Not much of a planner person? No me neither
Do you answer “Yes” to any of these questions when it comes to planning
- Love the idea of planning but haven’t found the right planner or process?
- Need help at planning your day, week, month?
- Don’t like the idea of having a planner?
- Forget important tasks and dates?
This is me.
What planner is right for me?
I love the concept of a planner or a diary or a bullet journal however I can never get past a few weeks of using one. They just don’t suit me. And there are so many lovely planners out there that I think wow that would be awesome, however I can not justify the price if I am only going to use it for a few weeks. So I decided to simplify it to suit me.
I do use my google calendar which is synced up to hubby’s work calendar so I know what meeting etc he has and when he will be home etc, however apart from that I am pretty hopeless at remembering birthdays, appointments etc unless they are written down in front of my face.
The early planner years
Over the years I have brought several planners and diaries. And recently jumped on the bullet journal train. I have spent anywhere between $2.00 from the cheap store to about $100.00 (yes you read that right) and after 2 weeks I forget or get bored of them.
Flash back to when I left a job I was given a gift voucher to a big department store and I just had to go and get this beautiful leather bound diary. I was so in love with it. I wrote all the birthdays in. All my important date. We were planning our wedding so I wrote quotes and dates and information in it. After about a month I think I either got bored or completely forgot to use it. I think about 90% of its pages were untouched. It just became a pretty thing sitting on my desk.
I was like this with my school diaries and university diaries. At the start of every year I would love getting the school diary and would make it all pretty with stickers and doodles and write all my homework and projects in it, friends birthdays and anything relating to school. By about the middle of the first term it was only important things I needed were written in and half the time it was left at home on my desk and my homework and assignments were written on a scrap piece of paper.
2016 Planner attempts
The start of 2016 I decided right I am going to get this planner thing down pat. Bahahaha who was I kidding. I purchase a Kikki K planner. A pretty pink one. I then jumped on to Etsy and purchased a planner and printed it all out. Ready to begin my organised life. HAHAHA well I don’t think I even got the planner pages hole punched and put in it before I gave up. Yep I am a hopeless planner.
2017 Planner attempts
Come 2017 I said that it I am getting my bum in gear and I am starting this planner journey. I have several reasons to be organised this year.
- Henry started school so I need to organise who is dropping him at school, who is picking him up, afterschool activities, school events, what day is library day, what day is banking day etc. etc.
- Hubby works from home however could be away for 1 day 2 days or just recently 10 days straight. So this impacts school routines, menu planning and a whole lot of things I need to plan around.
- I decided to start this Finding Time in the Chaos so I am planning when I can find time to write posts, schedule social media, write newsletters, back up computer and you name it whatever else us bloggers need to do to be a success.
- Throw in me working 4 days a week.
Well so far in 2017 I started with a cheap $2 diary, a note pad, several note books, printed several free planners that I have found, started a bullet journal and just used sticky notes, oh and a white board. Well I love the idea of all of them, but they just don’t work for me.
So what planner have I decided, I hear you asking.
So I spent most of March and April searching Pinterest, Google and Etsy trying to find something that will work for me. I have joined countless planner groups and spoken at lengths with a friend at work trying to figure out what and how I can plan my life. Well I think I may have come up with a plan. I am hoping and praying that I have. HAHAHA. I so hope I don’t change my mind in a few week after I post this. LOL
I decided that I don’t need a planner, I don’t need a bullet journal, I am really never going to be one that tracks my water intake or anything for that matter. I have simplified my organisation.
Here is what I have decided to do………………. Drum Roll
I made a few printables that suit me in A5 size and I printed out as many as I need. I have the following planner sheets that I use.
- Year at a glance
- Blogging Ideas
- To do list
- Password Tracker
- Social Media Tracker
I then have this hanging up on 2 notice boards which I got from IKEA. All I have done is clip them together with a bulldog clip and then got some command hooks and have hung them up. They are hanging right above my computer screen so I can easily glance up and see where or what I am up to. When I need to update them or write a new to do list or blog ideas I simply grab it off the wall and write them out and hang the most recent one up at the front. Any completed lists, ideas and tasks that I have finished that I feel I will require again I have placed in a folder and any to do lists that are completed and no longer require can go in the bin.
As mentioned for important appointments I put these into google calendar as I have synced up the calendar with hubby’s work diary so I can see when he will be home or away.
We also have a command centre in the kitchen so at a glance we can see what is happening for the week/ month and what are some important tasks, what’s for dinner and other to do lists. I plan on writing a blog post on this so you can see how I organise this part of my life so stay tuned.
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Leave me a comment below and let me know how you plan your life.