I just got back from a bachelorette ("hen") weekend in Edinburgh (which was awesome: hydrotherapy spa, constant champagne and delicious food all weekend long). I purposely brought NO planner with me on my weekend away. None at all.
For those of you who haven't been following, I am on a quest to decide by the end of the month what planner I will use for all of 2011. Those of you who are interested can look at Plannerisms to see the ongoing saga.
I thought a weekend completely away from planners would clear my mind and help me decide. And you know what? The entire weekend, I missed my Deco Filofax.
I wished I'd brought my Deco with me to keep me company on the two hour train ride there and back. One of the restaurants we went to this weekend was Art Deco style, and I LOVE anything Art Deco (thus my adoration of my Deco Filo), and I thought how glamorous my Filofax would have looked in those surroundings. All weekend I wished I had it with me to write in addresses, websites people mentioned, reference my maps, and everything really.
I missed it like I would miss a trusted friend. My Filofax (this one or one of my several others) has been my faithful travel companion for so many years, I felt lost without it.
I've had numerous failed attempts at making my Filofax work for me as a planner. Most recently I failed at using daily and weekly pages at the same time, and using the two days per page format. Both seemed like great ideas at the time, but both quickly crashed and burned.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. About a week ago I made my own planner. I'll post more about it in a few days on Plannerisms. I used it all last week (Calling the Dog with it and my WeekDate planner). When I used it, I got tons done. I focused on my goals, I was very task oriented, and each day I blazed through my to-do list with blistering efficiency.
And it was no fun AT ALL.
I was grumpy all the time and constantly checking my list for what task I had to complete next so I could cross it off. Even though I got a lot done, it was not the recipe for happiness that I thought it would be.
So this week I'm trying another experiment. I will use my Filofax with the normal Week on 2 Pages planner insert. But the difference is this: I'm not going to try to make it more efficient. I'm not going to figure out ways to use it better. I'm just going to use it in a normal, basic way. And if I don't get everything done this week, I'm not going to be hard on myself.
I've always loved absolutely everything about my Filofax except for the lack of functionality of the weekly pages (specifically that the day spaces are too small). I wonder if this time it will work, not by making it more efficient, but by purposely NOT trying to be so efficient. I really want to use my Filofax.
Because, I miss my friend.