Paper vs. digital to-do list — which is best?

A business woman transfers her paper to-do list to digital on her laptop.

Some people prefer a paper to-do list, while others like to go digital. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each one.

Even if you have a great memory, sooner or later, you’ll forget something — it happens to everyone. Creating a to-do list will help you remember the tasks you need to complete, and it reduces the stress and worry that you might forget something important. When you think of something that needs to get done, add it to the list and forget about it. Explore the pros and cons of a paper versus digital to-do list and determine which works best for you.

Ask these before choosing a paper vs. digital to-do list.

When deciding between a paper and digital to-do list, there are several questions you should ask yourself to determine which option best suits your needs and preferences. Here are some important questions to consider:

By honestly answering these questions, you’ll gain a better understanding of your personal preferences, work style, and specific requirements, which will ultimately help you decide whether a paper or digital to-do list is the best fit for you.

The pros and cons of each to-do list type.

Whether you thrive on the tangible experience of handwritten lists or seek the convenience and accessibility of digital tools, understanding the strengths and limitations of each approach will help you enhance your productivity and effectively tackle your daily tasks.

Pros of a paper to-do list

Cons of a paper to-do list

Pros of a digital to-do list

Cons of a digital to-do list

Can paper and digital to-do list versions work together?

One creative way to get the flexibility of a paper to-do list and the portability of a digital one is to use a digital scanner app. This way, you can create any kind of paper list you want, then scan and upload it to all your devices for maximum portability.

Convert your to-do list (paper or digital) to PDF to share.

A to-do list, whether paper or digital, is easy to convert to a PDF with Adobe Acrobat so you can share it with others. You can also do this using Adobe Acrobat online services. You can even take a picture of your list and convert JPG to PDF format to make further PDF edits.

Take a moment to discover everything you can do with Acrobat to quickly and easily convert, share, and send PDFs.