by Jason Alterskye
Hello fellow Planners!
I contacted Carie in late May to ask her if I could include this article in her June edition as I know you will all be gearing up for the annual fun fest that is “One Book July.”
As per my undoubtedly controversial header, I am a staunch believer in “less is more” in most aspects of my life – except when it comes to money, then more is definitely more!
I’m a fairly recent convert to the planning community but I did purchase my first Filofax back in the early 1990’s, so I have used planners on and off for the better part of 25 years in my personal and business capacity.
I realise that by now I’ve probably lost 80% of you reading this as the majority of planners and readers of this e-magazine are predominately women and a large part of the appeal of Journaling and Planning for you is the aesthetic aspect – whereas I am very much a right brain individual, seeing everything in black and white.
I have been following many vloggers for the past few years and am always amused by how the (in)famous 1BJ (One book July) is like a roller coaster – much excitement building up from April through to apprehension by late May and then mild panic by the 30 June …….“Can I actually commit to using ONE book for a WHOLE month??!!” “Are you kidding me??!!”
Sadly I see that a fair few people then feel disappointed with themselves by mid-July as they have either had to give it up or will force themselves to suffer and see out the month and then tear off back to the warm embrace of their X number of other Planner and Journals.
I also notice a trend towards flexibly – allowing yourselves to have more than one book – surely this is defeating the object though? HOWEVER I will caveat that by saying I feel it’s fair to allow yourself one book for business and one for personal use – that way the corporate you and the personal you can each stay true to yourselves and not feel a failure!
Y’all keeping up at the back?
So to get to the point of my article – better late than never – I am blessed being (a) a male and (b) an accountant so I have no real personality and am able to happily look at a book with ivory paper and one or two ink colours and NO decoration and feel contented.
I have tended to bounce between 1 and up to 3 books in the past, having one for personal use, one for business and one because well the leather cover /colour /general all-round design of the thing made it a “have to have”, so I understand the compunction to have /use more than one book at a time.
However like most things in life, discipline and moderation are key.
Those of you who watch sports will notice that the NFL/ NBA/ NHL coach or Nascar engineer clutch to one book that’s stuffed full of important notes, but just ONE book, not two, not 500.
There must be a reason for that surely? J
I personally have used a single book with great success for both my personal and business life for the past two years now and have found by having trimmed down to that one very important but single book, I have become far more focussed and organised in my personal and business life.
Those of you whose skin is crawling at the sheer gall of my article – this will be the final straw – this book that I rate so highly, is no fancy leather bound tome with bespoke inserts but a cheap, run of the mill, ordinarily diary, yes a 2017 diary!
It does have a lovely teal cover and nice thick ivory coloured paper – but other than the usual dated pages it has the following which are non-negotiable for me when purchasing the annual diary –
Three calendars: last, current and next year,
A notes section,
A telephone diary cus sometimes your phone is flat!
Most important of all – a pouch for storing important papers
Now in order to leave you on a cliff-hanger I will end this essay now – in the next edition I will explain how I use this magical diary,
Keep dreaming Planner people!
Jason Alterskye is a tax accountant working for one of the Big 4 accounting firms who is an avid reader of Planner related material in that constant, never ending quest to become ever more efficient and organised. He lives and works in the United Kingdom after having spent the first part of his life in South Africa.