Man, it’s hard to find time to blog! But I wrote on my calendar that I MUST blog from 10am-12pm today, so I shall…just had to get the kids to school and do a quick grocery run first! Why does it feel like I’m at the grocery store almost every day lately? Oh, because I am…Not really, but…I may or may not have a little time management problem these days…
Probably why I need a planner ;) Earlier this year I did go digital with my calendar/planner, but I just love paper SO freaking much, and found myself still writing notes/lists all over the place. I used the Cozi family calendar during January, which is a great digital option that easily links to both your computer and your phone, and is pretty all-inclusive (has your calendar, grocery lists, can link to online recipes or other family members, etc). It’s a super convenient option, honestly. BUT. I really missed
doodling handwriting in a paper planner.
Last year I had been using a bullet journal as a planner for awhile, but it was still too…notebook-y? And I wanted more structure but not specific dates, so I tried out an Uncalendar Planner. And I LOVED the function of it. But it was a little big, and…NOT pretty. Like, at all. It actually looks like some old notebook you’d find of your dad’s from like, 1977, which sounds like it would be cool…but it isn’t.
Initially though I loved having all the (undated) space. The weekly pages of the Uncalendar planner are what got me – I loved seeing the whole week at one time, but still having a whole other page next to it to
draw write notes on:
I did use the Uncalendar planner up, but towards the end I wasn’t loving it anymore. And yeah, it was SO ugly! Maybe that’s why I was always filling it with stuff like this:
Anyway, it wasn’t the right planner for me. And honestly, I just can’t do cheap planners anymore. So when 2015 started, I searched around (and by ‘searched’, I mean scoured the internet literally almost every second I could even at 3am when I couldn’t sleep) until I finally found some great options. I toyed with the idea of getting some high-quality custom printables from somewhere like Iheart organizing, but I really didn’t want a D.I.Y. planner. I also thought about just getting a Franklin Covey (The old stand-by!), and then I *almost* went ahead and got an Erin Condren (these are EXTREMELY popular, with lots of bells and whistles)…but something was holding me back.
I LOVED the Erin Condren format (the whole week on two pages, with the days divided up into morning/afternoon/evening) and size, but I really needed something a little more customizable, and it was a little *too* pretty for me. So when I was reading all the hundreds of Erin Condren reviews (I LOVE reading planner posts on blogs! I don’t know why), a lot of people were talking about this Plum Paper planner. So I checked it out (it’s an Etsy shop), and it was PERFECT! Affordable, LOTS of ways to customize it, and a little more my style:
I got a plain graphic cover, but there are options to put your name/monogram on the covers too. The main weekly view is great, and they have like, four different options to choose from. Now the REAL reason I chose this particular planner – it has EXTRA sections you can add in! I chose a ‘home’ section (projects, budget, shopping) and a ‘BLOG planning’ section (I was sooo excited to find this! I need major help planning out my posts.) I also added on ten extra notes pages in the back (shoulda got more), and also ten extra to-do list pages (4 to-do lists per page).
There are also lots of other (standard) things it comes with (a ‘passwords’ page, a ‘contacts’ page, etc). So I am liking it so far! I am trying to only use my ‘neat’ handwriting in it, and not make it a hot mess like all my other planners ;) I’ll probably do another post soon with one of my weeks actually filled out in it, what pens I use, extra fun stuff, etc. So…if you need me to actually do anything, sorry…I’ll be too busy PLANNING what I’m supposed to do instead of actually doing it…