Or rather, there is no Perfect Planner, I think.
(Sorry you guys, I feel like I'm telling you all there's no Santa Claus!)
I've come to this realization lately as I'm using my Filofax Deco with 2 Days Per Page planner insert, which is going well but isn't perfect. Click on the link and scroll down to see my comments and updates on how it's going.
I started thinking of all the planners I've used, what has worked for me and what hasn't. And it makes me think, of all the dozens/ hundreds of planners I've used, the fact that I haven't found The One makes me think I'm doing it wrong! I mean, really, I must be.
What I thought was my ideal planner, with a big weekly layout, large day spaces and lots of space to write lists on the weekly page results in total overwhelm when I have so much written on the pages that I don't even know where to look first.
But when I take things off the page and put them behind tabs in my Filofax, I have the out-of-sight, out-of-mind problem.
There is no perfect solution. I just have to be disciplined enough to check my lists regularly, and re-write things if I need to. I don't need a better planner, I just need to be a better planner user.
That said, some planners are better for me than others. For example, if the day spaces are too small to write everything I need, the planner is destined to fail.
Also, some planners are better for me at different times of my life and might not work at all at other times. Example: the day per page planner that worked beautifully for me for all of 2005, but DPP planners don't work well for me during times when I need to do a lot of planning ahead.
My other issue is that it's impossible to settle on one planner for a whole year when my life (and planner needs) change so much during that year.
Is there any perfect solution? Probably not. But I will continue to search for, if not my Perfect Planner, then at least the best planner for my current situation.
And by the way, if you didn't understand the title of this post, go watch The Matrix and you will. :)