Interview with: Carie Harling

I’m a writer, planner, book junkie, hockey widow, WordPress princess, and mom to seven boys.

Carie has a lot going on in her life and is amazing when it comes to planner set up videos. With a emphasis on making you planner work for you rather then the other way round we are excited to have Carie here today!

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When did you first get into planning?

I’ve been making lists for as long as I can remember. My parents still have little lists I made in toddler scribble with a crayon.

When did you make the transition from paper to digital? Or do you use both?

I personally use both paper and digital. For my day-to-day planning and working out project plans, my brain far prefers paper. However, I love digital for keeping track of progress in large projects (Omnifocus) and searchable archiving (Evernote). Our whole family uses digital planning as far as the calendar goes as well; digital definitely has the upper-hand when it comes to organizing the schedules of a large family!

Do you think using a device such as an iPad will make planning more appealing for younger generations?

I know that planning digitally truly changed my husband’s viewpoint on planning, and all seven of my kids (well, not the six-year-old… yet) plan digitally. As I said before, there’s a massive benefit for everyone in our family being able to see everyone else’s schedule at a glance.

Many people in the planner community share a love for stationery and paper, do you think that digital planning satisfies a different audience?

I personally think that digital planning can expand the options for those who paper plan and can also appeal to an audience that perhaps didn’t pay much heed to planning when paper was the only option.

Do you think you’ll ever be tempted away from digital and back into paper and ink?

For large-project-tracking and archival resources, there’s no way I would ever go back to paper!

Whats your tip for anyone looking to get into digital planning?

I can only speak to the way I use digital planning, as I don’t plan my every day digitally, but I would say that it’s important to not feel as though you have to immediately learn and use all of the bells and whistles in whatever app you’re using. Use what you need and expand as your needs do.

Do you have any device or program recommendations?

My go-to digital planning apps are GoodNotes, Omnifocus, and Evernote. Our whole family uses Fantastical to sync all of our calendars, which is also awesome!

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