We’re currently in the seventh week of 2107 and I still haven’t settled on a planner. It used to be that for me, executing a plan was more of a problem than making one, but now I’m stuck at selecting which planner to use in the first place!
Over the last several years personal planners have become a big deal. I could spend a ton of money and time with any one of the planner styles, even though the large refrigerator calendar(that I regularly update and nobody checks) would still be sufficient.
The planner I buy annually, (for 10 years now), is from Blue Sky. It’s a good size for me and it’s sturdy, but my favorite part is that the dates go from June 2016 to July 2017. It does the planner job quite well but I still look around, because each time I try some new way to keep track of things, it makes me think: more is possible, I could be better at getting things done, and then I’ll do more. Who wouldn’t like more?
One of the popular styles of planning is in something called a Bullet Journal. This a great way (they say) for the creative person to combine planning, doodling, and record keeping. I tried it, but I got lost in the process. I know plenty of people who claim to love it, but I spent more time finding you tube videos about how to use a bullet journal then anything else. Maybe I didn’t try hard enough.
The Passion Planner is also supposed to be great for the “creatives”. I got one when they first came out several years ago. I might even have contributed $7.00 to the Kickstarter. You put your hopes and dreams ( and more doodles ) on the pages as well as your wants and needs. But it turns out that my hopes and dreams cannot coexist with my wants, needs, and grocery lists. Perhaps it’s just an uneven balance of passion but they just didn’t get along. So I moved on.
Martha Stewart has a mix and match set up for your pocket calendar so you can customize one. Mine was very nice but it was so pretty, I didn’t write in it. Ban.do is another line with planner components, and now I have tons of little tabs and stickers and even a tiny rubber stamps that says “good job!” If you are bad at impulse control, stay away from the planner section at Staples.
So, even with all of the options out there, I keep coming back to my Blue Sky June to July 5’X8″ planner. I spiced it up a little this year with colored pens and vinyl coated paper clips. I’ve also begun to fall in love with Washi tape which comes in way too many colors and patterns to make it simple, but I like still to try.
Fo now I think I must come to terms with my regular old planner. I did start a project called a creative goal journaling which isn’t a date book but is more of a record keeper for your goals. That’s not going very well either. I keep forgetting about tracking my progress in it and I haven’t really had much success in making my goals recently so it’s just a vicious cycle anyway.
Sometimes I think I should just go back to the days when allI had was that one free datebook from Hallmark. These were given out every year “until supplies last.” I remember my Aunt getting all excited about the new one every year. Maybe I’ll stop into the closest store and see if they have any left even though in the seventh week of the year it isn’t likely. But who knows? If nothing else I’ll have a browse at the cards and wrapping paper. Hmmm…. I wonder if Hallmark has a planner section. After all, It can’t hurt to look.