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  • Levenger Circa Suggestions?

    I'm looking at changing from a 3-ring binder to a Circa junior notebook. I like the idea of a smaller size system. This would be following David Allen's article on setting up a paper planner, except my calendar is seperate (Staples' pocket calendar). I think all I'd need is the junior notebook and the plastic dividers to get started. I'm also considering the compact Circa paper for action lists, or maybe for checklists, they'd be easy to pull out and take with me if needed. For those using Circa, do you have any suggestions and ideas to share? Do you buy the blank pages and print out your own forms? Do you use any of the preprinted forms, like the to do list?

  • #2
    Appears no one uses this system! Never-mind, did a little sleuthing on the net and suggest that you look at the following links:

    http://alanlnelson.typepad.com/seat_...use_my_le.html

    This is a "how I use the Circa" story. The author appears to use the GTD methodology plus it's a good read on using a paper based system.

    http://kvet.ch/articles/2006/05/04/r...unior-notebook

    Another review.

    www.rollabind.com

    This is the company that invented the binder system you are looking at and then licensed itto Levenger (and others).

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    • #3
      Thanks, ReBuild, those are really helpful links.

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      • #4
        Ok, I have the full size Circa notebook. I had great ideas, basically along the lines of the links provided above.

        So, I got the tabs, and I labeled them with my handy labeler.

        Then I realized it just wouldn't work for me.

        My system is largely electronic, and the analog to digital sync never really worked for me. So, everyday I carry around this notebook that I never look at, and every week during my weekly review, I print new calendars which I punch and put in the notebook. But, when I want to look at lists or the calendar, I grab the blackberry or I look in entourage.

        So, if a paper-based system works for you, I think you'll like the Circa. I love the Levenger company and the Circa is a nice product.

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        • #5
          Thoppa, how do you incorporate new NAs, changes, updates, whatever into your system? That's the benefit of paper for me--I just write it in the margins of my NA list with a good old pen.

          Shame you got those nifty tools set up and found you didn't enjoy them!

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          • #6
            I use Circa

            I use Circa, but only for certain lists. I have the full-sized notebook with 5 tabs: Actions, Projects, Waiting For, Agendas, Errands.

            I keep my Project and Someday/Maybe lists in Outlook, and every week I print those out and put them in the notebook. The rest of them I keep by hand because they're so dynamic. Switching pages in and out was and is so simple, which is why I finally settled on this.

            I found the Circa system to be truly amazing. I bought the hole-punch and a half-dozen notebooks, and I use them for various other things as well. Sometimes a project will need a dynamic notebook, so I grab one and use it. I used a cover and the punch to create a one-time "presentation" notebook for someone. I recently took a group trip that involved lots of planning, maps, timing, etc., and used a Circa notebook to hold all of those things. Pretty much anything I'd use a 3-ring binder for, I now use these.

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            • #7
              I use circa junior (along with my Palm). It is set up based on DA's PDF on a paper-based planner.

              I use the plastic dividers:
              • notes in
              • calendar - I am currently using the circa agenda
              • action lists
              • projects
              • agendas
              • project plans
              • reference
              • tel/add

              I use the leather notebook cover and it works well especially for work. I can bring it to a job site and not worry about it falling apart. I have a lot of stuff jammed in there so I upgraded to the 1" rings. My only concern is that I am not sure if they are still making the agenda/calendar for 2007. I have to have a paper-based calendar. So if they stop making the agenda I am up the creek and may have to switch to filofax.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tulipcowgirl
                My only concern is that I am not sure if they are still making the agenda/calendar for 2007. I have to have a paper-based calendar. So if they stop making the agenda I am up the creek and may have to switch to filofax.
                The 2007 agenda was advertised in the catalog that appeared in my mailbox yesterday. Huzzah!

                I recently added a bunch of new clients, so I'm thinking I may need a better planning calendar to keep track of all the overlapping deadlines. I take it you are happy with the Circa?

                Katherine

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                • #9
                  also...

                  I have found that I can print stuff at 1/2 the size of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, punch it and put it in my junior notebook. I forget what standard size that would be. Those 1/2 size sheets are a little taller than the levenger junior size sheets but can be easily trimmed.

                  I like the DIY Planner forms a lot for that.

                  Katherine, if you are asking me if I am happy? Yes, I am. It is very flexible and that's what I like the best. And that you can take out and put back in the pages anytime you want. It does take a little more time to set up since you don't have all the preprinted forms like you do with a filofax.

                  Thanks for the tip about the 2007 agenda!
                  Last edited by tulipcowgirl; 09-07-2006, 08:09 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Stuff gets into my electronic system in a few ways. First, if I happen to be working at the computer when it comes in, or when I complete a previous task, I just check it off and enter the new one. Otherwise, some piece of paper, note, reminder, business card, whatever related to the project gets dumped into my inbox and when I process it all gets entered.




                    Originally posted by sonia_simone
                    Thoppa, how do you incorporate new NAs, changes, updates, whatever into your system? That's the benefit of paper for me--I just write it in the margins of my NA list with a good old pen.

                    Shame you got those nifty tools set up and found you didn't enjoy them!

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                    • #11
                      Get the Circa punch. It'll be your best Circa investment ever. Cuz you can punch your own papers - use recycled and do your bit for the environment.

                      I bought one years ago when it was very expensive, but I've come to appreciate this one expensive investment. With it, I've made my own notebooks. Oh, and I've bought Circa rings (you'll need these to complete the notebooks).

                      What I really like about the Circa system is I can easily move pages around in my notebook to their appropriate sections.

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                      • #12
                        Rolla at Staples?

                        Someone mentioned to me that there was a cheaper version of these notebooks now at Staples. I bought one tonight...it is a leather cover (not the nicest I've ever seen but ok) and the ruled paper inside is about 8.25 x 5.5. I've just been at levenger's website and this sounds like the junior size to me. It has 8 circa rings, and I am wondering if anyone has used one of these Rolla brand notebooks with pre-printed levenger pages. I am considering ordering some sample pages to see if I want to tweak my system in this direction, but I am concerned that the pages work.

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                        • #13
                          Circa Junior Printing

                          I would like to use a circa junior (rather than letter size).

                          At the times a person wants to print a list or calendar, how do you do it efficiently for a circa junior without getting really complicated?

                          Thanks for any advice.

                          Grant

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GrantHBS View Post
                            I would like to use a circa junior (rather than letter size).

                            At the times a person wants to print a list or calendar, how do you do it efficiently for a circa junior without getting really complicated?
                            Using your tool of choice, format your calendar to print 2-up: two pages on one 8.5x11 sheet. This is a common requirement, so the appropriate commands shouldn't be too hard to find.

                            Cut or tear the sheets along the gutter between the two pages.

                            Punch the resulting pages using the Circa punch available from Levenger's.

                            Done.

                            You can also print on Levenger's blank paper directly. Whether the "ears" of the Circa pages get caught will depend on your printer.

                            Katherine

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                            • #15
                              Circa is my portable system

                              I use the Circa Jr. as my portable system. It fits nicely in my briefcase and I love the quality of the paper. In my purse, I keep Circa 3x5 cards so I have something going this way and that. I use outlook as my main system, however, and print out what I need using the Franklin Jr. size. I have a portable circa punch (way less expensive and very well made).

                              I saw a post awhile back that David Allen was talking with the CEO of Levenger about offering something together. I'm not sure where they are on that, but since the CEO was one of the recorded Connect interviews, something tells me they are still in touch.

                              I have emailed the CEO of Levenger before and got an actual response! Why don't you just call him up? My guess is that he'll talk to you!

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