Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Types of Planner

I have spent years vacillating about the type of planner I use.

When I started college, I used a spiral bound planner, the most basic of planners. At the time it worked pretty well. I was lousy at keeping track of it, and if I'd used it more I'd have been way better off.

When I graduated, I got a DayRunner, and that actually worked pretty well. It was bulky, and I found I tended to leave it behind. This led to years of swapping through different sizes of planner.

Over about a five year period a few years back, I tried the Moleskine planners, pretty much every variety they make. They worked all right, but the inability to add things and move things around, made them very frustrating.

I was contemplating a return to the DayRunner when I discovered the Happy Planner, and loved the concept. I got one and tried it. In the end, I found they just couldn't stand up to daily usage for me. The covers quickly started falling off. So I picked up a half-size three-ring planner, and started that. I hole punched the Happy Planner pages and put them in the binder because I liked the format of the pages.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Planner Indecisiveness

Oh the first-world problem of too many planners!

I got my Filofax (see my previous post). I like it, but I don't have a punch for it and the aggravation of that was getting to me. After a bit, it didn't seem like there was any advantage of using it over other planners with more easily accessible refills. I think it's an availability issue. If I was in England, I probably would still be using it.

I have my older, really nice Covey planner. I switched off to it after the Filofax and used it happily for a while before remembering why I gave up on that one - it's HUGE and weighs a ton.

I tried a couple of other binders before realizing that for day to day use, I don't NEED the ring-binder aspect of things.

So I'm back at Bullet Journaling. More later!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Filofax commentary

All in all, I did like the Filofax. The format was nice. But all things considered, it's not worth it to me to wrestle with a format that I can't buy things for in this city.

The binder worked really well. The rings are excellent quality, though riveted in place.

If Filofax wants to increase their market penetration into the USA, I have a few suggestions.
1) I love the Union Jack they did for England. Maybe a US flag?
2) Make the hole punches for these cheaper and more accessible.
3) Consider a few optional types of pages - a cheap photo insert would help a lot.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My new Filofax!

Near my home, there's a salvage store that normally specializes in foodstuffs and such.

Yesterday, when I went in, there was something special:

A brand-new Filofax.

I'm giving it a try. I like the format of the rings + elastic so far. I like the leather of the cover.

Astonishingly, it was only a few dollars. <happy bounce> Filofax normally cost too much for me, but this was affordable, so I picked it up.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Planner Stash: Part 1: Binders

I'm going to start off this section by going through all the lingering planner Stash that is laying about,  and maybe pruning it some.  The potential exists here for small giveaways of things like stickers and old pages if anyone wants them.

Bullet Journal - Collections

I've finally posted a page for the October Challenge!

Thursday, October 1, 2015


I have a number of small projects for my planner coming up. Some specialty pages, some stickers,  and charms. Haven't got them worked out completely just yet,  but when I do I'll start posting them up.