Friday, January 31, 2014

Free For All Friday No. 21: Old or New?

I love to try new and interesting planners, and I get a thrill when I get to check out one I've never seen before. But I also like the comfort of my trusted favorites I've used for years, and those tend to be the ones I go back to after my forays into new and uncharted planner territory.

Are you using a new planner format or brand this year? Or are you content with an old favorite?

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

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for keeping this site alive. This is one of my absolute favorite websites. Your services are highly appreciated.

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  2. I'm using a new planner format this year - yours! Loving using my Plannerisms planner :D At some point I'll do a blog post on how I use it for uni, if you like

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    1. So am I. This is my first year at really trying to keep everything organized, and the Perfect Planner is really helping.

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  3. I used a loose leaf binder type planner for years as a realtor, then a home decorator. The number of tabs I was using got to the point of absurbity! I ditched the binder and went to a bound planner...that worked fine for a while, but couldnt find what I really wanted ( sound fa miliar?) :) I loved your Plannerism but was too small, the uncalender was too big! Alas, I read something here that inspired me to go back to a looseleaf planner and its working great! Ive got it set up in a way thats unique to me. The reason I think its working now is the fact that Im in a different season of life...Im semi-retired and dont need tons of tabs anymore...its right! Thanks for a great site Laurie

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  4. DO2P with a 2 page tabbed monthly seems to be my mainstay, but I can't stop experimenting with all the other choices!

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  5. Same old Organized Mum inserts in my personal Malden as always :) I just live vicariously through everyone who changes all the time!

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  6. I'm back with two classics for me; Daytimer 2ppd and filofax 2ppw. I love it as I get the capacious two pages per day to manage all my detailed time and task and note management throughout the day, along with the perspective of week-to-view. My daytimer pages run out at the end of June, but daytimer kindly sent me a reorder form with free shipping, so I mailed in the renewal with a check (really! First time I've ordered by mail in ages!) so will be good to go for the next year. By the way, I find the daytimer storage binders to be really superb.

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  7. Ugh....a new year another new planner. My search this year is due to my ditching my laptop and moving to a desktop at work. I am a pastor of a church. I am HIGHLY visually orientated. I usually have long lists of tasks and just few regularly scheduled appointments each week. Right now I have a simple monthly calendar and my Moleskine weekly planner for my tasks etc. If anyone out there is more visually orientated and has some ideas let me know. Thanks!

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  8. Same old, same old for me. Franklin Covey compact with 2ppd. I want to change but can't seem to.

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  9. What is really frustrating is to find a format you like and be unable to purchase it in subsequent years because it is discontinued. That has happened to me more than once. Frank Szewczyk, I work in a church also if you want to email me directly. mstraat at neb dot rr dot com.

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  10. Oh my goodness, suddenly eye-ing the letter-size uncalendar and thinking about it... might work brilliantly for work.

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  11. Frank, I'm visual spatial and right-brained. I've found that most of the planner options are really structured for people who aren't. I think what got me was that everyone focuses on lists and writing EVERYTHING down. I don't need to do lists, and I can't really work with them. The fastest way for me to lose something is to put it on a to do list.

    I do better if I do rely on my memory for most things and have joggles for the few things that I am most likely to forget. At work, I put those few things on my Outlook calendar with a reminder. But I'm way overloaded at work, so I created folders for each of the subjects (i.e., Supplies) and drop emails into it so I can both keep my inbox clear and not lose track of stuff. Even looking at it tended to overwhelm me, so it helps keep me from going crazy. Then I can move through the folders through the day and deal with them as needed.

    But I also keep some color coded folders. Like I'll have a green folder for supply orders. Anything current that's still out is on there. I also keep a reference list. It's each company on the order with a reference number assigned to it, along with a note with the paperwork I have. Rather than it being a list I consult to see what I do, it's a list I handle frequently because I'm updating it all the time so I know I don't need to worry about the paperwork for Acme Company but XYZ Company needs a call for the invoice.

    I think the biggest thing for me was that I have to trust that my process for organizing is working, even if it looks screwy by traditional time management and planning standards.

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  12. I have tried a moleskine this year, in previous years I have used the little otsu planner (undated version). I actually highly recommend said planner, great paper quality, good for irregular users (like college students who may only need a planner during the school year) and a cute layout to boot.

    If I switch away from bullet journaling (or have a more heavily appointment based schedule in the future I likely will go back to it.

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    1. I just decided to check out the Otsu Planner - never heard of it until you mentioned it. Wow - it is exactly what I've been looking for in terms of layout and size. Thank you! I had to get another planner as I spilled water on my handmade one and was not going to remake another one so the timing was great. :-)

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  13. All new this year - left my old standby Quo Vadis Visual behind, and have floundered around for the last 5 weeks trying to settle on loose leaf inserts and binder size to handle the new crazy 2014. As of Thursday, I'm printing daily pages out of iCal, and adding grid page on the backside, giving me 2PPD. I'm using the FC Compact size (4.25" wide), for the extra writing space. We'll see how it goes - I've stopped counting how many different layouts I've considered for 2014. What I really need is Letter size month pages, Half letter week view, and Compact size day pages, but I haven't figured out how to make that work :D

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  14. All new this year - left my old standby Quo Vadis Visual behind, and have floundered around for the last 5 weeks trying to settle on loose leaf inserts and binder size to handle the new crazy 2014. As of Thursday, I'm printing daily pages out of iCal, and adding grid page on the backside, giving me 2PPD. I'm using the FC Compact size (4.25" wide), for the extra writing space. We'll see how it goes - I've stopped counting how many different layouts I've considered for 2014. What I really need is Letter size month pages, Half letter week view, and Compact size day pages, but I haven't figured out how to make that work :D

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