I love organisation, it is part of my OCD and I embrace it.
I went into work on the first day of the Easter holiday and organised my desk and items for the classroom ready for the next term.
I organised my makeup back into the Ikea drawers, each drawer holding a class of product.
I organised the home office further.
I organised…oh you get the picture.
Since starting work all those years ago I always had a Filofax around. I flirted with electronic organisational tools for some time, I had various makes of Palm PDA’s and I remember when flying to Luxembourg to meet with clients purchasing a Psion Series 5 at the airport but I always went back to paper organisation. This was the pattern until my last Filofax purchase. I have moaned about the quality of Filofax before but I truly thought that maybe just maybe the quality situation had been resolved. My last purchase involved me getting really fed up with misaligned rings and general poor quality. I gave up!
After that point I decided that for my personal life I was going to move over to electronic organisation. It made sense owning an Iphone and Ipad, it made more sense with Mr JAEG also owning an Iphone and Ipad so I moved over to Google calendars synchronized them up and backed up to the cloud. So far so good, the Filofax was retired in my household. The only thing missing is a wall mounted electronic calendar that displays the calendar for everyone in that household
Work organisation was easy, I had started to use the Arc system from Staples in A5 for my work diary and the A4 size quickly followed to house the lesson plans and SEN information I needed on a day to day basis. I love the Arc system, I use it for study, work and to keep notes for this blog. My Arc notebooks receive compliments on a daily basis and I just love how versatile it is.
I have a worry though. I noticed the US Staples site had a new range of books and inserts and they were very appealing to me (that’s not my worry). I contacted Staples UK to ask if the new range will be out in the UK. I received the following response from Staples UK a few days later. “We are not going to be getting any new stock from the Arc range”. This is my concern,am I seeing the death of Arc?
Electronic organisation has worked in my personal life but cannot be used in my professional life, I like the Arc system and I will be absolutely gutted if Staples do not increase the range in the UK to reflect the range we see in the US.