It’s that bizarre query that all the time will get requested. And it’s not simply query I get asked- actually, it’s a query I really feel like so many women ask different women: WAIT, WHAT PLANNER DO YOU HAVE?
YESSSSSSS. WE NEED TO KNOW.
BUT ISN’T THERE SOMETHING ABOUT A PLANNER?
Like doesn’t it remind you of eighth grade. All prepared for the contemporary new college yr. You had simply shopped the BACK TO SCHOOL SALE at Staples & you had been tremendous proud as a result of scored the final sizzling pink, SPIRAL BOUND 2001-ish planner. Perhaps you even carried it in your boring, black JanSport ( it didn’t matter it was boring although since you had a kind of pens that you simply write on backpack materials….& in the event you had been something like me you had all your pals signal your backpack simply to maintain the backpack FESTIVE!). The purpose was your planner was PERFECT & FRESH, able to showcase homework assignments, college dance dates, & Stussy doodles. AHHHH I LOVED A NEW PLANNER.
Oh wowwwww, the times earlier than Instagram proper? What a visit.
ANYWAY THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING SO NICE ABOUT PLANNERS. They’re calming- nearly therapeutic.
( In case you don’t consider me, simply Google “bullet proof journal” & see what pops up- like thousands and thousands of individuals discover planners simply as therapeutic as me. I’m not alone right here ).
And despite the fact that now I completely make the most of Slack, Trello, Google Calendar ( OMG WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT GOOLGE CALENDAR, ALL COLOR CODED ), & email- I nonetheless love an old-fashioned planner.
I wish to clarify how I take advantage of it however earlier than we get into it, it’s worthwhile to know the one I take advantage of. First off, after I decide a planner annually, I’m particular. I HAVE to have one with spiral edges. Cause being: I don’t like when the planner can’t lay open. I need it open-faced on my desk half of the time. A spiral scenario permits me to have it out & open with out closing by itself. We don’t wish to have to actually maintain it open whereas writing…that will be inefficient.
Then it must be pretty BIG. However critically, we are able to’t have some limp dick planner that’s too small. My favorite pen ( << which is random however don’t fuck with it- it’s my favorite pen ever. THE WAY IT WRITES, JUST TRUST ME GUYS ) wants to have the ability to actually circulate on the clean pages. I don’t wish to have to put in writing all tiny.
THEN it must have a weekly view, not month-to-month. No, no, no- I wish to see every week at a time. A month is simply manner too overwhelming for me.
SO! The one I’m utilizing proper now could be pictured in Holographic SILVER. It sort of jogs my memory of that one e-book The Rainbow Fish the place the scales are all silvery & sparkly on every web page. Ya, it’s like that however one large silver cowl. Annoying sufficient it’s offered out ( they’ve it in a smaller size here although ). HOWEVER try this one too ( it’s precisely like mine but it surely’s child blue with roses on it- in reality, I kinda need it too ). This model is the most effective for planner for my part. They’re each the identical model AND they meet my excessive upkeep listing of calls for.
How I take advantage of it? Simple- BUT it’s to not plan my day. Oh no. My day is deliberate in Google Calendar– it’s color-coded, to the purpose, with invitations, & very a lot deliberate all the way down to the second I get up to the second I am going to mattress. Alarms are set in my telephone for convention calls & days are batched ( in the event you haven’t learn this put up on time batching, please do! It is going to assist make your life simpler ). MY OLD FASHION PLANNER is extra for notes. So whereas I’m at my desk returning emails, Slack messages, or Trello lists- I could make notes on no matter day it’s. Normally I don’t give myself greater than 7 PRIORITY duties a day.
BUT WAIT, let me offer you a ‘for situations.’
As an illustration, I’m at my desk on a Thursday at 11:30 AM returning e-mails. As I’m returning these emails, I understand I have to design one thing for The Skinny Confidential. I’ll write in my planner ( on Thursday as a result of we’re pretending it’s a Thursday ): ship Brooke design for __________. Then I’ll maintain emailing & understand I have to get on a name with my accountant so I’ll return to my planner & within the Thursday field write: TAKE CALL WITH ACCOUTANT ABOUT ________. SO I suppose it’s sort of like my to-do listing for the day. If the day’s duties turn out to be greater than 7, I’ll deliver some duties to the following day ( regardless the duties have to be transferring the enterprise along- nothing pointless ).
Then after I sit down at my desk the following day, I’ll have just a few duties ready for me as a result of some spilled over from the day earlier than. Does that make sense? If this doesn’t, I really feel like I have to movie a YouTube video?
Properly, that’s my bizarre reply to the bizarre query that will get requested rather a lot.
So: I nonetheless use a planner. I nonetheless really feel like an eighth grader on the BACK TO SCHOOL SALE after I decide it out annually. And I nonetheless want I had an autographed JanSport. SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
Do you utilize a planner? Which one do you utilize? How do you utilize it? Do you make your TO-DO’s for the day like me OR do you really plan your schedule out in it? I might like to know as a result of let’s face it: all of us wish to find out about different woman’s planners. SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT PLANNERS.
See you tomorrow, lauryn x
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