Pen and Paper

Last year, around December, I briefly toyed with the idea of using a paper planner again. Eventually, my phone won out. I figured I could just download apps and create a “planner” in my phone.

I even had a journal. (I used Day One.)

Now this isn't a knock against technology. I love my phone (his name is Watson) and I cannot live without all these awesome gadgets.

However, seeing my friend post his Filofax project on Facebook every single day slowly led me to reconsider.

See, I think writing is romantic. I mean the physical act of putting pen to paper. It just seems so old and nostalgic. A bit more real, maybe?

But what really drove me over the edge was the nth time my Day One journaling was disrupted because of bloody autocorrect. I mean, there I was, typing in my heart and soul, and it distracts me. It's irritating.

So I figured, why not look into journaling on paper again?

I've tried this several times in the past. I had a Moleskine; I tried Field Notes. Nothing stuck, though. I got bored. Also, I'm constantly scared that someone will find my journal and read the contents. Yikes. I tend to be a drama queen, so the things in my journal are really for my eyes only.

Anyway, my first choice this time around was the Filofax. However, I couldn't find a local seller and didn't want to risk the highway robbery that ordering from overseas would entail (local Customs is a nightmares to deal with).

So I did a bit of googling.

And I found the Midori.

At first I was scared, because it isn't the usual planner/journal. I know how to use a Filofax; I've had several variants of it in the past. I know it's logic. The Midori, though is rather unusual. Well, maybe I should show you first:

I got the Midori Traveler's Notebook set, plus two refills (001 is lined, while 003 is plain). I also got 008, which is the zippered plastic pouch.

This is the set itself:

It says, “for all the travelers who have a free spirit”. This gave me pause, because I'm the furthest thing from a free spirit. I am a happily desk-bound spirit.

Moving on. The set contains the leather cover and one 003 notebook. You can customize the Midori by adding the refills you want. This is how you personalize it, pretty much.

With my current setup, I have three notebooks and one pouch. The first notebook is the 001; I use it as my planner. It's just my daily list of things to do. I still have to fix the system a bit. Right now I focus on daily tasks but I lack an advanced planning system. I do have a weekly planning page that I drew up myself, but I'll continue tweaking this overtime. I might even get an actual weekly notebook next time. We'll see.

The second notebook is my brain dump. It has my goals for the year, plus long-term projects I'm working on. It contains my wish lists, my ideas, and anything that I might happen to think of.

The final notebook is my journal. I love it. I love writing! It's a lot more fun than typing in my deepest, darkest feelings, that's for sure.

By the way, I have a bonus Field Notes notebook that I slip into the zippered pouch's pocket. It has my contacts (the landline numbers that I don't keep on my phone) and a few work-related details like IP addresses.

And this is how it looks!

The leather is going to get scuffed over time, and that will give it the old, Indiana Jones-y look.

My current pen is a Pilot Frixion, and this is noteworthy because I have not bought a pen of my own in years. I just steal them from my sisters, my mom, or my office colleagues. I like the Frixion because it's erasable haha.

I'm thinking of getting a Lamy Safari, though! I already know what color ink I want 😀

I've started decorating my Midori (I have christened her “Maddy”) with washi tapes and I plan to get sticky tabs and a highlighter and stickers and a pen holder and… you know what? I have a shopping list of everything I need to make Maddy perfect.

Slippery slope.



9 thoughts on “Pen and Paper

  1. I love looking at other people’s planners, but I’m not consistent with using my own. I tried using my phone too, but it wasn’t the same. Your planner looks very simple and clean I like it.

  2. I’ve always wanted to have a paper journal and planner, but I really don’t have the patience to maintain one. Also, my handwriting is horrible.

  3. Thank you for this post! I’ve started journaling again! I’m using the Moleskine I got a couple of years ago but hardly used. I take it with my everywhere and I’m still paranoid that someone might find it and read it (deepest darkest thoughts, etc.) but putting pen to paper feels great. I used to keep a journal in my laptop but it’s too easy to edit myself when I type. This forces me to be more honest, I think. The writing may be crap, but I’m never going to show this shit to anyone anyway, and it’s incredibly cathartic. 🙂

    • Yes! I have trouble writing regularly but the actual act of writing feels better than just typing. I’m super paranoid about someone snooping, too, so I have it with me almost all the time.

  4. I’m so jealous you got the brown one. They didn’t have it in stock so I “settled” for black, but the brown one is going to look so good when it ages. Like a leathery Daniel Craig.

    • Yeah the brown one’s pretty. There’s a special edition camel version, have you seen? But my Midori’s sitting at home because I just can’t deal with the prettifying and creativity. I now use two Moleskines: one as planner, the other as journal. Simple/utilitarian is best.

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