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Is your planner useful?? OR...is it an obsession for you??

Okay, I was asked a question this week…..”Is your planner useful & helpful or is it just an obsession right now?”

I really had to think a moment before answering!!

I think it is both!!  I started using a planner back in the ’80s when I was an Executive Director of a Home Health Care provider company.  I had a lot of meetings & appointments for marketing & deadlines I had to meet. This was back in the dark ages before we did everything online!!  It was a lot of WORK then!!

My planner was really my brain!!  It kept me focused & organized & without it I would have missed meetings & deadlines & probably been fired.  LOL!!

When I retired from nursing, I stopped using a planner because I no longer needed it.  A monthly calendar on the refrigerator sufficed.

Fast forward to today….I wanted to start using my planner again when we moved to the farm.  Again, I had multiple appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc. that I had to schedule & remember.  So I looked for my handy old friend, my planner.  Could not find it anywhere!!

A friend suggested I just go online & buy a new one. And down the rabbit hole I went!!

I could not believe all the choices & styles & the amazing colors!!  I finally settled on a Filofax Malden in ochre.  I have both A5 and personal sizes.

My brain, my Malden planners.

 

They are beautiful & I love them.  I started searching for some colorful & fun planner pages.  I was no longer in the “professional” world, so I could have fun!!  I found http://www.limetreefruits.com and was hooked.

A FEW of my Filofax babies!!

Help!!  I have fallen down the obsessive “planner” rabbit hole & I can’t get out!!

Since then, I have amassed 18 planners!!  (OH, wish I hadn’t counted them!!  LOL!!)  I have 1 Franklin Covey, 2 Day Runner, 3 Day Timer, and 12 Filofaxes.  I am afraid this qualifies as an obsession!!  LOL!!  Most of them are A5 size but I also have personal & pocket sizes.  I use the A5 the most!!  I find the other sizes are usually too small for what I need.

Granted, I use most of them for different things, and I also like to change them out, like a purse!!  And now I have discovered Bujos!!  Oh, dear!!  Won’t go there right now, too much work!!

I went on a quest for the perfect planner….fell down the rabbit hole….and found my Malden!!  I always go back to it, so it has become my day-to-day main planner.  I carry the personal size Malden in my purse.

I am a visual person, putting things on paper where I can see them is important to me.  SO….planner pages was the next rabbit hole I went down!!

I admit to using a variety of pages from different sources. My monthly is from http://www.limetreefruits.com.

My monthly pages from Limetreefruits.

The weekly took forever to find, but finally I found the Planning Diva, Susan Williams-Goebber & her website http://www.planningyourlifeoutonpaper.com. Her week on 2 pages was exactly what I was looking for.

My Week on 2 pages from Planning Your Life Out on Paper.

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Now, for daily pages & other planner pages, I use a variety & am always trying new ones.  This daily is from Susan.

I am using Daily pages from Planning Your Life Out on Paper.

I also “repurpose” planner pages for uses other than what they were intended for.

I do an InstaGram daily challenge of ZenArt.  I use Susan’s Self-Care pages to make a directory of the tangles for reference.

Repurposing Self-Care planner pages for my Tangle Directory & daily IGT Challenge.

Now that we have determined we are OBSESSED with Planners, let’s talk….STICKERS!!

 

Stickers are another "rabbit hole" I tend to fall down!!

I sometimes get overwhelmed by all the colorful, beautiful stickers online!!  There are stickers for ANYTHING you want or need & every conceivable design!!

 

I don’t use A LOT of stickers, but I do use a few.  I like to put a seasonal sticker or 2 on my weekly pages & then when I am using dailies, I use a few more fun style stickers.

I keep my stickers in this plastic storage box in envelopes so I can find them.

Whatever planner you choose or whatever planner pages you try, find something that works for you & your lifestyle!!  I have found that the more creative type people are drawn to the “Bujo” planners so they can use their art & make them all their own.

Most important….don’t give up!!  You will eventually find a planner that works for you!!  I have found that the FaceBook groups that swap & sell planners & planner stuff, are great places to find a reasonably priced planner to try.  Some are new & some are gently used, but I have bought several from them & gotten great planners!!

Okay, I want to hear from YOU!!  Are you just using a planner because it is helpful….OR…..are you obsessed??  What planner do YOU use??  What size??  What planner pages do YOU like??  Stickers or not??

Let’s start a conversation because you never know who might just need YOUR ideas!!  Please leave comments & let’s talk!!

I hope this info is helpful!!  If you have any questions or concerns or suggestions, please comment below or send me an email!!  I promise I will get back to you as quickly as I can!!  I would LOVE to hear if this works for you, too!!

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May Stardust & Moonbeams light your path….Hugzz ~ Jae

 

 

 

 

 

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