I know many of you have been asking about my planner, and here is your planner fix! Over the years, I have had tons of questions relating to how I keep myself, my blog, and my business organized. And the truth is, with lots of organizing!! As a student (all the way through college), I always used one of those plain student/academic planners obsessively.
Well, the same semester I graduated from college, I started SP & Company, and I was just as obsessive about planning, BUT I didn’t actually use a planner. I had many notebooks, binders, clipboards, and post-it notes just everywhere.
That worked for me quite well, but some things were falling through the cracks. I then consolidated to mostly one main notebook & that worked for me for most things. But it needed more customization. I needed the option of taking pages out & putting them back in, reordering them, etc.
I thought I was handling all my business stuff sort of well, until we moved into our first house & everything just went to heck. I couldn’t keep up with the new house duties, plus business duties, plus blog duties. I really needed a better system to keep up with everything.
As you can see, I have tried a bunch of things & after much careful thought, I decided to get a fully customizable planner and organize it so it fits with my needs perfectly. Since switching over to my planner, I have been better organized. I have FELT more at peace, like there isn’t 100 things I am forgetting to do. And I have kept myself on track with my tasks much better.
So with that said, I wanted to take the next few Wednesdays and share some of my planner organization & methods with you!
As a side note: While researching planner systems, I found that there is a whole world of planner addicts out there & I simply couldn’t believe there are entire youtube channels and blogs and Facebook groups JUST dedicated to planners & planner accessories. Seriously, I was almost as excited as I am with our lovely crafty community! If you are a fellow planner addict, be sure to google and find some awesome planner inspiration that’s out there.
Ok back to my planner, lol. . . I decided to use this planner for everything: business, blogging, and life. It just works for me to have almost everything together in one place.
I’m breaking this Mini Series into the following sections:
- (Today) The actual planner I have, why I chose it. My planner organization & overview. And what pens I am using!
- Planner Pages & Organization for Bloggers
- Planner Pages & Organization for To Do Lists, Daily Tasks & Projects
- Planner Pages & Organization for Home (Meal, Cleaning, Bills, etc)
- Planner Pages & Organization for Setting & Achieving Goals
- Planner Extras, Bells & Whistles, Accessories & some alternative planner options (both cheaper & more expensive than mine).
People say it takes anywhere from 28 days to 3 months to build a habit so join me on this planning journey & let’s get organized!
So like it shows in the list above, I have two main things to talk about today. First up, here is a look at my planner system. It is an ARC by Staples Junior Size notebook. So far I am absolutely loving it & it is a system I feel like I could use long term. I actually plan on getting the larger size for making a home management/maintenance binder. In this video, I discuss what I was doing, what I have been doing, and then the change I had planed to make.
To see the current planner page printables I have available, click here! And if you have a suggestion for other pages you would like to have, let me know! I will try my best to make a page that will work for you.
Now that it has been about a week since I filmed this video, I do have an update on the 2nd planner part & it is totally working for me so far!
So I got these awesome pens & I did a whole video on them. I love office supplies (especially colorful pens and sticky notes!) & I couldn’t believe that they actually made pens this cool. What have I been missing?! LOL Anyway, one of my Project Life stories for WEEK1 is about my pens & my hubby’s hilarious reaction to them. You can kind of read the story in my How to Type on Journaling Cards video.
The pens are the Hi-Tec-C Coleto Pen and Uni Style Fit Multi-penColors Swatch:
And that’s it for today! I feel like I am just so much more organized now & I love that feeling of not having to remember a million things in my head. I go to sleep better at night knowing that what I have to do is already written down in my planner. Saves me lots of head space 😀
If you are a planner geek like me, be sure to hop in instagram because there are so many good hashtags that you can see other people’s organization. I have been sharing my planner on there at lot too.
Are you currently using a planner? What kind is it & what do you like/not like about your current planner setup?