So the obsession started in February 2016 .I have watched so many YouTube videos about planning techniques, different planners, planner decor, productivity, etc. There are so many inspirational people that definitely deliver the message – Life is hectic nowadays! You need a system to keep up.
And so, as any girly girl I needed a planner that is also fun and stylish and decorated nicely. Thank God, I have the most amazing boyfriend who likes seeing me happy no matter how ridiculous ideas I have. And so he ordered me this gorgeous planner from KikkiK (A5-large, Perforated in the colour Mint).
And then I’ve just gone crazy. I bought a lamination machine, tons of stationary supplies, printed out lots and lots of stuff to get my planner going, with the intention for it to reflect my chaotic personality.
For me this was amazingly satisfying. The planner not only gave me joy of decorating but also actually helped me to stay on top of things in my life. Before my system looked more like this :
Then I tried journalin. However it didn’t work out for me because it was too static. I couldn’t take out what I wrote without tearing pages or regroup something to different categories, etc. And a planner with rings that open up is a perfect solution for this – you can always change anything you want in there.
Of course, I am still transitioning from the old system. I think you really need to experiment with different techniques of planning to really find what works for you, especially with day-to-day things. For now, I usually just sit down and put all of my sticky notes into the planner by category. In my planner I have these categories sectioned-out:
I am still using a lot of the original stuff that came with the planner. But I think you can transform anything into anything. Even when the pages say ‘Meeting notes’ you can just stick some washi tape and make it into what ever you need it to be.
My month on two pages view:
Wishlist come in a form of a vision board:
Some of my stationary:
Here are some links to some of the stationary and printouts I have used, if you are interested:
Some paperclips for your planner
Some Folder dividers (very functional!)
It is really fun to sit down at least once a week and just decorate and plan away. You get kind of a broader look on your life and how busy or not busy you are. I find that I really need to write down what I want to do in life (doesn’t matter if it’s now or some time in the future). At least for me, it is sometimes so, that I want to do something and I just talk about it. However, if I write it down, it makes me rethink and maybe even make a plan of how exactly that thing can be done. Thus, I become active towards that goal. And of course, the planner saves you the trouble of remembering everything you need to do as well as some brilliant ideas that sometimes slip away if you don’t jot them down really quickly.
Hope you enjoyed this post and found something useful and inspiring.