From right-side only pen loops to planners with the bulk of the calendar on the left (making rings a physical problem for writers) to inks that smudge, lefties often have special issues to contend with when planning.
(We are also more creative, smarter, and, if I do say so myself, more attractive. But, shhh, don't tell our right-handed friends!)
There are some simple ways to deal with the problems that lefties face when using a planner.
(Maybe even some righties will appreciate these tips. Let me know in the comments if you do.)
In my Franklin Covey Flourish, I simply attach the pen to the left pocket.
TIP: If there is more than one pen in the planner, put the one used more often to the left.
Choose Ink Carefully
Everybody already knew that, right? My Frixions don't smudge, but if you prefer something more permanent, read the comments to this post.
Rearrange Tabs to Place Calendar Pages in the Middle
There is no law that says calendar pages must go first. Putting the pages in the middle of the planner spread minimizes the pain-in-the-booty-ness of the rings. (Pain-in-the-booty-ness is a completely legit term.)
(Also, though I am a lawyer, this is not to be construed as legal advice. I am not YOUR lawyer.)
(My lawyer made me say that last part!)
Pick a Layout with Focus on the External Edges of the Page
See an excellent example with Plan Ahead pages here.
Because the middle of my spread is reserved for unimportant tasks and page markers with task sticky notes on them (that remove easily for writing), I rarely have to fight with the rings.
This sounds counter intuitive, but waste a little space, like I did in the first picture on my dashboard, between the rings and the writing area. Visually, the planner will look less cluttered (and therefore less stress-inducing), plus the rings stay tucked out of the way.
Remove Inserts for Serious Writing and Decorating
Personally, I never remove inserts to write on them. But other lefties tell me that this is a fine thing to do, and as they are well-acquainted with the pain-in-the-booty-ness of rings, I say go for it if the urge strikes!
Change the Planner's Home to the Left Side of the Work Space
Nothing changes a leftie's world like having the writing area of a work space on the left. Don't try to fit into the rightie dominated culture. Go ahead and place the planner to the left of the computer.
(Yes, I blog from my kitchen table and a small side desk. I can get away with it because I'm so cool, being a leftie and all.)
Why stop with a planner?
Leftie-fy (again, yes, totally a word...I should write a dictionary) the desktop of the computer. I put my daily docket on the left instead of the right.
TIP: In OneNote, choose the View tab, then Dock to Desktop. Once docked, hover over the very top edge of the docket, press there (with pen or mouse) and hold, while dragging to the far left corner. The docket will NOT appear to move, but when the press is released, it will be docked on the left. After that, OneNote2013 will remember the left side preference.
Leftie-fy the kitchen, so that stirring spoons and spoon rests are on the left.
Leftie-fy the mouse. (I don't use a mouse anymore, due to having a Surface Pro 3 touch tablet and a pen that serves as a mouse. But even if I did, I've spent 40 years in a right-handed world, so I probably couldn't actually make this switch.)
Leftie-fy your bathroom (make-up on the left is easier to pick up), your remote controls (who says they always have to be convenient for your husband?), and your clothes closet (where I bet you are putting most frequently used stuff on the right without thinking about it.)
This doesn't seem like much of a hack. But try it and I promise that you will love never dealing with pain-in-the-booty-ness again!
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