There are certain perils associated with using multiple planners, Filofaxes and notebooks at once, especially if you switch around as often as I do. I reach a point where, instead of keeping me organized, my multiple books just add to the chaos.
Here's an example of my current situation: The Big Move I've been planning for months happens in less than a month now (YAAAYYYY!!!!). In preparation for this Big Move, I've been writing lists and notes for nearly a year about what I need to do before, during and after the move. Packing lists. Information about our new location. And, what I'm doing right now: changing our address.
We have loads of things to change our address with: insurance of all kinds, banks, the list is very long. And one section of that list is Magazine Subscriptions.
We get a lot of magazine subscriptions because we live in a non-English speaking country, so if we want to read anything that's not online we have to order it. Plus it helps morale when living overseas to get fun things in the mail.
But, it's been hard for me to keep track of when each magazine is due to expire, which ones I've renewed and which ones I haven't, and the website or phone number to renew or cancel each subscription.
I write lists like these in my Filofax. But, over the past two years that I've lived here and needed to keep track of things like magazine subscriptions, I've used several different Filofaxes. Not only that, but I go back and forth between Filofax sizes, write some lists in this one and other lists in that one, and have partially (but not completely) up to date lists in several Filofaxes at once.
Now this is coming back around to bite me. I don't know what's the most recent record of expiration and renewal of my subscriptions. So, I'm going to have to call each individual magazine's subscriptions department to ask when my subscription is due to expire, and if I need to change my address with them at all or if the subscription is due to expire soon.
Next time, I think I'll just keep my magazine subscriptions information in a file folder!!
What do you do with lists like these? Do you write them in your Filofax, do you have a notebook designated for information like this, or do you keep files at home?