The other day, I picked up my new 2012 Quo Vadis Agenda. I prefer the Trinote edition.
I’ve already begun what is, for me, an annual tradition.
I’ve been using a Quo Vadis Trinote ever since 1985, the year I started law school. Ever since then, it’s been an annual ritual for me to take a few days and, bit by bit, enter the relevant information from the previous year’s agenda to the new one. The process is a good review of the past year… the achievements, accomplishments, friends that have come into or gone out of my life, successes and failures, disappointments and pleasant surprises, births, deaths and anniversaries.
I use a yellow high-liter to accentuate certain days or events. I carefully pencil in for each Sabbath the candle lighting times for Friday evenings and the times when Sabbath ends each Saturday night. I also make a note of the Torah portion for that week. Each Jewish holy day, festival, fast day, etc. is marked down using the next year’s Jewish calendar as a guide. Quo Vadis is good enough to note Jewish holidays, even relatively minor ones… but it obviously cannot be expected to provide the degree of detail that a Jewish calendar provides. And I am more than happy to fill them in.
I love how the Trinote is set out.
It is good to be able to look at the entire week. The layout also gives plenty of room to write notes below each date or along the right side. I can (and have) crammed a lot of information in the space provided!
Here are some of the features that makes Quo Vadis a superior workhorse appointment book…
- 13 months, December to December
- 8 AM to 9 PM schedule
- 90g, acid-free paper
- Annual planning calendars for 2009 and 2010
- Daily notes
- Tear-off corner opens to week in progress
- Sewn binding, lays flat when open
- Special Receipts & Payments pages
- Detachable address book
Each day of the year is also numbered both from its position from the beginning of the year and from its proximity to the end of the year. For example, February 28th is designated ’59-306′ – it is the 59th day of the year and it is the 306th day from the end of the year.
People keep saying that I am nuts to spend so much time and effort writing things by hand into an old-fashioned paper agenda. They say a digital agenda is much more efficient, convenient and less bulky. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I LIKE writing things in pencil each day. I like re-writing my address book each year. Yes, I can if I wanted to simply slip out the address book and fit it in to the new cover… but that would completely miss the entire point of the whole re-writing exercise. I want to go through it all, taking out people and numbers I no longer call and adding in new people and contacts. It’s a ‘taking stock’ process… a combination of inventory and auditing.
From mid-October to the end of November, it is admittedly a bit awkward having to carry around both this year and next year’s agenda but it is a small price to pay, as far as I am concerned.
I look forward to sitting in what will hopefully be my new ‘office’ in the restaurant which occupies my old café (more about this in a future blog), enjoying myself as I transfer my life from one book to another.
It is no coincidence that this ritual coincides on most years with Rosh HaShana with its themes of contemplation, reflection and self-examination, of starting anew, starting fresh and moving forward.
As I inscribe my new book with the events in my life, may we all be inscribed for a good year in the Book of Life.