Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An Introduction to the Planner World

If you're already familiar with the planner community, then none of this will come as a surprise to you.  But if you're just getting started, it can be a little overwhelming at first.  So this is an introduction to the ins and outs of using a planner, and making it work for you.  Consider this "Planner 101"...let's get started!

Why Plan?

Before we delve into the stickers and washi tape, let's start at the beginning: why have a paper planner in the first place?  I get it, every smartphone these days comes with a calendar that you can customize and program with reminders, but that isn't a failproof way to stay on track.  Batteries die, and systems crash, which is why having a paper backup is a foolproof way to keep track of important information.  And to be perfectly honest, in a digital world, it's somewhat nostalgic to have physical pen and paper nearby.

The Basics of Planner Types

Broadly, there are three different types of planners: ring bound, disc bound, and wire bound.  Ring bound planners have binder style rings, and a leather or vinyl cover.  (Think Filofax, Franklin Covey, or Kikki-K.) Disc bound planners have pages bound together by plastic discs, and a plastic or card stock cover.  (Think The Happy Planner, or arc.). And wire bound planners have a wire binding, and plastic or card stock cover.  (Think Erin Condren, or DayTimer.)  In the end, whichever type of planner you decide to go with depends on how you want to use it.  If you want something that's large and offers plenty of room to write, then a disc bound or wire bound planner would probably be best.  Or if you want something that's more customizable and easy to travel with, then a ring bound planner would probably be the better option.  You can also find a summary of different planner sizes by clicking here. Just do some research, and consider what you might include in your planner.  Which conveniently brings us to the next point...

What Do You Include in a Planner?

Aside from the obvious, there are soooo many other things that can be included in a planner.  Below is just a sampling of some of the things you can include:

All of the Accessories

The next thing to consider is probably the most fun...the accessories!  And while you certainly don't need to use every bit of them, it does help to make your planner even more personalized.  To start, you need a good pen in your choice of ink, but beyond that, you can choose from a very wide variety of colorful pens and markers, highlighters, sticky notes, washi tape, stickers, bands, and clips.  Use all gold and black, or seasonal designs, or only one of them, or none at all- it's your planner, and you get to choose how you want it to look.

Dive into the Planning Community

Probably the best part of using a planner is plugging into the planning community.  There are TONS of planner groups on Facebook, and Instagrammers that post how they're using their planners.  Just do a quick search using keywords like "planning", "planner love", "planner nerd",  "planner community", "planner girl" get the idea!  ;). It's an amazing way to network with new people, and find inspiration for your own planner. 

Achieving Planner Peace

What's planner peace?  When you find your right planner, with the right content and setup, and accessories that suit your taste. It keeps you organized, helps you relax, and best of all, helps you to stay on top of every day life.  Have fun!  :)

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