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Top 10 reasons to use a Leuchtturm planner in 2015


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No cords, no hard-drives to backup or software updates to install, no batteries to charge. In the midst of this high-tech world, we find something wonderful about paper planners. Simply open the cover and you have access to everything you need, every time, guaranteed. As the years pass, there are no required upgrades or renewals, you can slide past planners onto a shelf or into a keepsake box and forever have access to the events and memories of all your years.
As we upgrade our phones and back-up our computers we bask in the simple beauty of putting pen to paper, with the added bonus that writing is scientifically proven to help us remember more.

German brand Leuchtturm 1917 makes outstanding planners that are high quality, versatile and a joy to own. With that being said, here is a list of the top 10 reasons why we think you should use a Leuchtturm planner in 2015, enjoy!

1. Quality. Their motto says it all, “details make all the difference”. Leuchtturm has designed their notebooks with careful consideration, from the strong cover that is easily cleaned, the thread bound binding to all of the little extras (think, a rainbow of colors, styles and stickers…yes, stickers).
2. Selection. Planners come in both daily and weekly formats and in 4 different layouts;

  • horizontal – week over two pages Monday – Wednesday on the left page, and Thursday – Sunday on the right page
  • vertical – week over two pages one vertical column for each weekday and one column for the weekend
  • verso – 7 days on the left page, full page for notes on the right page
  • daily – an entire page for each working day
2015 Leuchtturm planners, available in daily & weekly and 4 layouts; horizontal, verso, vertical and daily

2015 Leuchtturm planners, available in daily & weekly and 4 layouts; horizontal, verso, vertical and daily

 

3. Sizes. Leuchtturm offers three sizes (master, large and pocket) in both daily and weekly formats and all 4 of the layouts.

Master, large and pocket

Master, large and pocket

 

 

4. Colors. Life is colorful; your planner should be too. These planners are available in up to 16 colors.

Leuchtturm 1917 planners are available in up to 16 colors for 2015

Leuchtturm 1917 planners are available in up to 16 colors for 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Paper quality. The beautiful, muted white paper is both acid free (so your writing won’t fade years from now) and bleed free.
6. Perforated pages. Ever needed to write something down and give it to someone, but hate ruining the paper in your planner? Leuchtturm provides 8 perforated pages in the back that allow you to remove notes without damaging your planner.

8 perforated pages in the back

8 perforated pages in the back

 

7. Pagination. A unique trait of notebooks and planners by Leuchtturm is their pagination. The planner pages are marked by the week of the year, another great way to keep track of time.

Pages are marked with the corresponding week of the year

Pages are marked with the corresponding week of the year

 

8. Stickers. Provided to help you customize, organize and archive a year of activities, lists and memories. They are designed to label the spine and front cover of your planner. And who doesn’t love stickers?

Stickers for labeling the front/back and spine of the planner

Stickers for labeling the front/back and spine of the planner

 

9. Pocket. Receipts, business cards, coupons; even in this high-tech world we still manage to end up with loose paper. The sturdy folder on the inside of each planner’s back cover provides the perfect place to make sure you don’t misplace any of them.

Study pocket in the back provides the perfect storage for all the loose paper you can accumulate

Study pocket in the back provides the perfect storage for all the loose paper you can accumulate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Page marker. A ribbon page marker makes finding your week simple, plus they’re pretty.

Ribbon page marker

Ribbon page marker

 

 

 

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Alternative uses for planners

Anyone who knows me knows I love planners. I’m always thinking of ways to use planners beyond simple appointment scheduling.  Here are some ideas I’ve come up with for using planners in unconventional ways. How many more ways can you come up with?

Your planner can help you get there.  Something that I like to incorporate into my planner is goal-setting. I find it very useful to track my goals in my planner because I look at my planner several times per day, and seeing my goals often keeps them at the forefront of my mind. And beyond just writing my goals, my planner helps me see where I’m going to fit those goal tasks into my day. Whether it’s working out to achieve my fitness goals, writing a blog post to reach my personal goals, or cleaning out the storage room to fulfill my household goals, my planner gets me where I’m going.

Your planner can tell you where you’ve been.  Rather than strictly for planning, planners can also be used to record your day as a logbook, or for tracking specific aspects of your life such as a food journal, exercise diary or expenditures record. Parents enjoy writing milestones and cute things their kids said and did in their planner as a wonderful record of their kids growing up. Many people use a planner as a gratitude journal to help them appreciate each day.

Your planner can help you make money. Freelancers and contractors have to keep track of billable hours on multiple projects at once. Writing this information into a planner provides a chronological, permanent record of billable time.  I have a friend who is a professional dog walker and she uses a planner to keep track of which dogs she walks each day. At the end of each week she easily totals up billable hours for each client. This type of record can be very useful for budgeting time, and should be kept as a record of hours billed for tax purposes.

Scientific records in planners.  Many scientists use planners to record information as field notes. Separate from the detailed notes written in their field journals, planners can record chronological events in the field. Anthropologists use daily planners to record events in their study villages, which becomes very valuable later to see cause and effect. Ornithologists (professional and amateur) can note in their planners the species of birds observed each day, which helps them notice when birds migrate for the winter and return in the spring. Comparing these dates over a period of years shows patterns such as whether birds are migrating earlier or later than usual. Using a planner for field notes creates a permanent record that is portable in any field bag and never needs batteries when you’re out in the field.

Uses for past-year planners. I had a fascinating conversation with Jeroen of Love Notebooks about some of his customers who buy past-year planners. Love Notebooks has past-year planners available for purchase (click here to see) and it was fascinating to hear what people use these for. He said he often gets authors of books and screenplays who want a planner of the year their story takes place, to write the timeline and to have accurate dates of when things take place within the story.  People also use them as movie and stage props for the year the story takes place. (And you know with HD TV now, you don’t want anyone zooming in on the picture to find the planner prop is of the wrong year!)  Also, lawyers working on a case could find it useful to use a planner from the year the events took place to recreate the chronological sequence of events. It’s so interesting to think of ways to use past-year planners! Of course one option is to keep it and use it later–dates recycle every 7 years so you can keep unused planners until the year when the dates match up with the days again!

As a notebook. I know some people who like to use planners as notebooks, ignoring the dates. Some people do this with past-year planners they didn’t use and don’t want to waste, or they particularly enjoy writing on the paper. Something else to consider is that planners typically have a different number of pages than notebooks. Day-per-page planners usually have more pages than notebooks, which is good for people who write a lot and go through notebooks quickly. A 12-month weekly planner usually has fewer pages than a typical notebook, which often results in a slimmer book than can easily slip into a pocket or bag.

Do you use your planner in an unconventional way? Can you think of more uses for a planner?

Post by guest blogger, and one of the Internets foremost experts on everything planners,   Laurie,  from plannerisms.com

 

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