The last few months I’ve been looking into hobbies and what to do in my ‘spare time’. A large part of this has been thinking back to what I used to like doing growing up.
As a teenager, I loved keeping a diary: not a ‘dear diary’ journal but a record of what was happening in my life at the time, even if it was ‘assignment due’. Few years on, I LOVE pretty stationery (long-time Kikki-k VIP). More recently, I have journalled, jotting down feelings during times of high stress.
Add to this the general organisation it takes to be mother, worker, sister, aunt, and friend in 2016, I also needed something to see my week-at-a-glance, contain paperwork, and general thought-bubbles.
Several hours of research later, here are the journals and planners I looked into and what I thought of each:
Desire Map Planner by Danielle La Porte – sold out for 2016, it was available in both daily and weekly views. Pitched to position your ‘day-to-day alongside your dreams’ this was very tempting. I didn’t choose this one as I still use my electronic calendar for my daily schedule (pop-ups reminders). I am still torn about the weekly version though, and it might top the list for 2017. If anything, head to the website and sign up for Danielle’s daily #Truthbombs
Passion Planner – Another ‘all-in-one weekly appointment calendar, journal, goal setting guide, and to-do list log integrated in one’. A great thing about this planner, is that you can download a pdf and print your own if you wish. Plus you can choose if you want your week to begin on a Sunday or Monday (although I can’t imagine why anyone would want their week to start on a Sunday and have their weekends split up). They also have a ‘pay-it-forward’ program, where you can purchase a planner for someone who can’t afford one themselves. Like the Desire Map Planner, this one went into the hourly schedule, which is too detailed for my needs.
Plum Paper Planner – this one was getting closer to what I needed, and it has 15 different add-ons (Baby Planner, Blog Planner, Budget Planner, other things you need to plan that don’t start with B) and this is what swayed my decision away from this planner – too much choice!
Daily Greatness Journal – I love the colours in this journal. It would make me want to open it everyday. It’s great if you’ve got a big goal to achieve, and is available in specialised versions if those goals are focussed on yoga, training, or setting up/running a business. Undated, so you can start using anytime of the year.
Erin Condren LifePlanner – this is one I chose for 2016, with the ‘menu planner’ add-on. When I started my research for planners, this one came up again and again. What won me over, was something that has become a bit of a hobby: planner stickers! After customising the cover, I wanted to add some colour to the inside pages too. Another internet search, and turns out ‘planner stickers’ is a whole industry. There are some beautiful stickers available on Etsy and I’ve found Vintage Glam Studio with free printables!
So, it’s the beginning of February – has having a sparkly planner been useful so far in 2016? I do have it open on my desk at work, so I can jot down things when I think of them. I need to get into the habit of checking it before bed, and referring to it over the weekend when I can be a bit more creative. I’m not 100% sold on the Erin Condren layout and I’ll continue to tweak what I capture throughout the week.
What keeps you organised and on-track?