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Planners, planners, planners

It's not that I'm addicted to planners because I'm not. I can stop anytime. Really, I can. When compared to the vast collections of planners that the planner community on Instagram or YouTube boast about, I am but a mere amateur. I only have two. Well. . . three. Okay, four. You see, I went to Target yesterday and they had the cutest little planners for $1.00! You'll agree that I couldn't leave a cute planner that only costs $1.00 abandoned in a cold and lonely store bin. I'm not sure yet what I am going to use this little planner for, but I'm sure I will think of something.

The two planners that see all the action are my personal planner and my work planner. I like keeping these areas of my life separate. The planner that I use for my personal life is a Day-Timer Family Plus planner. I chose it because it is the closest thing I can come to a Filofax right now without breaking the bank, and I've been lusting after a Filofax for the better part of two years now. This planner is perfect for my personal goals and projects because it is very customizable. Since my goals and projects tend to change and evolve over time, I need a planner that can change and evolve with them.

The planner that I use for work is a Blue Sky spiral bound planner. I chose this one for work because it gives me ample space to write, and I don't find the need to have this planner be as customizable as my personal one. Besides, this is as close as I am going to get to an Erin Condren spiral planner without breaking the bank, and I've been lusting after and Erin Condren planner, too.

Now, I know that there are many great smartphone apps that one can use for planning and scheduling. For me, actually writing down my goals, plans and appointments on paper helps them stick in memory better. Plus, writing things on paper is an easier way for me to brainstorm.

In the photo below, you can see my other planners. The paisley one is the one I bought at Target yesterday. Isn't it adorable? The little black one is used as a journal/diary/brain dumping site of sorts. What about you? Do you prefer planners or smartphone apps and which ones do you use?

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fufurinha wrote on January 2, 2015, 11:45 AM

I only use my mobile's agenda. It is easier to use and it is always with me :)

JustMe wrote on January 2, 2015, 11:53 AM

Yes, the mobile agendas definitely have their advantages, too. The important thing is that it works for you :)

MStarDutchess wrote on January 3, 2015, 2:52 AM

I don't buy planners but it's become a running joke among friends about all the notebooks and journals of difference sizes that I own.I also love things like stickers and pretty stationery. I wouldn't venture into the planner buying because I know I'd become addicted to it as well.

JustMe wrote on January 3, 2015, 5:20 PM

I love notebooks, stationery and just about all kinds of office supplies. I have quite a stash of notebooks of all shapes and sizes. I've resolved not to buy a single new notebook this year. I really need to use up what I have.

Angeles wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:33 PM

What a good idea, to separate work and personal with two different planners! I really like the idea, and guess it's something I'll do from now on. Thanks!

JustMe wrote on January 5, 2015, 8:04 PM

It has worked really well for me, and I hope it will work for you.