It’s at this time of year that the space allocated for the 2010 diary notes starts to really bulge with information and scribbled notes that you know will not be legible in a few weeks time. Most clergy get diaries which begin in Advent, the start of our liturgical year, and so it is just a few weeks away from The Beginning of the New Diary. This is a time of year that I love. I love the crisp new pages waiting to be filled. I love spending time writing in all the birthdays and dates I have to remember. (Yes, and if I missed you this year I am so sorry but the pink pen wasn’t really eye-catching enough.) I love writing in phone numbers to remember on the Notes page at the back.
My big dilemma this year is ‘which diary to buy’? Usually I have bought my diary by now but this year I’ve been putting it off for some time. Do I want to go with the Parson’s Pocket Book for Filofax as I did last year, or back to the normal Parson’s Pocket Book? The Filofax is lovely (lavender, in case you’re interested, but no matter what I do to it it has never aged and still looks brand new) and handy but it is a bit bulky for my handbag. And now that my Blackberry keeps all my address book up to date I don’t feel that I really need all that the Filofax offers. Why am I not using my Blackberry for the calendar as well, I hear you cry? Of course I could. However, that would require me finding reading specs and then doing quite a bit of scrolling through the days and months. Whereas with a paper diary I can manage without specs, it is much quicker, and you do get a better sense of overview for a week when planning.
I will confess to having bought an SPCK Church Pocket Book and Diary (in pink) but I’m afraid it was far too small for the amount of appointments I have. And I do love the extra page with the PPB for appointment addresses, prayer concerns, things to remember and a whole host of other info.
So it looks like it is the PPB once again. They are never thrown out either but sit all lined up in the bureau. Many is the time when I’ve had to go back to look something up, and you can’t always do that with your mobile phone, can you?
So what’s your diary of choice? What do you look for in a calendar? Week to view or page a day?