When I was about 13, there was nothing more that I wanted than a Filofax. That fat leather accessory with its officious little clip was more than a diary/planner/agenda: to me, it symbolised chic, sophisticated womanhood, much like facials and rolling suitcases and linen pants. I saved my pocket money, bought one and thrilled at its heft and my own self importance. Until I spilled lunch on its pages, got annoyed by those stupid little rings, gave up writing in it completely and remained a pudgy, messy 14 year old (despite a later fling with those ridiculous electronic organisers - remember those?)
I still dream of supreme organisation and chic, sophisticated womanhood and laughed when I read Sloane Crosley's piece on her love for her planner because of course one of my biggest girl crush has mastered what I couldn't. Apparently, Filofaxes and their ilk are back in - just check out Pinterest, the slew of blogs dedicated to diarising and YouTube videos that offer how-tos - but I know that buying into the Filofax itself means setting myself up for failure. But I really do need some kind of a system... Right now, my life is contained in the Google ecosystem and I mainly use my laptop and phone to keep track of my schedule and deadlines. But I also have a notebook that acts as a messy repository of to-do lists and reminders and notes for stories. It doesn't exactly feel streamlined. Or efficient. Or organised.
Apparently, the coolest diary on the block is the Day Designer, which appeals to my inner control freak, with a page for each day divided into a to-do list, what's for dinner, schedule and even a gratitude prompt. Kikki K is also doing some cute stuff, and Kate Spade is yet again tempting me with overpriced stationary.
I've narrowed it down to these five...
Are you ever tempted to get organised the old fashioned way? Or do you have an even better system than a planner?