Discuss: Should you write your personal information in your diary? Do you?

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?

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4 thoughts on “Discuss: Should you write your personal information in your diary? Do you?

  1. I don’t write my home address in my planner that I carry out with me. I also don’t write any sensitive passwords (like bank etc.) in my planner. I keep all my passwords and codes in my household Filofax which stays at home only. I do think about what if someone gets ahold of my planner. I don’t want them to be able to find my house, or hack into any of my accounts. The worst they could do is make some prank phone calls with my phone numbers list.

  2. I do keep some passwords or important information in my planner.
    But it is always just a string of characters (for passwords) or numbers (for pass pins) some where in the pages with no mentioned of what are those.

    So to any one looking at these, there will have no clue/links to them.

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