You’ve probably heard it before, but the ol’ saying is true: Failing to plan is literally planning to fail. One of the biggest mistakes people make when try to make a significant change in their life, is failing to prepare sufficiently. This applies to eating, drinking, sleeping, exercise, you name it … and it’s often a large stumbling block.
Personally, I’m a list person. I need to stay organized in order to not feel like I’m scattered in a billion different directions — and even then, I still sometimes feel that way! Something that really helps me to stay on track with my organization on a day to day, week to week, and month to month basis, is having a paper calendar/planner. My friends make fun of me for it, because my planner literally goes everywhere I go, and I’m a little anal about jotting every. little. thing. down in it (with color-coded pens, of course!). But hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? This system works for me, and I’d recommend anyone who’s looking to step-up their organization game check it out, too.
I’ve tried just about every planner on the market (at least the well-known ones), and each time, I’ve come back to Erin Condren’s Life Planner. It’s sturdy, but still portable, and has adequate space to keep track of busy schedules, to-do lists, goal sheets, and habit track. It doesn’t hurt that the options are plentiful for personalization, too! I just got my SIXTH (the first one I purchased was back in high school!) in the mail, for 2019, and I’ve added pictures of it down below. Note the new name on this one 😉 😉 #weddingSZN
Layout-wise, there are three different options: horizontal, vertical, or hourly. I’ve tried all three and each had their own pros & cons, but the last two years I’ve chosen vertical, and haven’t regretted it. The covers and coils can both be customized as well, which is always a fun addition. PLUS, the covers are interchangeable! Meaning, you don’t have to wait a whole twelve months until your next planner comes to switch it up and use a new cover.
Do you have a different planning system that works for you? Feel free to share in the comments — I love learning what works for different people!
My referral link for Erin Condren planners is here.