I'm Ruined...

I've only been lurking recently due to less and less time. Work's been crazy, down one position here, so there's been more and more to manage. My Outlook calendar great for reminders, but I've become a paper person. My circa planner is always with me and I love it.

So, that's the core of my dilemma. I'm looking for a work planner. We have one office supply catalog from which we do the majority of ordering. They have the usual suspects: Franklin Covey, At-A-Glance, Daytimer, DayRunner, etc. As I looked, the majority would require either buy in of a punch or a tie in to wire-bound refills. And there's no Rolla/Circa/Myndology in site.

So, my fellow addicts, what would you do?

As I've been writing this, I've had a few epiphanies. Here they are:

1) Get a wire bound planner and scrap the insert for a Outlook printed or DIY*Planner version.
2) Merge my life into one, syncing my home grown planner into work, a new binder and a black and red notebook that I could swap with the Lee Valley one, between personal and business.

Other ideas?

J

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My suggestion: Buy a punch

You seem to be comfortable with a Circa planner.
Stick with that.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I have 2

I already have 2 punches. The desktop and the portable.

Our printing dept may do the printing for me... Then it's just the binder, and maybe a few sets of translucent covers from Rolla/Levenger.

Jason
-- Coffee and Books, the pleasures of life

It's all your fault

I took a few moments and downloaded the dynamic 2 page per day exe and started some test prints and shucking and jiving with pdfsam. Adjusted the margins and re-saved + another test print. The 11mm margins seem to easily handle the punch.

Now, to appropriate my Rolla notebook for the time being. Then, grab one of Levenger's Irresistable Circa Sampling Kits and leverage the translucent letter sized covers and insert into a binder/folio. And get the print shop to handle the output, but go straight, full letter to make the output simpler to create.

And ygor, I blame you. You've made it too easy now. Thanks!

Just hope the mac print shop can open the pdfs. The ones I did with pdfsam last year wouldn't open in any Adobe product or Quark.

Done.

Jason
-- Coffee and Books, the pleasures of life

Blame me, blame me, feed me chocolate !!

>:D
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Javajeb, If you're on

Javajeb,

If you're on windows and want a great and free PDF saver.. I highly recommend you get doPDF. I consider it to be one of the best PDF saver utils around.

/innowen

I am, I am, Sam I am

On windows. So, I'll have to check that out. The issues I've had between pdfsam-ed docs and macs will be bigger, so I'll gladly check this out.

Thanks!

Jason
-- Coffee and Books, the pleasures of life

Have you tried Multivalent ?

I have used it on both Mac and PC with great results and no problems
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Yep

I have, but I've ran into some issues related to user provisioning. I can get around them, however. My 'issue' has been using the pdf generated from various tools being unopenable on a Mac. Others?

I might try multivalent again seeing all I need to do is insert a page at the front (or an odd count) to correct the pagination.

Done. And I shipped it over and the Mac guys can open it!

Jason
-- Coffee and Books, the pleasures of life

Unless the file is

Unless the file is corrupted, I have never had issues opening pdfs on my Mac. I'm guessing it was a corruption issue.

Breaking the rules

Hi J,

I'm one of those people who break the "one planner only" rules and being in Australia I don't use Circa.

This is my system

Work - Outlook calendar & cheap diary from the supply cupboard for scrawling down tasks, hone messages etc and anything else immediate that I won't want to remember as soon as it's done (this lives open on my desk)

Home - Moleskine week to a view pocket diary, Month to a view printout of my work outlook calendar folded and shoved in front of the diary, Fobster of contact information, housework lists, etc

The two systems work fine for me as I don't take work home nor do I have to meet people outside of the office. So all I need to know from my work calendar is where work meetings etc might run into my personal time.

If that's the kind of work life you have then you can have separate planners if it suits the way you work. All you have to decide is how you want to plan. That will tell you which system you may want to buy/create.