Do you see those three planners? I didn't include those just to have a pretty picture at the top of my post. I included them because I can't decide which one to use. Yes, I'm dealing with the age old dilemma of which size works best. I want the extra room provided by the A5 original but I want the portability of the personal Guildford. And just in case I might want something in the middle, I threw in the Franklin Covey compact to further muddy the waters.
I've mainly been going back and forth between the Filofax A5 original and the Filofax personal Guildford. I've used the Franklin Covey compact a few times but I really want to move on from Franklin Covey. I used it a long time and I'm read for a change (I think!).
Here's a look at what I've been doing in each one. First the personal.
|Instead of putting labels on the tabs, I put numbers (thank you, Dave Popely for that idea). This is the index.|
|And here are the numbered tabs.|
|See that line with a circle on the "heartworm to Lucy" item? That means action is needed. When I've taken the appropriate action, whether it's add it to a list or do it, I color in the circle.|
|In case you're wondering what's up with the flower, I was using the pomodoro technique yesterday. My goal was 10 pomodoros for the day so I set it up like this just to make it more fun.|
|I used numbered tabs again, just like in the personal size.|
|A few of the next action lists.|
|I used the daily pages as the inbox.|
|I laminated a page for the front and back to serve as a page lifter. It's working well. I labeled the tabs in accordance with David Allen's recommendation. I have two sets of 6 tabs.|
|The last two tabs, LLC and personal, are for my financial information.|
|In the next action section, I cut the paper a little bit smaller and added these tabs so I could quickly find the sub sections. This was not my idea - I've seen it somewhere else.|
So now I just have to decide which one to use. And start doing a better job at the daily and weekly reviews. I've spent so much time lately switching back and forth between sizes that I haven't done a very good job maintaining the lists. I do know that I need a bit more structure than GTD offers so I've been trying to figure out what that looks like.
I considered giving up and switching to something more traditional but I still feel like this is the right system for my life right now. So I'm plugging away. Hopefully my next post will be about which size I chose and how well it's working.