Today is the day of my self-imposed deadline to decide which planner I will use for all of 2011. At least, that was my optimistic self back in November declaring such a thing.
Somewhere in the middle of January I was thrown a major curve ball with the discovery that not only are we most likely doing another international move this year (after just doing one less than 6 months ago), but it could happen as soon as March. Things are not finalized yet, and the timeline is still under construction. But either way, this year is turning out to be very different from how I expected it to be.
So even though I'm not promising myself or anyone else that I will manage to stay with only one planner for the entire year, I thought I would recognize the day anyway and let you know what I'm currently using (which has very recently changed).
I won't drag you through the whole saga, but for the past couple of weeks I was using my personal size Deco Filofax. But, while using it I've been absolutely in space and feeling completely directionless (which I admit is not entirely my Filofax's fault). So this morning I went back to my self-made planner. Yes it's not much fun. But right now I need focus and motivation. My self-made planner helps me focus because its week + notes format with the days as vertical columns allows me to see what I need to do and when I have time to do it. For some reason, the Filofax weekly format with my to-do list behind a tab just doesn't help me function nearly as well. It's a very common theme for me to try to make it work with my Filofax and then have to switch to a vertical weekly format to actually get anything done.
I'm sure I will continue to try to get my Filofax to work well for me, because it is so beautiful and I love it. But for the next few months at least, aesthetics will fall by the wayside as every bit of functionality I can muster will be required.
Rest assured that my journey to Planner Nirvana is not over! In fact, I have a feeling it's only just getting started! ;D