Planner Fail… back to Filofax


Today I experienced complete planner fail at work.

Let me give you a background to this story. I’ve been happily using my Hobonichi Techo Cousin as my work planner. Last year was so successful that I ordered one for this year as well. I had so many things to track that having numerous calendars and a full diary page was so useful. The lightweight paper made it portable too. I even did a gushing post about this just last month. I had my work life under control and life was beautiful.

Then I changed jobs. I thought to myself, the planner has worked so well and possibly so because I have learned how to manage my work so it should work anywhere. Within a week of starting I found out that the nature of my work would be quite different. I had more project based work so I also decided to supplement this with a Hobonichi A5 notebook. I wanted to give it a chance to work and I think I forced myself to think it did, until today.

I was called into an impromptu meeting with the Chief and he started going over numbers and discussions that we had last week. Since all of this is still new, I wrote everything down. But I couldn’t find where I had written it. I remember putting it in my notebook and indexing as well but, he was running through things so fast, that I didn’t have time to look them up and take notes at the same time. I was blank when he asked me a question and what’s worse I started to fumble about things I did know as well. It was horrifying.

So that’s it, I decided right there that this system was not working. I needed to organize myself in a different way. I needed to have sections for projects and reference and notes. The obvious solution was going back to the old ringed system… the old Filofax. There’s a reason that agenda / organizers like that have worked for years.

I know that the only way I can make it work is in the A5 size and that’s what I will be using. Once I have thought it through, I will set it up and adapt it to my needs. I am slightly skeptical about the weight and I feel that carrying my planner to and from work everyday will be a chore now. But, I am ready to put up with it if it means that I will never experience a day like that again.

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Obligation to help

Have you ever had a situation where you opted to help someone out of the goodness of your heart only to become a burden later on? Well, it just so happens that I’m stuck in such a situation. Someone I know asked me about something and I told him I could help him with the project. It turns out that the majority of this project has now become my responsibility. He’s putting deadlines and following up on them. Now, it seems that he’s forgotten that I told him I am willing to help him the best I can in my free time, which I have very little of these days. Despite me mentioning over and over that I’m working very late hours, have several projects going on at work and have to study for my upcoming exam in June, the guy is pushing me with unreasonable deadlines. My problem is that he is

March 04, 2017

A little bit of excitement happened this weekend. I attended the Dubai Literature Festival for an audience with Jeffrey Archer. That was quite an experience. He is not just eloquent but, entertaining as well. His candid talk on how he got started and his experiences with publishing Kane and Abel was so interesting. It was clear that he loves his writing with a passion and that his stories are very close to his heart. In the end I got my copy of Kane and Abel signed, which was pretty awesome.