Here is another post I've been thinking about for awhile but didn't know if there would be any interest. But a Twitter conversation the other day with Rori spurred me on to post it.
We were talking about why I feel the need to have an emotional connection with my planner. Her very good point was, it's something that goes everywhere with you all day, and you look at it and handle it all the time. And, it helps you in your life. It's normal, and probably important, to feel a connection to your planner.
Then she asked, when did you last feel a real, emotional connection with your planner?
What an awesome question.
For me there have been two planners I've felt a deep emotional connection with. They were very different from each other, and at very different times in my life.
The most recent was my A6 size day per page Time Traveler planner I used the year my daughter was born, which you can read all about here. That was a time when I really didn't have much to plan, but I had little details to record each day of the cute things she did and all those baby firsts. I loved the way the fuzzy faux-suede cover felt in my hands. I loved that little book.
The time before that when I was most happy with my planner was when I first got my Buckingham Filofax and used it in grad school. My planning needs were pretty simple (compared to now at least). The only person I had to keep track of was myself, and the only things I needed to keep track of were school things. After I graduated, and especially after my kids were born, the Filofax just didn't fit my needs anymore.
The happiest I've been with a planner in a long time is my self-drawn weekly + monthly planner I've been using this year. It functions perfectly for me. But the only thing I don't like about it is that it's hand-drawn, and I prefer printed. Also I want maps, international info etc. Luckily my 2013 Plannerisms planners will be printed soon and they will have all this good stuff in them, so I'm looking forward to that!!
Meanwhile I'm still searching for a day per page planner that I can connect with. I'd love a soft or fuzzy cover. I want an open, unstructured format. I want it to be approximately 12 x 17 cm , between A6 and A5 sizes. These are hard to find!
When was the last time you were happiest with your planner and/ or felt a strong emotional connection to it?