Monday, September 3, 2012

New Poll: Do you use separate planners for work and personal life?

This is a bit of a follow-on to my last poll where I asked everyone if you carry your planner everywhere. Several people said they keep a planner at work and carry a separate planner with them.

Now I want to know specifically if you use a planner at work (whether electronic or paper) and a separate planner for your personal life.  I wonder how many people have distinct work lives where they can leave their work planner at work, or if they need to incorporate their work and personal schedules together.

Please vote in the poll in the sidebar!  Thanks!

18 comments:

  1. I use a red domino A5 for work and an A5 black identity for home.
    I use the Domino for time sheets to do's and my bosses appointments in and call logs.
    Whereas my Identity is home todo's appointment planning...

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  2. I use an A5 Mulberry at work and an A6 Mulberry for personal planning. Thankfully (as I have spent a LOT of time making this so....) my two 'lives' do not mix. :-)
    [I used to use A5 filofax at work and personal filofax for home but have switched to Mulberry for both very recently.]

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  3. Yes I have an A5 at work and a personal for ...well personal :). Both Maldens, one in purple and one in ochre

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  4. I have an A5 Metropol for personal use and a regular Wo2P diary for work. For next year I've already printed out a similar layout from Ray and Steve, but it's wirebound instead of being in a binder.

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  5. I have one planner (a personal filofax) which I use for absolutely everything! I cannot quite imagine keeping work and personal in separate books, I think I would rapidly have a planner fail. In my life, I've found a key to success is to simplify everything as much as possible. I also tend to be somewhat scatter brained and recall personal tid-bits while at work and vice versa.

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    1. If, I had a schedule like yours Josh I would probably would onlyhave one filofax, to do all. Then I would need a dppd, if not 2ppd

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  6. As a teacher I have tried several times to use only one planner but failed. Now I use one planner for work (A5 finsbury) and a pocket for everyday which goes everywhere with me. I sometimes, though , I have problems coordinating both to-dos and wish I could only have one.

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  7. It's one life, thus one planner for me. I wonder if adding "female" and "male" to your poll would be interesting. I think males would tend to carry just one planner; just a thought.

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  8. I use one A5 for all appointments for both personal and work, however I use a separate 80s Winchester personal Filofax for case details.

    First, adding them to the A5 would make it too cluttered and second, there are privacy issues. That filofax stays on my desk. So, depending on the kind of work people do/have, your poll should add another option: combined appointment book but work details and notes separate.

    Cheers, Alice

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    1. Hi Alice, thanks for your comment. For this poll, I'm considering appointment books only. I assume most people keep their work notes separate from their personal notes. And, preferably, at work so people can have a break.

      I wrote more about using a separate notebook for work here: http://www.plannerisms.com/2011/05/how-many-notebooks-planners-do-you-need.html

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  9. My Textagenda has all my appointments for personal and work, personal notes, calorie counting, goals, and personal to-dos. Every morning I write down my 3-4 most important work to-dos for the day in the notes section at the bottom of Textagenda page. I do keep a separate work notebook that stays on my desk at work. It has all my notes and a longer, more detailed to do list that's applicable for several weeks at a time. - Beth

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  10. I don't use my planner for work stuff at all, except for listing the times I am at work so I don't schedule something on a day I have agreed to do overtime etc.

    At work I just use the appointments diary and notebook all staff are given. To be honest, they don't pay me enough for me to go and spend a lot of money on a Filofax and papers for work!

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  11. One life. One planner. Anything else is asking for craziness.

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  12. I'm just trying a two planner approach which Im not totally convinced about. I wanted to downsize my personal to a compact and thought an A5 for work. So far I carry them both with me because Im worried I will need to put something in the one I dont have in me! Back to the drawing board for me. I was writing a blight about it when I realised it wasn't working yet.

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    1. I tried it too; I set up my Success Choice binder as a work reference/notes/project planning book and my personal Cavendish Filofax as everything else. It was just too complicated. I would forget to carry the work binder and end up taking notes in my personal. I would copy everything into my personal to make sure I had it if I found need. It's easier for me to keep everything in one book. I don't look at work stuff away from work, generally. But I feel secure that if I need anything I'm likely to have it with me. The only problem with this is that my 30mm ringed binder is totally stuffed full at all times.

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  13. I work both free-lance and part time and frequently from home. If I had a different planner for my various different jobs I'd be hopelessly confused. So I'm all for all in the one place. Having said that I have a Textagenda for daily diary and notes which lives in my bag and an A4 Uncalendar which I use for planning, lists etc.and lives in an A4 Domino Folder.

    I have two other planners for specific tasks, a House Book (similar to the Flylady Control Journal)- an A5 Domino Filofax and Personal Domino Filofax which I use for notes, planning and ideas for my books.

    The absolute rule though is that they all (plus my mini pencil case) must be oxblood ... sad I know, but I can't imagine having anything in any other colour!

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  14. I voted and said that I use one planner for both. That's true NOW but it wasn't before. My current "job" is my blog and that is definitely in the same planner as my personal because they overlap. But I used to work as a legal assistant in a law office and I did NOT combine my planners. I used an electronic program for my work planner. The naure of legal work is that it's confidential so it was not appropriate to use the same planner. Plus it was my job and I did not bring work home with me. So it made sense to keep them separate.

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