I FEEL like I have about two thousand and eleven choices of which planner to use next year! Here are my current considerations:
I can hardly wait to try out my new 2011 WeekDate planner (which I reviewed here). I'm intrigued by the whole setup and I wonder how it will work for me.
I've been using my 2010 Quo Vadis Trinote these past several months, and I know my 2011 Trinote will be a reliable and functional planner if the WeekDate doesn't work out for me for whatever reason.
Lately I've been thinking of going back to my personal size Filofax, because I miss having lists, maps, and removable pages in my planner. Even though I've had several Filo Fails with the personal size, I keep coming back to it hoping I can somehow get it to work for me despite the small diary page size. Steve's recent guest post here on Plannerisms about the Quo Vadis inserts to fit Filofaxes has me hoping that the Prestige format will work for me. I have resisted the urge to order the refill up immediately, and instead I have drawn up two weeks' worth of the format on lined pages and am using those in my Filofax now. After a couple of weeks, if the page size is big enough for me to write everything I need to, then I'll order these up. I'm very excited about the combination of the Quo Vadis format I love with the convenience of my Filofax!
I commented on my Planner Permanence post that I've fallen out of the habit of journaling this year. It's been months since I've written in my journal (I use a large Moleskine day per page planner). Right now I couldn't even tell you exactly where it is. It's on a shelf or in a drawer somewhere. The only way I'll write in it is if it's open in front of me, often. So I had the idea that I could use it as my combination planner and journal. I did this with a day per page diary the year my daughter was born, and it worked fine for me that year because I had very little to plan ahead for but lots of things to record. I wonder if I could do this with my daily Mole. I could use the area down the side next to the printed times for my schedule, and the rest of the page for my journal entry. That certainly would create a thorough record of my entire year in one book. I fantasize about my book looking something like this woman's creative use of her daily Moleskine. I've had multiple Planner Fails with day per page books because I can't see the big picture to plan ahead. But, because the 2011 Moleskine planners all have monthly calendars with the days as squares big enough to write in, I wonder if I could use the months for the overview and the day pages for the details. I could put my weekly lists on Post Its that would float along day to day...hm, this might be worth a try. It would be fun to have my planner and journal all together in one book that I would look at and write in often. It would also create that Planner Permanence that I crave. I could carry it in my Rickshaw daily Moleskine folio so that I'd have pockets for papers, pens, maps and sticky notes in its zip-around security.
But then I think, that would be a pretty big and heavy book to carry around everywhere. What if I used the large daily Mole as my main planner and journal, and used the Extra-Small daily Moleskine planner as my carry-around planner? How light and free would I feel carrying only this tiny little book as my planner?? The day spaces are large enough for appointments and a to-do list for the day. And it is so CUTE and so portable!
What do you think? I'd especially love to hear from anyone who has gone from one of these methods to another, and if it worked out for you or you went back to what you were doing before. (Greg? Are you out there? How did it go with your daily Moleskine experiment?)