Friday, March 21, 2014

Free For All Friday No. 28: Extra pages in your planner?

I like lots of extra pages and content in my planner: conversions, international phone codes, maps (lots of maps!).  I especially like local- and country-specific content in my planners, like in my UK Quo Vadis diary, my Russian diary and my Diary 2000. But I realize not everyone likes these pages taking up planner space.

Do you like extra pages and content in your planner? If so, what?

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

11 comments:

  1. No, I throw all that stuff away.

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  2. Maps are wonderful references to have right on hand!

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  3. I'm a big fan of Holiday lists - especially international and future years. I also like annual planning pages for this year and future years.

    I like lots of blank notes pages, with wide ruling or blank. I don't care for address pages - those went digital a long time ago. If I need to scratch someone's info down for temporary reasons, a note page works fine.

    But in my 20+ years using a planner, I don't think I've ever used a conversion chart or a time zone chart. When I need a map for travel, I grab a bigger more detailed one - the ones in planners are too generic. And usually in one or two color, so not as helpful, anyway.

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  4. Not really. The maps are frequently not detailed enough and almost everything else pre-printed is either thrown away (non-bound planner) or ignored. I do like lined pages/notes pages but nothing else. Like Bree, I don't think I have ever used a conversion chart or a time-zone chart (or any of the interminable dress-size things - utterly pointless as even in the UK a 'size 12' can mean anything with about 6" differences on each measurement!)
    I would far rather have more notes pages than anything else.

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  5. I do not like the extra pages. I have a smart phone so if I need any information I just google it. I definitely don't need phone numbers or conversions! I don't like the extra pages weighing down my planner. I do like note pages but dispersed throughout the planner. I'd rather have holidays posted on the actual date.

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  6. I have actually not purchased planners because of all the extra pages. I only use bound books and I don't want the extra weight.

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  7. I throw it all away, too. If I need that information, I can look it up.

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  8. I see how these pages would be MASSIVELY useful in the pre-internet era. I don't travel much but generally do pop in the DayTimer pages with all the travel phone numbers (car rental, bus operators, railways, airlines, hotels, banks, etc.) and certainly the dialing codes are handy. I do use the time zone maps. Yeah, sure, you can google all of this stuff. But I like to be always prepared, and having this kind of information handily available when your internet connectivity goes out would be very helpful. I am pretty much the only person who maintains paper records for contacts at my workplace and when the servers go down I can manage the phone calls that need to be made and can generally carry on with my day while everyone else loses time waiting for the server to come back up. I cannot believe how much people rely on electronic information. I don't worry about losing it completely, but the likely-hood of losing access for a period of time remains high. When the server does go down, I have the phone numbers I need to get the ball rolling on straightening out the problem. That is important to me. And I've rambled way off on a tangent.

    I keep the pages, but don't carry them with me at all times. I select what I might need when I am preparing for a trip or whatever. I do keep ALL of my contacts with me at all times, phone numbers at least. I have tons of them in my phone too but keep having duplication issues where I suddenly have 5 or more entries for the same person, sometimes with old data which is obsolete. Paper is totally reliable; cross it off and update and the old stuff will never mysteriously sync back onto your phone. I also maintain home and work rolodexes which are hands-down the fastest way to find your contacts. People seem to see the rolodex as quaint but they've realized its power and use mine when they need to find an obscure number. It's all in there. Everything. I am constantly harvesting data.

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  9. They are a total waste to me. I wish I could discard all those pages from the front of the Moleskine week+notes and trade them in for more blank pages.

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  10. Crosswords are great to add to a planner. Print them from websites like Reader's Digest or (Canadian) Globe and Mail.

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  11. I try to not stuff my filofax, so the only extra pages I keep are some favourite go to recipes and of course lots of blank pages.

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