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mrseace711
07-20-2011, 04:01 PM
:goodvibes I have tried the digital organziers to keep track of budgets, schedules ect... It simply does not work for me :confused3 My weekly/monthly generic planner is getting ready to kick the dust although it worked OKAY for me...

Im looking for recommendations for a paper planner... Then I thought hmmm does anyone even use them still?

Disneefun
07-20-2011, 04:05 PM
I totally still use paper. I used to use a Day Runner binder until the spine cracked. I know you can still get the refills at Office Max. Now I just buy one of those smaller, spiral bound ones. The best thing is that at this time of year you can find them pretty cheap.

mrseace711
07-20-2011, 04:07 PM
Spiral bound is a must for me =) Maybe I should be stopping at Office Max tomorrow :yay:

Lisa_M
07-20-2011, 04:52 PM
I use a paper planner for work and personal appointments. I get a spiral bound one at staples that fits in my leather portfolio. I truly would be lost without it. I suppose if I had an Ipad or something like that, I could use it for appointments, but I don't. I have a work laptop, but it is time consuming to get it booted and ready to go when I am making appointments and the calendar system is a little glitchy, so I stick with my planner.

ETA: For a recommendation, the one I use is the Staples brand academic weekly appointment book. It's 8x10

NYCDiane
07-20-2011, 05:09 PM
I use paper as well. Digital can be a pain in the rear! By the time you turn it on, press this button, move this, do that.... I would have already gotten to the page/date I need to see what I'm doing.

Also, I use paper for my budgeting. I find I like it better because I can flip back and ahead to months/dates, etc (see above) much quicker than with electronics. Also, paper never "crashes".

For those who say I can lose a paper planner or whatever? I keep my budget books at home, never leave. As for my calendar book? I keep one in my bag and the other on the wall at home for quick reference.

goofystitchfan
07-20-2011, 05:13 PM
Yes... pocket planner in my purse :laughing:

momof1princess
07-20-2011, 05:31 PM
yes, i still use paper. i have a calendar in the kitchen with all appointments on it, and a pocket planner with everything written in it on my desk. i actually got the pocket planner free from my chiropractor-hope she gives them out next year too!

Figmificent
07-20-2011, 05:36 PM
Filofax girl here!

midwestdee
07-20-2011, 06:13 PM
I am never without my weekly planner the DayMinder brand in my purse. It has a "cover" to it and you can tuck doctor app't cards and stuff in it. I write all important phone #'s, insurance info I won't remember, and other info in the back of the planner.

Judique
07-20-2011, 06:31 PM
:goodvibes I have tried the digital organziers to keep track of budgets, schedules ect... It simply does not work for me :confused3 My weekly/monthly generic planner is getting ready to kick the dust although it worked OKAY for me...

Im looking for recommendations for a paper planner... Then I thought hmmm does anyone even use them still?

I use my cell phone. Have been for about 3-4 years now.

crazelion
07-20-2011, 06:32 PM
I used plain computer as my date planner. Also I design my own date planner sheets and print them out. I love it.

Mary•Poppins
07-20-2011, 07:11 PM
I still use paper. :goodvibes

For work, I have a monthly day-to-day calendar that is bound (I get a new one every year.)

But for home, I print off calendars (that take up a whole 8.5x11 inch piece of paper). You can find them on the internet. I keep the calendar in the 'frig and put them in a three ring binder. I now have 14 years of calendars! I love looking back on them ... I have the due date, then the birth date of my third son. :goodvibes I keep telling my husband I am saving them for when my kids get older and tell me we never did anything with them ... I am then going to pull out the calendar that has on some days 5 activities going on in one evening! :rotfl:

turtlebean
07-20-2011, 10:58 PM
I can not get away from using a paper planner. Like they say if it's not broke, don't fix it. I've tried all sorts and the only one that has worked for me is the Amy Knapp Family Organizer. I would lose myself if I didn't have this planner!!

mrs.beast
07-21-2011, 12:59 AM
love mom's agenda products. I have the monthly calendar, day planner, and the one where you write in what happens each week for the fridge.

RangerPooh
07-21-2011, 01:10 AM
I need to go back to a paper planner. In the past I swore by them, my entire life was documented and never forgotten. This past year I moved to the digital age of calendars synced with my work email and it hasn't worked out so well. It works for work stuff but not personal life, 1) because it takes too long to access when not on the computer, 2) referencing it on my phone is not always accurate, and 3) when I put in my personal info on the calendar everyone that I have shared my calendar can see what I have planned.

Previously I used the Day Runner Planners and just replaced the pages with refill sheets. The university that I attended/work at gives them away for free at the beginning of the fall semester so I usually go with that one. Prior to going paperless I bought a nice spiral notebook (mid-sized) and drew in a years work of lines, dates, and holidays. I then filled in as I went. It worked out well as it had personality, plus it had tabs that I used for other items.

buzz5985
07-21-2011, 04:23 AM
I did, until recently, when I purchased my first "grown up" phone. I am the proud owner of a new HTC Evo and I discovered an ap for that, Cozi. It is a centralized calendar, to do list, shopping list. The calendar is great - you can import you school calendars, google calendars, outlook, etc. You can have it set up to text you appointment reminders. It is great. Each family member has a color code, just check off who needs to be reminded and it sends a text.

DH was working near a local farm we buy our vegetables at. I told him I would make a list in Cozi. I called to remind him, and he told me - didn't you notice I crossed the things of the list???

Now that I think of it, since I bought this phone - I am pretty much paper free.

Janis

wlake
07-21-2011, 08:01 AM
Yes to paper! I just discovered last night that Snapfish has stopped making the notebook style calendar I've used for the past 5 or 6 years (with adorable photos of my boys on the cover -- people comment on my calendars all the time!). I can't find another company that makes a similar photo one so I'm thinking I may have to quit my job and become hermit somewhere since I'm not sure how to manage our lives without it. :rotfl: Seriously, this thread was well timed for me and I'll be checking out some of your suggestions for them, even if my boys won't be on the cover.

Disneynutbsv
07-21-2011, 08:20 AM
I did, until recently, when I purchased my first "grown up" phone. I am the proud owner of a new HTC Evo and I discovered an ap for that, Cozi. It is a centralized calendar, to do list, shopping list. The calendar is great - you can import you school calendars, google calendars, outlook, etc. You can have it set up to text you appointment reminders. It is great. Each family member has a color code, just check off who needs to be reminded and it sends a text.

DH was working near a local farm we buy our vegetables at. I told him I would make a list in Cozi. I called to remind him, and he told me - didn't you notice I crossed the things of the list???

Now that I think of it, since I bought this phone - I am pretty much paper free.

Janis

Thanks for the recommendation, they offer it on the iPhone too!

BuzznBelle'smom
07-21-2011, 08:22 AM
I still use paper. Maybe I'm an old fogie, but it's more comfortable to me, and so easy to use. Also, my kids input a lot of their own stuff--I have 4, ages 5-16.

I hang a desk calendar in my kitchen--each of us has their own highlighter color. If it's not on the calendar, it's not happening! This is real handy because everyone can see it. In addition, I have a grocery list and separate Wal-Mart/Target list on the fridge. My kid know to "add it to the list" if they need socks, pencils, or use the last of the pickles.

Then I have a purse-szed calendar/organizer tha'ts all mine. I'm currently using Organizher, which I believe is Real Simple from Target. I might go a different way next year--I've been drooling over the different option sin Staples, but won't change while I have one that works. One of my big issues is, having enough space for each family member, especially as my family grows. For example, this fall I'll have three kids in a total of 13 dance classes, and that's just one activity! Throw in scouts, music, sports, and other extras, and I'm a planning fool!

ilovemk76
07-21-2011, 08:26 AM
Planners are not obsolete. I was them in the back to school section at Target yesterday.

carone0318
07-21-2011, 08:27 AM
I can not get away from using a paper planner. Like they say if it's not broke, don't fix it. I've tried all sorts and the only one that has worked for me is the Amy Knapp Family Organizer. I would lose myself if I didn't have this planner!!


I use the Amy Knapp planner as well - love it! :love:

smkiya
07-21-2011, 08:31 AM
I use the paper planner too. I tried using the calendar on my iPhone and even considered buying an app, but it just doesm't work for me. I use the cheap one from Walmart... The monthly calendar, and I use it all the time!

Ashlander
07-21-2011, 08:41 AM
I used to swear by my paper planner - until I set up a family google calendar on my iphone and my husband's. We both are doing a good job keeping it updated so that has really helped us stay organized. Plus I like the reminders that pop up - with our crazy schedules it it nice to them!

The best part is I was able to share our calendar with my family. So they know what we are up to and can see when the kids have different events. My Dad tells my Mom all the time what we are up to.

Debbie
07-21-2011, 08:43 AM
I hang a desk calendar in my kitchen--each of us has their own highlighter color. If it's not on the calendar, it's not happening! This is real handy because everyone can see it. In addition, I have a grocery list and separate Wal-Mart/Target list on the fridge. My kid know to "add it to the list" if they need socks, pencils, or use the last of the pickles.

Then I have a purse-szed calendar/organizer tha'ts all mine. I'm currently using Organizher, which I believe is Real Simple from Target. I might go a different way next year--I've been drooling over the different option sin Staples, but won't change while I have one that works. One of my big issues is, having enough space for each family member, especially as my family grows. For example, this fall I'll have three kids in a total of 13 dance classes, and that's just one activity! Throw in scouts, music, sports, and other extras, and I'm a planning fool!

The bolded part sounds like our house...or at least when the kids were smaller, although, anyone living in the house in the moment (3 of 5 this summer), know to add it, or, like you say, "it's not happening". I

I do, however use my IPOD touch (no fancy phone here ) to have in my purse with both school and home dates. I do love my Touch! My principal gave us paper planners last year with refills this year. I rarely used it, because my Touch did the trick. I may try to figure out a different use for it for this school year. Tracking kids? Tracking conferences? :confused3

21yankees
07-21-2011, 09:23 AM
I use my Franklin Covey planner. I highly recommend them. They have a lot of different designs for the pages as well as the binders.

foltzy
07-21-2011, 09:40 AM
I have a paper planner in my purse that has everything on it, work stuff, home stuff, school stuff, kid stuff. I also have a calendar on my fridge that has all that stuff. I keep a copy on my ipod touch and one on my computer.

Have had planners go missing, computer crashes, the ipod touch recently crashed and had to be sent back to apple.

I like having multiple copies just to be on the safe side.

jessrose18
07-21-2011, 10:17 AM
i still use one, i love writing things down and checking them off....i always get one that target sells, and the refill fits in my leather case.... i will admit that i get really excited each year when i get to buy my new planner:goodvibes

Dis_Dreamin
07-21-2011, 10:37 AM
I use my Franklin Covey planner. I highly recommend them. They have a lot of different designs for the pages as well as the binders.

+1 :thumbsup2

I love my Franklin Planner.

The initial start-up cost on it is a bit high, but I wouldn't trade it for electronic.

Mickey1Fan
07-21-2011, 10:47 AM
Paper for me too! I don't have a fancy phone and if I did I would still prefer paper!

Pierre Belvedere planner. I use it for planning, writing my expenses and I'm also a Weight Watcher so I use it for keeping track of my food/points.

pierrebelvedere.com

luvdisney00
07-21-2011, 11:20 AM
I have tried to switch to digital on my phone and on my iPad, but I still prefer paper in my purse. I bought planners for me and for my 2 dd's who use them for school, at Vera Bradley. They have a few different ones and they are really nice quality. I will most likely use the one on my phone for Disney though. I don't want to lug my planner around!

decaff38
07-21-2011, 10:23 PM
Just got my new one at Target. They had a bunch of different styles. Not expensive.

kellyg403
07-22-2011, 03:48 AM
I use paper as well. I have one for work. At home I use a calendar.

I will admit to trying to use my phone or using my calendar on the laptop. I don't like having to stop and pull it up. I can grab my planner and see everything in seconds, while i am on the phone! It seems so much simpler to me but then again, I am not all that computer savvy and there are probably 100 easier ways to do it!


Kelly

dex08
07-22-2011, 05:05 AM
I have an addiction to paper planners. I've used so many different ones: DayTimers, Franklin Covey, Filofax, Moleskine, etc. I even worked for Franklin Covey for a few years selling paper and electronic planners.

DH and I use Google Calendars with our iPhones also and I'm able to access his and add appointments and activities, but I still cannot get myself away from a paper planner.

My most recent find which I absolutely love are the Erin Condren Life Planners and the new ones for 2011/2012 were just released on her site this week (here's the link (http://www.erincondren.com/store/index.php?cPath=129_956)). They are expensive but so totally worth it! I was lucky enough to nab a Groupon for her website that I've been holding on to waiting for the new 2012 planner to come out so I got a new one for half off. Here's a link to a video (http://youtu.be/zIukxOwJK_Q) for the new version of her Life Planner.

cruisnfamily
07-22-2011, 08:06 AM
I did, until recently, when I purchased my first "grown up" phone. I am the proud owner of a new HTC Evo and I discovered an ap for that, Cozi. It is a centralized calendar, to do list, shopping list. The calendar is great - you can import you school calendars, google calendars, outlook, etc. You can have it set up to text you appointment reminders. It is great. Each family member has a color code, just check off who needs to be reminded and it sends a text.

DH was working near a local farm we buy our vegetables at. I told him I would make a list in Cozi. I called to remind him, and he told me - didn't you notice I crossed the things of the list???

Now that I think of it, since I bought this phone - I am pretty much paper free.

Janis

Thanks for the recommendation, they offer it on the iPhone too!
This sounds really great for my soon to be college student daughter who has an Iphone. Is this a free app?



DH and I use Google Calendars with our iPhones also and I'm able to access his and add appointments and activities, but I still cannot get myself away from a paper planner.My DH also uses Google calendar...I wonder if this would be good for my daughter.

I have an old fashioned cell phone and my "planner" is a calendar hung on the fridge. Works for me.


But DD definitely needs an electronic calendar that will text her or set off an alarm as an appt reminder.

mrseace711
07-22-2011, 10:00 AM
Ive different digital scheduling using my android, my Ipod Touch, Google, Microsoft, Cozi, I even owned a PalmZ a few years back that unfortunatly was not waterproof (leaky sippy cup:headache:) I just never keep up with typing it into my phone/laptop/ect.. I keep my paper planner in my purse (I know its not waterproof but I no longer carry sippy cups YAY lol) and when I get to work it sits on my desk proudly so that during downtime I jot reminders in it and highlight away this is my version of doodling :laughing: Ive used different Mom agendas also just havent found one I LOVE it seems that alot of neat ones(with stickers, meals planners, to do lists ect) have space for 2 kids :confused3 So I end up back at the cheapie school type planner. I love checking out what other parents use then I go and google it to see if it would work well for me :upsidedow every school year I buy new but not before I walk thru bookstores, Target, Walmart, Calender kiosks at the mall, and browse Amazon for reviews =) I know its not that serious(I enjoy this lol) but without an organizer life would be upside down

unionville
07-22-2011, 01:26 PM
Yes to paper! I just discovered last night that Snapfish has stopped making the notebook style calendar I've used for the past 5 or 6 years (with adorable photos of my boys on the cover -- people comment on my calendars all the time!). I can't find another company that makes a similar photo one so I'm thinking I may have to quit my job and become hermit somewhere since I'm not sure how to manage our lives without it. :rotfl: Seriously, this thread was well timed for me and I'll be checking out some of your suggestions for them, even if my boys won't be on the cover.

I just visited the Snapfish website last week to make my new "back to school" notebook style calendar. So upset that they no longer make them. I was hoping another company offered this - but sounds like they don't! I loved having my son's picture from a favorite vacation on the front each year.

Mrs. Bradbury
07-22-2011, 01:33 PM
Ive different digital scheduling using my android, my Ipod Touch, Google, Microsoft, Cozi, I even owned a PalmZ a few years back that unfortunatly was not waterproof (leaky sippy cup:headache:) I just never keep up with typing it into my phone/laptop/ect.. I keep my paper planner in my purse (I know its not waterproof but I no longer carry sippy cups YAY lol) and when I get to work it sits on my desk proudly so that during downtime I jot reminders in it and highlight away this is my version of doodling :laughing: Ive used different Mom agendas also just havent found one I LOVE it seems that alot of neat ones(with stickers, meals planners, to do lists ect) have space for 2 kids :confused3 So I end up back at the cheapie school type planner. I love checking out what other parents use then I go and google it to see if it would work well for me :upsidedow every school year I buy new but not before I walk thru bookstores, Target, Walmart, Calender kiosks at the mall, and browse Amazon for reviews =) I know its not that serious(I enjoy this lol) but without an organizer life would be upside down

I no longer need to keep track of a bunch of kids ;) but when I did, as a SAHM I used a wall calendar that had columns for each family member across the top and the calendar days going down the side. That was really useful. Looking at my hair salon's wire-bound appointment book one day I realized that it would be perfect for a family as well - instead of the different hairdressers across the top, it could be our family members. Just a thought. I hope I make sense! :goodvibes

BuzznBelle'smom
07-22-2011, 02:27 PM
Ive different digital scheduling using my android, my Ipod Touch, Google, Microsoft, Cozi, I even owned a PalmZ a few years back that unfortunatly was not waterproof (leaky sippy cup:headache:) I just never keep up with typing it into my phone/laptop/ect.. I keep my paper planner in my purse (I know its not waterproof but I no longer carry sippy cups YAY lol) and when I get to work it sits on my desk proudly so that during downtime I jot reminders in it and highlight away this is my version of doodling :laughing: Ive used different Mom agendas also just havent found one I LOVE it seems that alot of neat ones(with stickers, meals planners, to do lists ect) have space for 2 kids :confused3 So I end up back at the cheapie school type planner. I love checking out what other parents use then I go and google it to see if it would work well for me :upsidedow every school year I buy new but not before I walk thru bookstores, Target, Walmart, Calender kiosks at the mall, and browse Amazon for reviews =) I know its not that serious(I enjoy this lol) but without an organizer life would be upside down

The bolded is my problem, too--I have 4 kids, ages 5-16--they all have activities, not to mention the usual doctor's appointments and all. The Organizher has spaces I can divide amnd have 2 kids in one block, if that makes sense. Sort of like the beauty shop planner, but my names go down the side, with the days across the top. I use different colored highlighters at home, but that's not practical when I'm out. I still haven't found my ONE PERFECT SYSTEM.

While I like the idea of going electronic, and I do believe DD16 does that for herself, I just couldn't count on my family keeping up. At least my multi-colored desk calendar is right by the door, so there's no excuse not to use/check it.

Disneynutbsv
07-22-2011, 04:51 PM
This sounds really great for my soon to be college student daughter who has an Iphone. Is this a free app?




They had a free version and a $5.99 version, I'm just using the free version...go to www.cozi.com and you can check it out!

bford1299
07-22-2011, 08:34 PM
I love my Amy Knapp planner!

phred52
07-23-2011, 12:25 PM
I'm 'paper'. I don't like change so much...

wlake
07-23-2011, 12:57 PM
I just visited the Snapfish website last week to make my new "back to school" notebook style calendar. So upset that they no longer make them. I was hoping another company offered this - but sounds like they don't! I loved having my son's picture from a favorite vacation on the front each year.

Exactly! I've used the "same" photo for years -- one of my boys sitting on a rock in a field of daffodils. I love looking back through the old ones (I always seem to be looking for previous dates!) and seeing how much they've grown. I did email Snapfish about it and was told they were discontinued. I need one quickly for the upcoming school year, so I did order the Erin Condren one because I could have my daffodil photo put on it, but the price took some getting used to.

unionville
07-23-2011, 01:11 PM
I just went to check out the Erin Condren site. Love it - but the price is indeed much more than my Snapfish!!!

Evi
07-23-2011, 02:51 PM
I use a combination of both. Though with newer cell phone I don't feel the need to get a full on franklin covey type system anymore just a paper back up of whats going on.

wlake
07-23-2011, 03:12 PM
I just went to check out the Erin Condren site. Love it - but the price is indeed much more than my Snapfish!!!

Someone posted a $10 off coupon code earlier in this thread that I used, which helped. I used to get two Snapfish ones -- one for me/kids/home and one for work. The Erin Condren one looks like it's got enough room so I can get away with one, which would be helpful. Plus it comes with stickers -- I like stickers! :) (Can you tell I'm still trying to justify the cost?:))

disneysnowflake
07-23-2011, 04:33 PM
Someone posted a $10 off coupon code earlier in this thread that I used, which helped. I used to get two Snapfish ones -- one for me/kids/home and one for work. The Erin Condren one looks like it's got enough room so I can get away with one, which would be helpful. Plus it comes with stickers -- I like stickers! :) (Can you tell I'm still trying to justify the cost?:))

When you get it, let us know how you like it.

I've used Amy Knapp's Family Organizer for years. I was disappointed last year to see them change the binding. I made my own Disney cover that I was able to put onto my new planner each year, but with the new binding I was unable to use my Disney cover this year. This is my last year using Amy Knapp's Family Organizer because of the change in their binding.

For 2012 I'm recycling a 2011 Vera Bradley Agenda Planner. I was given a 2011 one as a gift. I cut up some file folder label stickers to put over all the dates, and then rewrote all the dates for 2012. I printed out monthly labels to stick in the planner, and I added some nice stickers I already had. It took me about 3 days to do it while watching tv in the evening, but it looks pretty good, plus I didn't have to spend any money except for the file folder labels I bought at Dollar Tree.

And the Vera 2011 Agenda Planner is a 3 ring binder type with no year printed on the cover, so I'm going to try creating my own pages on my computer to use in it. Perhaps I can create something to use year after year.

Teresa Pitman
07-23-2011, 04:37 PM
I use a two-page per day Day Timer and could not manage without it. I have tried electronic systems and they just don't work for me at all. I live in fear that they will stop making these some day because I don't know what I'll do if that happens.

Teresa

Lisa loves Pooh
07-23-2011, 06:33 PM
I just use a paper calendar on the fridge. I have tried day runners, but I kept still centralizing everything on my paper calendar at home.

I use my iPhone, not so much as a planning device but more a reminder device with alarms.

So I can't help on dayrunner suggestions--but I do empathize with the need to keep things on paper. :)

klmall
07-23-2011, 08:15 PM
I do and it works for me! Even though I work my job has few obligations to note and my family is grown taking care of their own stuff. We keep family dates on a wall calendar in the kitchen.

ericamcl
07-23-2011, 08:39 PM
I have a Staples spiral bound date book that I keep in my purse - DH is a total techy geek and he makes fun of me, but I find my date book to be way more convenient than a digital organizer.