You may remember my 13 Planners post, where I tallied up all the planners I used in 2009. Now it's time to total up all the planners I used in 2010.
First, keep in mind that I do actually use most of the planners I review, usually for a few days, to get a good idea of how they work. Sometimes I switch to that planner, but often I go back to the planner I was using before. I won't include these planners in my total for this year.
I will number the planners as I go:
So, those of you who have been following my planner saga for the past year will remember I started 2010 with my 1) Quo Vadis Minister, which I loved. I started it at the end of November 2009, and I used it until March 2010 (which is a very long time for me to continuously use a planner!).
Then in March I had a really busy time and felt like I needed more space each week to write my lists. Also I wanted pages to write my monthly goals and reviews. And, I really wanted month view calendars.
So, I drew up a 2) DIY planner in my large lined Moleskine notebook. I am not much of a DIY-er and am not at all artistic, so this was a major feat for me. I decided I would make My Ultimate Planner. (But you might guess how that turned out since I'm not using this planner anymore).
It was a great idea: pages for goals, month on 2 pages calendars, and week views with vertical columns for days. To give myself lots of room for my lists, I put a blank 2-page spread between each week. I even put month tabs down the side (as I like so much ). It's a portable size, and has the Moleskine planner's address booklet in the back. I thought this planner was absolutely The Shit.
But...(and you knew this was coming) it turned out not to be the end-all be-all I expected it to be. As it turned out, having to turn the page to see my lists was a Fail. Yes apparently I really am that out-of-sight out-of-mind that I have to have my lists visible alongside my weekly schedule. Also, I found it very annoying when flipping through my book that the weeks were not back to back. And I missed having information pages like dialing codes and time zones in my planner.
Not only that, but the black cover and format I drew were very boring and way too serious. So when I went to London in April it was the perfect time for me to switch to the very fun 3) Dodo Pad A5 Filofax insert in my new Filofax Domino. I loved the weekly changing pages, art, humor and colors.
But, as has happened before, I eventually quit using my A5 Filofax as my main planner because it was just too big and heavy to carry everywhere with me. At the beginning of June I started using my purple-covered 4) Plan-It Planner because I love the large month calendars embedded in the weeks. But after a couple of weeks I had problems because there wasn't space for my lists on the weekly page.
So in mid-June I switched to my 5) 2009-2010 Moleskine weekly notebook because it has an entire page each week for lists and notes. Also I think I used this because I was impatient to begin my 6) 2010-2011 Moleskine weekly notebook at the beginning of July. Despite the fact that I used the weekly notebook format for much of 2009 and was never completely satisfied with it because the day spaces are too small for me, I gave it a try again. I thought the new monthly planning calendars might make a big difference. And to be honest, I was excited to start a fresh new planner.
Near the end of July, my moving preparations were really gearing up. For those who weren't following at the time, my husband was changing careers and my family and I were moving internationally. A very stressful situation to put it mildly. So predictably I had a planner crisis. I was having a hard time keeping track of all the moving logistics and what needed to be done when. Also, I needed a lot of information handy, which usually makes me turn to my Filofax. So after my Filofax revamp, I moved into my 7) personal size Filofax with week on 2 pages diary and used my large Noteletts notebook for moving lists and notes. You can read about that here.
But despite the post title, that wasn't gettin' it done. I had a full-blown planner crisis. My wise younger sister helped me through it and suggested I use the planner she's had great success with for the past year, the 8) Quo Vadis Trinote. This planner got me through my move beautifully, and definitely saved my sanity through the difficult transition.
After I started to settle into my new place and new life, I got adventurous again with my planners. Being in the UK opened up new planner possibilities for me. I'd had my eye on the 9) Life Book for awhile and couldn't resist trying it. It has monthly calendars (which I love and need) and space for lists on the weekly layout. Also, now that my household is on a school-year schedule it seemed like it would be more convenient to have an academic-year planner. So I switched from my super-efficient Trinote to the Life Book.
Before long I discovered that the Life Book's daily spaces were not nearly big enough for me to write everything I need to write each day. So I ordered up the 10) Quo Vadis Textagenda (UK version) day per page planner. I used the Textagenda together with the Life Book (which you can read about here). Using two planners at once quickly failed and I went back to my Trinote.
So, 10 planners is better than 13. But still, this is ridiculous. If I have to look anything up, I have to search through all these planners to see where it's written. I'd really love to commit to one planner for a whole year! But in order to accomplish this, I think the planner would have to be perfect. I need My Ideal Planner.
As excellent as my Trinote is, it's lacking some features I'd like: monthly calendars, a pretty cover and a smaller more portable size. The first two I've fixed (with my addition of monthly calendars and colored covers), but there's no way to shrink the book. If I can't find a smaller version of My Ideal Planner, then my Trinote might possibly be it. But I still want to see if I can find something that works as well for me as the Trinote, but in a smaller size. This gets tricky because a smaller size book means less writing space, and as we all know I like to write a lot in my planner.
I plan to use my Trinote through the end of this year, but come January the battle of the 2011 planners will begin. More on that in my next post!
**Edited later to add: Before the end of 2010 I also tried:
11) My large Moleskine day per page planner. (You can read about that failure here.)
12) Personal size Filofax daily + weekly. (Read about that failure here.)
13) Personal size Filofax 2 days per page. (Aaaaand, that failure here, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the comments.)