How to Decide What Planner Works for You

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If you have ADD you know the frustration of spending money on a planner you just know is going to work. Only 2 months later it has become best friends with the dust bunnies in your home.

Planners are even harder to deal with because subconsciously we have higher expectations of them. After all their purpose – their entire reason for being – is to help you stop forgetting things. To get you places on time, well prepared, and with matching shoes on.

If I find one that looks like it will work and spend around 20.00 on it I have not only made a financial investment but also a mental one. The mental investment is the hardest one for me  to overcome, because the outcome isn’t what I  wanted to see.

I spend money every week on crap. A cheap toy, a useless chotchky that when I get it home for some reason it doesn’t look right. I can overcome financial disappointments. I have done that for years. I haven’t seen hide nor hair of that rich uncle that is supposed supposed to be bringing me millions.

Ahhh But mental disappointments. I blame those on me. It’s my fault I wasted money on a planner that I  can’t even remember to use. It is my defect that keeps me from being a perfectly put together homemaker. I failed that planner. Poor little guy. I’m a failure at this why can’t I find something that works??? Que the pity party that is only over once massive amounts of chocolate have been consumed.

I will tell you why. (Yes I do talk to myself in the third person.)  Because you are trying to put a square peg in a round hole. You are different. You are unique. Every planting system out there is made by someone else. It fits their uniqueness not yours.

It’s like wearing your best friends heels to a fancy get together. They are the right size but they are contoured to her funky hammertoes. You can force yourself to wear them as uncomfortable as they are or you can take them off and dance in your bare feet.

So, force yourself into conforming to some one else’s idea of the perfect planner or build your own?

I build my own. I think that’s why I feel so in love with the agendio. I could build my own pages without the hassle of printing, binding, cutting, etc. That I have to deal with when I design  my own pages.

Now it is time for you to decide. Do you build your own pages or force other planners to work?

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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4 thoughts on “How to Decide What Planner Works for You

  1. I’ve come across those in the planner community who would benefit from a post like this. There is this underlying pressure to conform to what everyone else has that they’re sense of individuality is lost. I know I felt that way. Your planner has to be YOUR way. What works for someone else may not work for you. If you continually try to force something to work because it’s all the rage and everyone’s using it then you will feel nothing but anxiety and pressure. Trust me – been there. It isn’t fun.

    But when you finally make that decision to break free, pinpoint what you need and what you don’t, it’s a tremendous relief. Now I’m confident enough of my system that I can look at everyone elses pretty planners and don’t feel the urge to sway

  2. I have tried things because they looked cool, I totally admit. Because, you know, the allure of the “cool” – but it sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t. Right now I’ve got a convoluted system of a weekly planner and then a list book. It could be all in one, but I had it all in one before and I never looked at the lists. I had a daily list, but then I never looked at the bigger lists. I will admit, my list book is a Filofax, full of note pages that I’ve scribbled things on, hole punched, and stuck in. I have plenty of “real books” or “real pages” that I could use for that, but grabbing a list pad is almost always easier. And it works. So I’m using it. And that’s kind of all that matters – you are able to use it, and you are getting what you need to done. Doesn’t matter what anyone else’s looks like (though it is fun for a peek!).

  3. I totally agree you have to use what will work for you! My Aunt has used a 12mo.calendar on the side of her fridge and a steno pad about forever. She likes the medium size calendar that she can toss into tote bag if she wants to take the calendar with her. She puts the current date at the top of the steno pad page and uses it as her personal daily page to track anything she wants to remember like meds taken, weight, food diary, movie or book she wants to check out, something she wants to ask me on the next phone call.
    It works for her and she works it!

    I have used a 2page a day/Compact Planner by Franklin for over 30years. I like the BLOOMS style which works for me and keep 3months in it, last month, current month and the next month along with the 12months tabbed pages for the whole year.

    I keep my home finance stuff in a Project Planner with wire binder. 2pages per month are written out for the year and I track my expenses and bills paid. I have used this cheap system for over 30years and it works for me. I know there are fancy computer programs out there for this sort of thing but my little project planner is what I am comfortable with and I don’t have to worry about the computer crashing or losing my information or getting hacked. Do whatever works for YOU! CAT

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