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My new 2014 planner (in progress!)

At the moment I am anxiously awaiting a delivery: calendar inserts and a few accessories which I ordered just after Christmas to use in my brand new Filofax A5 Finsbury planner (purchased at a lovely store called The Papery, located in downtown Victoria, BC).

Old meets new in 2014! I'm using a Filofax "Finsbury" A5 organizer, along with some custom printouts and personalized additions, as a combination planner/memory book/art journal. Fun times!

I am waiting, and – perhaps you can relate to this? – I have discovered that I am NOT a very patient waiter.

Normally in a case like this I’d rely on the package tracking information to tide me over until the actual delivery arrived (isn’t it fun to watch something you’ve purchased travel the continent?!), but in this case it’s coming from the US via Canada Post, which means that there is no tracking information available. (Rather fitting and somewhat ironic, no?!)

So I check the mailbox every day, hoping against hope that my stuff has finally arrived so I can get on with setting up my new planner for 2014 already… but so far, I’m still waiting.

And waiting. And waiting.

Why on earth, you might wonder, would a gadget-loving person like yours truly decide to devolve from digital and start using an old-fashioned paper planner again?

Because of memories.

Though I’ve pretty well always gone digital when it comes to work (that is, as long as digital has been available!), up until a few years ago I preferred to use a handwritten datebook for my personal life. But when I discovered that I was able to sync organizational info on my computer with first my iPod Touch, and then my iPhone… well, I ditched the datebook and gave myself over fully to Microsoft Outlook’s Calendar, Tasks, and Contacts (the program I’ve always used at work) for organizing the details of my personal life.

But… while Outlook does exactly what I need it to do for my job (and I have no plans to change my system there), I have come to realize after a number of frustrations that it falls short in terms of what I want it to do for the rest of my life.

When it comes to the personal side of things, I want my planner to provide me with MORE than just a record of where I went and what I did.

calendarI want a more hands-on approach to goal setting, “To Do” lists, vision boards, and blog planning.

I want to be able to flip through actual, physical pages and see handwritten notes and comments I’ve made about something that happened on a particular day.

I want to be able to make one-time changes – add in the title and author of the book our book club is reading at a particular meeting, for example – without losing or messing up the settings on a recurring Outlook event or task.

I want a place, in context, to save programs and ticket stubs and other bits of memorabilia – things that really don’t belong anywhere in particular but that I can’t bring myself to toss because they’re small, tangible reminders of a time and place in my life.

I want my planner to become a book of memories.

And I’m excited about turning my new Filofax into just that!

Oh, I’ll still continue using Outlook (synced with my iPhone) for all my Contacts. And I’ll keep my iPhone apps for finances, passwords, and lists – because all that stuff is just data, information, and to me it really wouldn’t make sense to change the way I manage it.

But when it comes to my calendar and task list – the record of how I live my life from day to day – I’m excitedly looking forward to my return to the old ways.

Are you more about paper or digital? Or some of both?
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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  • Sheila M January 8, 2014

    I love this, hopefully, I will find the same one when taxes come, we over spent on the kids this year, so purchasing my finsbury was a no go. I absolutely love that you shared this. Keeps me reminded to get mine, as soon as I can.
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  • Kirsten
    January 8, 2014

    I recently switched my healthy lifestyle journal to handwritten for these very same reasons. I feel when it comes to personal, pen to paper just feels better.
    I love your binder so pretty and pink!
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  • inevertoldher
    January 8, 2014

    The truth… I googled Filofax. Everyday I learn something from BlogHer or more specifically the folks who blog. I saw Denise Tanton reference, praise, admire and touch her Filofax! Ha Now, you are talking about your new Filofax. I hear the exexcitement from both of you and I felt out of the loop! When I googled it, I thought…’it’s a planner people! A pretty planner albeit!’
    But you Laurel have made me understand.
    I think I want one now too! ;).

    • Laurel Regan
      January 9, 2014

      LOL, glad to have helped make a convert! 😉 Actually, Denise’s article on BlogHer was what got me started on the quest for a Filofax, so I totally blame her. But in a good way!
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  • Jennifer Steck
    January 8, 2014

    All of my calendar information is on Outlook, but I love paper. There’s something about a blank calendar or journal that calls out to me, so I understand what you’re talking about. Maybe it will be there tomorrow. 🙂
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  • anexpatinuk
    January 9, 2014

    Yep, I have to have a paper planner as well. It feels weird without one. Great blogs here of late by the way!!
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  • Adela
    January 9, 2014

    I am an all digital girl, except for recipes. I use Evernotes for all the notetaking. I’m still learning some of the in&outs of Evernotes, but so far, I like it a lot.
    (OnceALittleGirl is my memoir blog. Posted there today, so I’m adding a shameless plug.)
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  • ElaineLK January 9, 2014

    I love notebooks, pocket calendars, and journals–paper ones–in all sizes and types. I have them all over my desk. My big problem is actually writing in them! I keep meaning to write just short entries daily, just a record of what I’ve done that day, but I haven’t been good at it so far. A few days ago I bought a small At-a-Glance planning notebook printed with “Plan, Write, Remember” on the cover; it has blank lined pages with a space at the top of each to put in the date. Less restrictive than an ordinary calendar but without the built-in guilt of a daily diary/journal. So I’m hopeful. Regardless, at the end of each year I like to go back and review my (paper) pocket calendar for the things I DID write down, and I always get nice memories from that!

    • Laurel Regan
      January 9, 2014

      I know what you mean – I love going back and reviewing my year. It’s amazing what little things you forget, even though they meant a lot at the time… so it’s nice to have a place you can record them.
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  • Life Breath Present January 9, 2014

    I love paper, melded with digital when it comes to work. I’ve used my computer for basic journal writing before, simply because I type so fast and my thoughts don’t get too far ahead. However, I truly believe paper is BEST for most everything, especially when I want both a literal and figurative remembering of things.
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  • Psych Babbler
    January 10, 2014

    I still use an organiser for my appointments and social commitments in addition to my Google calendar. Somehow, despite liking technology, I don’t trust it a 100 percent. I even have all my contacts handwritten in the address section of my organiser!
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    • Laurel Regan
      January 10, 2014

      Wow! Despite my love for paper, I can’t bring myself to give up my Outlook Contacts – there are just so MANY that it wouldn’t make sense for me to dump them! I should, however, print a backup copy to file in my Filofax, just in case the unthinkable happens.
      Laurel Regan recently posted… In Praise of Blank BooksMy Profile

  • Lois Alter Mark January 10, 2014

    I am so with you on this. I waited forever this year for my new Filofax to come but will not give up my beloved paper calendars. No one understands why I still use this but I can get to my information faster than anyone can on their phone. Glad I’m not the only one! Here’s my old one: http://midlifeattheoasis.com/life-as-i-see-it/self/11-things-year-ends/
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    • Laurel Regan
      January 10, 2014

      I am glad you understand! It took me a few years of going digital to reconcile myself with the fact that when it comes to calendars, I really do prefer paper.
      Laurel Regan recently posted… In Praise of Blank BooksMy Profile

  • Jennifer
    January 17, 2014

    I am currently waiting for my Finsbury! I can totally relate about the waiting! I so want to be able to track it but there is no way. I just have to keep checking my mail. I too love the feel of paper and seeing my handwritten notes. I need to see my whole week laid out before me with appointments and tasks all in one place.
    Jennifer recently posted… My 2014 Home Organization ProjectsMy Profile


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