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Day planner alternative

In my personal experience, the world can be divided into two groups of people:

1. Those who look at my clipboard and find it interesting or helpful (or at least in some way understandable)

2. Those who do the same and say in genuine confusion, "You know you could just buy a day planner, right?"

Mechanics first: plain small clipboard ($2.50 at Wal-Mart), covered first in tissue paper (to create texture), then torn bits of an art book, then painted, then sealed with shellac. Sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper cut in half fit perfectly (I use blank-on-one-side paper that's headed to the recycle bin).

You who have known me for awhile know that I'm reliant on lists. Not kidding: they keep me sane. Each day has a page, and I can jot down note and reminders as I think of them. Towards the back are sheets for shopping lists, future travel plans, even movies I want to see/music to buy/books to find.

Each evening I look over and add to the following day's page. It starts out as a neat list of things to do, but by the end of the day it will be a mess of scrawled notes, crossed out (I hope!) tasks, reminders, and notes in RED for the really important bits.

And to all those who have suggested a day planner: my clipboard is endlessly reusable, frugal, expandable, earth-friendly, flexible and able to adapt to my changing life, AND has personality. Why would I WANT a day planner?


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May. 23rd, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
I don't think there's anything weird about clipping pages of notes to a board. :D I guess people are just wondering how you fit it in your purse!

It's pretty, though, and a good idea if you don't need to tote it!
May. 23rd, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
It's small - 9"x6' - and I carry large purses. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)

Well I like the idea..it's making me want to try it myself. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)

I'm learning that I need to make to-do lists even for the most basic things. Otherwise, as soon as I get home from work, I forget what it is I wanted to do. :\
May. 23rd, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
Same here. And even if I forget to refer to the list later during the day - which I sometimes do - the act of having written it down helps a lot both in clearing my mind and helping me remember things. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
I love the clipboard idea.
I am also a huge fan of lists. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for lists!
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May. 23rd, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
Haha, no. That was only mid-way through what turned out to be a fairly presentable-list sort of day. :D
May. 23rd, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
I can totally see why you'd want to do a clipboard....there's something, at least for me, with starting with a fresh piece of paper each day. I use a small month-at-a-glance calendar to write down events that are happening, but when it comes to to-do lists....I've tried planners, and I keep going back to pieces of paper! (I use scratch paper too although I don't do anything cool and pretty!)
May. 23rd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! And having plenty of room for notes and reminders, not just appointments and to-dos.
May. 23rd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hello: LOVE IT! That's fantastic. I have endless organization problems because I love it in theory and am horrible in practice. I buy lots of day planners, hoping that they'll help but I usually end up abandoning them because they're not adaptable enough.. so I go to scraps of paper, but that's not organized enough and you have solved my problem. HUZZAH! I am adopting your method, PRONTO. Best of both worlds, and stylish and cute to boot.

Although, when I make mine, I will shamelessly "Put A Bird On It" because I still really, really like birds.
May. 23rd, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
The anonymous comment was me. I wasn't logged in! Whoops.

Also, I love how FOOD! is the really important bit for your day. :D
May. 23rd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
That's okay! And yeah ... food. Ha. You can tell what's really important to me. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I like the clipboard because when I do still have stuff written on random scraps of paper - and I DO - at least I can keep it all contained together. :)

I still <3 birds. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
This was good timing. I used to live by lists (quite happily), but when Ken's family moved back in with us life imploded and I feel like I've been flying by the seat of my pants ever since.

NOW I realize I have been living without the wonderful organization that lists give me, and I'm so tracking down a clipboard and trying this (I've tried day planners before and meh). I've already got lists for today and tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to playing around with this. THANK YOU! :-D
May. 24th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, you're welcome! I feel lost without lists ... and I don't even have a household or children. ;)
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