Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Poll: Do You Carry Your Planner With You?

I'm very curious to find out if most people carry their planner with them all the time, only when they know they'll need it, or if their planner stays at work/ home.

I used to carry my planner everywhere with me all the time, but now that I'm walking more I tend to only bring it when I expect I'll need it.

What about you? Please vote in the poll in the sidebar!

Edited to add: If you use more than one planner, and you carry at least one of them with you all the time or part of the time, please vote according to the one you carry. Thanks!

Sorry for the typo in the poll's title!

25 comments:

  1. I have two planners! My prenote stays at home as it's too big to cart around but my APB2 goes with me pretty much everywhere, so I don't know how to vote!

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    1. Ooh, sorry I didn't give an option for the more-than-one planner situation! Please vote for "goes everywhere with you" since you do carry one. Mainly I'm interested in how many people carry a planner with them and how many people don't.

      PS would you be interested in doing a guest post on your APB2? I've been curious about that one for a long time! It's such a great size and format.

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    2. Ok,I got it by accident as I really wanted an academic year Notor but UK Quo Vadis were out of stock and sent me the APB2 to tide me over til the 2013 diaries started, I actually liked it so much that I have now swapped the 2013 Notor for the ABP2.

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    3. Wow that's great! I really like the APB2 format because I like to see my schedule chronologically vertically down the page, and the separate Notes area on the page seems so organized. Plus it's such a perfect size! Portable but lots of writing space. Hmm, I might have to check this out for next year!

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    4. Oh I know what I wanted to ask: Does the APB2 have holidays printed on the days?

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  2. I carry my planner around with me. I feel incomplete if I forgot it ;)

    Greets from germany
    Jana

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  3. My personal planner goes everywhere with me, but work one stays at work. Not sure how to vote?

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    1. Hi mstraat, please vote that you carry your planner with you everywhere. Is that the Personal Planner that you take everywhere?

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    2. Yes. I am having more fun with it than any planner I've had. . .but the back page (not the hard plastic, but the vinyl-like printed one) keeps coming off. And I am really in a dilemma, trying to decide between that and a compact Filofax to carry. The Filofax is nicer to carry but the paper is sooo thin. (Can't print my own for various reasons.) Need to just email Ren Arts about a cover I think.

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  4. I carry mine everywhere even though I do most of my travel on foot. I'm thinking of buying a zipped binder with carrying handle from DayTimer or Franklin Covey to simplify this a bit. Currently, my Success Choice binder filled with DayTimer inserts just gets lugged about in my bag along with a stuffed pencil case and some other odds and ends. I always wish I had it when I leave it behind, so I tend to just lug it along everywhere. People think I'm very strange!

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  5. Hi, Laurie, after reading your comments I voted for carrying my planner everywhere - as I carry my 'on-the -go' planner (calender+notes, currently the X47 system ) with me everywhere while my 'big' planner (Filofax) with all the GTD stuff stays at my desk at home.... I hope I voted correctly :-) Greetings, Sari

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    1. Hi Sari, yes you did! Thanks for voting! :)

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  6. Yes, The Bible (as we call it) goes everywhere with me. And woe is the family member who forgets to write their appointment or activity in it!

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    1. Christina, which planner are you using this year, if you don't mind me asking?

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  7. I'm also another that carries my personal with me and I leave my work binder at work. Since moving into my new binder, I'm wanting to even sleep with the darn thing! Crazy!!

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    1. Not crazy, I know people who DO sleep with their Filofax! It's such a personal thing, and helpful companion, it's easy to become very attached to them!

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  8. voted. i carry mine around 24/7 pretty much no matter what. i'm excited to move into a compact (or try to anyway, lol!) so that it'll be even more portable.

    and yes, i am also one of those people who sleeps with their planner. on the bedside table though...i don't actually snuggle with it or anything (yet). i often jot down notes on interesting dreams i may have, or in the event something i need to do pops into my head in the middle of the night, etc.

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  9. I would prefer not to but with my job I have to. I walk up to 12km a day to 7 or 8 different workplaces and I have to carry notes, bookings, attendance registers, contact details etc with me. The only format that works is A5 but it is heavy. And I deal with lots of notes, papers etc so it gets heavier and heavier. The lightest A5 I have is the domino snake but it is still a brick. I used to use electronic but found the tapping very time-consuming and the technology unreliable. I am actually supposed to carry a laptop too but have refused.

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  10. I do - Always my pocket because it's my wallet, but also the A5 sometimes because it's my everything filo

    Tracy

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  11. Hi Laurie,

    this is an interesting poll! As I mentioned on Twitter, I am somewhere in between. I carry my Personal with me, when I go to the office, and when going on vacation. I do not only make appointments, but also use it for making notes on interestings thing to do, see, buy, read and so on.

    So I feel like being between answer A nd B, because I carry it "almost" everywhere...

    Best regards,
    Thomas

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    1. Thanks for your comment! So then, what would be an example of when you would not carry it with you? Out to dinner? To the grocery store?

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    2. Very good examples! ;-) I actually write everyday shoppings lists on an extra sheet, not in my Filo. So when I do shopping, my Filo stays at home, indeed.

      When I'm on vacation or any kind of trip, I carry my mini Malden with me - all the time. But, it's quite handy and fits in any pocket or bag, other than the sometimes quite stuffed Personal.

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  12. I carry mine everywhere - even though it's an A5, it's huge, and I never want to get it out when I'm out and about because it requires two arms to hold!

    Also, I can't see the poll results - the column is too narrow - and I can't find a link to click to see them. :(

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    1. Hannah after you vote the See Results link goes away and instead there's a slide bar that allows you to move over to see the %s.

      See my reply to you in the Midyear Eval post for my suggestion on what planner will work best for you! (Short answer: the Quo Vadis Septanote)

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  13. Since I don't have many appointments or meetings, I've been using a self made (using the yplan program and LaTeX) six month on a page (I fit the whole year on two A4 sheets) planner. I have many appointments with my students, but, since they are office hours, I don't keep track of them on paper, but on my course management system online (students can book my open time slots, change them, cancel them, and I just need to look at it the day before or even the same day during the actual office hours).

    The way I've been using my six months on a page planer is simple. When I make it, I put on it (still in the computer) hollidays, deadlines, birthdays, etc. (basically anything I know it'll happen on a particular date). Then I print it on an A4 sheet and carry it with me all the time (insde a plastic protector in one of my A4 plastic folders or more recently on one of my A4 binders, depending on the ammount of paper I need to carry with me.)

    When I need to enter an event, I just find the right 'cell' and write a number (I use secuencial numbers starting from 1, 2, 3... etc.), and then I write the same number on the back side with all the details I need (type of event, time, place, etc.)

    I don't keep there anything else, but events that need to happen on a particular date/time. Everything else goes somewhere else, not on the calendar.

    I many times find myself carrying a lot of reference material for different things or projects (depending on what I'm doing at the moment). I also carry a laptop or netbook with me many times, and even when I'm very confortable using computers, and I like them a lot, there are situations when they are not easy to use, or you don't have a power outlet available or something.

    In the very near future things might be changing a bit and I¡ll probably have many more appointments and meetings to attend.

    I've been thinking on a hybrid (digital and analogic) that wouldn't have those problems. What I'm thinking is getting a Filofax to keep my calendar (a month on a page would give me enough space, much more than I use now, anyways), lists (to-dos, agendas, shopping), notes, and a bit of important (or very new) reference material. The rest (a lot) of the reference material would go into an Ebook reader (either in Epub or in PDF format -I use LaTeX to create all my documents, so it's very easy to format the PDFs for perfect reading on Ereaders). Ebook readers can keep plenty of information (including many books) and their batteries don't need to be recharged frequently (so, no fear of not being able to access the reference material if there is no power outlet). Also, unlike analogic, they are very easy to back up, so that all the reference material would be replicated into one or several computers/hard drives for easy recovery in case of digital failure, or if I lost te ereader, or it got stolen, etc.

    I think the perfect setup for me would be a mini Filofax and a 5 inches Sony Ebook reader. Very light to carry, so that I'd never feel as leaving them behind, and easy and quick to use (paper and a device which turns on and off inmediatly and can keep enormous ammounts of data.

    I guess somebody might have thought this before, or even have tried it or use a similar system already. I'd love to hear about their system and how the use it.

    Sorry for the extension of the comment and for my terrible English.

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