It’s not every day I get to introduce a guest blogger with the same name, but this morning’s post comes by way of artist Leah Markov-Lindsey, who’s written a very nice review of the Space 24. Thanks, Leah!
I’ve used several planners over the years (Filofax: thin paper, too bulky to carry around; Franklin Covey: love the format for busy jobs, nice paper, pricey, bulky; Moleskine: dreadful paper, sticky cover) but none of them have been able to hold my attention for more than a year or two.
I actually haven’t used a paper planner for a couple of years. My last office job required Outlook, and when I started working as a visual artist full-time, I segued over to iCal, thinking it would be enough. A year and a half later, I realized that it didn’t matter how much information I entered into iCal because I never opened the program to check what was going on! I had stopped writing anything down, and I was forgetting ideas, budgets, deadlines, and appointments.
I finally had a realization shortly after I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (at age 29). I need a system that works! My planner had to be functional, sure, but I also need to enjoy using it to ensure that I would write important things down and actually look for them later.
Enter Exacompta’s Space 24. From previous planner experiments, the format that works best for me is weekly, with a page for notes each week. My planner also needs to be good-sized but portable. And have great paper! The Space 24 meets all my requirements.
Here’s a look at how I use my planner.
Inside the front cover, I’ve tucked some pieces of Rhodia paper for notes and a small envelope containing business cards. I’ve added Post-It tabs to the pages”This Year (for the anno-planning pages), This Month (monthly calendar), and This Week (current week).
I use the Notes page to write weekly to-do lists for the three main areas of my life: Home, Art, and Etsy. Then I mark blocks of time for each day (using color-coded highlighters) and transfer my to-do items into that space so I know when I am actually going to work on that task. I use floating pieces of Rhodia paper for art project to-do lists that I know will span more than one week. I’ve added hours into Saturday and Sunday, so that I can better plan weekends.
I love the Clairefontaine paper in Exacompta/Quo Vadis planners! I’ve been a paper junkie for a long time, and I wouldn’t be able to tolerate sub-par paper in something I write on many, many times a day.
I’m also a big fan of the Anno-Planning calendar. I have a hard time visualizing time, especially long-term, and having six months on one page really helps me with the big picture.
And month pages are absolutely necessary for me, so I love that the Space 24 has them. For some reason, it’s hard to find weekly planners that include these. I have to be able to look at months separately or else I just can’t plan ahead.
As I learn more about planning my time, I’m wondering whether one of Quo Vadis’ vertical column weekly planners would work better for me. Once I have gridded out my time blocks in the Space 24, the days visually merge together for me. I am thinking about experimenting with the Minister (adding a monthly calendar) and the Visual.
A final note: I am a very brand-loyal person, and I also try to do business with companies whose business practices I agree with. I love that Quo Vadis planners are made in the USA, and that the paper is made from sustainable harvested forests. I appreciate the wealth of information on the Exaclair website, and I enjoy both the Quo Vadis and Rhodia blogs, which share interesting and helpful information and don’t simply promote their products. [Ed. note: thanks for the compliment!] Exaclair’s excellent customer service is another reason why I will be a customer of (and advocate for) this company’s line of products.
Thank you so much for providing a planner for me to review! I am so much happier now that I am using a paper planner again!