Time is a precious commodity and it's easy to let it run away from us. I'm trying to make sure that I have time to plan in the things I really want to do amongst those things I have to do. It's really been helping to have monthly, weekly and daily layout views so that I can see the bigger picture and then be able to allocate time on a daily basis for what's important. Here's how I'm using each layout to help me do that.
Have you ever searched for what you consider to be your “perfect planner”? I think most people have but personally, I’ve never found one which contains the ideal layout for my lifestyle. But then, we all have different lives: we work, we stay home, we raise children (or not), socialise, etc, so why would there be a perfect planner that suits all of us?
Whenever I buy a new planner, I always wonder if it will turn out to be “the one”. You know, the single planner that will suit all my needs so I never need to buy another brand/type/size. Oh dear, I really should know better seeing as I’ve been part of the planner community since early 2018. One planner is never enough.
I’ve tried a variety of planners over the last 3 years: large ones, small ones, weekly views, daily pages, American and Japanese ones. They have all suited my needs at some time or other and I find the best way to keep on top of my planning life is to have regular reviews to check that that they are still doing what I need them to do.
It took me quite a while to find one planner that fitted all of my requirements. I’m sure that’s why so many people use multiple planners and frequently chop and change depending on circumstances. Planner peace is a hard won thing.
I began this year with a newish line up which included my Erin Condren life planner vertical layout franken planned with my Erin Condren Daily duo along 2 new introductions of an Erin Condren Pocket planner and an Aura Estelle cloud planner with vertical layout. I have to say this last lockdown during the cold winter months has certainly impacted the way I'm using planners and has really made me think about what to continue in the future.
As planners we are all about the visuals. February 2021 is the perfect month for this, starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. So with a Monday start calendar, four complete weeks, no overhang, no switching between monthly tabs in my planners…..and I love it!
I decided to celebrate this wonderful visual……… by choosing the beautiful ‘Meadow’ collection for my Hobonichi monthly layout, 2 weeks of its weekly layouts and the first week of February in my Erin Condren vertical layout.
I am definitely in the midst of a planner crisis at the moment and fidgeting all over the place. I can’t completely make a decision on what I want to use or the different parts of my set up that I want. I have used multiple planners over the past couple of weeks, which has thrown One Book July completely out the window.
Those of you that have seen my planning over the last few years will know that I love 2 things - Erin Condren planners and the vertical layout. But EC have changed the game and this year they have released a long awaited daily planner. The Daily Duo is 2 books of 6 months each with daily pages. Mine arrive last week and although it doesn't start until July, like all seasoned planners I've re-dated and stickerated so I can dive in now!