My Ideal Planner

July 18, 2006


I am a daily planner user. I was practially addicted to the FranklinCovey system for 10 years. Then when I was at a desk all day I like a Palm/sketchbook combo. Next I used a DayTimer calendar with 5 lined paper sections. I would have stuck with it, but they stopped producing it. Currently, my needs are met by lined notebooks small enough to fit in both my diaperbag and handbag.

I like these beautiful notebooks made by Cavallini — designed in San Francisco and produced in Italy. I like the designs and I especially like the elastic band to keep it closed — one more barrier between my toddler and my notes, plus it keeps my pen from falling out when I stash it between the pages. Available lots of places. 11 designs sold here (some on clearance!).

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1 Sara July 18, 2006 at 2:14 pm

http://www.moleskine.com/eng/_interni/catalogo/Cat_int/catalogo_diaries.htm

i have a great dayplanner from moleskine, no fancy outer cover, but high quality paper and a sleek black. We found a special edition this year that came in red as well.

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2 Design Mom July 18, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Moleskine. Nice.

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3 jordan July 18, 2006 at 3:11 pm

I love planners and lists. My current system is a Moleskin/ Loose Paper combo.

Nothing gets actually written in the Moleskin unless it its a semi-thought out idea. I also sketch in it a lot. My daily task lists and calendars are on loose paper so that if they get ugly I can ditch them in the waste basket. Only the “big project lists” make it to the actual pages of my moleskin.

The end result is a beautiful sketchbook/idea book.

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4 Erin July 18, 2006 at 6:05 pm

I’m glad to know about these. I gave up the Franklin planner for a blank notebook a few years ago and really prefer it, but I’ve had a hard time finding pretty notebooks.

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5 rachel July 19, 2006 at 7:02 am

Am am trying a pocket PC again. I love it because the alarm reminds me about places I am to be in time for me to look at it in horror, put on something presentable, yell instructions to the kids and get to whatever it is.
The reason I stopped using one before is that I couldn’t jot notes, phone numbers and dates down on it. I can do that now I just need to get in the habit of using it for that and not looking for scraps of paper. And I wish it was prettier.

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6 jordan July 19, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Rachel,

You could have swarovski crystals put all over it just like Paris Hilton has on her Sidekick.

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7 laurie September 24, 2006 at 9:18 am

before kids and before palms, i used a day planner that i designed my own sheets for. i bought one of the special hole punchers that punched the 6-hole thingy and just dedicated a day to creating my new calendar each year. then i moved to a palm and we were inseparable. then i had twins and all scheduling flew out the window. then i started carrying a moleskine around. my current fave is a pack of three thin thin books. easy to keep in my back pocket or in my bag. and the back pages of the book are perfed so i can pull them out if necessary. because the books are thin, they don’t feel as precious to me as a thicker moleskine, thus i’m willing to actually *use* it.

those cavallini books are gorgeous. if i got one, i’d probably never write in it, thus defeating the purpose.

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8 becca May 7, 2007 at 9:54 pm

I have used a 3 ring binder for bills, to do, ideas and notes for years. I would love to find a nice looking binder that you can remove and replace pages. Instead of my ugly 1″ black binder with stickers my kids put on it!

Thanks for the inspiration, Im going to start my search.

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