Only one week into my new job and I already realized something was missing – I needed a planner!
I’ve been a Google Calendar girl for years (seriously, that little calendar that syncs so beautifully with my phone was a lifesaver!), but I quickly realized that the google calendar was starting to fail me here. For starters, I needed a paper calendar I could pull out and make quick penciled notes on when planning something out (computers are great, but there’s something about penciling dates in that makes them so much clearer). I also needed something I could easily take to meetings and make quick reference to without pulling out my phone ( I try to leave my phone at my desk for meetings).
My co-worker (and several friends) have Erin Condren planners and are all obsessed. I’ll admit I’ve been tempted to buy one for a while, but the high price scared me away from something I wasn’t 100% sure I needed. When I realized I needed one, it was the fact I wasn’t 100% in love with any of the cover choices that turned me away. Yes, I’m that crazy.
So I took to Twitter and Facebook for advice and someone mentioned checking out Etsy for a good planner. I googled “Etsy + planner” and Plum Paper Designs was the first shop that came up. It was love at first sight! Cute covers, great layout, and room for notes – I was sold! I ordered one on Thursday and it arrived Monday morning. Considering it was a custom cover with my name on – that’s lightening speed!
Umm… I’m already obsessed with it. I can see why everyone loves a good planner.
Now I can quickly look at a calendar for reference without needing to pull my phone out or get online. Everything is laid out, organized, and beautiful.
At check out I was given the option of breaking the days into hourly increments or morning/afternoon/evening. I liked the extra room there was the play around with in the three part days, so I went with that option.
Please note this company did NOT send me a free planner. I just loved it so much when it arrived, that I had to share photos before I marked it all up.
I’ll have to do a follow-up in a couple of months to see how the paper planner is going. I was a paper planner person in high school and college (I miss the old FSU planner they gave to every student), but fell off the bandwagon when I started spending the majority of my day in front of a computer screen. Let’s see if it’s a habit that will pick up steam or if I’ll go back to google calendar. We’ll see.
How do you organize your life? Are you a paper planner person or do you stick to an online calendar source?