I can’t believe there are just three months left in 2015. Where did this year go? For the better part of 2015, I’ve been using my Midori Traveler’s notebook for planning. My Midori has three inserts in it: a notebook in the front that was supposed to be for personal projects, a center insert with my planner calendar and an insert in the back for sketching.
While I love the size and format of the MTN, and I did find fabulous weekly planner pages, things are starting to get a little out of control, organizationally speaking.
What’s ended up happening is that I tend to open the MTN to whatever blank page appears and start writing, so notes have gotten all jumbled. There are work notes in the sketchbook, grocery lists in the personal projects and just general chaos on the calender. I’m also running out of space in the weekly calendar to include all the various projects, to-dos and lists that I am needing to keep up with each day. I now understand what people mean about their planner system breaking down.
I need more space per page for planning. I need a place to take work-related notes that can then be collected or moved into specific projects. I need to have a more dedicated method for organizing blog content and personal projects. All of this is making me want to return to a ring-bound planner. However, I think that my current job assignments and life projects need something more spacious than the traditional personal size. I think I’m going to make the leap into the A5-sized planner.
A switch to A5 will require new inserts and rethinking whether a week-on-two-pages will work. Not to mention I must now choose a new binder.
Great posts to re-started:
- How to Use a Filofax (via My Life All in One Place)
- 10 Ways to Personalize Your Planner (via Strange & Charmed)
- Video: DIY Filofax Folder Divider Tutorial (via Alexis aka MissTrenchcoat)
- Free A5 Planner Printables – Simple Theme (via Pen Gems)
- A5 Filofax Planner (2014 Planner Update) (via Oranized Jen)
- My Filofax Organization… (via A Bowl Full of Lemons)
- Printables | Perpetual Planner Pages – Spring (via Bloggism)
I think I’ll pair the new turquoise Domino with my Uni Style Fit in black with white dots and maybe a Zebra Mildliner in Mild Violet? And I might need a silver Binder Clip.
Are you happy with your current planning system? Are you working through it or ready to make a change?