For an important announcement!!!!
I have found a calendar / planner that I love!
Now this may not sound like a big deal to some, but it's huge for me. I am a bit obsessive about my choice of calendars.
For years I did the Franklin planner thing…. the whole priortize 1, 2. 3 and the dot for in-progress. Well, I just stuck a 1 and a dot by everything — so that means everything is of the highest priority and in progress. I assume writing on my list puts anything in progress — if I'm thinking about it, it's in progress, right? I don't think that's how it's supposed to work.
I gave up the Frankling planner thing when I left the corporate world like a hundred years ago….I just wrote notes on the hangy calendar in the kitchen. I didn't have to priortize — I just did it.
When my writing / speaking picked up and I started working with a non-profit, I had to go back to using a planner. I tried not using one, but people get really peeved about missing deadlines — geez. Anyway, back to the point….. which is planners or calendars. Planners make me nervous, just the word is uncomfortable. When someone says, “let me check my planner” I almost expect some little leprachuan to pop up with a pen and a notepad and reel off a list of things to do.
So, I've struggled for years trying to find the right planner. I stuck with the little binder style for a while — but who needs two pages for one day? Seriously, if I'm that busy I need a personal assistant, not some little binder. I went to the two pages per week and that was pretty good — but I don't like bulky binder.
I went to the month at a glance calendar, because I found myself using only that part of the high-dollar binder refills. That worked okay, but that's not quite enough room.
I tried Time Mine Calendars and these are really nice. I tried the Life_time.mine and the time.mine calendars — I like them, but they weren't perfect. But I definitely recommend you checking these out if you love a paper calendar / planner.
I was test-driving the two time.mine planners (and yes, I do test drive my calendars / planners — it's a commitment of a whole year, I have to know we'll work well together) when I stumbled across my new FAVORITE calendar (okay, planner).
Blue Sky Imagination — this one has it all. Two page month spread, followed by two page per week spread and tabs for the months! So perfect for me! I was so jazzed that I wrote the company a thank you note.
So, it's December 22nd and I finally have my 2009 planner!! I'm so thrilled. I was starting to think I would have to settle or possibly go to a Palm Pilot or something like that. I love techy stuff, but not my planner. I want it to be on paper so I can touch it and scribble all over it.
Announcement is now complete — go back to your Christmas shopping, wrapping, and party going. Have a wonderful today!
And I hope that you, too, find the planner of your dreams!