Monday, December 21, 2015

Choosing a 2016 Planner Refill is Stressing Me Out

Some people LOVE choosing their planner pages/binder/set-up for the new year.  I'm not one of them.  It stresses me out big time!  It's SO much pressure!
  • What if I make the wrong decision?  
  • What if I get bored with the system I choose?  
  • What if it doesn't work?
  • What will I do if I made a mistake because once the new year starts, it's hard to switch because there's not much selection.  
SO ..... MUCH ..... PRESSURE.


Heck, I can't even decide what to use for today!  How can I commit to a whole year???

But the fact remains that a decision must be made.  I've narrowed it down to three choices:

Choice No. 1:  Franklin Covey compact two pages per day in a compact Collages.  This is the planner I've used for years and years.  It's not very exciting but it does a decent job.
Choice No. 2:  DIY Fish, two pages per day, in a purple original personal filofax binder.
Choice No. 3.  Blank graph paper pages in my green Franklin Covey classic. 
Am I stressed?  Absolutely.  Will I be able to decide?  Maybe.

Stay tuned for the big reveal!!!

19 comments:

  1. I am definitely a Franklin Covey Compact girl. I love my Filofax binders, but I'm tired of inserts popping out all over the place anytime I try to move something. So, I'm back in my FC Compact Boston. Just switched binders 5 minutes ago, and already it feels better. I only have 1.125" rings in there, but that little extra space makes such a difference here too.
    As for the inserts themselves, I tried downsizing to the FF Personals. Stressful. That extra .5" makes so much difference, even if to just have some "white space."

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    1. The extra half inch really does make a big difference. That's one reason I used compact over personal all those years. Plus the bigger rings.

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  2. I know what you mean. I'm very indecisive when it comes to choosing a planner and I need it to handle a lot. I bought a 2016 Plum Paper with a blog planner addon and plenty of checklists and note pages for my habit trackers and bullet journal collections.

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    1. I'm not familiar with that planner. I'll have to look - just out of curiosity.

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  3. My suggestion: use all 3 for your daily pages as the mood strikes you, but stick to a) the same size and b) the same monthly overview pages. You already know that you like a *bit* of variety, but also a *bit* of consistency. Catering for both is a balancing act so that you don't lose appointments/tasks AND you don't get dissatisfied & avoid your binder entirely. If you had 3 piles on your desk of the 3 systems you know work well for you (FC original, DIYFish do2p and squared paper), you can put 2 weeks worth of daily pages in your planner but if when you get to that day you want a change, it would be easy(-ier) to swap out just that day's pages? Types ng on tiny phone screen while walking so hope this makes sense :-D

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    1. For that matter I seek to recall you be had different binders at different times too. Have you tried swapping between them every couple of weeks (maybe once a month?) As a way to keep it interesting so that you don't get frustrated with the whole system entirely? If you know boredom/humdrum is a factor, maybe you could plan for it?

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    2. That's what my DIL has been telling me all along. Pick a size and then use whatever I want for the daily pages.

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  4. My concern about using blank pages is having to date them yourself. I finally got fed up with dating my self-printed pages and have decide to move to a dated planner this year. I printed and dated pages myself for about 5 months and am fed up with writing in my own dates and all the holidays, making dating mistakes, having to use another calendar or planner as a reference for the dates and holidays, etc. This year I am committed to simplifying my system, and using dated pages is part of that for me. But the bottom line is, use whatever works best for you.

    Ray Blake (mylifeallinoneplace) makes free printable minimalist day per page and day on two pages inserts, if you want dated and don't mind printing and cutting. http://www.mylifeallinoneplace.com/2015/05/download-free-2016-diaries-for-your_27.html

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    1. Ray Blake makes fantastic pages. I've ised severs of them.

      I agree Laurie. Dating and making my own pages seems great at first but then I get tired of it. I barely have enough time to plan much less make the pages myself.

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  5. Your workhorse is the FC compact. I think if you just stick to compact size and keep your monthly calendar consistent all year, you can probably switch up weekly/daily pages without a problem, so there's no real worry over that. You might even plan on switching it up every few months, and, knowing that you will, it might be easier to stick with whatever you are using just that much longer, reducing planner anxiety.

    If you archive everything in an FC compact storage binder, then for the quarter (or whatever) that you use the filofax with DIY Fish, you'll still be able to archive those pages (and FC compact months fit in a Malden so you could keep using those.)

    If you are anything like me, you are just so over this baloney and ready to do whatever it takes to resolve the chaos. Maybe just committing to compact size is all you need to do.

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    1. That is the absolute truth. I am so over this struggle. I want to get with my life rather than deal with planner issues. And you're right about the FC compact.

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  6. None of the above :)

    Didn't you find the narrow line spacing on DIYFish difficult? And the print/chop/punch is an extra friction point.

    I think you like the freedom of the Classic graph paper design when a day goes off the rails, but I think you're happiest in DO2P (and there is a lot of muscle memory built up around schedule/tasks on the left, notes on the right, hence why DIYFish appeals).

    So buy any other Compact DO2P that catches your fancy EXCEPT Original (give it a rest in 2016), and then pre-chop and punch graph paper to Compact size and have it in your planner ready to go when a day goes off-plan.

    And when you're jonesing to get back into a Filofax, trim the Compact pages for a month. Especially in the summer when you want to go lighter/feel free-er.


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    1. Bree - you're absoluteky right about
      Everything you said.

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  7. You guys are really smart. I decided you're right and ordered seasons for 2016 and will do some graph paper when I have a chance.

    I have more to say but grandkids are here so this is all I can do at the moment.

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    1. Agreed. As long as you keep the monthly spreads for continuity and long-term/future planning, then you can switch out the D02P because that's what seems to have worked the best for you over the years. The blank page on the right gives you the unstructured room while the left provides the structured. Best of both worlds.

      And I love undated pages. Not a bother to me to put the dates in at all. At least this when you skip around you won't have to worry about a bunch of blank dated ones (in the first photo) that you can't use because they're dated.

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  8. I didn't know that you have another blog, Patty! And I was checking homemakersdaily all the time for a new blog post on planner!
    I leanrned that I don't do well with dated pages - I hop around in my planners a lot, so it's such a wasted money for me! I have tons of planners that lays around waisted for previous years.
    There are several solutions - to white out dates on the previous planner pages and reuse them,
    -to print your own
    -to buy ready made planner.
    I want to send you the planner pages that I did - for you to try - it's a week on 4 pages in the vertical format, if you want. I plan to make more different format.
    I decided to print monthlies Mo2P and weeklies Wo1p from philofaxy dated pages for now. Week on 1 page just to have something dated and because they are thinner than other formats, like w02p, and take less space in my ff.
    I know that I'll switch my planner pages in the future, so I'm just going to use my own undated pages or dated pages that I'll print just for small period of time. It's because I'm bored, and I need to switch from time to time just to keep me interested to look inside my filofax!

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