Okay this is the post where I confess WHY my current planner isn’t working for me. Trust me you won’t hear this reason too often I’m sure. But first let me back up a little and show you my current soon to be old planner. I use my planner to keep my blogging business life organized. I use a different method to keep my family organized which I talk about below.
Back in October I put together a planner using a small Martha Stewart binder and dividers along with some calendar pages from Daytimer. It is a great looking planner that allowed me space for the different sections of my blogging world which was awesome. It also included, from the Martha Stewart line, a zippered pen/pencil pouch and some business card holder pages. It was very functional and pretty too and I really did like it. In fact I took it to my blog conference in October in the US and got so many compliments on it.
However….there was just this ONE teeny tiny problem with it.
It was a pain to write in because I’m a LEFTIE.
There I said it. My planner doesn’t work for me because the big binder rings annoy the heck out of me every time I try to write in it. Now you’ve probably heard it all right? lol
So much so that eventually I just stopped using it altogether which for an organized person like me is a bit of a problem. Let’s just say I’m feeling a little scattered these days.
Sometimes we just have to cut our losses and move on. So, on a recent trip into the city, I picked up a new planner at Target by Blue Sky.
It’s just a simple inexpensive calendar that has monthly tabs which I really really like.
Plus it has a ton of daily space to write my lists on :)
The best part? It has a small spiral binding that doesn’t interfere with my writing. Sweet!
I also like the durable cover which acts as a big pocket so I could put my own picture in if I wanted to. Another bonus, which the Martha Stewart binder didn’t offer, is the ability to flip one side under the other taking up less space on my desk. That’s a very nice option for small spaces. The only problem with this planner though is that it doesn’t start until July so I’ve got another two weeks of disorganization and then I’m golden. Ha! :)
I know many of you swear by digital planners and calendars and while I’ve tried many of them they just don’t work for me. I try not to complicate my life more than I need to and keeping it simple is what works best for me. Many of you use your iPhone for such things but your eyes must be so much better than mine because I get totally annoyed by the little calendar screen. As for keeping my family organized, I use a large family fridge calendar and because it’s front and center on the fridge everyone sees it multiple times a day. The problem with digital organization for families is that it leaves the ones that don’t have a digital product (usually the young ones) at a disadvantage and families can’t run smoothly unless EVERYONE is using the same system. Just my two cents.
Anyone else out there a leftie that has experienced this same problem with their planner? Come on, admit it!
Also I’d love to know if you have ever had to abandon your planner at some point during the year for a different one? Would love to know why.
Have a great weekend everyone!