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Getting Back to Our Pen and Paper Planner Roots

Remember paper planners - little notebooks with the year on the cover and dates on each page? If you're over the age of 20, you probably got one each year in school. It had your school logo on it. Back then, you didn't have to deal with missed notifications and weird sync issues. Open up your 1995, spiral-bound planner, and you'd see sections for Monday through Wednesday on the left page. Thursday, Friday and the Weekend were on the right page. Every 8 pages, you had a calendar for the month. You put your tasks and priorities when and where you wanted them. And you looked at your planner when you wanted to. It never beeped and vibrated to nag you or guilt-trip you to get more done. In those days, prioritizing your tasks was more intuitive. There was a space for each day, month, or week where you could write down what you needed to get done for that period. Most planners came with prompts like, "What are your goals this year?" Reminders Apps and digital planners don't work that way anymore. They send you reminders at specific times on specific dates. They give you hashtags and categories. Some of them let you spend hours mapping dependencies and sub-tasks. The biggest allow automatons, APIs, and integrations. Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” But do you want to spend four hours to put a task in your to-do list? Tools like Monday, Asana, and Clickup can end up adding more to your busy schedule. They're another complicated process to work on rather than getting things done. Complicated task apps end up being another reason to procrastinate. That's why we made Strongweek. It's not a paper planner, but it puts you back in control of your to do list. You can set notifications if you want, but you don't have to. Instead, just like picking a page in your planner, you put tasks where you want.

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