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Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's the most difficult time of the year

For changing planners, that is. That's because almost all of the current-year planners are sold out by now, and the academic-year planners don't start for a few months yet. For anyone looking to start a new planner now, you either have to search far and wide, suffer through a couple more months using what you've got, or switch to an undated planner.

I had the realization this morning that for about 4 years in a row now I've wanted to switch planners in March-April and had a hard time about it. This has to do with two factors: it's often springtime when I move or have some other life-changing event. And, I change planners about once a month, and I just happen to notice it's more difficult this time of year than any other.

Is anyone else itching to start a new planner now and having a hard time finding one?  Know any good undated planners?


  1. I started one as you know, in fact today is the first day. The planner pages are for all of 2011.
    I just filed the January thru March.
    I actually hate this only because everytime I change, I lose information, which I'm sure everyone that is a planner changer does. But it's just so crazy. Will we ever find the "perfect" planner?
    I think it's mind set that needs changed in me. I am so use to FC and Filo simple calendars that I have a hard time changing a complete system. But in the back of my mind I know that will be the ONLY way I settle the issues I have and get my daily information organized.

  2. Slightly tangential, but I've been looking high and low for a Moleskine 18-month 2011-12 diary, and I can't find one *anywhere*. I really want to have it in my hand before I buy, so mail order isn't really going to help. I've been all over London but no-one seems to have stock as yet. Clearly they don't think it's worth the effort yet. Even Foyles failed me on this one - and they're usually brilliant. On-topic, I'm sure you're aware that FC have planner sets which start each quarter - 1st Jan, April, July and Oct - maybe that will help? Shame they abandoned their European shipping arrangements though......

  3. Hi, Laurie! Have you ever tried a MomAgenda or a MyAgenda by www.MomAgenda.com? It's a bound dated planner system - I used it for one year (2009-2010) but I couldn't get over the Monday start on the Monthly Views (I am too used to the Sunday start).


  4. I'm in the process of switching right now, from Filofax to Franklin Covey. Again. Still. Whatever.

    Gregor, I agree...there is always data loss when this happens and it is a pain in the butt and I hate it - yet I keep on doing it.

    It is a tough time of year to change, as the selection is truly slim. You'd think that fact alone would be enough to keep us all in the planners we started with!

    I sort of love that it isn't however ; )

  5. I agree I inevitably lose information whenever I switch planners. Also, the problem with switching planners every month is I don't have a good record of my year, which I would really like to have. It's hard to look anything up when I have to sift through a dozen books. I would love to find a planner I can use for an entire year.

    Aspire, I have seen the MomAgenda planners, in fact I was just looking at their website again today because their 2011-2012 planners are out. But I don't like the weekly grid format. For my planner I'm looking for open days and space for lists. I don't need to break it down by person. I use my Dodo Wall calendar with the grid for each person for my at-a-glance of who is where.

    David I'm surprised the 18 month Moleskines aren't in the shops yet, because they are all over the internet on UK and US sites.

    Yv you're switching again?? Will you do a blog post about it?

  6. OK so I already placed the Time System back in the box and shipped it back to the manufacture. Whoooa, way too much for me. So that brings me back to where I began, nowhere.
    The PlannerPad still works for the daily/weekly stuff, great paper, large calendar blocks (which I realized I needed), I like the flow/funnel system for actions. But now we still have the notes issue. Could I use sticky notes? I love them but are they practical?
    Moleskine "thin" notebook? That would fit in the planner pad binder!
    So we are at square one.....any suggestions?

  7. Bound books but I love these http://cgi.ebay.com/ICONIC-2011-NEW-KOREA-DIARIES-JOURNALS-PLANNERS-YELLOW-/110608345428?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c0c56954#ht_26930wt_906
    There are stickers to mark the dates as you go and it's great paper.

  8. You are my planner soul sister...I am in the same boat and was literally looking for a new planner today. I love the current planner I'm using which is an undated weekly diary/planner from Korea that I ordered from overseas. It's small but has lots of room to write, unfortunately I have so much going on in the next few months that it's not enough space to hold all my lists.

  9. Sally, Sarah from The Shu Box (http://www.theshubox.com/) recommended the Journal J to me a few months ago and it looks really great. I wasn't able to order it at the time, but now I wish I had it because it has the monthly grid calendars and weekly layout I need.

    Mami China, LOL! It makes me feel better that other people are in the same situation right now.

    Greg, I'm sorry the TS didn't work out for you, I know you had high hopes for that system. I wish I had a suggestion for you. The only thing I can think of is the Full-size spiral bound Uncalendar. The page size is 8 1/2 x 11 but the book is slim so it's portable. It has the weekdays as untimed columns and the weekend days as open blocks underneath. There's a full-size page for notes and lists each week. It has huge monthly grid calendars on the 2-page spread. There's a Notes section with 12 2-page spreads, and also pages for frequently used info. And, they are inexpensive.


    Let us know if you find something new to try!

    Lots of people have recommended the Planner Pad to me, but I've never tried it because it puts the days' scheduled appointments at the bottom of the pages. I need them at the top so I don't overlook them.

  10. Hi Laurie -

    I ran across what's called a "mid year" planner at Barnes & Noble that starts in March! (I think it ends in Aug. 2012).

    Here's a link to one: http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?store=BOOK&WRD=mid+year+weekly+planner&box=mid%20year%20weekly%20planner&pos=-1&ugrp=2

  11. Robin that looks great, thank you! :)

  12. Love the info Laurie! I'm going to order the Moleskin 18 mo. 2011-2012. It's in my amazon cart now :) Question... have you tried the Family Facts ON THE GO Organizer & Planner? this was intreguing to me. See you soon. Arwen

  13. Arwen, I had NOT seen the Family Facts planner before! Wow! That looks really cool. I love those planners with forms to fill in, they're really convenient. It reminds me of Go Mom which I used a few years ago.

  14. I wrote a big "boo hoo" comment last night lamenting my continuing planner fail/dissatisfaction. But teh internet ate it. :-(


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