PLANNING W/ A PLANNER

TODAY I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT PLANNING! MORE SPECIFICALLY PLANNING WITH A PLANNER. FOR THE MOST PART THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE; THOSE WHO DON’T PLAN, THOSE WHO PLAN ON THEIR DIGITAL DEVICE, AND THOSE WHO PLAN IN A PLANNER OR ON PAPER. TODAY I AM ONLY TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE THREE AND THAT IS PLANNING WITH A PLANNER.

NOW THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF PLANNERS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD, BUT WHICH ONE FITS YOU BEST? WELL THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:

  1. DO YOU LIKE YOUR PLANNER TO BE SIMPLE AND BASIC OR COLORFUL AND MOTIVATING?
  2. DO YOU LIKE YOUR PLANNER TO BE SMALL AND COMPACT OR BIGGER AND BULKIER?
  3. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO USE YOUR PLANNER FOR? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A PLANNER TO KEEP TRACK OF FINANCES OR A PLANNER TO KEEP YOUR DAILY LIFE IN ORDER?
  4. HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO SPEND ON A PLANNER? PLANNERS CAN RANGE FROM A COUPLE OF DOLLARS TO HUNDREDS.

ONCE YOU HAVE FIGURED OUT THESE BASIC QUESTIONS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GAIN BETTER KNOWLEDGE AS TO WHAT PLANNER WILL SUITE YOU. TO BE HONEST, I HAVE TWO PLANNERS; ONE BEING COLORFUL AND FOCUSING ON KEEPING MY DAILY LIFE IN ORDER, WHILE THE OTHER IS MORE PLAIN AND BASIC AND USED TO KEEP MY GOALS AND FINANCES IN ORDER.

TO KEEP IT SIMPLE IN THE BEGINNING HOWEVER, I WOULD START WITH JUST ONE PLANNER. YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO KEEP BETTER TRACK OF ONE ANYWAYS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BUSY.

TODAY I WANTED TO SHARE MY PLANNER WITH YOU AS WELL. SO THIS IS IT:

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SO CURRENTLY, I OWN AN ERIN CONDREN HORIZONTAL LAYOUT PLANNER.(COLORFUL) THE REASON WHY I DECIDED TO CHOOSE THE HORIZONTAL LAYOUT IS BECAUSE I HONESTLY FIND IT BEST FOR MOTHERHOOD. SEE?, AS MAMA’S WE HAVE ALOT ON OUR PLATES! DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD, ERRANDS, CHORES. IF YOU WORK, YOU WILL PROBABLY WANT TO SCHEDULE MEETINGS, TRAININGS, ETC. IF YOU HAVE OLDER CHILDREN YOU HAVE SCHOOL DAYS YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT. THE HORIZONTAL LAYOUT IS PERFECT FOR MOMS. HERE LET ME SHOW YOU:

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SO THIS IS WHAT A BLANK WEEKLY LAYOUT LOOKS LIKE. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE PLENTY OF LINES TO WRITE DOWN THINGS YOU NEED TO DO FOR THE SPECIFIC DAY, BUT SEE THIS LITTLE SQUARE? THIS IS LITERALLY PERFECT FOR THE “MOST IMPORTANT TASK” OF THE DAY. WHETHER IT IS A MEETING, A HOLIDAY, AN APPOINTMENT… I LIKE TO USE THIS LITTLE SQUARE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT THAT AND THEN USE THE REST TO MAKE CHECKLISTS FOR THE DAY OF WHAT I NEED TO GET DONE. SO FAR THIS HAS WORKED OUT GREAT FOR ME.

ASIDE FROM THE PLANNER HAVING A WEEKLY LAYOUT, IT ALSO HAS A MONTHLY LAYOUT AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH THAT I LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL OF MY IMPORTANT DATES AND APPOINTMENTS. IN THE BEGINNING OF THE PLANNER THERE IS A TWO PAGE YEAR AT A GLANCE WHICH WORKS PERFECTLY TO KEEP TRACK OF “THAT TIME OF THE MONTH” OR IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN YOU COULD COLOR CODE TO REPRESENT DAYS OFF, HOLIDAYS, SPORT EVENTS, ETC.

ERIN CONDREN ALSO HAS TWO OTHER STYLES OF PLANNERS ASIDE FROM THE HORIZONTAL. THEY HAVE A VERTICAL PLANNER WHICH I FOUND TO BE A GREAT WAY TO KIND OF KEEP LIKE A MEMORY/DAILY JOURNAL PLANNER AND THEY HAVE AN HOURLY PLANNER, WHICH WOULD BE GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO BOOK MEETINGS OR APPOINTMENTS. THEY CAN COME IN NEUTRAL OR COLORFUL, AND YOU CAN FURTHER CUSTOMIZE EVEN THE COIL COLOR. YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE THE COVER AND BACKING OF YOUR PLANNER WITH PRESET COVERS AND CHANGE THE COLOR, OR YOU CAN CREATE A COVER WITH YOUR OWN PHOTOS ON IT.

ERIN CONDREN HAS INCLUDED A LOT IN THEIR PLANNERS THIS YEAR. ASIDE FROM THE YEAR AT A GLANCE, MONTH AT A GLANCE, AND WEEKLY LAYOUTS; THEY HAVE ALSO INCLUDED BLANK NOTE PAPER, DOTTED PAPER, COLORING PAGES, AND A SMALL CONTACT/ADDRESS SECTION. THEY ALSO HAVE A FEW PAGES IN THE BACK WITH STICKERS TO HELP DECORATE YOUR PLANNER AS WELL.

I AM GOING TO BE REAL WITH YOU WHEN IT COMES TO AN ERIN CONDREN PLANNER YOU GUYS; IT ISN’T A CHEAP PLANNER. YOU ARE LOOKING AT ABOUT A $70 PLANNER WHEN YOU ARE ALL SET. IF YOU CUSTOMIZE IT FURTHER, NATURALLY IT IS GOING TO COST MORE. IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF PERSON WHO MAYBE LIKES TO JUMP AROUND IN A PLANNER OR YOU AREN’T SURE YOU ARE GOING TO STICK WITH IT FULLY….WELL I WOULDN’T HONESTLY RECOMMEND IT TO YOU.

INSTEAD….

I WOULD RECOMMEND THE RECOLLECTION PLANNERS SOLD AT MICHAELS. YOU CAN USE THE 40-50% OFF COUPONS ON THEM, SO ON SALE YOU CAN USUALLY SCORE ONE FOR AROUND $15.00. THEY ARE FORMATTED VERY SIMILAR TO AN ERIN CONDREN; AS THEY HAVE A VERTICAL, HORIZONTAL, AND HOURLY PLANNER. THEY HAVE NEUTRAL PLANNERS, AS WELL AS COLORFUL ONES AND THEY EVEN SPECIALIZE IN PLANNERS FOR WORKING OUT/WEDDINGS/PREGNANCY ETC. THEY SELL THEIR PLANNERS IN THREE SIZES AS WELL: LARGE PLANNERS, THE STANDARD SIZE, AND MINI. THEIR PAPER QUALITY IS ACTUALLY REALLY NICE AS WELL FOR SUCH A CHEAP PRICE.

I AM SURE YOU ARE WONDERING WHY I CHOSE AN ERIN CONDREN EVEN THOUGH THE RECOLLECTIONS PLANNERS ARE SO SIMILAR AND SO MUCH CHEAPER? TRUTH BE TOLD, I USUALLY DECIDE WHICH PLANNER I WANT WHEN MINE IS ABOUT TO RUN OUT. SOMETIMES I DO GO WITH THE RECOLLECTIONS PLANNER OVER THE ERIN CONDREN, HOWEVER THIS YEAR I JUST LIKED THE LINES AND LAYOUT, AS WELL AS THE COLORS OF THE ERIN CONDREN BETTER. FOR ME I HAVE TO LOVE MY PLANNER ALMOST 100% IN ORDER FOR ME TO WANT TO USE IT.

NON THE LESS WHICHEVER PLANNER YOU CHOOSE IS ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. I HAVE FOUND IT TO BE A REAL JOY AND AN ACTUAL STRESS RELIEVER TO WORK ON MY PLANNER AND TO PLAN OUT THINGS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD.

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