Let’s face it: paper planners are here to stay and technology–specifically mobile devices—are a permanent fixture in our daily lives. Whether it be for work, personal, a side hustle, or volunteer work, these tools help make our lives easier. In this installment of ‘Write it Down or Power it Up?’ we’ll answer the question: “Under what circumstances does paper or technology work?”
Every planner journey begins with a plannernerd falling down a ‘rabbit hole’ and being swept up into the magical world of binders, inserts, and planner accessories. BUT…who was the ‘white rabbit’ that lured them there? Let me take you thru the ‘looking glass’ and tell you about my very first planner obsession. 🙂
Depending on where you live, calendar and planner pages will typically be formatted with either a Sunday or Monday start for the week. Living in North America, Sunday usually marks the beginning of a week on most printed calendars. Imagine my surprise when I ordered my first planner with a Monday start—what a culture shock and totally genius! So is a Monday start better for planning than a Sunday start? The answer may shock you. 😉
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and welcome back to my blog. As mentioned in the previous post, my blog has a new ‘home’ so make sure to update any old bookmarks and check out my updated posting schedule for 2016—it’s going to be an exciting year! 🙂 Speaking of New Year, anyone feeling both excited and anxious about what planner setup to use? Should you use one or more planners? What size planner? Which page layout? Which company/brand? Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!
Tell me if this has ever happened to you: you’re walking around your favorite store and then you see it–the perfect planner! You love how it looks, the price is right, the paper is nice, and the layout is just right for your needs…except…the weekend format is all wrong! Depending on your preference, you either feel cheated because Saturday and Sunday were ‘smushed’ together or overwhelmed because the weekends have the same amount of space as the weekdays meaning wasted space since you’ll never use it. You think, “Why oh why have the planner gods cursed me this way!?” (Okay that was a little dramatic but you know what I mean. 😉 )
If you’ve been following this blog series, first of all ‘thank you!’ :-D, and second I’m guessing you were probably either new to planners or overwhelmed by them. Just when we thought technology would rule every part of our lives, it turns out some of us still prefer the simple process of putting ‘pen to paper’ everyday. 🙂
Welcome back to the next installment of the ‘Planner Overload’ blog series! Last week we reviewed the ideal setup for a ‘beginner planner user‘ to help you get started using planners. Hopefully by now you feel more comfortable with a planner, have–hopefully! 🙂 –developed a habit of consistently ‘writing things down, looking at it everyday’, and gained a better understanding of all the tasks and activities requiring your attention. This understanding will reveal a few things about your planning ‘style’ in order to help you determine the type of planning system you’ll need as an intermediate planner user like:
Picking and choosing a planner nowadays can be very overwhelming. There are a lot of companies on the market offering different types of planners in various styles, colors, sizes, and materials. Along with that, there are tons of choices for pages and supplies to put INSIDE the planner. However, the biggest change by far has been the planner and craft community merging over the last decade resulting in what is known as ‘pretty planning’. So where do you start?
Back in the early ’90s, I used a Daytimer system as both my work and personal planner. It wasn’t very pretty but it was very functional in keeping track of my hectic schedule at the time. Over the last decade, I’ve split my planning system into two so there was one planner dedicated solely to work and another for everything else in my personal life. It was around this time that I discovered ‘pretty planning’ which includes one of my favorite methods for keeping track of various things in my personal life: color coding. I have one color dedicated to each member of the family, one for all the pets, red for anything important, and blue for anything work-related that might cross over to ‘off-hours’. My work planner, however, stayed as plain as it always.