What I look for in a Planner.
Updated: Apr 22
OR "Jammin on my planner!" an ode to Leslie Knope.
Much like my idol Leslie Knope, I very much look forward to the start of a new year because it meeeeans..... it's time for a new planner!
My love story with planners dates all the way back to 3rd or 4th grade. I was given one by my elementary school to write down homework assignments and I quickly discovered that it could be so much more! I started doodling with my markers, adding bubble letters to the dates, and on the rare and most marvelous of occasions.... used some stickers! It became my own little personal bible and book of self expression. Keeping me organized and creative all at the same time. My mindset has not much shifted between now and then. It is still my little colorful corner of the world, just with a few more responsibilities to plan out. It brings me joy to add to the lists and decorate my life unfolding.
A planner is the best motivational + organizational tool in my arsenal and over the years I have really narrowed down what works best for me and my style. Since I am so specific, I thought it would be fun to share what I look for when shopping for a planner. Check it out below.
"Weekly" OR "Daily Planner" in the title.
This means that there is a space for each day of the week beyond the calendar. I like to be able to see my month at a glance, but also add to each day. This comes in handy when you need t add details like an address or to keep track of audition details. It has it's own space, and does not need to be squishes into your little calendar square!
After much research and investigation, I ended up with the exact same planner that I fell in love with last year. It has tabs + a calendar at the start of each month and each day also gets it's own page. Each daily page includes an hourly schedule, daily to-do list, a section for "Today's top three", "Tonight", and "Gratitude". This. Is. My. DREAM! A list for EVERYDAY!? Lists are my love language. I am the type who's lists have lists. My mother once said people will be finding my lists long after I die. She's not wrong! When I am having trouble focusing or getting things accomplished, I will plan out my day by the hour. This really helps me to lay out my priorities and tackle my tasks in an organized fashion.
After trying all different types the pretty bound books with gold edges, binders with build your own options, etc. I have found that a regular old spiral works best for me. It can be laid out flat when planning the entire month, or it can fold over comfortably when just working on one day. This is the way..... (any Mandalorian fans reading?!)
Whether it's a goal planner in the front portion, a box for daily gratitude, inspiration quote sprinkled throughout the pages, or just an absolutely stunning design on the cover. I always look for something that inspires me. I'm a sucker for a good pattern or color scheme!
Make it my own!
As much as I like a fun design on the outside, I do look for a rather simple design inside. This little book is a huge creative outlet for me, so having somewhat of a blank slate to start with is key. This way I can design each month and each day as I picture! Maybe whimsical snowflakes for January, dainty vines for the spring, spooky pumpkins for October, etc. The pages allow for all sorts of creativity to flow and help to make planning fun! This is also where I get to bring in another of my major loves... pens, markers, and stickers! Here are links for some of my fav pens/markers and super fun stickers!
Now get out there and find your best planner match! Let's take on 2020 with focus. If you have any crazy awesome unique planner tips, leave em in the comments below! I would love to see how you plan!