Friday, March 14, 2014

Free For All Friday No. 27: Planner page size/ writing space: How big is too big?

Too-big pages lead me to write more than I can accomplish in a day, which makes me feel overwhelmed and behind.

How big is too big for you?

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

12 comments:

  1. Hi, Laurie, brilliant question!! I wish I would know the right answer for me……..
    A4 ist easy - much too big, I tried it once for 2 days and could´t even do half of what I wrote down on those huge pages ;-)); A7 its too small - and that´s the easy part. A6/pocket are so comfortable to carry, but just too small for everything, A5 tends to be a bit too big ( I have small handwriting so I can write a lot on an A5 page). The perfect solution for me might be the B6 size (just in the middle between A5 and A6) - but notebooks and planners in that size are hard to find, at least in Europe… so I fear the search will go on (but is a good reason to try out more notebooks…..)
    Your recent posts about your way of Bullet Journaling were very inspirational for me - I started trying it out 2 days ago in an A5 Leuchtturm 1917 notebook and hope it will work for me, too.

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  2. Offtopic, but I found all these unique planners at Mochithings: http://www.mochithings.com/schedulers-and-planners/page/4

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    1. Linda thanks for the link, those planners look super cute!

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  3. A4 is too big for one day. Pocket is too small. I *think* A5 on one page might be feasible but it would depend on how I laid it out. I've been thinking about this for the last week or so, I use DIYFish's Life Mapping Inserts Do2P personal size, the reason I need 2 pages is because all the planning goes on the left and then the "what actually happened"/journaling goes on the right. Surely I could fit all that on to 1 A5 size, but haven't actually tried drafting any page layouts (yet)...

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    1. Same for me--A5/5.5x8.5" DPP or personal DO2P

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  4. I thought I would really like the writing space in a full-size Uncalendar but I actually find it rather overwhelming and difficult to focus on.

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    1. That's really interesting Josh, every so often I go look at the uncalendars again but I don't like the layout of the half size and always think that surely the full size is too big...

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  5. I think classic/A5 is as big as I could handle and personal is as small as I could handle.

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  6. Too big a planner? Sprechen sie Spanglish?

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  7. I think too much space is a much better problem than too little space

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    1. I agree, if I don't have enough space the planner is completely non-functional for me. If I have too much space, I just have to use restraint on how many tasks I write on the page.

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  8. I have used a letter-sized planner Day Runner Business System Pro since 1995. It lies open on my desk. It never goes anywhere. My wife and I enter all of the appointments and events in our lives on a month-in-view calendar. I ordered the 2015 calendar insert from Day Runner in March. It's filling up.

    Day Runner used to publish two pages of "Goals This Year" (numbered 1 - 12), followed by "Goals This Quarter" (accompanied by three monthly calendars). When they stopped that in 2008, I photocopied and pasted together a montage of "Objectives This Quarter," "Notes," and a three month calendar. Then I photocopied the montage onto ivory cardstock and punched the pages for the planner.

    I like the "Project Outline" pages, letter size. Recently I planned a trip with my wife to Bard College to hear 11 concerts of Schubert over two long weekends in August. I tracked buying tickets, reserving the inn, care of the cats, newspapers, mail Plenty of room.

    On the "Today" page there is 7am - 7pm. I use 11 of those pages to plan our days with washi tape strips in different solid colors to mark concerts, panel discussions, side trips. The letter size lets me see the patterns of whole days. For example, I omitted buying tickets for concert No. 11, because I could see that there was no chance to get out of concert No. 11, and move the car to the new venue for concert No. 12.

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