In my quest for the Perfect Planner I find myself, unexpectedly, trying again with my Filofax.
Stefee has had some very convincing reasons why a day on 2 pages setup in my Filofax could work for me. (To read her advice for me and how she uses hers, click here on my Experiment Over post (which details my Daily Moleskine Fail) and scroll down to see her comments.)
In addition to Stefee's sound logic, I've been inspired lately by Jotje's recent guest post on Philofaxy about how she uses her Personal size Filofax to keep control of her business, her (large) family, personal stuff, life, the universe and everything. It made me realize that a Personal size Filo really and truly is big enough to handle a very busy, multi-faceted life. Just when I had convinced myself it couldn't be done!
Jotje uses a week on 2 pages diary insert (to see the layout of her week) and also day on 2 pages. (to see the daily details). Hmmmm, veeeery interesting.
This reminded me of how Jess uses a week on 2 pages and also day per page diaries for long and short range planning. Confession time: I tried Jess's method of using the week on 2 pages with a To Do sheet in the middle back in October, and it quickly failed because the day spaces were crammed so full with my writing I could hardly read it. Also I didn't like how the To Do page broke up my view of the week. So I quickly abandoned that method. But now I'm thinking of how I could adapt it with daily and weekly pages.
Then I thought of someone else we all know and love, Oni, who uses weekly and daily pages in her Filofax too!
Could this be The Way???
Alright, let's do this thing.
So I immediately busted out my personal size Deco Filofax and pulled out everything I don't use. I figure, my Filo is already fat enough, but if I'm going to use weekly and daily pages the thing will be huge.
I don't happen to have any daily pages for my Filofax for this year, so I fashioned some from white lined pages. First I'm trying a day on 2 pages setup, and if I find this excessive I'll switch to day per page.
If I do stick with one day on 2 pages, my options are:
1) to buy a 2011 Filofax day per page diary insert and put a lined notes page (or a To Do page) between the day pages for a modified D2P.
2) Order the Filofax day on 2 pages diary insert from Filofax France (click here for link).
3) Take Stefee up on her very kind offer to send me Franklin Covey's D2P inserts, which is very tempting!
On with the experiment...
I normally use clear page markers to mark my place in my monthly calendars and weekly diary. I added another one for the daily section. Then I realized 3 of them is confusing, so I added some of the colored tape flags from the sticky notes insert to have easy color coding for monthly (blue), weekly (green) and daily (bright pink).
Next came the weekly pages. I had my pink week on 2 pages diary loaded into my Filo, but I took it out and put in the cotton cream week on 2 pages that I happened to have lying around. (Note: this is why I never throw away any current-year planner. You never know what crazy shit I'll try before the year is up.) My idea was that I could write my weekly goals into the This Week space at the top left page.
But this was an immediate Fail. Even for just an overview, I have to have days as columns to see the layout of my week. Luckily I happen to have some Franklin Covey week on 2 pages inserts with the days as columns.
I tried these back in April and quickly abandoned them due to, you got it, not enough space each day. At that time I bought the April-May-June quarter and the entire year July 2010-June 2011, so if I really like these I'll have to order up more to get me through 2011. Luckily Franklin Covey inserts start quarterly and run for a full 12 months, so I could just get another July start planner. But I'm getting waaaaayyyy ahead of myself now. This experiment has to work first!
My FC weekly insert came with tabbed monthly calendar pages too.
Even though I prefer the layout and look of the Filofax monthly pages, I might just use the FC monthly pages so I can write my Monthly Goals and Monthly Reviews on the reverse of each month.
You see, Franklin Covey inserts have a feature that Filofax inserts do not: the back side of each diary page is lined for notes, instead of the diary printed back to back like in Filofax. This allows you to stick tabs into your diary section, splice months into the weekly or daily section, or whatever you want.
In fact, this splice-able feature allows for so many interesting combinations: I could have the month with the appropriate weeks following, and the days between the weeks. But I don't think I'll do that.
Already I'm noticing I can't have many weekly pages (and hardly any day pages) because otherwise my Filo won't close. I usually like to have pages as far into the future as I can, so this feels a little limiting. I can still have a whole year of monthly pages though, so that is good.
I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed with putting this together for some reason, and sometimes I wonder, why am I doing this again?
But if it will work for me, I think it would be great to see my weekly layout and have my daily details in a separate section. As much as I love my Trinote, I tend to fill the week pages up with my messy handwriting and end up staring at it like a deer in the headlights wondering what I should do first.
Should I just be tidier in my Trinote? Should I go all out with my Filofax?
I'm at the very earliest stages of this experiment, and am still putting it together so anyone who has any day-per-page advice for me (or even just supportive cheering-on) please post a comment!