New Binder

I have a smart phone.  I carry it everywhere with me.  I’m 56 years old and my eyes don’t work quite like they used to.  I almost went to the phablet craze when I replaced my humongous Note 8, but chose to go smaller with an S10E.  I know that my smartphone is a tool but can also be a distraction that takes me from being focused.  I almost chose a flip phone just to get away from the distraction, but didn’t want to give up the convenience of audio books, music streaming and maps, so I stayed with a smartphone.

My planner has a similar function as a smartphone in that it is a tool.  I don’t need bells and whistles or pretty patterns.  I want function over form.

However, when form enhances function, I get pretty happy.

I’ve had a number of planner binders over the years.  I started my planning lifestyle with a senior pocket daytimer in 1983.  Over time I moved up to the junior desk daytimer around 1987 or 1988 and kept with that size for a while.  When Franklin came out with their planners, the only size that I considered was the “classic” size which is half-letter pages or 5 1/2″ by 8″.   One of the problems or challenges with the Franklin and Daytimer binders was that they were just so darn big.

Around 15 years ago, when Franklin Covey seemed to have a store in every city in the United States, I stopped in and was perusing their binders and found one they called a spacemaker binder.   It held the same size of classic pages, but the binder itself was about an inch shorter and 3/4 inch narrower.  I bought it and carried it.

Sometime in the past 5 years, while using a bullet journal as my main planner and in the throes of removing clutter from our home, I got rid of that spacemaker binder.   Since I came back to the system about a year ago, I’ve missed it.

Welp, I found a replacement and I think I’m really going to like it.   I found it on ebay and the price was reasonable so I bought it.

Obviously it is older since the binder was made in the USA and the quality seems to be topnotch.

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This thing looks to be completely unused and ought to last a long time.  The hardware is heavy and of good quality.  The leather seems to be a little like oil-tanned and is soft yet feels pretty thick and should wear well.  Inside it has something like a cordura nylon behind the couple of flaps.   I think the rings are about 1 1/4 inch and the binder holds all the sections I need and at the moment I have 2 months of daily calendars in it.

I hope to have some future posts with more details about the sections I am using in addition to the daily and monthly calendars.

 

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