Planners, planners, planners! Do you use a planner? If so, I could use some advice.
I’ve used a traditional paper planner for years. That was until I got a smartphone with access to all those nice little apps that came along, promising to keep me organized in the palm of my hand. So, I went to part digital, part paper.
When I realized I missed more the pen and paper action 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, stickers, 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.
I put everything in place with my new planner and 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 inserts for the tabs I wanted, such as goals, habit tracker, social media, business, and more.
But I went back to my digital calendar with my trusty notebook in hand instead of using my new planner. Then something else happened: I discovered I could put a digital planner on my iPad! Yikes! I began using one and loved it, but now I bounce between three different planning systems. I guess you could say I’m in planner confusion land!
I know I’ll figure it out and when I do, I’ll let you know. I love aspects of all three systems and that’s my problem. Now to put together the ultimate planning system for ME. See, part of the problem is I’ve been trying out everyone else’s system instead of just using what I love. Now that I’ve acknowledged this, maybe it’ll be a little easier to decide on the perfect planning system for me.
I will keep you updated on my progress but I’d love to know what you use to stay organized: a paper planner, plain calendar, digital planner, spiral notebook, index cards, post-it notes???? I would love to know what works for you.