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#MicroblogMondays 65 – In praise of paper planners

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you’ll know that in spite of my love for gadgets, when it comes to keeping track of my personal schedule and To Do List I’m all about the paper planners. (I wrote about it here and also here, if you want to know why!)

For the past couple of years I’ve been using a lovely little Filofax to keep track of my life, and even called upon my ever-so-accommodating sister to pick up some 2016 refills from a shop in Victoria and bring them to me when she visited in October.

So I thought I was all set for the year to come, but apparently I’m fickle… because when I stumbled across a new-to-me planner with a layout that looks as though it was designed specifically with ME in mind, I decided to take a break from my Filofax and give another product a try for 2016.

2016 Polestar Planner

The Polestar Planner isn’t super fancy, but here are a few of the features that make it perfect for me:

  • Most importantly (to me) is that every day of the week is given the exact same allocation of space. (It’s a planner peeve of mine when Saturday and Sunday are jammed together and have to share!)
  • Each day is divided up into columns for appointments, To Do, and personal. This fits my needs perfectly, as I always jot down a few comments about my day, and the “personal” column will be just right for this.
  • Large enough to accommodate everything I need to write, but small and slim enough that I can tuck it into my purse or bag and carry it with me.
  • Each week’s spread has a quote at the top of the page. I love quotes. 🙂
  • Pockets on the inside front and back covers.
  • Lots of pages and space for notes.
  • Tear-off corners so you can instantly find the current week.
  • Made in Canada!

2016 Polestar Planner

One of my favourite approaching-year-end rituals is to sit down with my paper planner, pen, and a cup of tea and get organized for the year to come.

If you need me today, I’ll be doing just that.

Are you a fan of paper planners?
Please share!

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Carla November 23, 2015

    I have started using digital as back up/4 reminders, but I will be a Filofax woman forever 🙂
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  • Carol Graham
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    November 23, 2015

    Considering how much younger you are than me I was T H R I L L E D to hear you say you use a paper planner. I have tried going digital but it just does not work for me. Considering how much time I spend on the internet I was feeling guilty (and old) for not using those resources as a planner. Thank you for the vote of confidence for paper planners.
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  • ElaineLK November 23, 2015

    I became a planner junkie last year when I discovered InkWELL Press’s LiveWell planner. It’s just gorgeous and has room for so much, including plenty of blank pages for writing. Before this I just used the small, purse-size calendars you can get in drugstores. Now I’m hooked. It stays on my desk all the time, and I use it for a “memory book” as well as for planning. Love it.

  • Anne Louise Bannon
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    November 23, 2015

    I use a combination of paper and digital planners and binders. And small scraps of paper….
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  • Shantala
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    November 23, 2015

    Oh I love paper planners, and we seem to have similar tastes when it comes to them. I too hate it when the planners combine Sat-Sun. Those are the days, when I get a lot of stuff done.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 24, 2015

      Exactly! Plus often a lot of social stuff happens on the weekends. Definitely important to me to give both days their rightful amount of space. 🙂
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  • Eli November 23, 2015

    Good one! Publicly I am with electronically calenders – on my phone, computer etc… BUT secretly I am addicted to having a small paper planner – as a back up – kind of feels safe… strange isnt it. Its like I still like the paper- newspaper to cuddle up and read for read, i do the same with my paper planner – gotta have it:-) 🙂
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  • Wendy English
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    November 23, 2015

    I love a new planner called the Passion Planner. I am getting one for a bunch of people on my shopping list for Christmas. (hopefully they don’t see this post!) I love that it has bother personal and work ‘to-do’s’ and a spot to write about what went well the prior week and what you hope to work on in the coming week. It’s gold!
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  • Alana
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    November 23, 2015

    Both my husband and I are disorganized. We’ve bought planners, which are never used. Earlier this summer, we had so much on our “to do” list that I resorted to an Excel spreadsheet! My husband, though, hates computers. He uses a tablet, but only to view a radar app (he’s interested in the weather). Sigh….
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  • Carol A Cassara
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    November 23, 2015

    You and I are on the same page…so to speak! i love paper planners!
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  • Debbie D.
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    November 23, 2015

    Glad you found the perfect planner, Laurel. Yes, I use the paper variety as well. All days of the week have equal space and the week starts on SUNDAY, not Monday. 🙂 It’s so much quicker to access. I also still use a Rolodex for that reason.
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  • anks
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    November 23, 2015

    Oh wow… I could never use these… I’d lose this in a week…! Now if there was an app, well that would be a different matter 😛

    Your planner looks brilliant though… I like the addition of quotes. Such a nice little touch 🙂
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
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    November 23, 2015

    I plan my To dos in my phone calendar. It is helpful to me in a way that it rings the alarm alerting me to do whatever I have planned. If I were to use a paper planner, I think the big problem would have been to find it everytime I needed to write something down or to check the plan. Phone always comes handy.

  • Sid
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    November 23, 2015

    Despite all the ‘virtual calendars and planners’ available to us, I still prefer a physical planner. I do something similar too – though I do find myself editing and adding more stuff as I come along. I love the idea of adding quotes. Especially inspirational ones 🙂
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 24, 2015

      The quote feature was very appealing to me – in addition to the inspiration they give, I think they add interest and a more human touch to what could be a boring page spread.
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  • Carolann November 24, 2015

    Oh, that planner looks lovely. I am more of an electronic planner myself. Everything I do is on the PC. I am always attracted to the paper ones though. Maybe in 2106 I will break down and get one.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 24, 2015

      I’m definitely all electronic when it comes to my job, but for personal stuff it’s paper all the way. Maybe because memories are involved and writing it down on paper feels more personal? I don’t know!
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  • Suzie
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    November 24, 2015

    That planner looks awesome. Thanks for sharing it I had never heard of this one before. I currently use the ARC
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  • Traci York
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    November 24, 2015

    Excellent! I will definitely check this out. As much as I love keeping information on my computer, when it comes to blog planning, appointments, and payment schedules, I’m also a huge fan of paper & pen accouterments.
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  • Mel November 24, 2015

    Oooh, that is a pretty planner inside. I, too, am a paper planner person, though I keep a bullet journal, which I learned from Denise at BlogHer. I think it has been about a year and a half of daily bullet journaling. It makes me feel so good to know my to-do list has some place central to go.

  • Corinne Rodrigues
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    November 25, 2015

    It’s paper planners for me too. Yours looks really neat, but I’m sure it will cost me an arm and a leg in postage. Am on the lookout for one locally.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 25, 2015

      I am just so pleased with this one, and the fact that it’s made in Canada makes me very happy indeed. I know what you mean about the postage – seems like I’m always finding things that are shipped from the US and cost not only extra postage, but duty as well!
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  • Raven November 25, 2015

    I have struggled to bridge my life between gadgets and the good old fashioned paper planner – mostly because I love the paper planner but feel like I should be using it electronically and so I am trying to go against my natural instinct…and so far its been a bust.

    I LOVE this planner you show – I am going to go look for one right now and see if I can get myself one! I guess sometimes what’s more important than keeping up to date is doing what works – and for me, paper planners work WAY better than electronic ones.

    • Laurel Regan
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      November 25, 2015

      I totally agree that it’s about doing what works for you! I think electronic organization is great for LOTS of things – storing address/contact info, for example (as I REALLY don’t like the thought of re-entering that stuff every year!) – but to me, being able to physically write tasks and schedule details down feels a lot more personal. To each their own, right?!
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  • Jess
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    November 25, 2015

    Oh, isn’t that a beautiful planner. I love the owl, and all the features inside! I love that there’s a to-do list for each day and space for personal notes. I agree on the Saturday/Sunday thing — they deserve their own space! The weekend is too important to smoosh together in one box. I have been using my phone for appointments, because it doesn’t let me forget them. It beeps and buzzes at me, which is super helpful. I had a small paper one for my purse at the same time, but I stopped using it. Maybe if I had one this beautiful I would…especially for those personal notes. A jot a day journal plus organization? SOLD.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 26, 2015

      I find it’s rather nice to use a planner as a memory book as well, jotting down details of the days and turning the book into a sort of keepsake. it’s one way to approach things, and this particular planner seems perfectly set up for this. Love it!
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  • Parul Thakur
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    November 26, 2015

    Wow! I like that. Corinne told me about the Bullet Journal and I modified the idea to suit my needs. I love keeping a track of my days and what to fit where 🙂
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  • Gwen November 28, 2015

    Thank you for this! This past year I just tried using my iPhone calendar. What I realized was that all the little thoughts & ideas I have in a day (that I usually jot down in a paper planner) were not being entered. Hence, my journaling actually fell away this past year. Does that make sense? I think a small paper planner is the way to go for me too. I think I may look for a small binder with removable pages & pages I can add. Do you know of one like this? Again, thanks for your thoughts on this.

    • Laurel Regan
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      November 29, 2015

      You’re welcome! I’m much the same – it’s the little notes and personal touches I miss when I use my iPhone rather than a paper planner. If you’re looking for a small binder-type planner, I highly recommend checking out Filofax. I love mine – the only reason I’m taking a break is because apparently I have planner commitment issues and get bored quickly. But it’s a great system!
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  • Linda A
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    December 2, 2015

    Thank you! Your timing was perfect! This is exactly what I needed. Ordered. Will now impatiently wait until it arrives.
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