Monday, November 4, 2013

Weighty matters

I finally bought a scale to weigh my planners! This is going to revolutionize my life.

If you haven't already seen it, I updated My Epic Search For The Perfect Notebook post with the weights of all the notebooks, and added my weight threshold (376g) as part of my criteria.

After some experimentation, I discovered that my threshold of what I'm willing to carry everywhere, planner + notebook totals 700g. My weekly Plannerisms planner weighs 324g, which means I'll want a notebook that weighs 376g or less. Now this I can work with! Weighing my notebooks before use will help me narrow my search.

Interestingly, my overall weight threshold has gone up. It used to be that I would balk at carrying an A5 size day per page diary with me everywhere. My Time Traveler day per page diary weighs in at 503g, and now carrying that amount of weight doesn't bother me.

But carrying it, and my Plannerisms planner together puts me over the edge. At 827g it just feels like I'm hauling around luggage. This is why I have decided to switch to a nondated, lighter notebook to use for daily records and journaling in 2014.

Incidentally, I weighed my A5 Filofax in its current state, with fewer pages on the rings than if I had a full year of monthly, weekly and daily pages like I have in my Plannerisms planner and day per page diary. The A5 Filofax weighed in at a hefty 1039g. No wonder I can't stand to carry it anywhere! My Plannerisms planner and daily diary book together total 827g, much lighter for the same page size. So to answer everyone's question, that's why I don't use an A5 Filofax.

So from now on, weights will be included in all my reviews!

Do you know what your weight threshold is of what you are willing to carry everywhere?

11 comments:

  1. Hi Laurie! I know that you don't use ring binders because it is difficult to archive the loose pages afterwards. I think the solution will be to use notebooks that are set up quarterly, 4 notebooks for the year. And the weight is lower for one notebook. What do you think?

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    1. And my answer to your question:
      I downsized from my huge FC binder with 1,5 " rings to 29 mm rings Day Runner binder. And happy! I put thereonly the bare minimum, as my planner pages (mo2p for the rest of the year, wo2p, do1p for the current month, braun dump pages, and blank pages. The rest is in my FC at home. I don't know the weight of the Day runner binder, but significantly less than FC binder!

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    2. My Summer Touch,
      What a great idea--4 books a year!
      And lists that you tend to carry with you could be written on post it notes so they could transfer easily from one notebook to the next.
      Sheer brilliance--THANK YOU!
      PM

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    3. MySummerTouch yes I'm definitely looking forward to using lighter notebooks! I don't know how many I'll get through in a year, but I'm expecting probably about 4. Some times will be busier than others, sometimes I'll have more notes and others I'll write less. But I am looking forward to the flexibility of an undated notebook. Which one I will use first is still up in the air!

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  2. 13 years ago while in the US I saved up my money to buy a planner - it was a FC classic that had a shoulder strap. I had not really seen in in real life, but was in love with it online. Well, I regretted that decision million times. It was so heavy that it would hurt my shoulder :( And since we had moved to Eastern Europe, there was no way of returning/selling it. I used it that year, but after the year was over and I didn't have more inserts, it sat for years almost brand new in my drawer. Finally I just gave it away. It was bulky, hard (although is was leather) and as I said heavy!

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    1. Those FC Classic size binders are so great for the page size but they do get so heavy, especially the leather ones with the big rings!

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  3. I have just weighed my A5 Filofax, and was slightly shocked that it weighed a 1KG. I didn't think it weighed that much, then saying that doth my children almost weighed in at 5 KG each

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    1. I know those A5s get so heavy. I just can't cope with it plus all the other stuff I carry around in my bag!

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  4. My medium Personal Planner with its leather cover weighs 377g; it would be 253 without the cover but the spiral binding would bother me. My Quo Vadis journal weighs 603g, so I am carrying 980g. I don't know my upper limit but this is above it. I weighed the Note 15 I hope to find usable next year and it is 148g. If that works I would be able to also carry the Time Traveler journal and be at only 651g (assuming that journal weighs similar to the daily planner). Fingers crossed!

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    1. That Note 15 is so featherlight you'll hardly notice it at all!

      Have you been able to place your order for your Time Traveler journal? Which one did you get? I still haven't heard back from their customer service.

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    2. Haven't ordered yet but I want the blue one. I thought about getting the fuchsia one too just to see the difference between the two. Am wondering if the plain and the one with the heart are the same except for cover decoration.

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