Test Drive a Quo Vadis Executive weekly planner!

Posted February 27, 2015 by
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Today just might be your lucky day! Enter below for your chance to win a 2015 Executive weekly planner.

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The Executive is a very handy size, 6 1/4 inches square so it can easily go with you everywhere. It has vertical daily columns timed to the half hour from 8 am to 9 pm, with space on the weekly page for lists and notes.

In addition, there are anno-planning pages for the current and following year, maps and address pages.

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And the best part? It has that wonderful super-smooth ultra white 90 gsm Clairefontaine paper!

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We’re giving away 8 2015 Executive weekly planners with the soft, refillable Texas cover. We’ll try to give you your first or second choice of cover color if we can.

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Fill in the form below for your chance to win! Enter by Thursday March 5th, winners will be announced here on the blog Friday March 6th!

(For some reason, some folks are unable to see the form below unless they are signed into Google. If you are having trouble please post in the comments to let me know.)

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Archival tape or adhesives?

Posted February 26, 2015 by
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To continue the archival theme from yesterday’s post, something I still haven’t figured out is an archival-quality way to stick things into my journal.

I like to stick in business cards from restaurants where we ate, ticket stubs, and other small papers but I’m guessing normal clear tape probably isn’t the best method. I know it cracks when it gets old.

I don’t use glue stick or any other adhesives because I’m afraid of it coming through the page over time and ruining the writing on the opposite side.

Surely there are adhesives or tapes that are designed to be used in archival books? Can anyone recommend any for me? Thanks!

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Writing Wednesday: Archival paper and inks

Posted February 25, 2015 by
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Fading ink in an old cookbook

The other day I was looking through the journals I wrote when my kids were babies and toddlers. To my dismay, I noticed the ink is already starting to fade just a few years later. I was smart enough to use acid-free paper, but very stupidly wrote in ball-point pen. I’m going to have to re-write those pages in archival inks if I want to read them years from now.

Something I’ve always appreciated about Quo Vadis planners and notebooks is they use acid-free paper (which is good for archiving). But even the best paper won’t hold the writing if the ink is bad.

For awhile I used Sakura Micron pens because the ink is archival, but the tip doesn’t make for the most comfortable writing experience if I’m writing a lot. I switched a couple of years ago to Uni-ball Signo RT rollerball pens because they are comfortable to write with and have “super-ink” which is designed to resist solvents and fading. However, I don’t know if they are truly archival.

What archival pens/ inks do you recommend?

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Reintroduce the “Journey Books”?

Posted February 24, 2015 by
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Should we bring back Journey Books or a similar edition?

Journey Books have been discontinued since 2008.  We continue to get requests to bring them back.  A few are still available for purchase on Paper Bistro. Considering the covers are real leather they are quite a buy.

Journey Books started out in 2002 as “Bound Leather Notebooks” in tan and black. They were billed as “A field notebook…for all those who long for the trail.”  The first image – “Wild Ducks” – was an original design by French graphic artists Rafbet Garcia and Caroline Pruih in the old Japanese tradition of wood-block carving for printing.  Over the years we added other designs and also plain covers.

The notebooks came in two sizes:  large (6 1/4 x 9 1/4″) and pocket (4 x 6 7/8″.)  We did not shrink wrap them because we wanted people to be able to feel the covers and paper. Over the years, the original leather tie was dropped for a black elastic band.  We also changed the name to “Journey Book” to reflect how people were using notebooks as diaries for personal growth, reflections and spiritual work.

One feature people really loved (and miss) about the Journey Books is the very thin ruling. In the pocket there are 29 lines per page; and each solid line runs completely across the page.  In today’s Habana, which is slightly longer and wider, there are 26 discretely dotted lines with blank borders on either side.

The Habana may be more sophisticated and elegant, but you can pack in a lot of information and writing on every page in a  Journey Book.  The Habana uses 85g ivory Clairefontaine paper. The Journey Book is filled with 90g white Clairefontaine paper. They both take ink well, although colors are more vivid on white paper.

Your feedback on a possible reintroduction would be appreciated.  Should we keep the thin rulings? Add a grid version? Do other colors besides tan and black? Stick to leather, or do more of a “soft touch” cover?

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Time Management Monday: Write it where you need it

Posted February 23, 2015 by
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I’m not a fan of the inbox technique of capturing all your scheduling, tasks and notes on one notebook page, because these things then need to be processed later. Appointments to schedule, tasks to be done, contacts information, lists and notes; when you write all of this in the same spot, you then have to sift through it all and write it again in its correct destination.

Anything that requires an extra step is likely not to get done at all. The result is a big mix of information, none of it in a readily usable form. If you don’t process the information constantly, you’ll create a backlog and things will slip through the cracks. That’s definitely not a recipe for productivity.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a step up from having random sticky notes everywhere. But there’s a much more efficient way to capture information.

Write information where you need to see it when you are ready to use it. Write it only once, so you don’t have to process it again later.

In an ideal world, you would carry your planner (to schedule appointments and write tasks) and your notebook (to write your lists and notes) with you everywhere. This is no problem if both are pocket size.

If you are a one-book person, there are several ways to capture everything you need by combining notes and scheduling in your book.

1) The planner/ notebook: Use a planner with the schedule on the left page and the right page open for lists and notes like the Space 24 (shown in the photo above),  Note 27 and Rhodia planners. This allows you to write plans directly into the day they will happen, write relevant information alongside, and give you a landing spot for lists and notes.

2) The notebook + monthly booklet: If you need more page space for lists and notes, turn your everyday-carry notebook into a scheduling tool by slipping in a pocket size monthly booklet like the Visoplan or Exaplan. This allows you to consult your monthly planner for dates, write in appointments, and take copious notes all in one carry-all book. If you need more space on a particular date, add a note to check the page in your notebook for things to bring along or prepare ahead of time.

With these methods you can hit the ground running without worrying about processing your information. Every day the info you need is right there in front of you, ready when (and where) you need it.

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Featured Reader: Thierry

Posted February 20, 2015 by
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Next up in our Featured Reader series is Thierry from Canada!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Thierry, I’m 47 years old, and my time is split in two, as I’m a quality consultant (implementing Quality Management Systems… you know, as ISO9001 – but I’ve a long experience in Medical Quality Systems) and… working as a Graphic Designer. These two activities are on the opposite side of the wheel, as if Quality needs a very analytic brain (left part), being a Graphic Designer… uses the right part of the brain. How I ended up there is a pretty long story, I could tell another time ;)

I’m the father of a sweet little girl of 7 years old, and being half of the week at home is really great as I can keep a close contact with her and her needs. My wife is doing an amazing job with her, homeschooling her, so I’m happy to help my wife out a little bit when I can.

I first wrote with a FP when I was 10, at school, and continuously used them as a student until 22-23. Then, at work… I didn’t want to bring them from home so they stayed in a drawer, used only when I was writing poetry and short stories. I finally lost them moving.

If I’m talking about FP when it comes to QV products, it’s because I consider QV products as “luxury” products, meaning carefully made with great paper quality, and it will be a shame to use a cheap pen on them. The same applies to other quality paper notebooks. ;)

Do you have a blog/ website?

A FB page for my graphics activities (https://www.facebook.com/istridiadesign) and a web site (not really updated… http://istridia.wix.com/istridia-design). I don’t consider having one for reviewing paper products or pens, even if I would love to have the time to keep one up and running. I’m considering it, though.

How long have you been using Quo Vadis planners and/ or notebooks?

I think the first QV planner I used was in the eighties. Just a year or two, as a school planner. Probably because of a special price, because my parents used not to buy expensive stuff for school ;). I just remember the paper and my Waterman running so smoothly, and the maps. These were an endless opportunity to dream of travels and adventure.

Then in 2004, I had to organize a lot of ideas and do a lot of follow-up related to my position as a quality manager, deadlines on different projects, for different locations, etc. and… I’d bought a FP a few months before. So I was looking for a notebook with FP friendly paper, it was the end of the year, the company I was working for was happy with my job… I decided to see if they could buy me a QV planner. I can’t remember if it was a Minister, or Prenote, but it was a “letter” size, with all these maps, (useless) charts (even if they gave me something to read when I was bored in a meeting, lol) and so on. The paper was amazing, so for the next 3-4 years I asked for the same kind of agenda. I was known as the “QV guy”, always having that black planner, writing everything in it. And people knew that “if something got written in it… it will not be forgotten”. When you talk about quality, it means “uh…oh…!” ;)

Then… I got an electronic planner. A nice little thing following me everywhere. Battery powered. Could enter in a pocket… could read books on it… The company was not running so well, asking for a QV planner was irrealistic. This is why I stopped using a paper planner.

Then… I got a smart phone… connected to my gmail calendar. A nice step ahead, I thought.

Then my first client (as a quality consultant, in 2010), offered me a huge notebook with very nice paper inside. Years after, I could use again my FP that had been stored. And I began to remember the time of my QV planners. I’m still using that notebook.

2015… I’m back with a planner. The reason is that I’ve noticed – and strongly believe – that if I don’t write by hand on paper information… I just forget it. Okay, my phone pops me things to do, meetings… but when it pops, I realize I had totally forgotten the stuff. As if the act of writing instead of typing engraves the information. And this was a little bit worrying.

What Quo Vadis planners and/ or notebooks are you using now?

I’m using a Turquoise Blue Habana Soft cover, ivory paper, for some notes, and a Rhodia Weekly Planner (made by QV), orange cover, large one for the benefit of having 90g paper, and because I need “room” to write.

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Please tell us some details on how you are using them.

The reasons I choose the Habana are pretty simple. I was looking for a FP paper friendly notebook. Habana has good feed back on that. I was looking for a soft cover, nice color, and something that could stay flat when I open it.

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Again, Habana has good feed back. And the name QV was proof of quality, as I was looking for something to get me into writing again. I felt a bad experience could slow me down.

The reasons I choose the Rhodia are various.

• The QV name was a guarantee of quality.
• The size. I’m not writing a lot in my agendas, just some notes in a day cell, in front of the hour, regarding the appointment or thing to do. Having that written down, I can remember the complete story (when this was not the case with electronic record). So the Minister, Prenote, etc. were not suitable. I always feel bad after I turn a page which is not completely filled up with writing.
• Too, as I was looking for something to write ideas, notes, thoughts, or draw / sketch some ideas related to design, the second page, blank with little squares, was the perfect solution. In the same “package”, I could have the agenda AND the notebook. Having some back issues, the weight is important for me to consider. And one notebook instead of two is priceless.
I’ve tried the GTD stuff, bullet point stuff, all kind of “solutions” to classify each task priority, but I just cannot stick with these “rigid” methods.
• Some say “Orange is the new black”. I love black. But I’ve decided to try the orange cover, to dynamize a little bit my (black) bag.
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So… I’m trying to use it daily. As soon as I have something to remember, I write it down. And since I have that blank page, as an invitation, and as I don’t want to let it stay blank. This includes username and passwords (encoded so nobody can read). I sketch some ideas just not to forget them. Notes on specific CYMK colors I want to use. Basically, all I want to remember. A list of To Do, list of things I need to follow-up. Nothing specific, but every note becomes special ;)

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What do you like about these products?

This is a difficult one. I think I don’t really like the ivory color (of the Habana paper). I mean, I don’t really like writing on this color. But I’m still trying to understand why is that. Maybe my writing is not fluid and nice enough.

I really enjoy the way QV planners help me to keep track of important things. I enjoy the paper as it takes me back to my years at school, where I was always distracted by dreams, ideas, poems popping into my mind. When the pleasure of the nice and smooth sound of the nib on paper was my secret place to hide.

What would you change about these products?

Nothing from my Habana. I’m pleased with it, even if I’ll look for white lined paper next time, probably with a ribbon and an elastic band. I love the feeling of the cover. I love touching it. Not hard, but not too soft either. Just perfect :)

My planner is perfect. Even if I don’t get the idea of the first page where I can write down all kind of info in case I loose it… even my NAS number, lol! And the charts. I mean, I just don’t read them anymore (even in boring meetings ;) ). I feel bad about these “lost pages” because I don’t use these, the same way I feel bad after turning an almost blank page. A kind of waste. A shame for such good paper (left brain talking). The maps are too “small” to be really useful, and too modern for that scale. I mean, if it was a kind of reproduction of 17-18 century maps, it could be funny to have a look at them, or be inspired by some graphic element (right brain talking now).

With the exception of this, all is perfect too. I’ll not change anything.

For planners:

What is the future for paper planners?

This is a good question. According to me, paper planners still have a future. As long as human beings produce paper, there will be a need. The same “need” for straight or DE razors, or fountain pens, or mechanical watches.

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve noticed that writing done things (with pen and paper) helps me remember. And I’m reading more and more articles related to this: electronic devices don’t help with memory. So I strongly believe that we will always have a need for paper planners. They work in dusty environments with no modification or special shelter, they support vibrations, oil, dust, all kind of writing styles, colour or instruments (paper pen, markers, gel pens, FP…) Portable, light, battery free, highly customizable, offering the opportunity to take quick notes…

Part of the market might be “reduced” to passionate people, probably more in the artistic pool of people. These people will transmit the passion, the love, feelings to their children and/or close relationships. (For example, I’ve transmitted my love for watches and FP to a working fellow, and when he saw my QV agenda, back in 2005, he promptly bought one too. A small one, far from what mine was, but he was sold to the idea of using nice paper for his new FP, and… revisiting the art of writing.)

The other part of the market should be people that need to have an overview of their time to organize their day, weeks.

As an artist, I hope QV will continue offering paper planners. As a quality guy… I truly understand the question. You need to adjust your offer where people are willing to spend their money. Is the offer too wide? What product should be cut, and what will be the impact for the brand? See next question, though ;).

Are the Quo Vadis planner formats still useful or do we need to develop other kinds of layouts? (and if so what are your suggestions?)

What I really appreciate from QV is that it seems you cover the needs of everybody. Daily planner, weekly, monthly? You have it! A6 size, or X-Large? You have it! What a hard time I have to find what I want…

I just hope the format I choose (one week on a page, a blank opposite page) will stay in the offer. If part of the game is defining THE product that suits me, the real pleasure is to find the same product years after years, and be comforted in that choice.

I tend to doubt of some planner offers, but I assume if you offer them it means there is a market for them. Then after, it’s just a cost issue. Incomes versus production costs.

A plus in my planner is the “week before” and “week after” feature. With one sight, I embrace 3 weeks. That’s great. In the first planners I got (President, Minister), the field boxes (call, email, $, etc.) were not really useful. I tend to prefer a big blank note field.

Regarding suggestions, I will not repeat myself with the charts and maps… A phone book at the end is pretty useless for me, too. Oh! I truly hate spirals…

What are your biggest time management challenges?

LOL ! Getting things done! And fighting procrastination.

Some projects work fine with the Pomodoro Method, others with the bullet points. Sometimes I just have one call to do as a follow up. I have a hard time trying to find something fitting my needs. This is the reason why the agenda I chose is perfect for me. It offers me the flexibility I need. I almost wrote the freedom I need. Oops! I did it ;)

For notebooks:

How many notebooks do you have in use at once?

3. A very small one (Clairefontaine) I always (try to) keep it with me so I can write things and stuff, ideas, etc. I see in the street, when I talk to someone, etc. A second one (Habana) for notes and research, and a 3rd one, for all kinds of thoughts and ideas, projects notes, diary. This one is a kind of big black hole, where everything written is lost forever, and just serves “for reference only”. I just put a date before writing something, so I can more or less have an idea “where is that damn information” when I’m struggling to find it ;)

What are the most important features of a notebook for you?

The paper has to be FP friendly. I prefer a soft cover over a hard cover, and I would like my Habana to have a ribbon or two. Should not be too big either, in terms of page number. Habana is a good size. Really.

Huge thanks to Thierry for being our Featured Reader this week!

If you would like to be a Featured Reader here on Quo Vadis blog, email me at: laurie (at) quovadisplanners (dot) com. We’re looking for Quo Vadis planner and/ or notebook users from all over the world to participate!

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Links roundup: Archiving, typing and vinyl

Posted February 19, 2015 by
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One of the reasons why I love writing in paper planners and notebooks is because they are archival. I have decades of my planners and notebooks from my years at work, at school, when I was in the Peace Corps, and general family life. I love looking back and remembering what my life was like years ago. Paper is a wonderful archival medium. There’s no electronic interface required.

I’m surprised when I hear people say they write their blogs so they or their children can look back decades from now at their lives. I seriously doubt today’s blogs will be available in the future they way they are today. Apparently I’m not the only one concerned.

A recent article in The Guardian warns us of the perils of relying on technology to preserve our documents and photos. I found especially interesting the idea that we often don’t realize the significance of writings until years or decades later. Things written today only in electronic formats will be lost to history as the electronic interfaces change and become obsolete. As memory use grows and data capacity increases, electronic storage will inevitably expand and evolve, leaving today’s methods behind. For example, when was the last time you tried to get your documents off a floppy disc?

I was surprised by another recent article stating handwriting will no longer be taught to school children in Finland. The class time will instead be used to teach typing. Many people feel handwriting is becoming less relevant as typing becomes the most common way to write, but I would disagree (and as evidence would cite the Guardian article above!). I know several US states have also ditched handwriting in favor of teaching typing.

Something that does warm my heart is the news that vinyl records are still being manufactured and they are still in demand as a niche market. I personally haven’t had a record player since I was a kid, but I can definitely understand the appeal of handling the record, dropping the needle and watching the disc spin as you examine the cover art and read the back. Downloading music just doesn’t have the same tactile and visual appeal.

Do you rely on electronic media to store your documents, photos and music? Do you print out important documents and photos regularly?

 

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Writing Wednesday: White-paper Habanas discontinued

Posted February 18, 2015 by
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In last week’s Writing Wednesday I asked what type of paper people like, and I mentioned that the Habana notebooks are available with white or ivory paper.

Well I hate to tell you this, but the white paper Habanas have been discontinued. There are still some available on Paper Bistro, click here for their white-paper Habana selection so you can panic buy stock up on your favorite notebooks before they are all gone.

There is a chance the white-paper Habanas might return to production later this year as a limited edition.

If white-paper Habana notebooks become available again, what size would you prefer, large or pocket? And what color covers: black, red, raspberry, lime green, orange or turquoise?

As always I will give you any updates as I receive them.

How do you feel about the discontinuation of the white-paper Habana notebooks?

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Time Management Monday: What to do when your day goes off the rails

Posted February 16, 2015 by
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There you are, minding your own business and getting on with your planned-for-productivity day when all of a sudden, bam. Something unexpected comes up and suddenly there goes your carefully crafted plan. Do you have to scrap it and start all over? Not necessarily. Here’s how to get your day back on the rails.

To recover from minor unexpected things, be prepared before they happen:

1) First of all, it helps a lot if you’re not already operating in crisis mode. Make sure you don’t let non-urgent tasks become urgent by taking care of them regulary.

2) Similarly, do things ahead of time like making sure your medicine cabinet is stocked and necessary items are handy to avoid a crisis.

3) Avoid scheduling every minute of your day because unexpected things will inevitably come up. Pad your schedule to allow for some wiggle-room in your day.

4) Don’t start the day with a huge task list. List your MITs (Most Important Things) that absolutely must be done today or else the roof will fall down. You can always add more tasks if you get those done.

With the above strategies, you can cope with those things that come up during the day without causing a calamity.

If your day is seriously blown by something big, like a sick day (for yourself or your child), a major work project suddenly dropped in your lap, or other big sudden event, here’s help:

1) Now is the time for serious prioritization. Clear everything off your list that isn’t absolutely necessary. Anything that can possibly be done tomorrow (or another day) gets shunted off.

2) Ask for help/ delegate to friends, family members or coworkers (as appropriate). Now is not the time to remain stoic and carry on. Call in the cavalry so you can continue to function.

3) Inform folks that you might not be as accessible as you usually are. Put auto-replies on your emails, do a quick voicemail message that you might not get to phone them back until another day, post a message on your social media that you’re too busy putting out fires right now to communicate. When people know not to expect immediate replies, you’ll be free to take care of business.

What are your tips for getting a derailed day back on track?

 

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Featured Reader: Jane the Writer

Posted February 13, 2015 by
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JEH_02.04.14 (2)Featured Reader is a new series here on Quo Vadis blog, where we will show an interview of a QV blog reader with some details on how they use their Quo Vadis planners and notebooks. I love seeing how people use their books so I’m very excited about this series!

First up is Jane!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi. My name’s Jane Herman, but if you’re looking for me online, try JanetheWriter…you’re more likely to find me that way. I’m a lifelong writer and editor, and for the last 12 years, I’ve been the executive writer and editor at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), which is the membership arm of Reform Jewish congregations in North America. I’m also a blogger and freelancer, so I spend my days writing for the URJ and many evenings writing for myself or my clients.

I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and a master’s degree in public administration from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). A “Jersey Girl” by birth, I’ve also lived in a few other states, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and California. For the last dozen years, I’ve been a proud New Yorker, and when I’m not writing or editing, I enjoy a variety of other pursuits here in NYC: browsing for books, reading, watching the passing scene, exploring the city’s nooks and crannies, playing mah jongg and Words with Friends, watching Jeopardy, and — clichéd as it sounds — spending time with my family and an ever-increasing and diverse circle of friends.

Do you have a blog/ website?

For years, friends urged me to start a blog, but I always resisted: What would I write about? How would I keep up the pace? Who would really care about what I had to say?

Finally, in 2008, I took the plunge, setting up JanetheWriter Writes…, a slice-of-life blog that gives me wide latitude to write posts about whatever’s going on at the moment. Sometimes trivial, sometimes serious, the posts, which often reflect my deep faith, chronicled some personal health challenges, help to raise awareness about causes I believe in, and most recently provided a forum for my participation in the #RhodiaPaperProject. I have no idea how many people read the blog – regularly or occasionally – and the number doesn’t really concern me, but I’m always surprised (and somewhat stunned) when I learn about yet another someone who keeps tabs on me through my blog.

How long have you been using Quo Vadis planners and/ or notebooks?

After using Moleskine planners for years, I bought my first Quo Vadis Notor planner just before the start of 2012. I used it throughout that year, but then, inexplicably returned to Moleskines.

Shortly before the start of 2015, I bought a Notor planner refill for the red cover from my original, and have been using it for the last six weeks.

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Please tell us some details on how you are using it.

Unlike some people who use separate planners/calendars for different parts of their lives, my Notor is “command central” and holds information about all my daily activities in one place whether it’s a work meeting, a social engagement, a freelance deadline, or a bill to be paid, it’s all in one place.

Tasks that get repeated weekly or monthly have a sticky note associated with them that gets moved ahead once the task has been completed for a particular week or month. For example, the sticky note that says “rent” sits on the 23rd of the current month. Once the rent check has been written and mailed, I move the sticky to the 23rd of the next month.

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I’ve also found my Notor helps me remember to use the “rewards coupons” I earn at the drugstore before they expire. I stick the coupons in the page in the Notor that is a few days before the coupons are set to expire. When I get to that page, it’s a reminder to run into the drugstore at lunchtime or on my way home to pick up something I need – and use the coupon when checking out.

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The back flap of my Quo Vadis serves as a pocket to hold some odds and ends. These include postage stamps, business cards, a pick-me-up greeting card from a friend, and a blank correspondence card and envelope, in case I need to dash off a quick note.

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What is your favorite Quo Vadis product?

I love the Notor planner, and it truly is living up to its name because with it, I always know where I’m going!

What is the future for paper planners?

Although electronic calendars certainly have decreased the market share of paper planners, I believe that there always will be a cohort of people who “default” to paper planners for a variety of reasons. I’m glad to be part of that cohort and hope that QV and others will continue to meet our needs with creative and useful products.

Are the Quo Vadis planner formats still useful or do we need to develop other kinds of layouts? (and if so what are your suggestions?)

I appreciate the one-page-per-day format of the Notor, but would, if I could, tweak the layout just a bit. I rarely use the hour notations at the top of the page because there’s not enough room to write anything up there except what’s happening at a particular time – but not who’s involved, the specific room or location, etc. I’d prefer to see those hourly notations in the middle of the page where there’s more room to add details.

What are your biggest time management challenges?

My biggest challenges involve stepping away from the computer and not getting sucked into social media when I should be working or doing other things. I have thought about implementing a “no devices rule” on weekday evenings from the time I get home from work until about 8:30 p.m. so that I can focus instead on cooking and eating dinner, watching the news and/or (gasp!) reading a book or the newspaper. So far I haven’t done it…and I’m not sure it’s really feasible, but it’s a nice thought…

How many notebooks do you have in use at once?

I have several in use at once. One is with me at all times – for jotting down random notes, capturing important points of conversations related to freelance projects, venting (one friend refers to it as “my secret blog”) and that sort of thing.

I also have a separate notebook for each of my freelance projects and one with blank pages that I use for doodling (which I find very relaxing), and would do more of if I wasn’t on the computer all the time =)

What are the most important features of a notebook for you?

I prefer notebooks with paper that stands up to fountain pen ink. If I’m using it for writing, it needs to have lines, but if it’s for doodling, blank pages are better. I also find that I appreciate an elastic band of some sort to keep the notebook fully closed. One that I’m using now doesn’t have this feature, and I’m finding the “notebook spread” to be a little annoying.

Many thanks for the opportunity to share my story with readers!

Thank you again Jane for telling us about yourself and how you use your Notor planner to keep track of your busy and fascinating life!

If you would like to be a Featured Reader here on Quo Vadis blog, email me at: laurie (at) quovadisplanners (dot) com. We are looking for readers from all over the world to tell us how you use your Quo Vadis planners and/ or notebooks. I hope to hear from you soon!

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