Even though I do lots of my planning online, including a share online appointments diary with Malcolm, I always love to have and use a paper diary for the year. I use it for making lists (to do lists, lists for the week, lists for the month), and latterly for tracking progress on my goals (including last year’s 100 day challenge).
Over the past few years I’ve bought and used several diaries that have given me a disproportionate amount of pleasure. There was the 18 month beauty bought cheaply in Barnes and Noble in Brooklyn. There was the (very expensive!) Leitchturm one bought on a whim in Bethnal Green. Last year there was a ring bound one from Paperchase that I completely loved for it’s layout. For 2019 I really wanted to just get another the same, but was thwarted because they don’t seem to have one. I could find the same layout in other versions, but nothing that pleased me as much as that one did.
All of which was to the good, because it forced me to look at alternatives. As it happened there turned out to be a very good alternative, made clear by my recent Clearing of the Desk of Doom. It reminded me that I have a rather beautiful orange notebook, received by youngest son several years ago when he was working on a production. He had no use for it and gave it to me. He knew I would love that pop of colour. It sat under heaps on the desk ever since.
No more. The heaps are gone, and the orange notebook has been retrieved. I went all the way through marking the pages as I wanted them. I retrieved a pen holder from the Leichturm diary of old, and stuck it into the back of the orange notebook. It’s now good to go. My list-making for this year has begun.
♥ ♥ ♥ Do what you can with what you have ♥♥♥