The search for my ideal planner continues.
My Ideal Planner would have the following features:
1) Large page size but portable size book (which eliminates Filofaxes, I have finally determined).
2) Week view with the days as columns.
3) Space on the weekly pages to write my lists.
4) Monthly calendars with boxes large enough to write in.
5) Space to write my annual, monthly and weekly goals.
6) Pages of international information like dialing codes, time zones and conversions.
7) A removable address booklet for my contacts and numbers.
8) Nice paper.
9) Pretty cover.
10) My absolutely ideal planner would have month tabs, but I can put those in if I need to.
I have several serious contenders for the title of My Ideal Planner 2011:
For the past several months I've been using my Quo Vadis Trinote.
It works really well for me, with its large day spaces, big weekly layout and space on the week spread for lists. But there are some features it lacks that I would like to have in my planner. I have fixed two of these issues by adding monthly calendars with space to write monthly goals, and replacing my black cover with a colorful cover. The Trinote isn't terribly huge, but I wish it were a little smaller and easier to carry around in my bag. If the rest of my 2011 planner experiments fail, I will happily use my 2011 Trinote for the year because it does work well for me. But I just can't resist the urge to find my Perfect Planner! So here are some possibilities for 2011:
First up, the beautiful Rabbit planner with the month-and-week layout that is so nice. But the day spaces are smaller than I'm used to so I'm wondering if it will have enough space for me to write each day. Also, it lacks information pages that I like to have such as dialing codes and time zone maps. But it wins major points for the beautiful cover, spectacular paper, and unique layout. Being able to see the entire month ahead along with my week's schedule might be very addictive!
My WeekDate planner has lots of features I want: pretty cover, weekly layout with days as columns and space for lists each week.
Even though it has space to write recurring monthly events, it doesn't have actual month calendars. Also it doesn't have international information etc. that I like. I'm intrigued by the format though, and the convenience of not having to re-write recurring events might be just what I need.
Another contender is my slightly tweaked Vertical Weekly Moleskine with space under the daily columns for my lists (click photo to enlarge):
Because the 2011 Moleskine planners now have monthly calendars, this planner is a firm possibility for my Ideal Planner. It's a portable size and slim book, and has monthly calendars with space underneath to write monthly goals.
Another completely different option I've been thinking of lately is to switch to a day per page book. I know what you're thinking: how many times do I have to try and fail with a day per page book before I realize they don't work for me? But, I'm still enamored with daily books. I love all the space each day to write details that otherwise wouldn't get recorded on smaller day spaces. If I can learn how to plan ahead better, a daily book could be a good option for me.
One option is to use my Textagenda (with my pretty purple cover from France, not the Grenadine Pink cover that I don't like).
It doesn't have monthly calendars, but it does have the anno-planning pages that I could use as an overview and then use my wall calendar for the monthly overview. This would give me lots of space to write each day, and is a nicely portable size.
Something else I've been thinking of is a Pocket size Moleskine Daily planner. I have one of these for 2010 but didn't use it much because it lacks monthly calendars. But now that the 2011 version does have monthly calendars, this could be an option for me.
Whatever I choose, I want to get it figured out by the end of January and then try to stick with it for the whole year! This would be a major feat for me and I'm not sure I can do it. But after using 13 planners in 2009 and 10 planners in 2010, I'm getting tired of having my year scattered throughout a dozen books. I would love to have my year encapsulated in one, perfect, book.