However, this has turned out to be a good thing since I am contemplating revising my current system. Not just my system, but my entire planner. Don’t get me wrong—I love, love, love my Malden. Lately, though, I’ve been wanting to downsize, and after seeing SNARLing’s videos (parts one, two and three) about her Compact Chameleon, I can’t get it out of my head. Buying a binder with ½ inch rings would allow me to downsize without having to move down a size in paper—I would be forced to carry less in my binder, making me leave everything else at home in my beloved Malden. I did use a Slimline Guildford this way for a while and I loved the portability of the smaller binder. But at 11 mm in ring size, it was too small. I have a pocket Kendal with ½ rings—the problem there was not so much the ring size but the pocket size. So just maybe the Compact Chameleon would work. I could really just downsize what I carry and keep it all in the personal Malden. But the issue is that the ring size always stays the same and no matter how much or little I put in there, it will always be the same size. Plus, the more room I have, the more likely I am to stuff the thing. I still haven’t quite made up my mind though.
In addition to the binder, I am also thinking about changing up my inserts. I love the two-pages-per-day. It allows me to keep track of my appointments, my to-dos, plus any other additional notes I may want to keep track of during the day. This is how I currently use them:
I also use the two-page-monthly inserts. I absolutely must have a monthly layout, and since I started using a Filofax, this layout has always worked for me. But I do miss having the tabbed monthly inserts that I can interfile with the weeks/days of the month. Filofax has a “solution” to this problem—the tabbed monthly inserts. Yes, they are tabbed but the layout is a vertical listing of the days. I just don’t know if I can deal with a monthly layout that is not laid out like the actual month. Those of you who use these, how well do they work for you?
So, with the various discussions going on about what layouts other people use, I have been keeping a list of insert options in my Malden:
- I could stay with the two-pages-per-day layout. The issues with this option are stated above.
- I could go back to the week-on-two-pages lined, using a Day Planner sheet for any given day for additional information and notes (I have used the Day Planner sheets before and liked them—the issue with them is that they are undated and come only 20 to a pack, making me buy out their entire stock for a year’s use). If I’m using the week-on-two-pages though I’ll end up copying much of the information to the DP sheets, which is why I stopped using them.
- I could be really radical and use week-on-one-page inserts, writing only appointments, birthdays, and short reminders on them and using the DP sheets for everything else. I would need to keep a stock of DP sheets in the planner in a different section so that I could add anything to any day at any given time. This may make my planner bulkier in the end though.
- I could combat that bulkiness with the week-on-one-page-with-notes inserts. I could write appointments, birthdays, and short reminders on the weekly part and any additional information on the notes parts, mainly things that I need to get done during the week. Then, when the week arrives, use the DP sheets for additional planning and record keeping. I wouldn’t necessarily need to keep blank DP sheets in my planner with this option, as my notes would be on the notes section—everything pertinent could be moved to the DP sheets once the day arrives.
- I could stick with my currently monthly layout.
- I could switch to the tabbed monthly layout.
So I guess the real questions are:
- Personal Malden or Compact Chameleon?
- Tabbed vertical monthly inserts or untabbed monthly-layout monthly inserts?
- Weekly layout with DP pages for each day or the 2PPD inserts without a weekly view?
I’m looking forward to any assistance with this big decision.