I decided to have another look at a post a wrote back in 2009 on my personal blog and share it here. My 2009 diary was a Moleskine, week view, cute red diary – with a blank page for my to-do list. Brilliant for keeping me organised during my student days.
The left hand side, has the dates, and I use this to record my classes – this seemed the simplest type to get as one this course I’d only have a max. of 2 separate classes a day (no need for a full day view).
The right hand side contains the to-do list for each subject and my printing list etc. This page is simply a lined page which is perfect for this. Different types of the diary have different page set ups.
I am currently using the colour-a-month planner (surprise, surprise).
But as beautiful as it is I feel that I may have made the wrong choice this year – as I simply do not need a page-a-day. For work, all my to-dos and meetings are dealt with electronically (outlook and case management system do it all for you) – and I work so much I rarely do anything that requires a full-page in my personal diary. However, I do enjoy the monthly planners at the front which the weekly view lacked as well as the slimline feel.
It may be that I am still just getting used to it and I will probably reconsider many times over as the year progresses.
This is another notebook from Daycraft’s 2011 collection. A cute square notebook 125mm x 125mm) with a cream cookie/sandwiched cookie “look”. The cover is a brown cookie colour with the white pages being the cream filling. There are 144 pages which are white with 6.55mm lines (brown) with a brown tinge round the edge of the page – giving a neat and compact feel. Cute.
It is the first of February today and this morning I got out the second notebook in my Colour a Month planner. I opened the first couple of pages and proceeded to write in my contact details and personal information without a second thought.
Then that second thought came.
We live in a world where everyone is concerned about their data, particularly on their computers and over the internet. You “play it safe” with minimal information, hiding your birth year or email address on facebook, and giving fake addresses when you sign up to websites. Of course these choices are not solely for security issues, but concerns about such issues (e.g. ID theft and fraud) have an influence.
Do we translate these concerns to our pen & paper bubble?
What happens if our filofax/diary/planner (with all our personal information, our schedule, our home address and all sorts of personal reminders from passwords to pin numbers) gets misplaced? Sure it may not matter, but there is a what if – what if it falls into the wrong hands? After all there is no “password protection”.
So it may be a bad idea – but what is the solution, is the solution that we write in code/shorthand, simply not write all our personal info in one place, chain ourselves to our diary?
I have no straightforward answer and would be interested in hearing other people’s views.
Do you reveal too much personal information? Do you consider this to be a realistic concern?