To say I’m an “Over Planner” is the understatement of the century. I use my planner to organize blog posts, birthdays, budgeting (ick, practically a four letter word in my mind), meetings at work, goals, my social life (or lack thereof)…and occasionally even my outfits! I give every subject a color and highlight my way through the week like the “Type-A” freak that I am. Work items are highlighted in yellow, blogging in pink, workouts in purple, bill/budget related in green and anything else personal in purple. I don’t use the orange highlighter too often as it looks ugly beside the purple…I’m not quirky I don’t know what you’re talking about. Oh yes…and I write down items I’m really excited about (ie. The release of 1989, upcoming visits from suitors, brunch dates) in pink felt tip le pen, just to really keep things interesting. Why enjoy today when you can be worrying about tomorrow? Am I right or am I right?!
Over the years I’ve tested a range of different day planners. I know you can technically use the magic of iphone to schedule everything digitally, and while I must admit the convenience of a universal schedule (ipod/mac computer/ipad/etc) is pretty cool…a digital schedule doesn’t exactly work for me. I need a tangible physical schedule in front of my face. I crave the satisfaction of crossing items off my lists and I need to flip through weeks and throw in a few post it notes and inspirational Elle Woods quotes to get my mind in productivity mode. ICalendar just can’t perform the way I need it to. Sorry Calendar app, it’s not you, it’s me.
It’s already mid September so chances are planning freaks such as myself have already invested in their planners for the year. However, if you’ve been struggling to bite the bullet and buy one I thought I’d offer a few suggestions based off my extensive over planning experience (finally my neuroticism is useful for something)!
I used Vera Bradley planners for my first two years of college and found them relatively affordable, durable and cute. I loved the fun stickers in the front, they added a little extra oomph to this simple (yet adequate) planner. The version I used was a a little different than the current style (it was more of a binder than a notebook) which I liked more simply for the durability. At $18 it is difficult to beat the price point of this girly little agenda.
If you’re searching for the perfect “DO IT ALL” planner that will literally make your “Type-A” heart pop out of your chest with happiness…look no further. I fell head over heels in love with my Erin Condren planner. I loved all of the super cute options to personalize the agenda (photo stickers, monograms, post it notes, labels, etc). All of the customization comes at a cost (of course). This is by far the most expensive planner I have ever invested in but it was seriously worth every penny. It is the ideal agenda for those of us who get an adrenaline rush from multi-colored “To-Do” lists and personal touches.
I am currently using the Kate Spade 17 month agenda from Lifeguard press. I was given this planner in exchange for a review (which can be seen here). Initially I wasn’t sure if I would like the Kate Spade planner (I was SO in love with Erin Condren) however I’ve found it perfect for scheduling blog posts, social events and my new life as an intern. It is perfect for the organized fashionista who doesn’t demand tons of extra stickers and pointless folders.
How do you stay organized? Do you have a go-to planner? Please share! I’m always looking for a new place to store all my crazy lists.