Like many people I love to break into a fresh new planner each year. I used to pick up new planners all of the time, hoping this would be the one that finally helped me keep life organized. After reading lots of blogs and searching #planner on Instagram an Pinterest I came across many cool planners I had never heard of. I’ve been using Erin Condren products for the past few years, I’m always excited to see their pretty package arrive. I used to use their jumbo wall calendar, which was amazing! There was actually room to keep track of everybody’s activities, this year I switched to the Erin Condren Life Planner.
Some of the new planners I’ve been seeing are Kikkki.K, filoFAX, Plum Planner, and the Midori Traveler. There are also more and more goal setting planners coming out like The Inner Guide Planner, The Purposeful Planner, and one of the newest ones I’ve seen- Passion Planner. Seija Kenn, a friend, uses the Passion Planner and loves it, she says it has really helped her organize her life. If you share the Passion Planner through Social Media links you can download a free version of the planner here.
The Erin Condren Life Planner is broken up into 3 sections each day with space for notes on the bottom and along the side. I loved that I could customize it with fun photos from the past year. I like to use the planner for my websites and home so I break the three sections into planning for photography, the blog, and home- I only make note of the big things that will affect my ability to blog or might give me ideas to create a blog post about. On the bottom I keep track of my daily water intake, smoothies and exercise.
I also like to keep a more detailed calendar on my iPhone. I used to struggle with keeping a calendar updated on the wall for my family to see. When I purchased my Mac I didn’t use the calendar for the longest time, but when I figured out how easy it was to sync it with my iPhone and iPad I fell in love. It’s so easy to enter links, addresses, photos to events and I can use the computer keyboard if I have a lot of information to type in then I can print it out and hang it on the fridge for everybody to see. Another perk to using this calendar is that it allows me to create many different calendars within that are color coded and can be turned on or off as needed this means it’s a great place to create meal plans with links to the recipes I want to use.
Every new planner calls for some new pens and organizing accessories. Erin Condren has lots of fun bright accessories to use in the planner. I like to use Paper Mate Flair pens in my planner because they’re bright but they don’t bleed through. I’ve heard about Staedtler 0.3mm Marker Pens and hope to try them sometime too. For a regular pen I like to use Pilot G-2 05 black pens they write so smooth and easily. I used to feel like I might press the pen through the paper and my hand would cramp up when I did any amount of writing. Since finding these pens I find myself wanting to write instead of type things more often.