So you knew this was inevitable, right?
First, let me bring you up to speed. All year I've had an on-off love affair with my Time Traveler day per page diary.
Which I use in addition to my weekly Plannerisms planner.
The two work very well together, planning ahead in my weekly Plannerisms planner and mapping out and recording each day's details in my day per page diary. But there were some Pros and Cons of using a large day per page diary.
So I decided to try using an undated notebook instead, and the Showdown ensued.
Now I've been using the notebook for a month, and it works well for me. I never have to wonder where to write something, and I can look things up easily.
Then, I read this: http://pingmag.jp/2013/08/30/hobonichi-planner/
Which of course made me pine for my Time Traveler day per page diary again. In the interview he really hit the nail on the head about the charms of a day per page diary. There's something special about a dated page. What you write on that page happened THAT DAY. It's a little time capsule. There's a permanence about dated pages that encourages commitment in writing each day. That is your record.
So I put together some pros of using a dated day per page diary, and an undated notebook as my daily record and capture device.
Dated day per page pros:
1) I adore my Time Traveler. I haven't loved a day per page diary this much since the last time I used a Time Traveler diary. I don't know what it is about it, the soft cover, the page layout, the features etc. I just love it. And when I don't use it, I miss it.
2) The dated day per page encourages me to fill up the page each day with whatever, leaving an excellent record.
3) The page layout and times help me map out my day better than in the blank notebook.
4) I like having the maps, information and other things in my book.
6) Looking back through my notebook I've been using for the past month, I discovered there were only two times when I wrote more than one page per day, and there was plenty of room on the next day's page to overflow onto. But there were several times when I got lazy and wrote only half a page or less, where if I had been using a designated page each day it would have compelled me to write more.
7) And did I mention I adore my Time Traveler?
Undated notebook pros:
1) I'm never limited in my writing. I can use as many pages as I want each day.
2) There's always a place for my lists.
3) At my current rate I would use up my notebook in another month or two, which means I would be able to use up the stack of awesome notebooks on my shelf at a pretty good rate. This is probably the biggest draw, finally a use for all my notebooks!
4) It's lighter in my bag than my day per page book.
I know I'm not the only one debating the values of a dated vs nondated daily book right now. There are definite benefits to each.
I haven't completely made up my mind yet, but I think this is what I'll do: I'll finish the year in my dated Time Traveler. There's only less than three months left in the year, and I know I'll have enormous satisfaction in having my entire year in one book (including writing in the past month for completeness). After the year is up, I'll re-evaluate and decide whether to start a new dated DPP or move on to an undated notebook.
Historically, my favorite books to look through have always been my dated day per page diaries, so I naturally tend to lean toward those. They have a personality and mystique that an empty notebook just doesn't have. And for me the bottom line is, I end up using the book I LIKE more, even if it's not necessarily the one that is the most perfectly functional.
So what do you think? Have you been through the personal debate of dated vs non? What did you decide works best for you?