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.
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.
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.
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.
Now, for daily pages & other planner pages, I use a variety & am always trying new ones. This daily is from Susan.
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.
Now that we have determined we are OBSESSED with Planners, let’s talk….STICKERS!!
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.
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