that my Filofax experiment has failed. A moment of silence please.
Here's what went wrong:
1) Written in too many places:
I knew that writing everything in three times (in the monthly, weekly and daily sections) would be a lot to keep up on. But that wasn't the half of it.
I wrote my monthly goals on the back side of the monthly pages. As a result, my goals weren't visible while looking at my month. Even worse, my weekly tasks were written on the back side of the weekly pages, again out of sight. I had to look at my weekly to-dos often, and write them into the day pages where I thought I might do them. But if those tasks didn't get done that day, I had to re-evaluate when I might get it done and write it in then. Wash, rinse and repeat.
As a result I had several different places to look for any given thing I'd written. And, I didn't have any overall views of anything. The other day I needed to look something up in my Trinote and realized there are only two views: my weekly page with that week's tasks, and my monthly calendar with that month's goals. So much simpler. And no flipping page after page to find what I need.
I gave up on this system after just a few days because it was proving to be a lot of work double and triple checking that I had things written where they should be. After only a few days I was already losing things in the pages. This week I'm very busy and have a lot to prepare for, and I can't afford to miss any details. I went back to my trusty Trinote to make sure I get everything done properly during this very busy time. This system could possibly work for me if I had more patience and diligence with keeping up on it. But my goal for my 2011 planner is the opposite: I want my planner to be as simple as possible.
2) Size matters:
Part of the reason I'm looking for something other than my Trinote is to have a smaller, slimmer and lighter book. My Filofax is not.
Below is the lineup of the Planner Finalists. Left to right they are Trinote, WeekDate, Moleskine vertical weekly (with the rabbit postcard I got as a free gift with my Rabbit planner taped to the front), and personal size Filofax. As you can see, the Filofax has the smallest footprint.
I'm glad I did this Filofax experiment, because I've tried for years now to make my Filofax work well for me as my planner and this system was definitely worth a try.
So now I've narrowed it down to the WeekDate, Moleskine vertical weekly, or Trinote!
Starting December 27th I'll have a competition between my WeekDate and Moleskine. By the end of January I'll either have a clear winner, or the Trinote will prove to be the best after all.
There can be only one!!!!!!