My name is Sarah and I am addicted to planners and I cannot commit.
Despite the fact that I have all the new technology like an iPad & iPhone (thank you job), and a very portable laptop I carry with me a lot (thank you parents), I still carry a paper planner. I love the feel of writing things down. I miss the days of high school and college where I could color code assignments using fun gel pens. I have to avoid office supply stores during Back-to-School season for fear of buying supplies I do not need.
Even though I work in education, I chose to use a planner that corresponds to the calendar year, rather than the academic year. It’s a mental thing for me because I get to have two real new years- the academic one and the calendar one. Both are natural places for reflection and goal setting. This also means now is the time where I fret over what my calendar will be for this coming year.
The last two years I’ve ordered a custom calendar from Plum Paper on Etsy. I’ve enjoyed the planner- it’s completely customizable, has weeks and months and all kinds of additional features you can add. I also love having my name on the cover. Plum Paper is extremely similar to the Erin Condren LifePlanner which I’ve always wanted, but never wanted to pay $70 for.
While I’ve liked my current planner, I think it’s time to pull a “its not you, its me” and switch planners. I’m getting to the point where I’m in pretty desperate need for the 2016 planner, but I just can’t decide what I want this year. I want more than just a day planner- I want a tool and guide in planning, goal setting and staying organized at work and home. Here are some options I’m considering.
- The Purposeful Planner by Corie Clark: This planner appears to be a champ. It’s built to facilitate purposefulness in planning and living life. It’s beautiful, the pages are thick so they shouldn’t bleed with my favorite pens (Sharpie and ZGrip Flight) and it’s a hard cover so it can withstand a beating unlike my current one. Downside- they haven’t released the 2016 version yet (next week) and they are pretty big (I think at least 1 inch thick).
- Planner Pad is one that I used in 2012. I like that it’s simple, has months and weeks. It also has a weekly spread that helps you schedule your to-do list which I really liked a lot. It is so functional and so ugly.
- Passion Planner is a new one on the market having just launched a successful kickstarter last year. I love it’s design and how the features all point out to finding and following your passions. I think I’m mostly attracted to how cool all the designs look and the pretty pictures the sample planners have. Since I can’t draw a stick figure, I think I might be disappointed.
- The Committ30 Planner is in the kickstarter phase right now but will have printed planners for 2016. I like that each month is a new opportunity to focus on a new challenge or goal and that it’s built around that. It also looks really pretty!
- Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is just beautiful! I love it’s elegant, sleek and well, simple design. However, I do wish it had a little more structure like the Purposeful Planner.
Over the years I’ve realized that how something looks is one of the most important features. I also, really want a paper that my pens don’t bleed through. I want my planner to be fully functional for all parts of my life and my constant friend keeping my brain straight. Even as I line them all out, there are pros and cons to each and I have no idea what to chose. If you are like me and enjoy a good planner- what are your favorites? Do you have experience with any of these and want to give insight? I’d love it! (Please don’t judge this post in light of this post about making decisions.)