introducing me: the next planner and notebook addict

One of the best things about this site is the fact that no one here thinks you weird if you tell how many empty notebooks you have (about twenty), or how many planners you bought this year (three) or that you like to write with fountain pens (one of the five I have). This surprises none of you I guess. In my fist post as a new writer I want to tell you some things about me, and where I stand planner-wise.

I am a girl, 25 years old, a mathematician and living in the Netherlands. And I have always like paper and pens and stationery. I have been using a planner ever since it was first subscribed by our school teacher when I was 10. These planners have been just simple bound books with a week in one view. This was good, but then I discovered the existence of Filofax and Succes, and later Moleskine. Here my obsession began, and I have been switching around an buying too many planners until now.

Of course swithcing around isn't all bad. It does indeed cost a lot of money, and it wastes time. But it is a lot of fun playing around, and browsing in stores and looking at websites. But I find that I want to settle, to make it simple so that I can free up my mind for the things I want to do. So I try to stick with my personal size filofax, and an A4 notebook. We will see how it goes...

So what will I write about? I have some pens and notebooks to review, and a very good productivity book. And I have some ideas about simplifying I might get ready to share with you. Hope you will all enjoy.

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Another Patient! :)

Hi Paulien!

Welcome to the Asylum! :) Like you, I too worship the Queen of all Sciences in addition to feeding my addiction to organizers and notebooks. Take it from me, you'll grow to love this website!

> So what will I write about?

I'm always interested in reading how people take notes during lectures. One thing that served me well in times past (I'm 51 and retired) was to simply write every question that the lecturer asked on the left hand side of my Cornell notes, and after class I would fill in the right hand side with the answers.

Please tell us about your note-taking methods and I would also love to read about what interests you in Mathematics. Personally, I like reading biographies of the great Mathematicians of the past and working with matrices.

> I have some pens and notebooks
> to review, and a very good productivity
> book. And I have some ideas about
> simplifying I might get ready to share
> with you. Hope you will all enjoy.

I'm sure we all will enjoy what you choose to share with us. Notebooks and journals are naked without good ideas to record in them. :)

- Bill

really dumb question

Ok - how are you guys using Moleskins as planners? Or are you buying the Moleskin agendas?

Much paste

When I'm using a Molekine or other journal as my planner, I print out forms and past them in. Each week I do a weekly plan, some on forms and some on the paper itself. Then each day I paste in a daily hours and task list form, then keep capturing stuff in the following pages until the next day. I usually fill out the daily forms at the beginning of the week and keep them in some folder or pocket. I use page darts (link below) to mark the beginning of the week, the day I'm on, and important entries. I love the open-endedness of this system. I don't like switching notebooks because I have to reprint and re-paste all the information sheets and month forms (I could just stick those in the back pocket, but I tend to put other stuff in there). Also, I like to switch at the beginning of a week, but that means some pages at the end don't get used. Still, I do enjoy this system and, although I'm not using it now, will probably return again.

Book Darts Website

math and notes

Hi Bill,
Thanks for your comment, nice to hear from another math-lover. I am in applied maths, mostly queueing theory and stochastic models. Very different.
I don't have any lectures anymore now, so not that much notetaking. But I wrote this article before about how I did it when I still had lectures. Notetaking in lectures was not what I did best, but I tried.
I know I will enjoy diyplanner, I have already been a member for some time.

Stepping up


Congratulations on stepping up to be one of the regular writers.

Your profile says it's nearly two years since you joined here and in that time you've always had intriguing and interesting things to say. So, I'm sure whatever you want to write will be wonderful.

"So what will I write about? I have some pens and notebooks to review, and a very good productivity book. And I have some ideas about simplifying I might get ready to share with you."

They are all excellent ideas for articles and I'm sure they'll be good reading.

And Bill's ideas about notetaking and mathematics are good too.

I'd also be interested to hear about practical things like planning and stationery tools (journals etc) in the Netherlands. We hear a lot about USA products, moleskines, ATOMA, and expensive European fountain pens, but not much about day-to-day planning etc in Europe.

good idea

I might just write a post sometime about what is and is not available here. Very frustrating to hear about levenger, franklincovey and such when you can never find out what they are like for yourself. But then I am sure that we have some good stuff too to make all Americans jealous.


i would love to hear about all the great products you have available to you! I am constantly looking at things on websites that don't ship to the US... :)

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Be assured...

the usual reaction to "i bought a pen/planner" is "omg do you have pictures? where did you find it? tell us all about it!" so you have definitely found the right place!

I'm looking forward to your stories :D

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I will be looking forward to reading your posts!

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Planner Addict

I understand your obsession with writing, paper, and organizers. Your article struck a chord with me because I just purchased a new binder for my planner, used it for two days and have now switched back to my old and worn nylon binder. The new one holds more stuff, but it doesn't feel as good in my hand and, therefore, wouldn't get used as much.

I also understand the fountain pens. I've got about a dozen and friends know that they make great gifts for me. All have ink in them and I switch them out regularly. Nothing quite matches the feel of a good fountain pen on high quality paper. Pixels are great, but ink is golden.



Welcome, success and happy writing!

Welkom Paulien. Veel succes met het schrijven op deze site en veel prezier ook.



Ik ben dus niet de enige hier. Nu nog een diyplanner-gek in het wild tegenkomen.

me too

Hier nog een :-)

A step up? or a step down?

;-) Not sure which it is! I'll take it as a step up into the echelons of those mighty with the pen, who care about the pen, and the paper they write on, and who drag the rest of us down... er, onward.... to utilizing our tools even better than before. yeah, that's it! Great for you! Looking forward to seeing what you have coming for us. :-)


note taking using MSFT OneNote

I love engineering notebooks with grids. I love whiteboards. I don't think well without my notebook or a clean sheet of paper.

I have found that the latest version of Microsoft's OneNote is fantastic for taking notes in meetings, researching ideas on the internet, or recording your daily thoughts in a journal.

Typically, I am not a microsoft fan. My brother, a semi-famous journalist, turned me on to OneNote about a month ago, and it has made quite a difference.



I enjoyed your first article and look forward to more. I immediately got a warm feeling from your statement about collecting notebooks and pens. I don't even know how many of them I have! I used to keep a journal on computer and enjoyed it but I enjoy more doing it longhand. You can't (usually) look at two facing computer "pages" and admire them as a kind of work of art, but two pages of a longhand journal carry a fascination, no matter who wrote them -- just from the un-regimented character formation, perhaps, or the straggling uphill/downhill lines; from the texture of the paper and the color and intensity of the ink... And more. It's interesting to photograph (with a good camera) two facing pages of a longhand journal and look at them on a computer screen. That in itself might entice some away from electronic journal keeping. There's just no comparison aesthetically -- or in the feeling of actually writing, entirely different when longhand.

I didn't mean to go on so long. But you inspired such good thoughts, and I wanted to say welcome and thanks.

Have you tried miquelrius

Have you tried miquelrius notebooks?