What Kind Of Planners Are Best In 2020


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The best planners for 2020 can be either paper or digital. I prefer to go digital, just because I am conscious of wasting paper. A digital planner should understand the technology, the marketplace, the landscape, and be able to make excellent recommendations. For instance, for some brands or products, it may make more sense to recommend a native strategy. Also, publisher direct with integrations, etc. vs. a strict reach campaign via programmatic, or a mix of, and be ready to look at trends, seize the moment when interest in the product spikes for whatever reason (news about something related to the product or the category, etc.) and think strategically can work. It would be best if you had someone who understands how to make it all work together.

The Best Planners For 2020

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The short answer is it depends on you, what you plan (work and personal or more one than the other, the complexity of your life and work and how ‘married’ you are to technology, and how much you need to share your schedule with others. A combination of both is probably the best fit for most people in general.

I use a paper planner – a week at a glance is my preferred format – I plan all work and some personal – mostly specific appointments, and the rest of my time are more go-with-the-flow rather than formal planning. There is no one I have to share my schedule with regularly and for me, my phone is often sitting somewhere but rarely within hands reach and never in the bedroom – all personal choices

I think digital can work better for people who have lots of small tasks per day, so a day-at-glance is best, have to share their schedule with others, have to incorporate others into their calendars (kids, for example) and who keep their phones close by at all times.

However, you need a backend server-side for the operations and data storage, so PHP is one I recommend, and you will need Javascript and lots of it to make it look neat and do practical things for the user. Also, you will need a database as a backend. I recommend Postgre SQL, as MySQL is still free but who knows Oracle is beginning to charge for most everything.

Why Do So Many People Still Use Paper

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I strongly prefer a paper planner. I have never found an app that is flexible enough to fit all of my needs when plans change. Also, I need to document or keep track of a new type of information. Therefore, I need to not limit myself in an app that does not allow me to differentiate that from some other information somehow.

I often create a colored box and put the information in there, so it is easy to spot that I can access despite a dead phone. I need to be able to add to it wherever I am. Also, I have found in some meetings, I have seen other people take out their phones and either be reprimanded or chastised for doing so. It has become an automatic association between people taking out their phones and that they are checking social media and other personal information instead of doing something related to what they are working on.

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