Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So Many Ways To Use Them....

I've come to see from all the Organizer blogs and videos that there are many different categories of those who use organizers and what they are trying to get out of them.  Three examples...

  1. There are those that are already ultra organized and this is just an extension of that organization.  We've all seen the pictures....these are the perky, perfect looking organizers.  The ones with the matching perfect row of color coding pens.  They sit in beautiful, immaculate organizers being shown off in some cases with some kind of ultra craft/organizational background.  They hold anything from monthly to daily calendar refills meticulously made out with schedules for the whole family in each family member's personal ink color, and some have a contact section as well.  They could belong to just about any organized person.  There is very little customization.
  2. Next we have the stationary lovers.  They proudly show you through their latest Filofax.  There are multiple kinds of post-it's, stickers, flags and washi tape.  They have different kinds of dividers, flags and tabs.  The pen collections are amazing with pens and highlighters of different kinds and colors (and some pens or pencils with a bunch of different colors)  In some cases they have a color coding system and in some cases they just use a lot of colors when they write.  They also generally have an abundance of homemade dividers, top loading plastic sleeves with pictures, and/or other memorabilia in them.  One very interesting thing about this group is that for all the fun we have seeing what's in their planner...there's not a lot of planing going on.  Yes, there's some here and there.  Little tidbits of their life, but this is definitely secondary to all the stationary/office supply fun.
  3. Third there are the ones that use their organizer as a brain.  There are those that tend to be all business "just the facts Ma'am" and those that love to have all the bells and whistles...great office supplies (yes, as I've stated before I have an office supply/stationary "problem", I adore them and want them all).  In this first case there is a lot of writing and organized tabs....not just schedules but sections for just about every thing on their minds and these are full of notes and numbers and information, not necessarily neat, but all written down so the person has access to it.  Like the messy desk, the owner knows where everything is.  Then there are those that I have to admit are my favorites..the one's that not only fill their planner with schedules, to do's lists, journaling, reminders, and everything that runs through their minds...but do it with lots of stickers, post-its, washi tape, stamps, different color pens and highlighters (not necessarily in any set pattern) and on all kinds of different paper and inserts.  They might even have home-made dividers.  Their planners are often bursting at the seams with page after page of what's on their minds, that they must get written down or they'll forget.
All planners (and all stationary and office supplies) are wonderful.  Day-Timer, DayRunner, Franklin Covey and Filofax...all are great and I love them all.  And all the different ways of using them are terrific as well.  I find it very interesting that people use them in so many ways.  I hope everyone has as much looking at them, getting them and using them as I do.

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