Aaaand, once again a ringed planner is winning for me.
I can’t believe it has been three years since I last did a blog entry. I think my last entry was just before I got my iPhone. So I can conveniently blame my lack of blogging on having the Internet in my pocket. That and other things going on IRL.
I did Kikki.K’s Planner workshop in 2015 and began lusting after one of their new planners. So in the January sales I grabbed this lovely Teal one. Since my last entry about the fantastic personal sized $1 binder from the op shop (they are on eBay and Etsy but people say they fall apart – however mine hasn’t) it wasn’t working for me because it was TOO SMALL.
At the end of 2013 we flew over to visit relatives in Blackpool, UK. There is a Staples in Blackpool. Yeah!!! Woo Hoo! I found out which bus route it was on and got myself down for about 3 shopping trips.
There was Martha Stewart planner lovelies as well as Staples’Arc M range. Oh for a larger suitcase! I flew home, halfway across the world, with the heavy Arc punch and some A5 and A4 stuff and a selection of extra binder discs. As well as some fun stationery items like post-its and stickers picked up in Sainsburys, Tescos, The Pound Shop, 99p Store, some quaint stores around other northern towns and the massive Morrisons at the northern end of Blackpool’s seaside tram. [Oh Blackpool in winter, what a delight, seriously fun looking at all the winter seaside and spooky crumbly old buildings. (While everyone at home was sweltering, we were running around the countryside experiencing crisp cold, slippery roads and icy footpaths and hoping for snow!)]
I used the lovely Arc A5 plum leather planner cover for a bit, but I decided it was too small a page size and too bulky to carry in my handbag on days out and the large discs in the middle made it hard to write in (I did my usual silly trick of trying to stuff my entire life into it…). So at the beginning of 2015 Staples Australia were finally shipping to my state (yay!) and had 20% off Arc, so I bought hot pink leather (hello p0rn spiders!) A4 with matching hot pink discs. That was great, I was so excited to have an A4 planner, and I used it – at home – it was huuuge and too big to fit even in my Bag of Holding for work on an everyday basis. Then because it wasn’t portable I didn’t plan at all for several months until my life became a circuit of running around “extinguishing hotspots” instead of keeping them from appearing in the first place.
Enter the lovely ladies from Kikki.k. I go there for touchy feely window shopping expeditions. I am a tad embarrassed to say they know me by name and I’m on friendly terms with the store managers in the city and my nearest suburban store … They mentioned their organising workshops and planning workshops. Oooh. I attended the kikki.k Organising workshop and had so much fun I booked into the kikki.k planning workshop. I met the lovely Helle Weston from Cool Kind and Conscious who is a workshop facilitator for kikki.k and makes the workshop evenings so much fun. I have since gone on to attend kikki.k’s Goals workshop (revolutionised my life, it did) and the Christmas Workshop. Booked in to the Habits workshop later this month, woo hoo!
After the planning workshop (seriously, I should have done one years ago) I bought a set of kikki.k’s planner dividers and revamped my Arc M planner from Staples back to A5 in a polyvinyl black and white floral. The planner workshop taught me to seriously evaluate what whT I needed to have in my planner, to condense things a little and to not be afraid to. Ha get things in and out if something isn’t working. Tweak tweak tweak!) The polyvinyl A5 was awesome with a kikki.k planner dashboard set, except I missed having pockets inside the cover and a pen loop (I was holding my planner together with pens in a notebook strap from kikki.k) I used that setup until December when I switched back to the A5 Arc M in plum leather. It has a pen loop and cover pockets. But …
There is no happy medium of Arc M by Staples discs for me. Too big or too small. Yes I know some other companies’ disc binding systems work with Arc, I will try a few when I get planner restlessness again!
I longed for the convenience of holes and rings again so I could punch pages on the go.
I stalk kikki.k’s website every few days and was eyeing off planners on sale around Christmas time. Patience rewarded me when last month the Teal Personal Planner went on sale for half price.
So here I am. Once again proud owner of a ringed planner.
I am still using the A4 Arc M but now as a “home management binder” with meal planning and seasonal cleaning and other checklists kind of things in it. I plan to print the contacts off my phone and computer as an address book and use one of the A5 Arc M from Staples to house the address book.
My problem with small electronic device screens is that I can’t plan very well. Stuff gets buried in my device. Things like meal planning and writing letters or emails, managing finances and booking appointments and taking notes of conversations all work better for me if I can spread multiple information sources out in front of me and have note paper there as well. Computers are nearly there with split screens but small devices just don’t cut the mustard yet. (The Psion nearly did though, but that was 16 years ago and the device was ahead of its time!)
Next blog I’m going to start some pictorials of the different systems I have been using and writing about above. IMHO THERE CAN NEVER BE TOO MANY PLANNER PHOTOS OUT THERE!