Friday, November 22, 2013

Free For All Friday No. 11: New Year Planner Freakout

2014 is rapidly approaching. Ok, hands up: who is freaking out a little bit about which planner/ system you'll use for the new year?

I'm set with my Plannerisms planner again for next year. But I change my mind hourly (or sometimes more frequently) about whether I'll use a day per page diary again as my daily capture device, or switch to an undated notebook.

What about you? Are you set for 2014 or still deciding? Will you use the same system you used this year or something different?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss or ask anything planner related!

18 comments:

  1. Nope. I'm not freaking out. I've decided (stop laughing). I am currently (as of this morning) in a Franklin Covey Classic Aurora binder. This time I'm not looking at anyone's videos, I'm just putting in all the crazy things I personally need. I will carry it in my huge tote bag; it will go to work with me, but it won't need to go in stores. Actually I've been moving back to this large size in fits and starts for a month or two. I am going to use my Plannerisms planner at home as a goals tracker for my two main objectives (fitness and writing projects). So there! Decision made and waves of relief flowing through my fevered brain.

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    1. Christine, hooray!!! Congratulations on finding the system that works well for you! You bring up an excellent point--well two, actually: don't let other people's videos and posts on what they use influence you too much. Use what works best for YOU. And, don't be afraid of a huge planner. Yes it would be nice if we could all have weightless planners that take up no space yet fold out huge. But in reality, it's not that much to carry, and totally worth the bliss of organization and peace of mind!!!

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  2. No freaking out here (I'll leave that until January 1st, or maybe even the end of March when it all comes crashing down around my ears). 2014 I'm planning on having my Plannerisms planner to log basic stuff like cleaning, supplements, food, exercise, etc., and I have received A5 day to a page Gilllo inserts, which are currently sat in my raspberry Finsbury ready for home and work. I think it's going to be a good planner year.

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    1. Awesome LJ! I'd love to know how it goes with your Plannerisms planner an Gillio in conjunction.

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  3. I'm freaking out! Dont know what I'm using. As I've said before, I love my Plannerism its just too small and my Uncalendar is too big! Yikes...what now?!

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    1. Hi Jo Ann, I remember I gave you a few suggestions. One thing I started doing years ago is to use my weekly planner for all planning and a separate daily for all recording. My problem was that in order to write as much as I wanted each day, the weekly planner had to be huge which made it unwieldy to carry around. Once I broke it down into two books it was much better! The secret is NOT to synchronize them! All planning ONLY in the weekly, and all recording ONLY in the daily. Here is my post on how I use the two planners together:

      http://www.plannerisms.com/2013/02/how-i-use-my-weekly-and-daily-planners.html

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  4. Well I am freaking out! Actually, this whole year has been a freaked out year. I am hoping to have a plan for 2014, but as of yet I haven't got it figured out.

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  6. Of course I have decided. Several times, in fact, which is why I have five planners to choose from as well as three new notebooks (and we won't count the notebooks on the shelf).

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  7. No calm and sorted. Printed, punched (where required) and in the Filofax organisers.... sorted Time to soon sit down and start creating 2015 inserts..

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  8. Certainly not freaking out, but I've given myself until the end of November to decide the way forward in 2014. Currently still trialling five options :-

    1) Filofax Flex in A5 with 13mm ring mechanism (fitted by me - see Philofaxy July 2012). Have been using this for 18 months but think it might be time for a change.

    2) Filofax Flex A5 - modified by me to take a narrow Large Moleskine Monthly planner (which has 50 blank pages - purchased in the summer at reduced price). Homemade Midori style closure, Homemade Information booklet (following Ray Blake's blog tutorial). Works well but hate Moleskine paper. Bleed through is bad. .

    3) Filofax Flex A5 as sold - with just a Flex notebook, jot pad, annual year planner and homemade information booklet. Also working well, but miss structured diary pages. Wish Flex cover would take a Plannerism

    4) Filofax Fusion - Personal - won in competition. Love the binder. Just can't cope with the big rings and small page size.

    5) Filofax Holborn Slimline - Love the binder. Love the rings. Can't cope with the page size. No room to write!

    Oh! and I have just purchased a Flex Slim cover iand inserts n their sale (Steve - all your fault!) Not sure where that fits in (yet!).

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  9. I am soooo excited to use my Franklin Covey 365 Polka Dots planner! I was going to wait until New Year to start using it, but I think I will put it under the tree for myself and start using it Christmas Day. I have already it set it up for 2014, and I periodically revamp it as I see new ideas or inserts I want to try. Currently, I have Franklin Covey Her Point of View monthly pages with tabs along with some cheap weekly 2014 refills from Punctuation (Barnes & Nobles) brand. I can't wait!

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  10. I will be using a A5 day per page filofax for my main planner and then will just carry around a cheap tiny appointments diary with me. My resolution this year is to just actually use my planner for an entire year even if it isn't perfect. I spent a stupid amount of money last year in the quest for the perfect planner.

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  11. Well... I've spent months "planning" to move back into a personal size filofax but just keep chugging away with a FranklinCovey compact 2PPD. It just works; damn close to planner perfection in terms of function. I hate the blasted thing; the binder is massive and has no closure so flops open in my bag; the covers are "padded" which makes me think of nothing so much as a padded bra, being a gay man I have NO interest in padded bras; the green print is putrid; the quotes are a waste of space and most are totally cliche. I could go on. The whole thing is just emetic and I hate it... but it works so well I can't stop using it. I have pages for it running up to the end of June so I can just keep plugging away...

    In other worlds, I've been giving a lot of thought again to a work planner and a home planner. Work has changed somewhat; I don't find that I need my planner in my hand to carry around so much, I spent a lot more time close to my desk. And my work takes up a huge amount of my planner, lately very little personal goes in at all. So maybe I can try running my work out of the FC and the rest of my life out of my filofax... We'll see.

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    1. LOL Josh, you absolutely crack me up!! But you do touch on an important point: function vs enjoyability. In an ideal world we would all have planner systems that work really well for us and that we love to use, but of course that's not easy to find in the real world.

      I hope your second try at a bifurcated system works for you now that you might be able to separate work and personal functions!

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  12. Laurie,
    I finally think I've settled down on what to use.

    I have a grid Large Moleskine that I put my calendar in and use it for notes.

    I have a pocket Moleskine cahier I've started using to collect things on the fly. It really does fit into my pocket, and since it lives more on my desk that in my pocket, the cover is holding up really well.

    I'm going to keep my Filofax mini as my wallet. In there I keep my running list of books to read and things to buy.

    Hot dog, I feel more productive already. A huge thanks to you Laurie, for helping me get to this spot!

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  13. I caved and for my birthday and got a completely new planner. I decided that at least for now I'm using the Kate Spade inserts and planner.

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  14. I was waffling, but I decided to go with the Franklin Covey 2PPD "Playlist" planner pages. I think it'll solve the main space-waster in my pages, which was the blocked appointment schedule. Playlist instead gives another column of lines like the to-do list, rather than the quarter-hour style of most of the 2PPD designs. It should work for both actual meetings (which I don't generally have) and overflow to-do lists for both work and home (which are always overwhelming).

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