Could It Be? Planner Nirvana?
I have been using the Filofax 2 pages per day inserts since the beginning of 2011. And they have worked well for me. But then I came across the DayRunner 2 pages per day inserts and decided I liked that set up much better. However, upon receiving them, I decided the line spacing was too tight for my liking, even after forcing myself to use them for an entire week. Then, low and behold, my eyes were opened to Franklin Covey’s 2 pages per day.
I have seen Franklin Covey’s inserts before; I am no stranger to their website. However, I am also aware that while they fit into a personal size Filofax, they are wider, and therefore stick out beyond the Filofax inserts. This has always been what’s kept me from purchasing FC inserts. But then Zoe discussed how she’s using the FC inserts in her Malden and how well it works for her. So, I thought, why not?
Why not, indeed.
I ordered the FC inserts. I couldn’t wait for them to arrive, and of course, it seemed like forever before they finally came. But come they did. And I immediately added the inserts to my lovely Malden.
However, while I wanted to love them unconditionally, I had one major issue with them—they were wider than I could handle. I knew this going in of course, but they were so much wider. While they looked okay when the binder was open, when it was closed, they stuck out past the edge of the binder. I immediately disliked this. Also, the tabs butted up against my pen, making them bend a little. I like pristine tabs. Finally, the FC tabs looked ridiculous in my binder next to the Filofax inserts. I thought about switching over all of my notes and my tabs to the FC brand, but I stopped myself due to the fact that I have so much money and time invested in the Filofax version. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
However, an idea did spring to me: What if I trim the inserts and re-punch them? So I took one of the January sheets and tried it out. Low and behold, it worked like a charm. When cut and re-punched, the sheets are the exact same size as the Filofax inserts and tabs. You can see the difference between the original and new versions. The newly punched sheets are also more rectangular than the original sheets, which I like because I am so used to that from the Filofax sheets. The rounded edge of the original sheets bothers me for some reason.
Once I realized that this “updated” FC insert idea would actually work, I was so excited.
There are several reasons why I love these inserts:
- Even though the new punched holes run into the writing space a bit, it is well worth to it to me because there is enough room on them to keep all the information I keep in a day (to-dos, appointments, reminders, the weather, exercise, food diary, and general information I want to make a note of).
- There is a monthly layout—with tabs!!! The daily boxes are bigger than the Filofax version. The only drawback is that FC will put the end of the month days at the top of the month. But that is better than splitting a box into two portions for two different days—that leaves virtually no writing room for either day.
- The monthly layout for one month is separate from the next month. On the back/front of each month is a note section for financials and to-dos. Currently, I use the to-do section for the upcoming month, but not the financials section. This is a great feature because now I put the monthly pages right before the daily pages of the month begin, rather than having two separate sections for each.
I also ordered the FC blank tabs. I was drawn to the fact that you can color code them using stickers that come with the tabs. Also, there are 12 in a pack. However, for some reason, I thought it was two sets of six, rather than the entire 12 in one line. I don’t like that because the tabs are much smaller and I am not able to write anything (of use) on them. But this turned out not to be a problem since my inserts are now the same size as the Filofax tabs and nothing needs to change there.
This may well be the closest I will come to planner nirvana. I have the daily inserts I need. I have monthly inserts with tabs. And I have plenty of room to keep all of my information nice and organized.
So there you have it, my friends: the answer to the problem that has been plaguing me for nearly a month now. Happy planning!