In my last post I explained how I chose which planner I would use in 2014. I eventually decided on the Plannerisms planner and I want to share my first impressions and how I intend to use it. Over a few weeks it has evolved into a more complex set up than I intended but is still reasonably compact and I think workable.
Firstly, it is similar proportions to the large Moleskine but slightly larger and the paper is a similar colour. I love this as I find A5 books just a little wide. Not a big deal at all but I do prefer it.
The only thing I am not so sure about is the cover. I am not careful with my planners. They need to go where I want, when I want, and just deal with it. I haven’t done much with this at all yet apart from put the elements together and write in a few key dates and I have already scratched the cover in several places. I am a little worried about how it will look a few months into the year.
The annual goals page is where I will write my ‘master to do list’. I guess it will encompass annual goals but probably a less grown up and focused version.
The 2014 year planner two page spread will be used to give me an overview of finances for the year. I know basically what goes out each month so will not record those things but have started to make a note of annual bills such as car, pet and house insurance. Another thing I will use it for is to track certain things over the year. For example I often get headaches and they are often clustered i.e. several for a few weeks then none for a month. I want to see if there is any pattern and to see how long the clusters last. Finally, I will use it for an overview of holidays.
The monthly pages will be used for birthdays, anniversaries, monthly to dos, and to make a note of things I may want to refer to later such as major purchases. This way when I am looking for something, I only have to look through 12 pages rather than 53.
Before each month spread there is a two page spread for monthly goals. I think I will find this useful to instead write notes for the month. For example if I am going away I can write my packing list.
The weekly pages are where I will put appointments, daily to dos and reminders. The space at the bottom is ideal for meal planning and notes.
There are a few note pages at the back which I will be using for my 'waiting for' pages. I find having a list of things I am waiting for so important and couldn't be without it.
Now, what finally sold me on this planner was that I could fit a Moleskine cahier in the back pocket. Everything in one place, just what I wanted.
However one of these is unlikely to last me the year (I predict that I will need 3 or 4). Therefore in order to keep important information with me I have kept the Plannerisms notes booklet in the back for this purpose. There aren't a lot of pages in this booklet which is fine with me as it doesn't take up much space and will only contain important information I can see myself using regularly throughout the year.
Finally, I have an unused Moleskine address booklet that I will use as an index so I can reference information I may want to find again.
So really I have ended up with a strange Filofax/bound planner hybrid where individual pages aren’t moveable but sections are. I don’t have to worry about weight but I still have a large page size. Will it work? Time will tell. I admit that I am already eyeing up my flex to see how I can get it to fit to protect the cover. Hmmmmm……..