So does anyone here utilize more then one planner kind? What type of notebooks/planners do you use and how?

I found this really cool, sturdy, scuffed up, leather franklin covey binder at the thrift store for $0.99. It really has character. So I am trying to use it for my monthly pages and finances. I used a circa pda for my to do lists/shopping list/brain dump and am setting up a letter sized Circa notebook for my creative writing.

I'd love to hear what you use and how.

I hope I'm not posting too much (blush). It seems kind of quiet around here, so I thought it would be fun to talk it all up with those of you who are around : ) I love hearing about other peoples paper uses and loves.

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My current set


I morph often.

Right now, I have:
Lev Shirt Pocket Briefcase with index cards for inconsequential notes, shopping lists, etc. I also keep a few coupons in there and the kids' birthday money in case they want something when we're out. I need to move that other stuff into my purse, though, because I have some pants that won't hold the briefcase in the back pocket. :( I probably need to get another container for the coupons. The cheapie brag book I had is too big. Maybe a zip bag. I dunno.

DIY circa index card book of contacts and password hints.

Lev junior leather foldover with DIY grid pages as my daily scratch pad. I use 28lb 100 brightness paper and a blue TUL medium point pen. I think it's a rollerball, maybe a gel, doesn't say.

Letter size DIY tickler file made from scrapbook covers, 5/8" notebook rings, and 43 page protectors with adhesive tabs (the kind with insertable labels).

I also have a letter size 6-tab thingy--I keep it in my lower inbox for stuff that needs to be filed after it's done, or needs to be collected for a while before it's acted upon.

For calendar stuff, I use my work Outlook.

For Recipes, I have a DIY Circa/rolla notebook. I tend to print my recipes from recipe web sites, so I just punch them and stuff them in a book when I feel like messing with it. I need to make another book of 'stuff to try', since I have quite a messy stack of that, too.

I have a number of other large and small DIY books that are waiting in the wings, and a small collection of junior/classic binders that aren't in use at the moment, along with their associated paraphernalia.. Now and then I pull something out of the drawer and swap it with something I was using.

I *really* like my new tickler. It doesn't look like much but it's more *me* than any other tickler I've ever seen or made. And it's portable.


Still trying to find my groove...

I've been lurking for a couple weeks after discovering Rollabind/Circa and getting good and hooked. I haven't been consistent at keeping a paper planner but even worse using an electronic version, so I'm ready to refocus and do it this time! At first I was geeked by doing everything electronically on my iPhone but for some reason, it's just not the same as having it right in front of you, in writing... sorry to ramble.

My first decision was between compact and junior size... I loved the ease of carrying a compact size, but it's just too small when I'm at my desk, so I've switched to junior. Right now I'm carrying a simple transparent plastic cover (Levenger), but thinking about getting a bright green padded vinyl from Rollabind (love the color). Still not sure... In the meantime, I'm Jones-ing for the Renaissance Art modular setup. Too many choices! Next on my agenda is trying out some templates and printing my own pages.

Love this forum... makes me feel not quite so weird about my planner/cover/bag addictions!

Too many grooves--I am skipping!

Well, that was a reference to LP records that only us ol' fogies know about! I have too many grooves. I would love to stay with a paper system and do keep my Lev circa agenda on my desk and the Lev pocket briefcase from away from the office. However, I teach educational technology so feel I have to model that mode for my students. I end up keeping two systems going. I suppose that is good to have a backup but I do feel "uncentered." I have found that I think in space (like appointments) better on paper than I do electronically. Sort of like "Objects int eh mirror are close than they appear." Dates come by when I am relying on electronics too quickly, i have too many surprises and often don't see conflicts or dates that are too busy to be sane.


"To fly, we must have resistance."

Be a better model


Skip the tech. Do what feels best for you. Uncentered is not good, too busy and lack of vision is not good either.

Technology is the servant, not the master. Use technology where it helps you, not just because it's there.


Nor the ends, but a means...

shris is right there. Tech is not the master. Nor is it the end, but merely one of the means to the end. If it become an end in itself, it will be very unsatisfying at best. I would think that your task as a teacher, especially, would be to help the students grasp this, and help them to and utilize all tech as a tool. BTW, paper is technology also--it's just not electronic tech. I don't know where we got the idea that "analog" is not "high tech" or that paper is "old-fashioned." Look at some of the stuff David Seah is doing, for instance. That is very high tech. Utilizing GTD on paper is high tech. The means of manufacturing paper today is high tech. our printers are high tech, and knowing how to get the most out of your printer onto paper takes technical skill. Compartmentalizing things unnecessarily won't help in the long run. In fact, I think it would be good to teach the students a good use for paper, in enhancing their digital lives. Certainly worth a try. ;-)


Analog analogy....

Well, that was a reference to LP records that only us ol' fogies know about! I have too many grooves.

Just remember that those LPs have only _one_ groove. It just keeps spiraling its way to the center of the LP. Maybe a good analogy? ;-)



Actually some records had two grooves. There was a monty python album that played two different sets of tracks depending on which groove you put the stylus into.

Many Tools in my Toolkit

The tools I use in my "system" are constantly evolving. Current toolkit includes:

- Classic size binder with monthly calendar, and GTD tabs (although I don't use it very often).

- Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase and a supply of 3 x 5 notecards. I write a lot of "notes to self" and "reminders".

- Levenger Panorama. Similar to the bleachers, but only one level. The perfect companion to the pocket briefcase as most of the "notes to self" end up there.

- Moleskine Cahier. Pocket size. Daily capture that I need to save. When full, they fit nicely in the front pocket of my classic binder for easy reference later.

- Electronic calendar on my work computer. Once a week I transfer new calendar items to my classic.

-Circa PDA. Week at a glance calendar, and various lists.

Most of my "tools" are pocket size as I like to travel hands-free. That's why the classic binder sits idle so much.

I have an HP iPAQ, and carry it in my bag. It rarely gets used for anything other than playing Bubble Breaker and occaisonally looking up an address.

That's my kit.....for now.


Why not have it all?

First post here with a recommendation I've been waiting in vain to see someone else make for a couple years:

1) Get yourself a black Levenger Pocket Briefcase.

2) Put a card or two on the writing deck.

3) Put some spare cards in the center pocket.

4) Turn the thing over and slip the back cover of a small black cahier into the back pocket. You’ll be amazed at the fit. They were made for each other. No cutting. No pasting. No hack required. Just slide it in.

5) Keep your pen in your shirt pocket where it belongs and never buy a shirt without a pocket.

Enjoy, as I have for about two years.

The Paddler
(in circles)

"Simplicity is the exact medium between too much and too little." Sir Joshua Reynolds

"keep your pen in your shirt pocket where it belongs"

My solution to always having a pen with me even in shirts without pockets, is to slide the clip of the pen into the collar of my shirt, pen on the inside. It may not be the most feminine thing to do, but I always have a pen. In button down shirts, the pen goes between two buttons, pen on the inside.

I recently started using a bullet space pen, and my only disappointment with it is that the balance of it doesn't work for clipping into the collar of my tshirts!

I am geeked about this!

I saw your comment, and tried it. It works like a lovely charm. (Though my set-up is red.)

Pure Genius!

I love this idea! You're right, it fits like a glove. It makes me wish I had purchased a black SPB instead of the toffee.

The only modification I will make is to use the center pocket for archived cards.


at the moment

I'm another person who doesn't use one planner.

At the moment I use
- my work's Outlook for business appointments (this suits me as my work is desk-bound and doesn't involve external clients) and personal appointment reminders

- a business card sized pocket diary for details of my private appointments, birthdays, personal contact info etc.

- an A5 7 ring binder for work current task lists, project info, contacts, copy of this week's Outlook appointments, etc (stays at work)

- a fobster. 20 out of date business cards on a small ring - with regular @home lists for cleaning etc, lists of books & DVDs I'm looking for, shopping lists etc. I won't run short of cards anytime soon as my work supplied me with 5,000 business cards, then we moved to a new address... (Doh!)

- a cute little Smiggle A6 notebook for capturing ideas and random thoughts, etc.

The aim is to have items as small and portable as possible so I actually use them. It took me a while to realise that I wasn't using my previous planners because I kept leaving anything that weighed more than my coin-purse at home.

Although I can do this because I don't have kids and I don't study, so it's just me and hubby to organise and he's 'low maintenance'. :)