Do You Use a Planner?
I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t use a planner these days. They even issue them to school children.
So if you use a planner, what is your planner of choice?
And if you don’t use a planner, how on earth do you manage your time?
You know, a planner is a very personal thing, and sometimes I think that it’s also a somewhat feminine thing. Maybe that’s because I’ve been bombarded with so many videos and pictures of all of the decorated planners out there. It’s almost like a revival of the Victorian era when they seemed to embellish everything to the max.
To me, choosing the right planner is like choosing the right bag or purse. It has to be the right size and style, do everything you need it to do, and be comfortable somehow. I know that’s an odd word to use when referring to a bag or a planner, but that’s really what it comes down to for me.
Now I know that men use planners too, but as with women and their purses, men’s planners tend to be like their wallets. Small, useful, and tucked in a pocket somewhere. I really doubt they give them much thought at all.
Digital or Paper? Both?
So – are you a digital or paper planner? (I’ve heard women call other women who use planners “girls” as in “planner girls”, but I hesitate to use it. I am neither a “Boss Babe” nor a “Planner Girl”; I happen to be a woman who loves planners a great deal and yes, I am my own boss.)
Anyway, paper, digital, or both? And if you use both, how do you manage? I know that I would get something mixed up somewhere, although I have noticed that some people might use their phone’s calendar for things like business appointments, and some sort of paper system at home. Still, it’s easy to double book when you’re only looking at half of the picture.
It’s funny, I love technology. I’m always craving the next new techy thing, but I just cannot get myself to use my phone as my planner. I guess I love paper more.
Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of videos on YouTube about how people use their planners. I watched this young woman today demonstrating her new favorite planner. Not to be confused with her regular planner – which she used all the time and was quite large.
No, the new planner was not for planning, exactly. Probably because it was 3″ x 4″ (smaller than a 3 x 5 card) and about 2″ thick. This “cute” planner was stuffed to capacity with things for planning. If she needed a tiny sticker in her regular planner, it was in the little one, along with pictures, lots of hanging charms, and a bit of paper here and there for a quick note. Side note: it was so cute, she bought three – at $50+ each! To be fair, she does PR for many of these shops, so I imagine it’s part of her job to some extent.
I’m not sure I could find a use for something that small, but I think I’d love a job like that!
How Often Do You Use Your Planner?
Are you a dedicated planner user, or someone who gives it a try every now and then? Maybe you forgot an appointment or two recently and decided to pick it up again.
Last month, I forgot to pay three bills – three! And because I had been waffling back and forth between two planners, I decided that was the problem. I actually have both of them still sitting on my desk right now. I’m using the bullet journal (that I blame for missing those bills), but I have my backup Living Well Planner underneath.
I have been using a planner of some kind most of my life. I actually can’t remember when I started, although I have always had a love for anything to do with paper and stationery products. Needless to say, I use one all of the time, for just about everything.
My biggest problem is that my planner of choice is always something big and colorful, like an Erin Condren planner. I really love all the color and design, and that makes me use it more.
But they can be difficult to carry around with you. (I actually have a cute pink backpack that I’ve been carrying as a purse for a long time now. It holds two small zip bags, some tissue, lip balm, and sunglasses, and of course, my phone. A lot less than I could put in there. The planner would fit with no problem, but then it’s heavy. What to do?)
And so the waffling continues.
Do You Use More Than One?
I know that there are a lot of people who use more than one planner. As I said, I’ve spent a lot of time the last week or so watching videos on YouTube about planners and planning, and some people use 5 or more! Now in their defense, they each have very defined purposes.
For instance, one lady was downsizing from a 4 bedroom home to an RV. She and her husband were going to travel and she was going to run her planner related business from there. So she created a planner just for RV living. There were sections on how to set it up and take it down, places where they had reservations, places to go, lists of people to visit, expense trackers, and even a section on the various member cards you could use for gas.
As someone who has a cross-state move sometime in her future, I think this is a planner worth the time. And because of the nature of it, it doesn’t interfere with your regular one. Mine would be a limited time use, of course, but hers will be relevant for as long as they travel in their RV.
I can think of a lot of uses for that kind of planner, like special events and holidays. It would be great for vacations (especially if you go to the same place as we do), or Thanksgiving or Christmas. You’ve got so much already done for you!
Do you use more than one planner? If you do, I would love to know more! Use my contact page, comment below, or email me. Really!
Is it because you’re switching back and forth, or do you honestly have more than one planner for different areas of your life?
I will say that I have a number of what I would call notebooks or journals that I use in addition to my planner. Every time I take a new course, it gets its own notebook. I also have a notebook just for this blog, a personal journal, and something called Morning Pages. If you have read The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, then you know what that is. Basically, you write 3 pages first thing each morning as a way to clear your mind and let your creativity express itself.
Do You Switch Up During the Year?
Maybe when late August rolls around and the stores are all full of back to school supplies, you get an urge for a new planner. A lot of planner companies actually come out with ones that run from July to the following December at this time. They’re meant more for teachers and students, but it can be a great buy if you need a new planner. That way you aren’t missing out on the rest of this year and you still have the following year as well.
And if you’re anything like me, sometimes all it takes is seeing a cool new planner that you just have to have. Just this morning, I got my latest one in the mail.
It’s called a travelers notebook, and while I had seen them before, I’d never paid any attention to them. Now I’m obsessed. I made myself one while I was waiting for the other one to arrive, and I have plans to make a third one just because.
A travelers notebook is basically a thin cover, usually leather, but not always, with elastic bands inside for you to add the inserts of your choice. If you watch the video above about the micro planner, those are travelers notebooks. I’ll be doing a whole post on them soon.
So do you switch up on your planners? If you do, is it because you haven’t found your planner of choice, or just because you need something new to motivate you? Inquiring minds want to know! Share with us!
Home, Office, Attached at Your Hip?
So where are you most likely to be using your planner? Does it live at home on your desk? In your purse at all times? Do you take it to the office or where you work or to meetings with you?
Another video I saw (I told you – I watched a lot) was all decorated – not too overdone – but still, decorated – and one of her readers asked her if she ever brought it out at work meetings. She said it depended on the meeting and who was there and that often she just pulled out a blank sheet of paper so as not to be embarrassed. Is that you?
Does it hold your life in it or would it be no big deal if you lost it? And please tell me you’re not keeping information in there that’s of a personal nature. Some women keep pictures of their kids. Now if that planner also has their schedule in it or their address, I would be very cautious about taking it out of the house.
And passwords? I don’t know. We keep a separate book (that stays at home) with our passwords in it. I know you’re not supposed to, but between passwords and PINS, I can’t keep up anymore.
Plain or Cute?
Are you a planner decorator? I don’t have any idea of the numbers, but that has to be a multi-million dollar business. We should all figure out how to make and sell cute planner stuff!
And you know what? There’s no shame in decorating your planner if it makes you happy. It can be a pleasant hobby and a way to relax, plus a way to express your creativity. Nothing wrong with that.
I actually do some decorating myself but don’t get into the charms and fancy paper clips. I tried the clips and they were just OK. First and foremost with me is function, and that’s what I’m going to concentrate on with this blog.
Unless of course, you wouldn’t mind a little cute now and then. I’m open to featuring some cute planners once in a while. Let me know. Really. Let. Me. Know.
And if plain is your style, that’s great too. As long as it gets the job done, right? Although I do like a little color coding with my planners. I’m a visual learner – I bet a lot of us with planner fixations are – and the color coding gives me the big picture quickly.
Did you know that our brains can absorb information in a picture much faster than words? It’s true. And it makes sense when you think about it. Plus – bottom line – planners are to help us remember. If color or cute stickers can help, then bring them on!
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