Let me start by saying that I just love all my planners and I love planning. Recently I have found myself in a “planner overload”. I would not pick up my planner for days or even a couple of weeks. I became so “planned out” and almost felt done with my planner.
Then a few weeks into this….I missed sitting and writing in it. I missed confirming my schedule or just making some notes in it. I began to realize that my life had become so crazy busy and so overwhelming in general that I hadn’t even noticed how bad it had gotten. Then I realized it wasn’t my planner but just time in general that had become too busy and crazy and that I needed to slow things down and regroup. In doing this, I found that I needed to simplify my life in any area that I could.
Throughout the year I will switch from a ringbound, to an A5 Filofax, then to a mini or a Travelers Notebook …. and I enjoy them all. My planner is not only my “dailies”, but my calendar and also my journal, notebook, and A-Z files for just about everything that I do. Sticky notes and stickers have become my best friends as well and all the bells and whistles that you can add to your planner. But when life is busy this stuff is busy too to look at….or at least in my mind.
So what is a “Planner Girl” to do…..I decided to go simple for a while and use a Dollar Tree basic planner and planner inserts that I came across. They are basic and just perfect for where I am in life. I found that the simplicity of it keeps my mind clear of business in my planner and a basic and simple calendar helped too.
Someday I am sure that I will find myself back using my “chunky” planners with all the perks and goodies …. but for now simple is better for me.
How about you….do you change-up your planners? What makes you decide to change things around?
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
Well it is “Planner Tuesday”! This will be a simple post….as simple as, “I love Frixion pens”. I first saw these pens on a You-Tube channel. I had never heard of them and I was intrigued with having an erasable pen for my planner.
I just had to find them right away…so where else would I look but Amazon Prime. Sure enough I found them, and I was able to get them in many different colors.
I am not a big color coder in my planner; I found that using too many colors can be confusing for me. I do however use red for family, blue for work and green for anything unusual. (KISS – Keep it simple). But there are lots of choices that you can choose from if you do like to color code.
With my crazy busy life…..my planner keeps me in check and sain. But now that I have erasable pens to match my ever changing schedule. So when life changes as it does, I can just erase and reschedule.
What is your favorite pen for your planner?
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
I know from being in the planner community that “Planner Peace “is what we strive for. I laugh when I hear people so satisfied with only 1 planner and talk about it as if they have died and gone to heaven. Not me….l LOVE all types!
I started with a Filofax Malden and Yes it is still my first love. Then I moved to an A5 and I loved the size for writing and recording, but it was too big to carry. So I tried a Travelers Notebook for a year, but found it was too confusing for me with all the notebooks. A TN is great to journal in but I don’t like it as a planner. So I went back back to a personal size and I love the size for carrying around in my bag….but, yes it happened again that I needed more room to write. So you guessed it back to an A5.
So today is the day I waiting with excitement, anticipation and overwhelming JOY for the arrival of a new planner. After touching it a few times, smelling it and holding it tight. I then turned each page like it was the first time I ever owned a planner. Do you find yourself doing the same thing and switching it up?
Oh the JOY of watching for the box to come…opening the box…looking into the box….grabbing the planner…and then opening it. So many wonderful feelings all rolled up in one! So here is goes, the unboxing and my new planner for at least a while. More details to come with what I am doing with my other planners too.
Watch for “Planner Tuesday”….where I will chat with you about my planners, planner goodies, planner ideas, layouts, and more.
Send me your what your favorite planner is and why in the comments below!
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
I am a creative person in most everything that I do!! I love to create new recipes, decorate my home and then redecorate it again and again. And who can forget….scrap-booking, tole painting, card making, any type of paper crafting, quilling, quilting and so many other wonderful outlets.
With being a wife of an Epileptic husband and a mom of an Autistic son…. my days do not always allow me the time or frame of mind to create in the above areas that I mentioned. I also work full-time and home-school our youngest…while doing that, I am also involved in support groups, and many ministries in and outside of my home. So a planner is a practical tool for me…. but also a much-needed outlet for me. But I have now learned to enjoy on a smaller scale the joy of be part of the planner community and to decorate my planner. This is an outlet that can allow me to create on days when I need to do mindless work, and a simple creative opportunity.
To some of my family and friends…they find this just plan nuts!!! I have always used a planner since my first job and the start of my career. Even back then 30 years+ ago…I would add a sticker, or doodle in it with a flower or two. I loved the look when I would open my calendar and see the art work next to the event or schedule I needed to attend.
Move forward 30+ years….and the planner community has allowed me a whole new way to create. Are you part of it? Have you been bitten by the planner bug? Does the smell of stickers and does pen ink excite you? Is going to the Dollar Tree and finding a new sickly note a highlight of your day…..well it is for me and many others. Just watching my Facebook groups with new hauls and new items from Etsy and the “DT”….is so much fun.
I will share in another blog post the breakdown of my planners and how I currently use them….but this was just a quick preview of what I like to use for my daily planner. My work schedule, my daily activities, my to-do list and other misc. dates to remember are in my Mini Happy Planner. This is a new style of planner for me this year and I am loving it!!!!!!
Here are a few pics of some of my favorite items and a picture of a before and after for both a monthly and weekly spread before the pen.
Reply below and tell me how you use your planner…..what items do you like to use in it? What is your favorite pen to use? Oh yes send pics too!!!!!
Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother