I decided to begin keeping a planner again in 2010. In previous years, all I had was a to-do list, which I kept in a small Mead notebook and transferred to a fresh page whenever it became too messy to read. In addition to this notebook, I had a small pocket calendar to keep track of important dates. This year, in an attempt to be more organized and to get more things done, I decided to go back to using a planner. Actually, two planners.
My first planner is a 3 3/4" x 6 3/4" 6-ring Buxton planner with a black vinyl cover, a snap closure, and a pen loop. I bought it at a secondhand store. It already contained many blank undated planner pages, and I also added some other pages from a previous planner (which was also purchased used). This planner also has pockets on the inside front and back covers and slots for business cards. A previous owner cut a slit in the inside back cover so that a notepad could be slipped inside. I have added a couple "Today" markers and some plastic pockets. A black 0.5mm Pilot G-2 has found a home in the pen loop.
This is the planner that I use for school, for keeping track of assignments, due dates, and upcoming exams. I also use it to jot down ideas for blog posts and other things that I need to do or to buy. This planner is with me throughout the day, staying open on my desk when I am at home and travelling with me to class. It has several sections, including the following:
- Monthly - I use to keep track of important dates, such as dates of exams, due dates of major assignments, field trips, and birthdays.
- Weekly - for things that need to be done on a specific day, such as minor assignments, quizzes, reminders to bring a certain item with me to class or to lab, and more detailed descriptions of the items entered in the Monthly section.
- Today - this is meant to be used for appointments, but I usually don't have any appointments so I use it as a general to-do list and place for random thoughts and ideas. Every morning, I transfer the relevant contents of the previous day to today.
- Projects - this is a section I currently don't have a use for, but I may try using it in the future.
- Finances/Expenses - I have been trying to use this section (mainly because I don't want to waste the paper), but I am more accustomed to organizing this information on the computer.
- Notes - any other random jottings, especially ones that I may want to refer back to often (such as lists of pens I want to buy).
- Addresses - again, I don't have much use for this section; I am an introvert so I only have a few addresses entered.
Tomorrow, we'll take a look at my personal planner that uses pages from D*I*Y Planner. Until then, what sort of planner are you using this year, and why?