I am a planner girl.
It started in high school when I was in pretty much the maximum capacity of extracuricular activities and had to keep play rehearsals, yearbook deadlines and all of my school projects straight.
Granted, I did graduate high school before all of the iMadness began, and while I do use my phone and PC for certain reminders, nothing can replace a good 'ol paper planner for yours truly.
Maybe its the act of writing it down that makes me remember - or maybe its just because I love any excuse to use fun colored pens - but either way, I'm a paper planner girl.
Over the years my tastes have evolved and needs have evolved and changed. And during that time I have been able to see what works and what doesn't for my lifestyle. Here's my criteria for a good planner:
- Must fit in a purse
- Weekly and monthly sections
- All date boxes in month must be big enough to write in - a lot.
- Somewhere for me to stick random paperwork, bills, etc.
- Cute - or at least able to be customized
Over the past couple of years, I have seen many of the blogs I follow feature the Erin Condren Life Planner but I was apprehensive of the price - I am a bargain hunter after all. But, it was hard to ignore the rave reviews, so when it came time to make my yearly planner purchase I decided to see what all the hubbub was about and WOW! Totally worth it!
So, without further ado, here she is, my planner - a.k.a. The book that runs my life!
|I chose the 'Favorite Things' style. |
While I did have a TON of pictures to choose from, I chose this design because
it helped me capture all the quotes or memories that never cease to make me smile.
|Yep, that's a color code key - just in case I forget what each pen color means....|
like that ever happens. :)
|There's also a year at a glance section which I love - |
especially when it comes to vacation planning!
|Then there's the weekly option. Remember how the red blurs were bills? |
Well here is where I jot down the confirmation number from my online bill pay -
and where I put specific times for meetings, Jazzercise class times and such. :)
|But, just to further fuel my little obsession on everything having its own place, I used my ever-handy label maker and the Post-it Durable tabs to create some special spaces of my own in my planner.|
At first I thought I would miss having a spot for my addresses, since I had them in my previous planner. But I was able to make a cute address book that I can reference any time and also takes up very little space. More on that craft in a later post. :)
So there you have it: my life in book form.
What keeps your organized?