So as you all know by now, I am moving in just a few days. Which means my life is about to change radically, again.
I am moving to Scotland, which will be the 4th foreign country I've lived in. I've also lived in Nepal (2 yrs), Russia (3 yrs) and Albania, where I've been living for the past 2 years. So, Scotland will be the first foreign country where I can read, write, speak and understand the language fluently. Because of this, I will have a much more "normal" life there than I've had in other countries so far.
Additionally, my oldest child starts school in a couple of weeks, which means we will be on a school schedule for the next 13 years until my youngest graduates! Packing lunches and getting out the door at a specific time every morning is something I haven't done in 5 years, so that will be an adjustment.
Along with school comes after-school activities. And, we will be living in a country where there will be more opportunities for things to do for all of us: sports and dance for the kids, movie theatres, parks and malls. Not to mention all the outdoor activities we'll be able to do there: hiking, biking, trips to the seaside. There are so many fun things to do! We'll all be a lot busier in general.
And so, inevitably, I'm wondering what planner will work best for me in my busy new life!
I'm currently using my personal size Filofax, and having slight issues with the Week on 2 Pages (mostly, where to put this week's To Do lists. Yvotchka summarized this issue perfectly in What's a Girl TO DO.). Also it would be nice to have a place to write my weekly goals to keep them visible all the time. I tried using my Moleskine 18 month weekly notebook because I can write my weekly lists and goals on the notes page each week, but the day spaces aren't big enough. I need big day spaces, and a page for notes alongside the weekly page, without the book being enormous.
Possible solution: I pre-ordered a 2011 WeekDate planner (with the so-beautiful Fireworks cover!) and I have to admit I'm pining for it a little obsessively. It ships in a couple of weeks from now, and it will probably take a little while to get to me in the UK. Not to mention that I won't be able to actually start using it until January. But, I'm extremely curious about this format. It has all 7 days as full-size columns, which I love. And, the back side of each weekly page is lined for lists, so it is in effect a week + notes format (which works well for me). So I'm chomping at the bit for this one!
I'm currently experimenting with my Plan-It planner, it has so many features that I love like the large monthly calendars and the month tabs down the side of the pages. The day spaces are so big, I might be able to use the inner half of them for my lists. I would prefer a whole page for my lists each week though. Hmmm, Plan-It, any plans to make a week + notes format?
Then of course there are other planner possibilities. Luckily for me I have piles of 2010 planners at home, so I have a selection on hand to choose from. I already have the 2011 weekly vertical Moleskine that I plan to try as a modified week + notes layout. And, living in the UK will surely open new planner possibilities for me that I've never even seen or heard of before!
A major change in life circumstances normally requires a tweak of the system at the very least, and usually a total overhaul due to Planner Fail. I'm going to do my best to roll with it.
What planner system will work best for me in my new life? Will my Filofax turn out to work fine for me after all? Will the WeekDate lead me to Planner Nirvana? Will I discover the solution at WH Smith? As always, I'm sure it will be a work in progress.
Do YOU have any recommendations for me? My ideal planner has:
1) Big day spaces, untimed
2) Someplace, preferably on the weekly spread, for lists that week
3) Portable size book: 6 by 9 inches is about the size limit
4) A pretty cover!
I'd love any suggestions!