I’ve been using a Filofax* as my diary for a long time. Having a physicaly calendar in front of me has always been one of the ways I tried to internalise my day’s rhythms and appointments.
Indeed, when I was first working on corraling my ADD in a useful direction, I devised a process which was built around the Filofax:
- monthly – review long range todos; review appointments for the month; enter target dates into the monthly planner
- weekly – review short range todos; copy monthly appointments into the weekly planner
- daily – review tasks and appointments for the day
- ad hoc – put appointments in the diary
The premise was that copying things from place to place would help me to remember what I was doing**, and it worked up to a point. The problem was that the process was too involved to maintain long term, and the system collapsed under the weight of all the incomplete tasks and whimisical goals.
But I’ve persisted with the Filofax diary even so, because I like having the whole month in front of me.
The system has broken down again, this time for two reasons:
- I don’t always have my Filofax with me
- keeping the Filofax up to date has been getting harder and harder
What I do have with me all the time, and what I always have on it is Google Calendar.
This choice to use Google Calendar to replace the Filofax diary is made easier because my day job uses it for business appointment keeping, and so my phone now has both my day job calendar and my personal calendar in one place. Transferring the dates from one to the other wasn’t even that hard because of the parlous state of my paper calendar’s content.
Now I just have to remember to keep the dates current.
[*] other day planners are available. Mine is actually a WH Smith knock off.
[**] I’d also had bad experiences with electronic devices, because I loved putting things into their memory but then never actually looked at the lists.