terriknits commented on my previous post that she has seen a lot of posts recently about people being dissatisfied with their current planner format. I know I am! Who else is having planner trouble??
Some of it may have to do with the fact that it's nearly impossible to find a replacement for a problematic planner this time of the year. I keep telling myself that if I can just hang on until my Extra Large 18 month Moleskine weekly notebook starts at the end of June, it will solve all of my problems.
But right now my life is changing yet again, and it's hard to find a planner that can cope. I'm currently using my self-made planner in my Daycraft notebook, which has a week + notes format. But I have lots of new things going on: my blogging life is ramping up; I'm looking for a job starting in August when both kids will be in school; and I'm desperately looking for a way to get back to Scotland next year with possibilities including job searching and applying for a graduate degree program there. So I busted into my lovely A5 Domino (but not as my planner) and gave each of these working topics its own tabbed section.
Of course I wish I could have my planner and tabbed sections all in one book for convenience, but this is a road I've been down many times before. The A5 binder is too big to take everywhere with me, and the Personal size Filofax diary pages are too small (despite my multiple attempts with a variety of formats). So for now I have to be content having my planner separate from my working sections, so that I can take my planner with me and leave my A5 Filofax at home.
I have found a definite pattern of planner formats I tend to cycle through:
Large week + notes format bound planner: This tends to work for me most of the time, but when I have a lot of things going on I want sections in my Filofax to keep track of all of my ongoing projects. Which makes me want to have everything in one book. So I try...
A5 Filofax with week on 2 pages diary and categorized tabbed sections: This seems glorious for awhile until I get tired of hauling the gigantic book around with me, and I realize it's impossible to take along when I travel. So then I go to...
Personal size Filofax: Because I want the portability and flexibility of having my diary and tabbed sections all in one book. But this too quickly breaks down because the day spaces are too small, and I need a weekly view.
So then I go back to the large week + notes format planner, and it all starts over again. Sometimes I throw into the mix a day per page planner, which works fine when I don't have much to plan ahead for but lots to write. I love the detailed record it creates, but it always falls down in the planning-ahead department.
So that's my usual cycle of planners. Does anyone have any recommendations for me to try something different?
Do you tend to cycle through planner formats? Are you currently suffering from planner dissatisfaction?