Left Handed?

Hi all - I just found this site and it looks amazing!

I have been recently thinking that I need to get back into having a planner - I was never without one in high school and uni, and somehow fell out of the habit when I joined the working world.

My biggest issue is that I'm left handed, and I find that binder-style planners are nearly impossible for me to use the pages on the "right-hand side" of the rings.

I saw a brief mention in the "getting started" section about possibly doing a top-mounted planner - does anyone have any ideas on what kind of cover I might find that is top mounted?

The other thing I thought of doing is to print it all out and then have it coil bound at staples or kinko's but then I do lose the ability to add new pages.

What have other lefties done?

thanks!

LeeAnn

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Short answer, HipsterPDA

Short answer, HipsterPDA :)

Print out templates you need and bind them together in the way you like most... binder clip, binder ring, ponytail elastic, DucksterPDA etc etc.

Check out http://flickr.com/photos/tags/hipsterpda/ for examples

other leftie

There are combo 3-ring

There are combo 3-ring binders--they have the rings, and also slots that you can slip the cover of a spiral-bound notebook into. You could have your calendar pages spiral-bound and still have the flexibility of the three-ring binder for the other pages. That lets you take the calendar pages out, too, for when you don't need the other things.

Not a perfect solution, but then there aren't many perfect solutions for lefties.

Easy Top Mounted Planner Design

Hi I am also left handed. To conteract the ring burn effect as I like to call it I rotated the binder and filled it wth 2-Upped Classics. Hope this helps.

This is an interesting idea

Sixfive has an interesting idea there, but I don't know how well it will work if the original poster wants to stay with a classic-size binder. Maybe 2-up Hipster PDA printing?

I'm a lefty too, but I don't hold my pen in a way that gets the rings in the way.

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Punch right, write left

I punch the holes on the right hand margin and write on what most people think of as the back of the page; with the page to the left of the binder rings. Because the holes are on the right the forms are in the right place for me to write on without the binder rings getting in the way. Doing it this way you can use a regular binder.

I also write in wire bound notebooks this way, i.e. from the back, on the left hand page, instead of from the front on the right hand page. Saves a lot of hassle and wrist pain, as well as a lot of money for specialty notebooks.

Holes on Right

Good idea. Leonardo was left handed and wrote using mirror writing. Maybe that was because he didn't want the binding getting in the way?

Me too..

I do the same thing as Alice. Makes life as a left much simpler.

Simple but life-saving for my planning

Hi,
Top mounting and binding for my DIY planner sounds great: you just made me realize why, actually, I like legal and similar note-taking pads so much!

I am also left-handed, and I have noticed that ring binders are definitely out of the question, for my planning or any kind of note-taking. (That's why almost never buy college blocks!) However, they are fine for archiving purposes (but GTD ticklers are prevailing, more and more, there, as well).

On the other hand, legal pads, and similar note-taking accessories are great, because they are not obstructing my writing, yet they hold papers together. Plus they usually come with holes punched, so I can tear them and archive in regular 2- or 4- ring binders. So... from now on, I will probably punch my planner on the top (while working on sth), and left side (when I wish to keep working on something, or store it for archiving).

Lefty Leftie Left Handed South Paw, etc... - HELP!

Thanks for addressing the OBVIOUS! I am committed to a binder for the obvious reasons - mainly convenience, and I am committed to finding a way to make it work...I am just starting to assemble my GTD binder, and I have done a TON of research. I looked at Russell and Hazel and Yourmo.com - both pricey, because I thought they looked easier to use, but I think a D ring (easier for lefties) that flips over flat and printing on both sides works best - I think Avery makes the flip over binder...available at Office Depot and elsewhere. ALSO - Levenger sells an AMBI line made for either lefties or righties, but I don't see a product that is a good binder that would work for my purposes. There are many sites (non-US) that sell binders and notebooks that are made for lefties, but it seems in the US, there is less popularity for such items...I do think we should organize a more thorough group of lefty solutions, and share links, products, templates, etc...So hopefully this thread will encourage others to contribute. Please feel free to submit ideas, links, ANYTHING to get us more friendly GTD systems!
Signed, LEFTY LULULETTERSIZE

Let's work together to figure this out!
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Lefty TRYING to use 3 ring binder and letter size paper...Love the challenge!

left handed and ring binder

being left handed- I just turn my paper or hand so I don't have this problem. However, why is it anymore of a problem than for the right hander when they are writing on the left side of the rings (or back side of sheet?) If using a paper planner, companies usually print their calendars on both the front and back side of the page or in case of a month on two pages they are on facing pages. So, for lefties the left page would be easy to tackle and for righties not so. For the right page visa versa. My point? Sounds more like it is just not liking the feel of a ring binder. Maybe using a spiral system (like Franklin Covey's compass system, Julie Morgensten system...)

Lefty-Planner

True, a spiral system would simplify the issue, but would you like to see Franklin-type daily pages with the pages reversed ? -- major dated page on the right and notes page on the left ? I could add this to the list of features for the software we are developing.

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Lefty-Planner

I would love to see it - thanks for the offer - I am making changes as I work on this, and right now, it is far from perfect ! Thanks for everyone's input.
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Lefty TRYING to use 3 ring binder and letter size paper...Love the challenge!

Yes please!

I would love to have a version with the notes on the left side!
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Tim Foreman - http://timf.anansi-web.com/

Any others ?

OK. That would be a reasonably easy thing to build into the software.

Are there any other templates that can be tweaked to better accomodate you South-Paws ?
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I think the reason that

I think the reason that right handers don't have a problem is because of the way they write, that is, the angle the arm usually is at and way theyhold the pen or whatever. When lefties write, there is usually a bit of the angle of the arm, even if it is slight, but most lefties I know (especially me) have their arm really curved when writing (if you know what I mean?). Right handers tend to write with their arm alot more straight, and rather than just moving the hand (which is basically what makes the arm curve to start with), righties tend to move the whole arm. Lefties cant move it right (which is the way we write, left to right) because our body just so happens to be there. Righties however can do this.
The reason I know/believe this is that when I was younger I went to an occupational therapist for my writing. IT was extra bad - even for a leftie. I only went once, but we ended up doing a few things to try to get me to write with my arm straight. IT's better now but I still curve my arm!
Oh, and a message to all lefties: TRY MIRROR WRITING. WHEN DOING A PROJECT ON LEONARDO, I DECIDED TO TRY IT AND I COULD DO IT EASILY. I ASKED A RIGHTIE I KNOW IF THEY COULD:THEY COULDNT, I ASKED LEFTIES - THEY COULD. I know some righties would, and some lefties wouldnt but have a try! It's so fun!!!!!

:o)

My father is a leftie... and he doesn't seem to have too much trouble. I believe his arm is less curved. I presume that when you're young and adopt a manner of writing... it would take a lot to change it in adulthood.

I used to write letters to a friend all in mirrored text. i can write upside down and backwards without a thought. scary, eh?

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south paws unite

Welcome to our community LeeAnn. I'm a south paw as well and have always had a love hate relationship with 3-ring binder planners. I've always been attracted to them but just couldn't write in them as much as i could, due to the rings getting in the way.

Then I discovered the hPDA method, index cards. And no matter how i write or which way i hold the cards, it's been great for me to capture all my information. So this may be something you could look into as well. Lots of us have images of our hPDAs and planners in the gallery for you to look at.

Have fun,
/innowen

for lefties

I found these moleskine planners. LINK
From looking at them, I would think a left or right handed person would have an easy time using it... since moleskine's are reknowned for lying flat when opened.
Hope this helps someone... :o)

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Moleskines are great!

I also am a southpaw and have discovered the Moleskines are about as flat for writing as you can get. I have been using the 5 X 8 in grid format for the past 4 1/2 months now, and been happy with it, for work. For the rest of my life, I haven't figured out the best way. Maybe it's simply another Moleskine?!

I do like the 3/7 ring binders though. Ygor, if you really are going to do software for us lefties, please let us know when it's up and going.

Lefty software ?

What do you need that is not already there ?
I expect you would just print stuff out with slightly different margins than us "northpaws".
Tell me what you want and I will consider adding it to my "to do" list.
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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)

Lefty Solutions, getting started

Ok - finally got myself organized with a letter sized binder and am struggling with tabs - how to organize work and personal stuff and wondering if I should color code. As for the left hand adjustments, I have been using a weekly planner on the right side of the binder and a daily to do list on the left side of the binder which is a d-ring and allows for the left side to lay flat - a big help, since I write on that sheet more. It is a pain, but I also use a clipboard and keep plenty of forms on it, which are pre-punched. I ordered some expensive supplies that were on sale - yourmo.com and russellandhazel.com are SO pricey, but they have great stuff and make organizing less painful. I also use bulldog clips to keep a light notebook ready on the fly. Then I print out my outlook calendar every couple of days and keep it in a plastic sheet protector. SO NOW I HAVE THE TOOLS AND THIS WILL BE MY OFFICIAL FIRST WEEK OF BEING ORGANIZED, ONE PROBLEM***** MANY OF THE FORMS POSTED ARE DIFFICULT TO PRINT DOUBLE SIDED, WHICH IS A BARRIER TO US LEFTHANDED FOLK. I AM NOT GOOD ENOUGH WITH THE WIDGET KIT OT MAKE ANYTHING DECENT, BUT ANY LEFTHANDED / DOUBLE SIDED IDEAS WOULD BE FABULOUS!!!! I LOVE THIS SITE!!!! PS - IF ANYONE HAS ANY COUPON CODES THAT WOULD BE GREAT TO SHARE!

Lefty Solutions, getting started

Ok - finally got myself organized with a letter sized binder and am struggling with tabs - how to organize work and personal stuff and wondering if I should color code. As for the left hand adjustments, I have been using a weekly planner on the right side of the binder and a daily to do list on the left side of the binder which is a d-ring and allows for the left side to lay flat - a big help, since I write on that sheet more. It is a pain, but I also use a clipboard and keep plenty of forms on it, which are pre-punched. I ordered some expensive supplies that were on sale - yourmo.com and russellandhazel.com are SO pricey, but they have great stuff and make organizing less painful. I also use bulldog clips to keep a light notebook ready on the fly. Then I print out my outlook calendar every couple of days and keep it in a plastic sheet protector. SO NOW I HAVE THE TOOLS AND THIS WILL BE MY OFFICIAL FIRST WEEK OF BEING ORGANIZED, ONE PROBLEM***** MANY OF THE FORMS POSTED ARE DIFFICULT TO PRINT DOUBLE SIDED, WHICH IS A BARRIER TO US LEFTHANDED FOLK. I AM NOT GOOD ENOUGH WITH THE WIDGET KIT OT MAKE ANYTHING DECENT, BUT ANY LEFTHANDED / DOUBLE SIDED IDEAS WOULD BE FABULOUS!!!! I LOVE THIS SITE!!!! PS - IF ANYONE HAS ANY COUPON CODES THAT WOULD BE GREAT TO SHARE!

(Duplicate post - sard 21/1/07 )

as all lefties know... It is

as all lefties know...

It is extremely hard to write in binders all the time, especially if you only write on one side. Well, this year for school i decided to go with the binders, like the booklist says. I think it will be good, organisationally anyway, because I am into my 2 final years of school and the two years continue on. So I can then keep all my notes and stuff.
As for my planner, which is in a binder, I havent really been using it. I love the forms but I do believe that it would be easier to just use my school diary, and the other diary i usually buy.
I think that I will use all the forms still, as i have a huge pinboard in my dorm room. maybe after they are used i will file them.

Write in the middle.

I've discovered that the best way for me to write in a binder is have the binder fairly full -- not packed, but not half-empty either. Then I put my Inbox and journal pages in the center of the book. That way my hand has a stack of paper to rest on while I'm writing on the right-hand side of the binder.

Just an idea...

good idea

Thats a really good idea! I may try that! I figure that in the long run, well at least for the rest of school it will be better to use binders to keep everything together than to use books.

left handed ring binders

hey I am also left handed and have just found that smae problem. I am doing some research if anyone has made any left handed ring binders- and if not- then I will try and make it my new buisiness venture, jsut for us lefties!
Vanessa xx

try it reversed

When I was in school I just wrote in the binder starting in the back, to do homework I always removed the page from the binder and wrote on it with the holes on the left. When I put it back in my binder the homework faced the notes from the class.

Then again I hated taking notes and doing homework.

I remember seeing spiral notebooks for lefties with ring holes on the left and perorations on the right, but I always thought that was just dumb.

For years now I only use a clipboard and a hipster with a binder clip.

It wouldn't be hard to make

It wouldn't be hard to make your own binder, then fill it with your own custom-printed pages made to be top-bound. Sounds like project time to me!

--Susan

write on the back of the

write on the back of the paper completly eliminating the problem

i share your pain

thank god its not just me that has this problem! i have considered writing in a ringbinder back to front, however i usually forget to start that way, plus im a bit of a perfectionist and it wouldn't seem right. i am amazed that noone has created left handed paper and ringbinders, considering all the other left handed stuff you can get (left handed burgers anyone?!?!)

Tom Bihn's Field Journal Notebook from has a left handed option

I swear, I am not kidding.

See the video below, the left handed option/transformation takes place between minute 6 and 7, the video is 8:20 minutes.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqnNBswxtY4