Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hacked my Classic-sized 2PPD Simplicity pages by Franklin Covey

Took a polypropylene folder and cut it down to fit, then had gal at Office Max spiral bind this for $3.50.  Just trying it out to see if I would like it to carry around in my purse to give me more room that the DayTimer pages I JUST posted about two posts ago.  I decided to try this before spending a bunch of cash on the Classic-sized Franklin Cover 2PPD Metropolitan, which comes in one-month wire-bound allotments.

I like the inside vertical pocket (it's actually a horizontal pocket in its original incarnation.

This picture is turned around and I don't want to bother re-orienting it, too much trouble.  Note that the spiral binding, as opposed to wire-binding, makes the left and right pages lay unaligned when open.  I don't like that.  However, not a deal-breaker.  The deal breaker is that, after trying this out, I prefer DayTimer/Fossil wallet combo because the wallet closes easily and protects the pages AND, especially, the wallet pockets hold a variety of writing implements so paper and pencils/pens are always together.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Wednesday is December 12, 2012, aka 12-12-12.  It will be another 89 years before we have another triple-digit day: January 1, 2101.

Significant?  I don't know, but 12-12-12 is an easy-to-remember date to be born or to get married (or for anything of significance!).

Fossil wallet plus DayTimer 2PPD

In August I switched to Franklin Covey Classic size with a variety of inserts and settled on 2PPW using FC's 5 Choices layout (those pages are spiral-bound, so I removed them from the spiral and punched them for my binder).  I was using it with DayTimer's 1PPD, but the whole thing became too big and heavy to easily carry around.  I don't mind having the weekly pages (where I keep all my appointments and weekly to-do's) sit in one spot near my desk, but I need my daily pages constantly accessible.  I want something that allows me to keep track of my schedule for the day, plus have enough room to make lists and do a little journaling.  I also want to carry a variety of writing implements. I wanted it small enough that I can throw it in my purse, have it open on the seat next to me in the car, and just, overall, be easily accessible wherever I am.  So this is what I came up with with.

DayTimer 2PPD - tabbed - and a Fossil wallet I had on hand and wasn't using (Fossil wallets are my favorite; good organzitions, great colors, and buttery-soft leather).

I don't pay attention to the headings dividing the pages, I just write whatever I want wherever I want, with the exception of the timed slots.  I often fill up the pages completely.

In the pic below I pulled the booklet out a bit so you can see how it slides in.  The booklets encompass one month with five months of 2PPM in the back (which I don't use).

I don't use this as a wallet because I've tried combining planners and wallets before and I don't like it.  Wallets feel 'dirty' to me - they are everywhere, sitting on counters at various establishments.  Also, this planner floats around the house - next to my bed, on the dining table, by the couch, etc., and I want my wallet to ALWAYS be in my purse so I know it will be with me if I have to rush out the door.

This wallet is so feature-rich that I have a compartment on the back that goes unused.

A monthly spread.

Sometimes I attach my pen to the current page and snap the wallet closed.  Sometimes I hang it by the loop attached to the front zipper.  Sometimes it goes into the pocket with the other pens/pencils/highlighters/erasers.

That's it, lovies!  Good luck to ALL of us as we go round and round like a dog settling into its bed, looking for the comfortable feeling of the perfect planning set-up for 2013!