This post will no doubt have blood spurting out of Jimmy's ears.
Why? You ask. Well my decade-long hunt for the perfect planner sends him into a tailspin. It probably has to do with the amount of money I spend on each one, and the fact that I can't remember the last time I began and ended a year with the same planner.
I have a problem, I'm aware of this.
But what's the solution? If I was uber creative, I would open my own Etsy shop and make the perfect planner based on everything I've ever wanted. But that kind of seems like a lot of work. And creativity.
So, I've been hunting and searching. The perfect planner is out there, I'm sure of it. In the last year, I've tried FOUR different types of planners/agendas/organizational tools. Oh God. Four. In a YEAR. Is there an AA for planner obsessions? I'm sorry, Jimmy. (I'm not).
Here's the good, the bad, the nitty gritty of an obsessive planner freak.
1. Commit 30 Daily Planner
What I liked: Okidoke, so this planner I wanted to love. I was absolutely, 100% sure I was going to. And I love the idea of it. Basically, each month you make a goal for yourself. It has a lovely page where you write that goal down, and you plan out steps to achieve said goal. There are also pages of motivational quotes. Neat, eh? It's also well made.
What I disliked: Let's be honest here. Sometimes I struggle to fulfill my daily goals, let alone monthly ones. So while I wanted to be all like, "YEAH! Boom, suck it, February, I got this goal!" It was more like, "Oh shut up, February, what do you know anyway?" I started off strong, but an inanimate object made of leather and paper ended up just being a judgmental asshole. Ultimately, it did more than I wanted it to. I want to write down "drinks with the girls" without the constant reminder that I ate bread yesterday when I said I wouldn't.
Disclaimer: I am totally aware that this planner did not work for me because I might have some "following through" issues. Whatevs.
2. Lily Pulitzer Monthly Planner
What I liked: Lily Pulitzer items are so colorful and pretty! That's what initially drew me to this planner. I found it at Swoozie's, which is basically the best store in the world. So many knick knacks. Anywho, It had a great monthly layout and then a lot of room to write down what you need to do day-to-day. It also came with a fun sticker sheet.
Disclaimer: There aren't any Lily planners on Swoozie's website right now, but there are some beautiful Kate Spade and Emily Ley ones. I can't tell you much more, because I had to immediately close my browser so I wouldn't buy one of those. Le sigh.
What I disliked: There wasn't a whole lot I disliked about this planner. The major thing was that there weren't many note pages. I like to use those for grocery lists, random book ideas, or you know, doodling. Whatever. It also didn't feel very sturdy. Papers were always flying out of it, pages getting bent. That sort of thing. But all-in-all, it was a pretty good planner.
3. May Designs
What I liked: I'll admit, I pretty much adore anything from May designs. I love their little notebooks, and I can spend hours trying to design my next one. I use them a lot for my book ideas and notes. May Designs allows you to create blank notebooks, monthly & academic agendas, appointment books, teacher planners, pregnancy journals, gratitude journals, budget planners, meal planners, etc. I mean the list goes on and on. Since they started they have really increased their options. AND, now they have a larger size notebook and agenda, which they haven't had before. (I like it).
What I disliked: When I had an actual planner/agenda from them, there were two things I didn't like. First, the covers of all of their notebooks are made of thick paper. So when I threw it in my work bag, it always got bent, mangled, dirty, and that drove me nuts. Second, for an agenda/planner, I thought it was too small.
Disclaimer: Well, dammit, May Designs recently threw both my complaints right out the window. First, as I mentioned before, they now sell a larger size notebook. Second, they just came out with these "folios" that are amazeballs. You can carry up to four May Design notebooks in one leather-bound folio. A couple of weeks ago they were selling them on GMA deals (Good Morning America- seriously, if you guys aren't following their deals, you are missing out!), and I may have sent the link to Jimmy. Well, he bought me a folio for my birthday, and gave it to me two weeks early because why not?
4. Create 365 "The Happy Planner" (my current obsession alongside my new May Design folio)
What I like: OOheee, my sister Kasey introduced me to the beauty of Create 365, available to any of you at your local Michaels craft store. Yes, seriously. Michaels. What I love about this option is that I basically got to create my own planner. It comes in a kit (click the link), I started it at any month I wanted, it comes with monthly and daily stickers so I didn't have to write out anything on my own. And you can add anything you want to it. Extra note pages, sticky pads, anything you want that they have. I've been to a couple of Michaels now, and the aisle that holds the Create 365 stuff is like a magical fairy land! The possibilities are endless!
What I dislike: Honestly, so far nothing. It's working how I want and need it to. I added extra note pages for anything I need. It's colorful and fun. Check back in about 3 months though. Hmph.
There ya have it! What do you all use for a planner? To keep organized? I know there are a lot of you out there that use your phones, and I've tried that, but I just like writing stuff down. I like having my lists. Let me know if I've missed out on the best planner in the world! I'm always up for suggestions.
Until next time,