I was in a training session, on break, standing around with my classmates. I pulled out my Day-Timer to jot down some notes.
“Hey!” said someone. “I remember those.”
He was referring to the Day-Timer, my pocket calendar. I use the 3-by-6 inch size, encased in a leather wallet with a pen loop. Each month is a spiral-bound insert. Each day is a two- page spread.
I’ve been carrying Day-Timers around for about 40 years. Every year I order a set of 12 monthly inserts. The annual cost is around $60.
My classmate’s excitement was understandable. At one time, everyone in business carried some sort of paper-based planner/organizer. Some were pocket-sized. Some were smaller and some were larger, with two formatted 8-by-11 inch pages for each day.
The concept died out with the rise of digital. Now people keep their notes and calendars on their phones, electronic notebooks, and desktop computers. I do that too.
But a pocket planner has some unique utility. It is tangible like a book. It is an ever-present notepad; a pen and paper at the ready. It’s much easier to jot notes on paper than struggle with the tiny keys on an iPhone.
I save my used monthly refills in the plastic box they arrived in. I save the boxes too. Now I have saved notes and plans going back four decades.
I was never much for actually planning my day that way. But today I am promoting my planner to its full intended use—planning. I am inspired by a real estate guru named Ron LeGrand who says he does the same thing.
Oh, and about my encounter with that classmate, who was amazed by the anachronistic product that I pulled from my pocket. That was 16 years ago.