Thursday, January 12, 2012

What I'm currently using: Why oh why??

Some of you may have noticed in my What I'm Currently Using page (in the sidebar) that I've switched things up a little.

At the moment, I'm not using my Organised Mum Life Book. Some of you have expressed shock that I've abandoned the planner that I was loving so much! And to be completely honest I'm surprised myself, because I absolutely love the Life Book. I love it.

But over the past couple of months I found myself using it less and less. It's too big to carry with me everywhere so it sits on my desk next to my computer. My day per page planner goes everywhere with me and is my main planner with all my daily details, so my Org Mum was more like a worksheet to see the weeks and months mapped out. I wrote my weekly lists on the weekly pages along with appointments and meal planning.  It works really well. When I use it, that is.

But as I wrote less and less in it I realized that I wrote so little into the daily spaces each week, I could get away with just a monthly view rather than weekly.

My mom gave me a Moleskine Monthly Notebook for Christmas (click here for review), which I've been wanting to try with my daily book for a long time. Monthly views, and pages for notes and lists. Sheer simplicity.

And to further explain my planner changeup, here's what's going on with my life right now. We might be doing yet another international move this summer...or not...or we might stay an additional year here...or not!  As you might imagine, the uncertainty of possible major life changes is making me anxious and I'm looking for a way to feel more in control.

The massive benefit of my Moleskine Monthly Notebook is that it's small and slim so it goes in my bag with me everywhere.  So when I'm out and about and think of something else to add to my lists or longer-range planning I can capture it directly and not have to try to remember to write it into my book when I get home.

Don't get me wrong, I still adore my OM. I might go back to it (you know how I am). Once things are settled I might start using it again, I can totally see myself doing that.  But for now I'm trying out the portability of the Monthly Notebook. When you read my review of it you'll see lots of reasons why I like it.

Will I stay with my Monthly Notebook? Will I go back to the Organised Mum Life Book that I love so much? Will I switch to something completely different?  Only time will tell, so stay tuned!


  1. Hi Laurie,

    I'll eagerly await your review of the monthly Moleskine, but the question that immediately comes to mind is, Why not use the monthly pages that are already in your daily planner (as you mention in the post about the 2013 planners and how the grid will change to the vertical format again [ack!])?? Will look forward to hearing what you have in mind!

    A Star Wars planner is on my Amazon Wishlist, too! With that, 2013 is already certain to be a great year!

    - Tina

  2. I'm stunned! I thought you had reached "planner nirvana". Totally interested to see the Mole monthly!

  3. MiataGrrl, I was using the monthly grids in my pocket daily Moleskine, but the day spaces are tiny and there's no space for lists and notes. You'll see once I get my review up. I need to get the photos taken and loaded then I'll post it.