My Diary is a plain journal I bought from the PNA office when I renewed my membership ID, It was very handy and the inner print was not that complicated – just little grids with dates that you jot down your notes in. Though try as I may to write religiously on it, I am forgetful so there are specks of blanks. Because of the grids I am not confined to just writing down my appointments, I usually put stickers on them or I cut out the logos from the leaflets of places we visited or ate in and stick them on my calendar grid. other days I just put a yellow dot sticker and use colored pens to draw a smiley depending on my mood that day.
My ideal planner/journal should be handy, sturdy and clearly printed, should not really be complicated (like those that have weeks/months sections on them). I am happy with the grid format (more like a large calendar with small dates) because I love attaching stuff on them. I would like to see a planner that has an envelope section after each month so that I could enclose paper memorabilia like tickets or tags or notes and receipts. Just like my current planner, the calendar month prior and after the current month should be shown on the same page so that I could track things like say, my monthly period at a glance. all planners should also have the personal info section, so that in case of emergencies it can be really helpful.
My planner keeps me organized to a certain extent, I could put down appointments days ahead but if I forget to browse my planner for that specific week its not really useful hahaha. I use my planner as more of a journal to help me remember memorable events or stuff that happened to me, so it more of a memento album which chronicles my life. That is why I love putting stickers on it, even if I do not put down words, the stickers remind me how that day went or that I am due to visit the dentist in 6 months time because of the tooth sticker. In all honesty, when I am down, I grab my planner and back read so that I can be reminded of the good times and of the blessings I have incurred.
I actually made a post in my blog about my journal prior to reading about the contest.
Here it is: http://ladystapler.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-paper-journal.html
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