Friday, October 2, 2015

[31 Days #2] What Kind of Planner Are You?

I've been using a planner consistently for a little over a year now.  You can read here about my planner use before 2014.  If you are a loyal reader of this blog, you know that I have adopted many of the techniques that Kristy writes about on her blog, Giftie Etcetera, so many of my tips are not original (why reinvent the wheel?) and I will try to always link back to the sources I use.

I refer Kristy's method as a no-nonsense approach - write everything down that needs to be done, processing these items into different areas of the planner in order to take care of them in the most efficient way possible.

Many people like to decorate their planners in varying degrees.  You have, what I call, the scrapbook planners where every day is decorated with tape and stickers and decorative writing.  I loved scrapbooking for a long while but then I had children.  I can't do scrapbooking and planning at the same time - I get waay to distracted.

See the Washi tape in that little drawer (it's about 9 inches wide)?  That's all the tape I have.  I bought the thin, solid color tape probably my first week of planning  Every once in awhile I will use it to put a line of color on one of my pages, but 98% of the pages in my planner have no tape or other decorations.

A person's planner is as unique as they are and what works for one, will not work for all.  Decorating pages does not working for me.  My planner is more like a portable brain and that is what I need it for the most.

What kind of planner are you?  I'd love to get some discussions going this month so if you'd like to join in on the conversation, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.


  1. To answer your question, "What kind of planner are you?" By necessity I'm definitely not a pre-decorator. I'd been using a vertical W2P for a few months, and am trying out a W2P horizontal (the week on the left page and checklist and grid space on the right) for October. I'm using an FC Compact, so in either format there's not much space for anything extra. Any decorations are usually an afterthought. Very hard to do, since I am an admitted sticker junkie. We won't even talk about washi.

  2. I love the *idea* of decorating, and have tried it multiple times. But it just isn't necessary for me. I love my planner itself. I love the pens I'm using in it and while I may not love the insert I've got, it's almost full and can be switched out shortly! I'm in a Field Notes size right now, as well, so there isn't really a whole lot of room for decorating - and that's just fine with me! I've learned to find another way to use all my crafty supplies, and it's working out quite well - and not while cluttering up my planner!

  3. I love my planner--it's a Moleskine week-by-week and it's bound like a book. I used a lot of colored pens this year to stay organized (pink for dance schedules, for example), and I'm intrigued by washi. I haven't tried it, though.

  4. I have 2 planners and I like to decorate them but i just do a little decorating. I don't have elaborate stickers and washi and embellishment stuff although I would like them! I just don't have time for all that! I'm just simple, write my stuff and pretty much thats it!
    Natalie :0)

  5. I use Erin Condren Life Planner and I do minimal decorating. I have a lot going on with family and volunteer stuff I need all the space I can get. I do like to use washi and some stickers to brighten the page up a little though.

  6. I have multiple planners for different purposes and prefer to use decorative reminder stickers and coloured pens. I have lots of washi but only use it occasionally to cover up messiness.

  7. I use to scrapbook as well, so I love the aspect of decorating. But as a Flight Attendant, that is always on the...air, I never seem to have time to decorate anything. I do both pre-decorating and post-decorating, depending on the time and location of where I am and what I am planning for that week lol