Reflecting on 2021 planners

Part of my process of setting up my planners for the next year is looking back to the year I’ve had and seeing what worked, what didn’t, and what can be improved on. I began 2021 with lots of planners in mind. The idea was to have a planner system consisting of an A5 ringed planner for work, A6 rings for home and projects, pocket rings as my main every day carry, and mini as a wallet

Long story short, I quickly dropped the A5, the A6 remained untouched, but I did remain with pocket rings and a mini planner for the whole year and they were my EDC. For work I used a Filofax notebook.

Filofax notebook, van der spek pocket touch me, gillio mini mia cara

The pocket size served me well for the year. Due to some health problems I have been having to be really critical about how much I’m carrying to work in my bag. With the pocket size it helped to lessen the weight in my bag. Sure there were moments where I wished for more writing space. But I was able to make a nice system for myself and everything that I needed was available to me.

All my pocket size ring planners

It worked so well that I was sorely tempted to carry on with the pocket size this year, but I’ve been missing my other planners and I would like to use them. The Filofax notebook worked out well. I use it to make notes and reflections throughout my work day. I refer to a separate sheet of paper for my lesson planning. My work set up has evolved a lot so I will make a separate post about that.

Filofax notebook

The Mini Mia Cara from Gillio Firenze functioned as my wallet for the whole year. The layout of the planner worked out perfectly. Will I be continuing with this planner as a wallet? Well…probably not. Find out why in my next post about this year’s set up. 😉

Mini Mia Cara by Gillio Firenze

‘Til next time,



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