabbigirl

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:06 AM

Yes I do. I am a paper diary fanatic and after many diaries have found my perfect one, a simple student diary, great as it costs me $5. I can list all my appointments in the diary section and my to do list on the other list section...am reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that once I upgrade to a iPhone the paper diary may become redundant.  But... How does the family see what is going on, as my paper diary is on the kitchen hence for hubby to check out too...?? Mmmm think I will stick to my paper one for now..


#3 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:08 AM

I use a paper diary for work and my phone for personal stuff.

#4 Feral timtam

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:22 AM

I use both.
My phone is used for pencilling in appointments and scheduled commitments, but adding notes to it is a PITA.
The paper diary is for planning out the day, writing lists of things to be purchased and thinking through my commitments. Once I've done all my thinking, usually transfer what I've written into my phone so that I'm lugging less stuff with me.

#5 bright*future

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

Yep the only electronic diary I use is outlook at work and I transfer those appts to my paper diary! I love having a big diary with times down one side and a huge space for writing notes, to do lists, phone numbers, etc.

#6 jobo77

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:31 AM

I only just started using my phone this year to replace the little diary I used to carry around in my handbag and I love it - love being able to set reminders especially for birthdays! We still have a paper calendar hanging on the wall in the kitchen though otherwise DH would never know what is happening  original.gif

#7 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:36 AM

Work was always electronic, home is always paper. I love technology but always have preferred the paper diary. Plus it is useful to be able to look back and work out dates that things happenned in years gone by.

#8 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:38 AM

I have gone back to paper in the last couple of years as it is better for me. I find writing things down makes them more likely to stick in my memory and I'm not forever checking my phone to see what works for (paed, work, friends etc).

Plus you can get some very pretty paper diaries original.gif

#9 mm1981

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:39 AM

I have a notebook that I carry around with me constantly for work. I write details of people I have spoken to, notes, appointments (although I do put my appointments on the computer which then syncs to my phone) even rough working outs.

#10 zrello

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:41 AM

QUOTE (gabbigirl @ 17/11/2012, 07:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes I do. I am a paper diary fanatic and after many diaries have found my perfect one, a simple student diary, great as it costs me $5. I can list all my appointments in the diary section and my to do list on the other list section...am reluctantly coming to terms with the fact that once I upgrade to a iPhone the paper diary may become redundant.  But... How does the family see what is going on, as my paper diary is on the kitchen hence for hubby to check out too...?? Mmmm think I will stick to my paper one for now..


Check out the Cozi family diary,there is a website & app, & it links to outlook, you put in all you appointments, to do lists, shopping lists, events & allocate to all your family members & it will send each one relevant reminders, a weekly calendar, tasks and everything! Everyone has one login & it syncs everyone's calendars together.  I don't use it as much as I should, but would use it more if hubby did.  Having said that, I just got a Collins Home and Work  24hour diary for next year, which is basically an organizer, to do list, diary & planner all in one, but it is huge, so will be leaving it on my desk, not carrying around.

#11 ~ky~

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:43 AM

Yes ... I like to be able to open it and see what I have planned. It also never runs low on battery like my phone.

#12 bailee

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:53 AM

Yes. I have a small skinny one with month to a view. I need to be able to see what I've got on for the month or to quickly skip ahead to be able to view the next month and book appts. I just find it too cumbersome on the iPhone. Plus i need to be able to check my calendar while talking on the phone and while you can probably do it while not talking to the person on the other end I can't be bothered with it. I use outlook at work though.

#13 Apageintime

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:53 AM

I love paper diaries. I use one for organising my personal life. Kiki k is like heaven for me.

#14 Soontobegran

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:58 AM

Yes, if it hasn't been written somewhere by me it doesn't happen. I do not use the diary on my phone at all. original.gif

#15 StilettoMum

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:01 AM

Paper diary with month to view, I run my own business and prefer the ease of writing and I work out of the office a bit. I colour code things in the diary so can see bill due (red), personal (pink) or work things (black), child (purple). I've tried using phone but only use it for taking notes or birthday reminders and until Recently all my contacts, but then a iPhone update decided I didn't need any of my contacts and deleted them all and also out of the back up file, lost the lot thousands of personal, business and supplier contacts! I'm very cautious now about storing too much on my phone!

Also I find it beneficial when out and about and someone mentions a date that might not interest me I can honestly say I will check my diary when I get back home/office.

#16 sophiasmum

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:05 AM

I don't, I prefer to schedule everything in the home laptop. But I have friends who regularly pull out their paper diaries to schedule things in when we are talking about a date.

#17 idignantlyright

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:08 AM

I do. I have a big one for here at home, and a smaller one for in my handbag and update them on the weekend. DH gets given enough through work, that DD13 gets a really good one for school and he and I both get ours as well.

#18 Fr0g

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:59 AM

There's a diary on my phone? ... unsure.gif It's paper for me all the way. A week to a view, just like my work diary so I don't get too confused!

I have little mini bulldog clips that I clip invites/ details/ concert tix etc to on the inside if my diary. Therefore I need a pretty, yet robust front cover.  I don't think that would work on my iPhone original.gif

The only organisational thing I use on my phone are the notes for if I'm out and want to put in something work related that has popped in my head (and I can delete after I do whatever it was needed doing).

#19 Imaginary friend

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

handbag size paper diary here (and paper calendar on the wall at home)-  I dont use the diary on my phone at all - I dont even know if my phone has a diary.

#20 somila

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:59 AM

Yes to the OP - ancient phone which I rarely use, and paper desk diary which I share with DH.  Our working lives are so complex there is no point trying to schedule anything without one of us knowing what the other is doing (not to mention the kids' activities).
I am sure it is possible to have two expensive phones which allow us to continually monitor each others' appointments, but really, it's easier and cheaper to write it in the diary.

Edited by somila, 17 November 2012 - 08:59 AM.


#21 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:01 AM

Paper diary that sits on my kitchen bench.

#22 naturalgoodness

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:04 AM

I love my paper diary - every year I buy my refill about now and start transferring the information over. I find it much easier to whip out a pen and write it in that fiddle with my phone and tiny keypad. I can also keep associated paperwork in the relevant day or tucked in the front. I would be lost without somewhere to store those things and it means I always have the referral with me when I am at the doctor!

Agree with someone else who mentioned a phone update that removed all their contacts etc - this happened to me once and I have put less and less on the phone since

#23 lynneyours

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:10 AM

Me! I have next years as I've started summer semester at uni. I too staple any paperwork to the relevant page and it has important phone numbers in it in case my phone goes flat. It all fits in my handbag. DH and I share google calendar online too and everything goes in both that and my diary.

#24 Velvetta

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

I do, I can't stand fumbling about on a phone and you can't flip pages back and forth.

I don't do a Dear Diary, just appointments, birthdays, menstrual tracking...

For family events  and school things we have an EZ2C calendar and I rip out each months and stick to the front of the fridge, so we can all see what's happening.

Edited by Velvetta, 17 November 2012 - 09:13 AM.


#25 ComeWhatMay

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:12 AM

I use both.  I prefer paper as it is easier to flick between time frames but I love the ease of it being on my phone original.gif




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