I decided to start this new blog for all my productivity, planning and planners posts. How long I maintain it is anybody’s guess.
But I thought the best way to celebrate the birth of Planner Ru is by hosting a giveaway.
I’ll be posting my review of the Plum Paper Planner within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’m giving away a 2016 Plum Paper Planner Regular Planner with the vertical lines.
1. The giveaway will end on 13 December 2015. 2. There will be one winner. 3. I will contact the winner within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. The winner then has 48 hours to get back to me. If I don’t hear from the winner within that time, a new winner will be selected 4. You must be over 18 years old or have parental permission to enter. 5. Open internationally 6. I am not responsible for any customs, taxes, fees or other costs which may arise as a results of receiving the prize.
As we approach the home straight of 2015 my thoughts inevitably turn to my planning set up for 2016. I don’t strive for planner peace in my set up; I enjoy trialling new planners so much I don’t think I’m even looking for the perfect planning system.
But ultimately planners have to be functional, I can’t play with planners at the risk of missing appointments or forgetting tasks. In order for me to have confidence enough to keep my planner hobby going in 2016 I need to make sure my back up system functions really well. This year one of my failings was trying new planners without maintaining my back up. Or perhaps my back up wasn’t really working that well.
Also a part of me is constantly tempted to buy the latest version of a planner I’ve already reviewed in case there have been changes which affect how they function (on that note, review on Emily Ley Simplified Planner 2016 coming soon). But with so many new planners entering the market it seems a little counterintuitive to buy planners I’ve already trialled.
So in November (and maybe December) I’m going to try something a little bit crazy – I’m going to reuse the 2015 planners I’ve previously trialled. Not only can I update some of my reviews, and remind myself why some planners didn’t work for me, it can also help solidify my back up planning system for 2016.
Obviously it would be ridiculous to use all the planners at the same time but I will use each one for at least one week. Inevitably there will be some planners I use for more than one week and I may use a planner for a few weeks but tweak the way I’m using it each week. I know this means I’m going to be writing the same appointments, tasks etc several times each week but I can’t see this short-term duplication (or triplication etc) being a huge burden. If I do get frustrated it should help eliminate layouts that aren’t working for me.
So a couple of caveats before I start –
- I’m only including 2015 dated calendars – there’s no need to try undated planners at this time
- where I know the planners have been revised for 2016, I’ll trial the layouts on that basis as far as practicable
- I would like to have one planner as my back up system so I’ll be seeing how each planner could work towards that.
- I’m concentrating on retesting weekly layouts, for my monthly layout I’ll rely on iCal.
- I already have some notebooks set up which are working for me (e.g. for writing and project planning) and I don’t intend to change that.
Some of the planners I’m thinking of using over the next few weeks –
And of course Filofax using different inserts
To make sure I don’t miss anything during these crazy weeks I’m going back to basics and using a simple weekly layout for appointments and a list for tasks.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if this simple layout was my ultimate ‘planner’ peace?