For the past 12 years I have used and loved a planner called The Family Calendar. It is produced by a company called Polestar Calendars. (They also make great business and student planners if anyone is in the market for one.)
And here is Monday to Friday for the upcoming week in my 2011 calendar.
It's not like I suddenly have nothing to do. So what has happened? Well, this.
I now use iCal to keep track of my daily/weekly/monthly plans. At first I was using both out of a sense of loyalty, but as time has moved on I fear my Family Calendar has been sitting undisturbed for greater and greater lengths of time. The fact I can sync iCal on my computer with the calendar on my iPod Touch has also contributed to the overall neglect of my planner.
So it was with a sense of sadness and guilt that I turned the page of my planner this morning and noted there wasn't a single thing written down for this week. You might be wondering why I would feel guilty about such a seemingly trivial thing. After all, technology is taking over many areas of our lives, and clearly I have made the choice to use my computer rather than the old-fashioned method of actually writing something down in a book.
Well, here's the thing. I know the people who run Polestar Calendars. They run their family business from their home in Winlaw, BC. We were friends with them when we lived in the Kootenays. I know their livelihood depends on the sale of these calendars. I hope there are enough people out there who still use paper based planners that they are able to remain in business. For my part, even though it is no longer the indispensable item it once was in my life, I will continue to buy the calendar every year. I find myself wondering if this is how people felt about their horses when they brought home their first Model T. I rather doubt "glue factory" was the first thing to pop into their mind.