On paper planners

Moleskine notebook.

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Recently I switched from using a Palm to using a paper planner. It was a difficult move, but one that I don’t regret. The ironic thing about it is that I was the queen Palm user. I would sing it’s praises any chance I could. I even converted several coworkers to the Palm platform. I loved it. I had a portable keyboard (that I spent a hundred bucks on), and had installed Docs to Go and would type notes from meetings into the portable Word program, and then sync it up with my computer. I thought I was being all organized.

Then my keyboard stopped working. Some of the keys on the right wouldn’t work when I punched them. I would press as hard as I could to no avail. I mean, the backspace key wouldn’t even work! It became very distracting for me in meetings because I would be more concerned about my system falling apart then what was being talked about at the meeting.

Another big problem was my inablilty to stay organized and focused. No matter how much I posted in my to-do list I could not seem to take the time to turn on my palm and check it. It also became a hassle putting in appointments and most of the time I would accidently enter the wrong day or time.

So I decided to try a paper calendar. I went with the Un-Calendar first. I really liked it. It helped me to stay organized very well. They only problem I had was that I would get too lazy to enter the months and dates in (The un-calendar is blank when you buy it and you fill in the dates as you go). But, all in all, a great calendar system.

However, at the begining of the year, I bought a moleskine desk calendar (Amanda from etc. tempted me with her shiny new one). How could I not? It’s “the legendary notebook of Van Gogh, Chatwin, Hemingway, Matisse and Céline.” Who knows, maybe some of thier brilliance will rub off on me ;). I love it. I love it so much better then the palm. There’s lots of room on the page for to-do lists, meeting notes, and to scratch a word or two about what a horrible (or good) day I’ve had. I’m not a doodler, but it’s perfect for scratching out drawings. I regret getting the larger sized one. I wish I had gotten the tiny pocket sized notebook. But oh well. There’s always next year.

There’s a blog devoted to Moleskines and how people use them here, if your interested in that sort of thing.

On that note, surfing around on the web, I found the DIY planner.
The website states:

The D*I*Y Planner is a set of free do-it-yourself templates, covers, documentation and other gear for creating your own highly customised and tweakable paper planner system.

Interesting….I will have to investigate this further. But in the meantime, I will stick with my Moleskine.

2 thoughts on “On paper planners

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  2. I too had a Palm organizer (well, several different varieties and iterations of a PDA, Palm or otherwise)
    and experienced the same problem you did – I was always too lazy to turn it on to check my ToDo list.

    I now think PDA’s are a poor way to manage time and get organized. You’ve always got to charge up the damn thing, or lose your data. There’s too little screen real estate. Most PDA’s have handwriting recognition systems which don’t work worth a damn. They’re expensive, more so when all the little accessories are added on. Finally, just getting at your data is always a pain in the ass. All these reasons (and more) explain why most of the major electronics makers have basically abandoned the PDA market.

    Paper-based organizers are better. They never crash, or lose power. Data entry and retrieval is rapid, and the record is permanent. I’m looking for a new planner system to replace my Day-Timer refill which expires soon. After stumbling around in the blogosphere, I came across DIY Planner, which looks like a winner. It’s easily the best free planner system out there.


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