27 February 2012

How do you use: Year Planners?

So this week let us focus on people that use a 'Year Planners'.

So the Year Planners, they are standard in most sizes, there are a few variations, Horizontal and Vertical formats, 1 year, 2 year, 4 year.

So if you use year planners.... how do you use it? Tell us about your use of this format, include links to a Flickr photo if that helps. Include as much or as little detail as you like. Which version of the year planner do you use... etc etc.

17 comments:

  1. I am using one in personal size in my 'All About The Body' filofax. It's a "Full Year Vertical Planner - Cotton Cream". I use it to track my weight, calories, and activity. Having it all in a column makes it easy to see correlations. I pull the calorie total from my online charting at MyPlate.

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  2. I use my Filofax Horizontal Year Planner to fill in Bank Holidays, School Holidays, Training Days and any sick leave I've needed to take, if any.I fill in the boxes with colour coded stripes.Pink and BH initials for Bank Holidays,Blue for School Holidays, and Green for sickness absence, Violet for INSET Training. Useful to note my work training days, as these are asked for on application forms and for job related paper work. Also useful to note Bank Holidays and to avoid travelling on those dates.

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  3. As I thinked I've posted before, I use the vertical yearly planner in conjunction with the MO1P and 1DPP. I'm a university lecturer, so I need all three levels of details to really manage the (kind of weird) rhythms of my schedule.

    Daily view gets every day schedule, appointments and events, and monthly page at the beginning of each month's daily pages gets important, recurring, and multi-day events so I can see what's coming up in the next few weeks at a glance.

    Yearly planner gets impt conferences, big deadlines, trips, and holidays marked out at the beginning of the year, as well as beginning/end of semesters, exam periods, and so on. This allows me to plan around them easily. Yearly planner also gets record of regular drs appts and other recurring medical stuff.

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  4. I use it for birthdays and anniversaries, important dates to remember (ie: car insurance due), school holidays, holidays and dates I'm on call. It's useful because I don't carry a whole year's worth of planner in my Filofax so I still have all the important dates with me at all times in case something crops up and I need to book something in advance.

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  5. I tend to use my annual view for bank holiday, booked holiday and any other significant events. In the past I would also use it to indicate days out due to work. My highlighter colour coding has usually been green for BHs and hols, orange for work days out.

    I now tend to keep things like birthdays and other detail on the month to view where there is more room to write - probably because there are some days where I have 3 or 4 birthdays and the annual view is too small to deal with that!

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  6. I started 2012 with a Year Planner but just never used it. I have a back-to-back unlined sheet I made for Birthdays/Anniversaries that got more use than my yearly tri-fold planner so I just took it out of my Filofax altogether. Nancy's idea of tracking weight on the yearly is a good one. (:

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  7. I like the idea of a year planner but dislike the fold out nature. I found that that in use the pages eventually tear at the holes or the folds weaken or both. Frustrating.

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  8. I have to admit, I am completely failing to use my vertical year planner this year! I had the horizontal one last year, and used it quite often- I'm wondering if it is the formatting that it throwing me off.

    But, when I do remember to use it, I use it to track trips/vacations, medical stuff, and other planning bits and bobs for long range.

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  9. As I only keep a month's worth of WO2P pages in my organiser at a time, I use my fold out (A5 Flex)to record anything and everything that's coming up.

    I use highlighter to shade all the dates that are school holidays (that seems to be most of the year!) and love opening the folds out to review the months ahead and what's planned. I back count and mark weeks left to big events. So, for example, I'm doing a big (for me) Yorkshire Dales cycle sportive (185Km) in June and know at a glance there are only 15 weeks left for training! Everything is written in Frixion.

    Like Kate, my pages start to fall apart, so I stregthen the folds with fine tape (not ordinary Sellotape) at the start of the year.

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  10. I definitely use these, I change formats and inserts but always use these. They track things for me. They are very good for things like a yearly physical so I know when to schedule next year. I write in most appointments, pay dates, birthdays, holidays and vacations - and odd random things like when I had a tetanus shot. Its an easy place to find small bits of random, but important info.

    http://www.crazysuburbanmom.com/2012/01/tickle-me-filofax.html

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  11. I bought the Filo yearly planner that folded out and had the horizontal lines. I loved the idea of it, but in execution it failed me, both personally and work-wise. I do better with my monthly horizontal calendars. I -so- wanted to like and use the yearly planner, but for my current circumstances it's not functional.

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  12. I use the horizontal A5 planner to show blocks of time when I am fully committed. I simply draw a coloured line for the whole period ( red for holidays, green for classes I am taking, black for work travel) and note the destination or class in small writing in the box for the start of the line.

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  13. Just like other fellow readers, I tried using a fold-out yearly planner, each month in its own column. Due to the limited space, I drew small symbols for events like birthdays (a little square with a ribbon on top), all the shows I had tickets for (a small martini glass :), all the times the BF and I would, you know (a little heart) (yes, weird, I know, but it's fun), each week I would also follow my weight, and highlight my days off (I see my future better in a yearly calendar than with a WO2P view).

    But then, I found that switching between the WO2P sections (for appointments and reminders), the DPP (for the journaling) and the yealy planner (for my "stats") was just too cumbersome, and I gave up using it.

    I really like how people seem to find it useful and use it actively, though; this regularly tempts me to try it once again !

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  14. Late to this but thought I would add to the discussion anyway.

    I use my yearly fold out for my cats. Their vet checks and visits for various cat ailments, vaccinations, flea and worm treatment all in one place instead of flicking through months of pages trying to remember roughly when their last treatment was and when their next one is due.

    I pencil in when they are next due a treatment/visit and write in pen the actual day it took place. So far it has been the most accurate way of keeping check. Prior to this their treatments where always overdue.

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  15. I use multiple vertical year calendars, each one tracks:
    - dinner
    - birthdays/anniversaries (it isn't ideal for this as some dates have many names and they get squished!)
    - distance for training runs

    Hope this is helpful...

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  17. Hi! I've got 2 "column" types in my personal - 1 I use solely to log the wife's work rota (cabin crew) so I highlight days off, trips away and same day "there & back" trips. 2nd one I use to log bank holidays, leave, birthdays, Anniversary & any special events ie gigs, day out etc. This 2nd option is also replicated in my pocket filo. My work a5 gets the leave/bank holiday updates, offside meetings and that too is the "column" view. Next year, they will all be colour coded the same ie blue = leave, red = birthday etc

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