Do You Plan(ner)?

I can be, admittedly, a forgetful person. If I don’t write something down, I tend to forget it. This is probably why the Agendas we received in school could be classified as a life saver for me. A few years ago, I began missing those school agendas. At the time, I just happened to be acquainted with a woman who used multiple planners. After talking with her about it, I decided that using a planner was an excellent idea for me. Thus my journey into the planning world began.

There are multiple styles of planners– digital and physical, from pocket to binder sized. I chose to go with a physical A5 planner with a binder inset so I could easily change the pages as needed. I began with Weekly inserts, but I have come to find that some weeks call for Daily inserts as well. While I love being able to look at my week at a glance, the daily inserts just bring more options to use. Most Daily Inserts have places for meal planning, appointments, to-do lists, notes, and even a tracker for water intake or a self-care section.

My Personal Planner

Admittedly, the majority of this year hasn’t given us much to plan, but it’s still a way to keep track of important dates–like birthdays–and important daily tasks–like chores or that day’s blog post. A lot of people like to decorate their planners, but honestly the most I’ve done is change up my pen colors or add a cute sticky note with an extra reminder.

“But, Dacia, don’t you have a phone that can do all of that for you?”

While it’s true that my phone has apps galore that can be downloaded for this very thing, there’s something about physically writing stuff down that helps me remember it. Also, there doesn’t seem to be many apps that cater to blogging. It’s nice to have everything I need to accomplish in one area.

I do realize that some people prefer digital planners, too. Luckily there are as many digital options as there are physical so no one has to be left out. When you have kids, using a planner can be a life saver for keeping track of all that the family has going on. When you run a business or a blog, using a planner can help you keep track of all your responsibilities.

I have graduated from one planner to technically using two. One is my original planner, which I use for blog posts, meal planning, appointments, and chores. The other one is used to keep track of Ade’s homeschooling. I do still use my phone calendar for quick glances, but the majority of information goes into my planner.

My Cute Sticky Notes

As life, hopefully, begins to pick up again next year, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all that is suddenly thrown at you once again. Purchasing a planner could be the answer to keeping it all straight. If you don’t mind missing a few weeks, buying a planner in January or February usually comes with a discount. While there are dated planners galore, I prefer to use undated planners simply because if I skip a day (or week) I can reuse those pages and don’t feel like I’ve wasted money.

Here’s a few planner companies if you’re looking for suggestions: (While I haven’t used most of these companies myself, they are popular for a reason.)

  • Erin Condren
  • The Happy Planner
  • Start Planner*
  • Carpe Diem **
  • Christian Planner

*A friend of mine has the Start planner and I absolutely loved it. Their inserts are on my list of to-buy.
**Carpe Diem is the planner I started with. While their planner inserts are still great, I feel that I currently need more than what they provide.

Are you already a member of the planner community? If so, what’s your favorite planner? Are you interested in becoming a member? It’s very possible that becoming a planner could change your life. Remember, if you don’t find a company that fits your every need, you can always buy a planner binder and build your own! You never know, you may find a fun new business venture. Happy Tuesday!

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