So I said last week I’d have my planner finished by today. But I had some serious life issues that came up and that happens – for all of us. With that being said, I have a planner put together but using it is harder than I thought.
As I told you before I’ve used a traditional planner for years. That was until all those nice little apps came on the scene that you could put on your smartphones. Then it was a digital calendar and a notebook I kept with me for notes on the go.
Recently when I realized I missed the pen and paper aspect of planning plus I had forgotten to put a few appointments on my digital calendar, I went on the hunt for the best paper planner I could find that would meet my needs. I narrowed it down to the Erin Condren Planner and The Happy Planner. From my research it seemed these two would give me some versatility and the ability to express my creativity with color, pictures and more.
I decided on Erin Condren because, after weighing some pros and cons, I liked it better. I’m not the biggest fan of the disc bound systems though I have one and it works. But I gravitated toward Erin Condren so I made my decision. Or so I thought.
As I began to put everything in place with my new planner, it felt like old times again. Pen in hand and a planner spread placed before me. I put notes in the calendar section, planned my week and started making the necessary inserts for the tabs I wanted such as goals, habit tracker, social media, business and more.
But I found myself using my digital planner with my trusty notebook in hand instead of my new planner. Maybe it’s just a time thing: keep using the paper till I get used to it again because I really feel like it’s what I want. Then again, maybe I’ve just switched to the digital age though I love the aesthetics of paper. Right now I’m in planner confusion land!
I know I’ll figure it out and when I do I’ll let you know. One thing I do want to do is use some stickers and stamps I’ve collected for my journaling project. These were originally for the planners but they can be used anywhere. This makes me excited about my new “Journal” book coming out soon! I’ll be able to teach through the book, videos and some in person classes different aspects of journaling. It’s going to be exciting.
I’ll keep you updated, and I’d love to know what you use to stay organized: a planner, plain calendar, digital planner???? You might even help me in my quest to stay more organized.