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My life on paper

December 4, 2008


I have never been able to effectively use any sort of day planner thing. Throughout middle and high school I was given some sort of school sanctioned assignment planner every fall and every year I would dutifully plan to use it to its fullest capabilities. Three weeks later it would be buried at the bottom of my locker, not to be seen again until I cleaned out the wonderful metal box. Every semester at Harding, I was enticed by the large box of planners found next to the check-out aisle of the HUB and would shell out four bucks for a HU sanctioned day planner that would inevitably go to waste.

Not 2008! This academic year–the second and third semester of my M.A.–has uncovered an Ian that is fully capable of keeping a day planner. Not only do I keep my work and class schedule, I also faithfully record upcoming projects, reading schedules, planned meetings with fellow students, and even long-term project steps. I attribute this newfound organization not to self-will, but to my wonderful wife and the gift of a Moleskine weekly planner–horizontal layout. It looks like the typical Moleskine pocket notebook, but it’s so much more! Beyond the quotidian (ha! puns) day planner features, there is adequate space for note jotting and an address book. Also included in the pages are several pages of possibly necessary information (conversion tables, geography, measurements, and area codes).

I have been very pleased with my weekly planner. For her part, Jenna tries to keep her mind sharp by keeping most of her appointments and dates mentally. I would never make it to anything if that were the case. How do you keep track of your life?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2008 4:18 pm

    I battle back and forth between paper and Blackberry. The part of me that loves books also likes to be able to flip through my datebook. Somehow seeing my committments organized spatially helps me organize my mind. But it’s so handy to have everything on my Blackberry–always ready at the touch of a button. But one thing’s for sure–without some type of organizational planner I’d be in trouble.

  2. iantrevor permalink*
    December 11, 2008 1:02 pm

    If I had a Blackberry (though I believe I’d prefer an iPhone) I imagine that I would use that as my date book exclusively.

  3. December 12, 2008 8:16 am

    I already had the Blackberry when iphones came out, and since money is always an issue . . . the Blackberry will have to do for a (long) while. What’s scary is that all my important info is now on it, and if it died or I lost it, it’d be hard to reconstruct. Of course, the same could be true of losing your planner. And I don’t know anybody’s phone number any more–if I were in an accident all I’d know is speed dial #. Ah . . . life in a technological world . . .

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