Monday, April 01, 2019

Will I ever find planner peace?

So I knew when I started decorative planning that it might take me awhile to figure out what system works for me. After all, when you pick up needles and yarn to learn to knit you probably won't end up using those exact same materials for the duration of your knitting life. But I seem to be having a particularly hard time picking a planner and sticking with it.

Here's what I have learned:

  1. I like to use 2 planners.
  2. The first has minimal decoration, is small/light and easy to carry in my purse. I use this everyday carry (EDC) to write down all the things that are going on during the week. I also need space for a food log and tracking other health-related things. I've started doodling and practicing hand-lettering more, and I like to have some blank paper that I can use for this purpose as well as random list-making. It's likely that I will throw this planner out at the end of the year.
  3. My second is a larger more purely decorative planner. I like to post-plan my week in this one as more of a memory-type planner, where I sum up the noteworthy things that happened during the week and also record things I might need to reference later.

I still intend to stick it out in the Classic Happy Planner for my larger planner through the end of 2019 and then switch to a bullet journal. I was using a Hobonichi Mega Weeks for my EDC but I got fed up with it primarily because of the paper. I may be alone in this but I hate the Tomoe River Paper. Sure, it's nice that it's so thin and light but I don't like the cream color and I can't stand how long it takes to dry. I have tried so many different pens but no matter what I use I always smear the ink. I also don't really like the layout and how small it is. My handwriting is fairly small but I always felt cramped trying to squeeze everything in, no matter how I divided the page.

So kind of on a whim I went to Joann's last Saturday morning and bought 2 mini Happy Planners. I like that the paper is thicker and white instead of cream and I can customize it to work for me. I got a horizontal weekly planner and an undated fitness planner. I am only carrying one month of the fitness planner with me at a time because I don't need to bring an entire year with me on the go. I also bought some dot grid paper for my doodling and stuck it in the back. I weighed my old Hobonichi setup with cover, etc. and the new Mini and they are about the same. I think the Mini will still fit in a smaller purse though I haven't tried it yet. I just have to remind myself not to decorate it too much so that I'll have enough space to write. It is helpful to have all the health-related stuff on a different spread and I am thinking about buying the mini budget extension pack as well but haven't done it yet.

I don't yet if this new setup is "the one" but I'm hopeful. Every time I get the desire to switch I tell myself that it's ok to use 2019 as an experiment to figure out what works for me. There's no sense in sticking to a planner all year if I'm not happy with it. I don't regret buying the Hobonichi because I still plan to use the Weeks for lettering practice. The grid paper works well for lettering and since it's just practice I don't care if the ink smears.


  1. I feel your pain, just love all different pages and setups- mine changes every 6 months or so. I’m using Plum Planner right now and trying out Actions App by Moleskin - but miss
    my washi tape!

  2. Wow. I really had no idea that planners are such a big thing .



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