If 2016 wasn’t that great in terms of planner use, 2017 has been undoubtedly my worst year so far. I’ve switched planners and systems so many times these last 8/9 months that I honestly lost count.
This is the number one paradox of the planner lover: wanting to try so many different things that you end up undermining your own planning system.
The internet is not of huge help in this regard, considering that in the planning community switching your planner like your switch your handbag is pretty much daily business. But I blame it all on myself as, I mean, I should have known better.
It’s no wonder that in the last 4/5 months I’ve cut drastically on the quantity and quality of planners videos / blog posts that I decide to consume.
I think along the way I lost track of that a planner really is – a tool to make your life easier. I thought I knew that, but I clearly didn’t.
Back in August/July, I picked up a bound planner at a central bookshop in Florence. It’s a 16 month Legami day-per-page planner. Now, I never used day per page before. I never even had a 16 month planner (I still don’t get it, to be completely honest – though it doesn’t bother me either). I don’t know exactly what I was thinking, as this is not something I would normally do (when I switch planners I always tend to use what I already have, I never buy new inserts). But it happened anyway, so here I am.
Legami is an Italian paper-products brand, based in Milan like Moleskine. Both me and the significant other have been using their products for many years now (I especially love their bookmarks, look at these beauties! This has also been my iPhone case for many years), and overall I can say that I’ve always been happy with their performance. I cannot express an exhaustive opinion on their paper quality because I’m not much fussy about that (I don’t usually use fountain pens in my planner).
This said, the planner that I picked up is just gorgeous. It has a dreamcatcher on the front cover and it says ‘Dream big, because dreams do happen’. This is SO my style and it speaks so much to me, I honestly couldn’t have left it there. The inside is pretty straightforward – after a few general-use pages like your contact numbers, 2017 and 2018 yearly calendars, international holidays etc you have your proper planner pages, from 1st September 2017 to 31st December 2018.
Each month has a page for notes/to do lists and a monthly calendar (on just one page, which makes it very tiny and thus quite hard for me to use at the moment). Saturday and Sunday share the same page (not ideal, but I can make it work just fine). As expected is quite bulky so it’s not ideal to bring it out everyday, but it’s actually not too heavy to bring along if I know I’m really going to need it.
I have to say, since I bought it I’ve been using it virtually everyday (there are a few occasions in which I don’t actually need to write stuff down). I thought day per page wasn’t for me, but, actually, it is. I’m honestly surprised by how much easy it is having a new page every day to write things down. Daily tasks organisation was something I never managed to get right in my previous systems, and surprisingly this looks like the best solution at the moment.
So this will be my planner for 2018. I’ll use it the way I’ve been using my Paperblanks this year – appointments, due dates, deadlines, beauty and skincare regime, nice things (or horrible ones) that happened and I want to remember [like when I start reading a certain book / watch a certain show]. Plus I guess I’ll use it for my daily house chores since I’ve never been able to make those work on a digital task manager.
For random lists or small projects I’ll use my notepads, my A6 Muji squared notebook and my Agenzio notebook (which is small and light and perfect to be carried around). Everything else (master to do list, reference materials, weekly tasks, lists of books to buy or tv series to watch, project management, study-related to dos etc) will be on my digital tools, mainly Wunderlist and Trello.
Is this the perfect paper planner for me? I have no way of answering this question at the moment, but generally speaking this is certainly a huge improvement compared to what I did in 2017 (plus this time I’m not going to waste more money for another half-used planner). I picked it up, so I’m using it up. No more excuses or self justifications: next planner set up will be in December 2018, period.
And tbh I’m enjoying my system way more than I expected 😛 Now I just have to stay away from every video entitled ‘2018 planner set up’ and avoid every other possible source of planner FOMO 😅