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New Social Media Killed My Planner

One of the activities in my 2009 planner

My 2009 planner/diary is full of schedules, details, upcoming activities, birthdays, things-to-do, important happenings of the day, and others from January until May. The rest of the months have days or weeks without any entry. And I think I know who the culprit is.

This blog serves as a tribute to my planner, This Journal Will Actually Change Your Life (2009). This is a great planner because it offers you countless trivia and activities that will actually change you if you will only let it. There are trivia about other countries, celebrations, behaviors, humans, animals, phenomena, and other stuff from the most serious ones to crazy ones. It has spaces for notes, lets you gauge your daily mood through a chart, helps you keep track of your monthly expenses, offers quarterly check up, suggests websites for you to visit, and reminds you to pay attention to the small things that you might have forgotten like cleaning your desks and cabinets or checking the batteries of your flashlights and emergency lights.

However, something made me neglect my planner when June started. I totally do not blame my studies since it never made me neglect other things or it seldom becomes my reason for neglecting something.

All I can blame for the “death” of my planner is the new social media, mostly Facebook. Facebook did not only kill my planner, it tried to replace it since I joined that network last June.

Here are some of the reasons:

  • Microblogging seems easier than writing on the planner/diary.
  • In new social media, what you post is almost always shared to others effortlessly.
  • I get invited in events through Facebook with all details included so I do not have to write it down.
  • Facebook reminds me of the birthdays of my friends, no flipping of pages needed.
  • Videos and pictures from special events are recorded or stored in social networking sites and other sites like YouTube. Printing and pasting them on the planner is optional (and hassle).
  • I can see others’ posts even without their permission through new social media. It is like reading others’ journals too.
  • My planner has all activities and stuff ready and set for me for the whole year while new social media constantly changes and adapts its activities to fit my varying interests.

Despite the death of my 2009 planner, I still bought a new planner for 2010! Hehe! It is Luxe Monologue. It has a corporate look unlike my previous planner. No trivia, no fancy drawings, no extra activities. I just hope that my planner for 2010 will not bore me even if it has no drawing at all! This time, I will try my best not to let anything kill it. I shall not neglect it. Besides, I cannot access the Internet 24/7 while I can bring my planner anywhere and anytime as long as I have my pen.

Goodbye 2009 and to my planner! Hello 2010 and to my new planner!

Happy New Year! May we all have a great year ahead!

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  1. December 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I use Facebook less and less these days. It is great for some things but a time stealer if you allow it. Did you have a funeral for your 2009 planner?

    I came by to say Happy New Year and hope you stop by my site again soon. Be safe and good blogging in 2010!

    • Dominique Anne
      January 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      I think many can attest to that–that facebook can really be a time stealer. Like any other online applications like games and instant messaging, control is a needed factor to balance everything.

      I did not have a funeral for my planner but it is already buried in my cabinet.

      Happy new year too!

  2. January 1, 2010 at 1:12 am

    no matter how increasingly dependent i am on new social media or even just technology in my celfone to keep my schedules, i still like the feel of a planner, specially for daily TTDs.

    i hope you can fill up your 2010 planner from today until Dec 31. happy new year!

    • Dominique Anne
      January 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      I am certain that my 2010 planner will be livelier than my previous one esp because I get happy whenever I check accomplished TTDs.

      Happy new year too, sir barry! We miss seeing you in CAS.

  3. January 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Your 2009 planner must be really sad. |:-(

    I also keep a planner in the past where I put schedules, things that happened in the day, things to do, drawings, and other tidbits. It serve as my twitter to remind me what to write when I am writing on my journal every weekend. I make my planner from Microsoft Word calendar wizard.

    I collect my planners and it sometime make me recall all the happiness, frustrations, or anger that I felt in the past.

    Facebook will never replace a tangible planner because it is not permanent and you could not hide as a testament of your life.

    Like barrycade, I do hope that you write on your 2010 planner more.

    Happy New Year to you. Thanks for being a friend here in blogosphere. More power.!

  4. Dominique Anne
    January 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Did you actually make your own planner through MS Word calendar wizard? That’s something.

    You’re right, planners serve as diaries and memorabilia when you want to go back to the things that happened in the past. Happy new year too! Best wishes to you and your blog!

    • January 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      Yep, I did that. 🙂 It is much cheaper eh. Just 13 pieces of coupon bond paper and a printer and voila! A planner. 🙂 Though it is not as fashionable as the ones in the market. But I place my own design and drawings to make it more personal. 🙂

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