I am a big fan of the Write It Once idea. I would love the streamlined simplicity of only writing each task, appointment and event once in my planner. For many people, this works really well.
I gave a friend of mine a Plannerisms planner for her birthday and she loves it. She said she used to have things scheduled in different places: in her Filofax, on her wall calendar, written on random pieces of paper. She said now she puts everything into her planner, and it goes everywhere with her, so she doesn't have to worry about anything slipping through the cracks.
Anyone who has been reading my blog for awhile has seen my reviews of WeekDate planners. Their Only Write It Once format means that even recurring events get written in your planner only once, and you can see everything in one view. What a great feeling!
But for many people, myself included, we like to see different views: month, week and day. This is what I call Stepwise Scheduling.
For example, I use my Monthly calendars in my Plannerisms planner for an overview of appointments, birthdays, events, travel, and visitors. I write the specifics into my weekly pages, where I can see the layout of my week along with my task lists so I can see what I need to do and when I have time to do it. Then every day (usually the evening before) I write that day's schedule and must-do tasks in my day per page planner, which I also use to capture information throughout the day.
This requires me to use two different planners, and to rewrite scheduled events, but for me the benefit of seeing different views is worth it. Back when I tried to use just a weekly planner, I had so much written on the weekly pages that by halfway through the week I couldn't even see what I was supposed to be doing. By separating my planning (weekly planner) from my daily details (daily planner) I get to have a clear view of my week's schedule and still get to record lots of details every day.
Of course the danger of Stepwise Scheduling is that you will schedule something on one planner and not transfer it to the other planner. This is what I call things slipping through the cracks. Josh had an excellent video recently where this is the exact reason why he switched from monthly and daily Franklin Covey pages to using only Filofax weekly pages. Now he writes his appointments and events only into the weekly pages, and he doesn't have to worry about missing any appointments.
Another planning system is what I call Divide and Conquer, which is writing different things in different planners: work appointments in a work planner, home stuff in a home planner or binder, etc. In my last post Planners At Work people posted several very interesting comments about separating work planning from home planning. I can see how it would be distracting at work to see all the things you need to do at home but can't do anything about at that moment. Or in other situations, people's work planners may be used as public records so you don't want your personal things in there.
Do you do stepwise planning, writing events in more than one planner format? Do you divide and conquer, writing work and home events in separate planners? Or do you write everything just once into only one planner format?