My Five Favourite Planner Things
By Creative Planning Team - Suzanne Roberts
There are so many planners and accessories available these days to make planning fun and pretty and productivity easier to look at. This week I'm sharing my top 5 items for my planning.
1. My Planner first and foremost:
Why an Erin Condren Planner for me? I've always loved planning and in some shape or form I've had a Planner since an early age. I always had a diary with a little lock and key as a small child which then progressed to the Funfax file and then academic planners, filofaxes etc.
I found Erin Condren planners about two and half years ago through Instagram and after finding the EllieBeth Designs UK Planner community. Once I bought my first 7x9 I was hooked. The quality, the feel, the chunkiness and the format of weekly vertical really worked for me. I've tried a variety of other planners alongside my EC but they just didn't bring me the Planner Peace I think we all strive for.
Where would I be without Planner stickers? And specifically my two Favourite sticker sheets from EllieBeth, those being Weekly Core and Half Boxes. I found very quickly that these two sheets were perfect for my planning style and even though I may change my spreads now and again to incorporate other stickers, I always find myself drawn to my trusted format. The weekly core holds a mixture of every type of sticker I need to set up a full weeks spread and together with the half box sheet I get 7 days coverage of daily checklist half boxes and I get enough washi strips for a full weeks spread.
3. My Reusable Sticker Album:
A relatively new addition to my favourites list but an important one just the same. My first album was in the EBDUK Spring Experience Box. As soon as I got it I couldn't wait to start sorting my stickers. I had sheets and sheets of odd stickers filling up my sticker file albums. I was now able to pull together bits of collections, colour match, format pages to include scripts and characters (Penguin Joe of course)
This album has really helped me use up lots of stickers that would normally have sat on sheets for months. I have been able to change my spreads to incorporate themes, formats and styles so I can use up the vast array of stickers I had, which in turn has saved me lots of money.
4. Planner Pouch:
With an imminent stay in hospital approaching to have our son, I've found myself planning how I will plan whilst away from home. I have to plan everyday. It helps my mindset and calms me. I've put alot of work into getting well ahead with spreads for when baby arrives so I can still take the minimal time each day to fill in my planner. The large Planner pouch is a perfect size for carrying everything I need with me. I can fit my 7x9 EC, my reusable sticker album and my planny pack (or pencil case) into it. Perfection.
5. The EllieBeth Designs UK Planner Community:
When you find a group and community of people who love what you love and can understand your passion for planning, organising and your love of all things stationery it really can give you the confidence to shine again. After a very busy 23 year career in retail and regional management I was feeling a little lost. Being a stay at home mummy certainly has its benefits but for someone who likes to keep busy it can be a lonely existence at times. Finding a supportive community who just 'get me' has been an absolute sanity saver and has really given me something to get my teeth into again and I couldn't be more grateful.
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