Planner chat

I’m a meticulous diary keeper and planner lover. I was that girl in high school who used different coloured pens for different subjects, and keep everything colour-coordinated, neat, and tidy.

When an ex introduced me to Moleskine diaries in 2006 it changed my life. I used a Moleskine week to a page diary for many years, and it was perfect. It had a week to a page on the left, and a lined page for ideas/notes/lists on the right. I had one year with a Filofax, but we had to break up. I used a Kikki K day to a page diary last year, and it was a great diary but it was hardback and too heavy, so I switched back to a Moleskine day to a page diary for 2016.

I’m not stoked with the Moleskine paper quality any more, it’s definitely changed since my early Moleskine days, and a few of my friends now have Erin Condren planners. So, naturally, now I’m considering an Erin Condren planner as well. I did some Instagram digging, and people sure are creative and talented with their planners!

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via Instagram

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Both images via the Erin Condren Instagram account

If I were to get one, and I’m not saying I’m at that stage yet, I would probably pick the Good to go Rose Gold LifePlanner because seriously it has a rose gold coil. I’m so used to having a day to a page layout and having a rolling to do list that I would probably prefer the vertical weekly layout option. My to do lists get pretty long! Then there’s the minefield of Etsy stores that supply stickers for the Erin Condren planners. (Seriously, check out these rose gold stickers.) It’s an absurd part of the internet that I’m not daring to delve too deeply in to until I’ve made a decision.

If you move away from the #ErinCondren tags and stick to plain and simple #PlannerAddict tags, unique and creative planner layouts like this can pop up:
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Via Instagram

I start to think that maybe my current diary and planning system is just fine and I’m the one with the problem — clearly I’m lacking some sort of creativity towards my planning routine, and maybe a fancy new planner won’t solve that.

I suppose what I’m looking for is some advice from those of you who do have Erin Condren planners or something similar to that. I’m also looking for inspiration. Show me your planners! If you have blog posts or YouTube videos about your planning routine, link them below in the comments.

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  • Paula J.

    Have you looked at Passion Planner? It is, for me, a “best of both worlds”! http://www.passionplanner.com

  • Teaching needs some serious oztgniraaion!! I use my phone’s calendar to schedule my non-school activities and to-do lists. For my school use, I have a Day Runner that I’ve kept since college that I replace every year, set the school schedule, and have a color coded system to let me know when I administer tests (class tests and state tests), projects, when grades need to be put in, etc. For class I have a post-it on my desk to tell me which lecture I start with, what worksheet, and class assignment is for the day, and I pile my worksheets and desktop (physical and computer) according to date to keep me organized. On my computer desktop, I have a folder with the six weeks as the title, and inside the folder the days of that six weeks, with digital copies of the worksheets in each folder set according to the order of the day’s lesson.For worksheets: I use file folders for all the unused worksheets (set according to the day of the week for absent students), the soon to be used worksheets (set according to the day of the week with a post-it on top for the day’s schedule), graded worksheets (set according to class period) and I have a folio in my school bag for my need to be graded worksheets (set according to class period, and another set of file folders for my already graded work (set according to class period).That’s about it, for lesson plans and such, I keep a hard copy of all my worksheets in a braded folder (the ones first graders use with the prong things on the inside). In that folder I have the lesson plans on top, then according to day I have the worksheets organized according to date.That’s my life as a teacher! LOL And can you believe I’m a Cancer!!! I think my moon was in Virgo or something when I was born! LOL <3Melinda