My Planner Style
If you have been hanging around this blog for any significant amount of time you know that I live, breath, die by my planner.
I am the type of person that has to write anything...everything...down to remember it. A friend mentioned the Erin Condren Life Planner to me one day and I set a goal...
one day I was going to have one of those fancy planners.
It may seem strange to set a goal to buy a planner, but it really was a goal for me at the time. Erin Condren Life Planners aren't cheap. I have had more friends compliment me on my planner in one breath, and then bombard me with "You paid HOW MUCH for a paper planner!?!" comment in the next. And I totally understand it. I was a single mom for more than a couple years...I completely get it.
I tend to think of my planner as an investment. I use it all day, every day. So when I see the fifty five dollar price tag I think of it more as fifteen cents a day...because that is the way my Momma taught me to justify buying expensive purses.
So let's be clear... I still manage my schedule, along with that of my colleagues, via GoogleCalendar, but this is the relaxing helpful way that I manage my life!
When I first started using my Erin Condren Planner it looked a lot like this...
I did a lot of writing directly in my planner and used address labels to make sticker "to-do lists for myself. Honestly, it worked wonders for me, but it lacked a little bit of creativity.
My planning style has evolved over time just like anyone's study style will. I have really figured out what works for me personally and how I can encourage myself to plan thoughtfully by making it something that I love. This is my monthly spread. This sheet is as the beginning of every month in the ECLP and is so helpful in seeing your month at a glance.
In this part of my planner, we forget about pretty and we just cover seeing as much as possible at once. Anything that needs to be prepped for is listed in this section of the planner. Trips, times I will need a babysitter, days off... I don't list the day to day here, because honestly it can become cluttered quickly, but I do like to list the "BIG things" like our upcoming trip to New Orleans to see Mumford and Sons or the days I have off during the week.
My weekly spreads are where you can see the most evolution in my planning style. From one sticker to many...
Personal Kit (Would you like me to release it on Google Drive as a printable?)
Today, I use stickers to spice up my weeks. I love a theme. I always have, I always will. Using weeks with spring time themes, or donut themes, make the week feel special and separated from all of the other weeks in the year. You can order weekly kits like these from Etsy, or design your own.
Many times I decide upon a theme, design my own kit using Erin Condren measurements and then print my kits on full page labels from Office Depot and just cut them out myself.
I like to include the scheduled events for a day, a to do list, any bills that are due and our weekly menu. I also track my water intake and write all of my bill confirmation codes in my planner. I'm starting to think of it as a scrapbook just as much as a planner of my day.
I hope you guys enjoyed this planning blog. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments below. I happy to answer anything!!! As always, stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek!
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