Personal Agenda

Personal Agenda
For the last several years I’ve kept my schedule and all appointments on my cell phone. This year I’m loving the idea of using a paper agenda/calendar again. There’s something about not having my phone, constantly beeping reminders, that’s very appealing to me… as I try to simplify my routines.
chic henri bendel personal desk calendar

The month & week-at-a-view, Scene Stealer Desk Diary from Henri Bendel includes a section for telephone numbers, travel information and a world map. I love their classic brown and white stripe. A bit too big for carrying in a purse but it would look chic on your desk or counter.

kate spade rose calendar

This kate spade new york agenda spans 17 months, has an elastic closure, internal pockets and monthly tabs with witty comments.
 surround yourself with the things you love. discard the rest” I wholeheartedly agree!
Louis Vuitton agenda calendar

The Trunks & Locks small ring agenda from Louis Vuitton is small enough to carry in your purse and has slots to hold up to 12 credit cards. It will hold a refillable calendar, address book and notepad. These covers are very sturdy and last for years. I love the detail of the vintage trunk on the front of this one.
humorous pocket calendar

The pocket sized agenda from Anne Taintor has a zippered pouch, month-at-a-glance, week-at-a-glance, address pages and a section for notes. How they pack all that into this tiny package, I don’t know, but it sounds pretty handy. Her quotes are described as sassy…probably true.

calendar insert for Louis Vuitton pocket agenda

I haven’t used this Agenda since 2010. Its fun to read back through what I did that year. I certainly don’t have that info stored in my Iphone for 2011, 2012 and 2013. I’m ordering a 2014 insert today.
Do you use a high tech calendar or a paper one?
 I wonder if going back to paper and pen will save me time or not.

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  1. January 10, 2014 / 10:21 am

    I moved back to paper a couple of years ago. Makes me feel more grounded. Nothing so fancy as the LV one though: love it!

  2. January 5, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    I still use paper! Love to scribble notes & motivation around my agenda!

    • January 5, 2014 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you. I’m getting there but this flu has been the worst!!

  3. January 4, 2014 / 6:09 am

    I use paper still. I use my phone for notes and reminders on the spot, if I’m away from my desk. I guess I’m still old school and love to write stuff down in a book. I also keep the book so I can refer back for information etc. Your post is timely, Jennifer as I was just out today looking for a day book. Didn’t find the right one yet and I love your examples.

  4. Molly
    January 3, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I bought a paper calendar this year and Giverny will keep me happy all year long.

  5. Mary Mesheau
    January 3, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Oh this is the first year I was hesitating to purchase a new paper calendar until I saw this post. I have always loved picking my new calendar for my desk with photos of great art or upbeat quotes to energize me for the day.
    I did think it might be time to simplify and use my phone calendar more and the notes section. Not this year either I am off to purchase my 2014 inspirational desk calendar! Thanks

  6. January 4, 2014 / 12:07 am

    I use paper and have a pocket/purse-sized academic-year dayplanner that I depend on. Like pondside, I find it cool to look back over past years. I do sometimes think about trying to co-ordinate online calendars with my husband, but I really like the solidity and ease of paper. As well, I always carry the smallest size Moleskine notebook with me for recording thoughts, impressions of exhibitions, etc. Happy New Year!

  7. January 3, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    I send myself reminders on my iphone, but for everyday life I use a zipped leather daytimer. I’ve had the same one since 2001 – I buy new pages each year. It’s truly interesting to look back at my notes, as everything goes down – phone calls, appointments, ‘to do’ lists. I’d be lost without it.

    • January 4, 2014 / 3:32 am

      I enjoyed looking over my notes from 2010 so much, I think I’ll start keeping notes again too!!

  8. January 3, 2014 / 7:45 pm

    I count myself among the paper planers, always have and always will. For me unless I see it written in my own script it’s not getting accomplished.

    Wishing you only the very best of 2014,

    • January 4, 2014 / 3:30 am

      That’s an interesting perspective. Needing to see it in your own handwriting. Maybe that’s why I still have so many to do items, undone.

  9. Coulda shoulda woulda
    January 3, 2014 / 10:41 am

    I used both – this year I haven’t decided…But i do keep my old diary inserts and love the scribbles and it makes me laugh so for that reason alone I might get a paper diary. Have you also tried the Moleskine ones – they are great. Hope you are feeling better now Jennifer!

  10. January 3, 2014 / 6:36 pm

    Oh Jennifer-this one looks just perfect. I gave up my hard copy calendar several years ago but still take notes-pen and paper-for creative ideas. Super stylish! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  11. Tabitha
    January 3, 2014 / 10:03 am

    I love that stripe too, I never have enough appts to warrant a diary, I finally gave up buying a yearly Smythson diary about 8 years ago when I realised I had about one appt a month!

    • January 3, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      Too funny! I like all stripes but the brown and white is a nice switch from my black and white fetish.

  12. January 3, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    all i use is a paper calender each year/month. i need to see my month spread out before me so i can make plans to do nothing. 🙂

    love all your pics up there. any one of them would be very glamorous to own!

  13. January 3, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    I am drooling over the LV agenda. So lovely with the trunk!
    I use my phone for appointments but use a journal for other things. An Australian activewear company sent me the nicest gift for the holidays – a hardback journal for 2014. I just love it!
    Happy New Year!

  14. January 3, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    There is something about touching, feeling..a generational thing maybe? I still want a physical newspaper, magazine, calendar.

  15. January 3, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    I have switched back to paper. I tried electronic, but frankly, I didn’t always heed the beeps. There is something very appealing about a luxe datebook or a colorful calendar. I used to carry a Filofax-remember those? My whole life was catalogued in it. I don’t remember why I stopped using it, except that it became cumbersome to carry.

    • January 3, 2014 / 5:08 pm

      I remember Filofax! I find I’m just ignoring the beeps so they’re worthless. Since I prefer paper books to electronic, it makes sense I will prefer a paper calendar.

    • vintagefrenchchic
      January 7, 2014 / 1:34 pm

      I am a Filofax fan. I carry the personal size and I got one last year in a beautiful cognac leather–LOVE. It doubles as my wallet so I don’t have two cumbersome things to haul around. Just my Filofax, lip gloss, handcream…I’m good to go!

  16. January 3, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    Paper .. I need to large visual date/square with my writing in it. The small leather appointment books are very “cool” but it’s just one more thing to carry around. My phone is used for everything else and I don’t like the way I’ve become obsessed with it … sign of the times I guess.

    Hope you New Year is off to a great start! xxleslie

    • January 3, 2014 / 4:30 pm

      Lol! I can’t type this morning (my dog is on my lap and I’m texting my daughter .. boyfriend woes) I meant to say .. I need the LARGE visual, with dates and squares:)

    • January 3, 2014 / 5:03 pm

      Too funny Leslie!! I think I may get a larger one to keep at home for better organization. Boyfriend woes are serious business:-). Have a great day. xo

  17. January 3, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Ditto to TARA I never left paper……….NEED paper.The visual.The phone drives me nuts just as a phone cannot imagine if the rest of my life was tied up with that too!Is that showing my age?I think YES!Which reminds me I need a new agenda for 2014!Yours is lovely!

    • January 3, 2014 / 5:01 pm

      I’m not sure why I left paper because I am a very visual person too!

  18. Studio Cottage
    January 3, 2014 / 7:52 am

    I love a paper diary. It’s kept by the telephone. I also have a small one in my handbag to jot down anything that comes to mind.

    • January 3, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      I haven’t kept a diary for years, but seeing my old calendar reminded me how fun they are.

  19. January 3, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Never left paper. AND, I must see my dates by the month. Weekly won’t work, tried.

    Whatever gets the job done !

    Size matters, too big is inconvenient & too small won’t hold everything.

    Color matters, I use only pink now, easy to find in my basket or on the desk.

    Daily, since decent cell phones, am teased about my paper appointment book.

    How my brain works is more important than the jibes of others.

    And the basket I carry it in. Let’s not go there, it’s almost an art film the responses thru the years.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    • January 3, 2014 / 5:00 pm

      Size does matter! If it’s too heavy I won’t keep it with me and if it’s too small it’s worthless.

  20. January 3, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    I predominately use my paper planner…this is the second year I have used Parisian Chic Planner by Ines de la Fressange…and I love it…I also keep my own inspirational quotes in it throughout the year!

  21. January 3, 2014 / 10:59 am

    After being tethered (by me and by my secretary) to an electronic calendar, I went old school in ’13 and have a slightly small version for 2014 that can also slip in a purse. I have far fewer appts now, but am also going to incorporate my goals into it as well to stay on track. I bought my daughter the kate spade one above and it is really lovely – I wish I’d bought one fir myself!

    • January 3, 2014 / 4:59 pm

      Thats a great idea about goals. I may need a slightly bigger one for that:)

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