Sunday, June 26, 2011

New DayRunner monthly/weekly bound planner in my Ativa Mobil-IT padfolio

My current get-up.

I love my Ativa Mobil-IT padfolio. It holds my large Moleskine cahier and a DayRunner planner (brand-new additon, we'll see how long that lasts). I've been using it for almost the whole month of June to carry my daily planner (the cahier) and I love it. It's durable and holds paper/letters in the external front pocket. You can stick a business card in the slit on the front, too. I got it at Office Depot.


Here it is from the side, with my three pens/pencils. It holds the weekly/monthly planner, the cahier, and a notepad at the back. And it closes easily, I don't have to force it. The latch is very easy to open/close, yet is secure. It looks really big in this photo, but it's not!


I like having it open in the car on the seat next to me with the notepad showing. I jot stuff down and then funnel those notes to the appropriate places later on - that day, or days later!

The following photos, below, focus on the features of my new fuschia DayRunner. BTW, yes, it is stitched binding and lays open easily!


Note that I've hacked the padfolio. I used a seam-ripper and removed the useless and bumpy cellphone holder (too small) and the two pen holders (one on the left middle, one from the interior spine). This padfolio rocks because it has two vertical slits which allow me to carry two planners. Most padfolios have no or only one vertical slits.



I LURVE the large writing areas for both the monthly and weekly views, and unlined!! The weekly view has room for a small square post-it near the top to post a monthly goal (which may need to be carried over to the next month). Note that I can find my place easily with both the ribbon and the elastic band.


I've taken it out of the padfolio to show you all the features.




The following pages are at the back of the planner. There are three pages for notes. Not a ton of extras, which works for me because it keeps the book slim. The planner goes from July through the end of June for the weekly views, and through the month of July 2012 for the monthly views.



I think this could be a good page to plan out monthly goals. I wouldn't use it for bdays or anniversaries because I have a perpetual calendar on the fridge for that.





And here are some sample pages from my cahier. I date all the pages for one month and then fill them in one day at a time. I love having lots of space to write whatever I want for that day. It frees my mind. The x's in the boxes mean the task has been done; a horizontal line through the box means it wasn't done and I've moved it to another day. These pages can get very crowded!





  1. I followed your link from Laurie/Plannerisms. What a cool folio! I saw an entry on journalingarts I think for the Cahier planners. I like how you've set up your folio. I am forever flipping back and forth between bound and looseleaf systems. Mmm. food for thought!

  2. Good luck, Terri! I gave up on looseleaf systems because (a) I don't like rings. They get in my way and feel cold. (b) The fact that they can be separated makes me anxious! I like the illusion of permanence that accompanies a bound volume, even a flimsy cahier. When there are loose leafs I stumble at the point of archiving them... and then I start editing and tossing... I'd rather stick full, chaotic, complete cahiers in a box and have the whole, messy experience to flip through (if I want to). BTW, I looked at your blog, interesting! Such beautiful dogs.

  3. Nancy:
    I also followed the Plannerisms link.
    AND IT'S PINK TOO! Wow, I love this so much! And it looks like such a great size.
    I have recently begun to use a Piccadilly notebook (only one I had lying about) for a daily "log book" similar to your Cahier. It would be great to have it along with my planner inside a "folio" cover.
    Thanks for the post!

  4. Thanks for dropping by, Rori! You can sometimes find suitable folio covers at Franklin Covey, too. They have a limited line of covers for their wirebound planners that can be used for other planners, but they are very pricey. My padfolio was $13. :-)

  5. I've never seen either of these products - but they're very cool. Great post!

  6. Thanks, Kanalt! And I just read your latest post and can empathize greatly with your efforts to go to bed earlier! I've been 'trying' for years, and have finally succeeded (for the most part!) this year, in my 49th year! Just KEEP TRYING. I've found that's the most important quality needed for achieving my goals, not to say that it can't be frustrating and tedious beyond measure!! But it's a very good feeling when you realize, my gosh, I'm doing something I NEVER thought I would be able to do. And then it becomes part of your life and, dammit, you've raised the bar and have to strive for something NEW! Ha-ha!

  7. Glad to hear that my goal is achievable! ;) It's funny - when I turned 30 a few years ago, I felt like I had an excuse to go to bed at 10 pm, whereas in your 20s, it's expected that you will party and stay out late (though in truth, that was never something I enjoyed, staying out until all hours of the morning). Now I feel like I rarely get to bed by 10 pm. But that is my goal bed time. I need my sleep and I need my exercise and going to bed early is the only thing that will help in both cases.

  8. If you truly believe that an earlier bedtime will allow you the time and energy to exercise, then you will be able to do it as long as exercising is vitally important to you! The key to behavioral changes is MOTIVATION. Without a significant motivation, nothing changes. Good luck, and how fun that you are in the process of creating a new you!

  9. Question! I hope you don´t mind me asking. I got the "Mobil-IT Ativa" 8 1/2 by 11 pad folio, and it smells. Like skunk gives me a headache gross...I´ve tried fabreeze, leaving outside, damp cloth work up, etc. Did yours stink. And I´m not talking new smell plastic chemicals, I mean really smelly new smell pastic chemicals.... Best JC

    1. Dear JC -

      That really sucks!!! I did not have that problem and I think I would have remembered because I am really bothered by that type of stuff (however, I've had my padfolio for a couple of years, at least; I still use it to hold my 1PPD Moleskine that I use at the gym to track my workouts). I've actually thrown away Moleskines that stank (not all do, though, odd). If I had that problem I would either take it back or leave in standing up and open in the garage for a couple of weeks (so that both sides would be exposed) and hope that the smell would fade.

      Good luck!!