Tools of the Trade: Planners 2011!
As 2010 draws to a close my thoughts turn to Weekly/Monthly/Daily Planners and whether I will find one to hold my attention for the better part of 365 days. I tend to go back and forth between planners and usually having several going at once. This is probably not the most efficient means of planning and organizing, but I seems to work best for me. That said, I’m looking forward to trying out a host of planners and organizing in hopes of finding that elusive perfect planner that has all the elements I need, holds my attention and compensates for my ADD and inability to stick to a single paper planning device. I tend to view planners as the grown up version of children’s activity books – a way to keep minds occupied and wet fingers from finding their way into the ear canals of seat mates. I really love them in theory, particularly as I am a person who prefers writing things by hand, but I am kind of fickle and a year is a long time to make a commitment to any one office product, which is why I tend to purchase them in large numbers, yet rarely make good use of them. Not this year. I have a planning goal: I am going to find one or two and be disciplined about using them. I already have Moleskine 2011 Daily Planner Box Set so I’ll be in the market for one more!
Scion Level Price point
Moleskine 2011 Extra Small Daily Planner (2.5 x 4 inches) – $9.95 – A gorgeous pocket sized daily planner, which packs a lot of planner punch in a tiny package. While I typically like a lot more planner, after having used Moleskine 2011 Daily Planner Box Set I’m really impressed with Moleskine’s itty bitty planners.
Ecosystem 2011 18 Month Weekly Planner – $8.95 – Measuring 3.625” x 5.625” and wonderfully multitasking, I was really dazzled by the Ecosystem products. I was lured to their line, which is sold exclusive at Barnes & Noble by a review Office Supply Geek, whose comprehensive and thoughtful review thoroughly sold me on the their functionality and stylishness. And for those who are committed to sustainability, these are a whole lot of treehugging for not too many shiny rocks.
Toyota Level Price Point
Rhodia Weekly Notebook (4 x 6) Jan – Dec – $15 – Oh how I love Rhodia products. I could see myself hatching out my day in any number of cheap notebooks I currently own before transferring the “best of the best” into this planner. Yeah, I’m weird that way. Also, I’m fairly certain carrying around this gorgeous planner could soften some of the sting of rejected project concepts, magazine articles and book proposals.
2011 Moleskine 18 Month Weekly Planner 5×8 – $18 – Another brilliant Moleskine organizational product. Hardcover and in stunning in take-no-prisoner red. There is something decadent about planning one’s world domination between the covers of this yummy, intuitively engineered planning machine!
Lexus Level Price Point
2011 Barnes & Noble Desk Diary – $20 – This was one of my first grown up planners. It was fancy and I was intimidated. I have since gotten over my fears and use this one to plan/organize my creative projects. I enjoy reading the sanitized quotes and random facts about writers whose work I haven’t bothered to read. In addition to caricatures of prominent literary figures such as James Baldwin, Stephen King and James Joyce, the desk diary also includes a list of all the Fiction Pulitzer Prize winners to date. If seeing The Road in the same phrase as “Pulitzer Prize” doesn’t compel you to organize and complete writing projects – either because you’re inspired by the work, or simply cannot believe such dreck wins major book prizes – this probably isn’t the planner for you. (PS: wait until mid Jan. and score this tricked out desk diary for up to 60% off! I think you feel me!)