The Struggle to Find the Perfect Fit
Since being in school the past 17 years, I can promise you I have gone through my share of planners. While I may not have been too worried about it in my younger years (pre-K planner, anyone?) I consistently do better when I have a routine and know what’s coming up. Forward planning. To achieve that, writing everything down (not in my iPhone) is the best at keeping me on track. But, in the past few years, I hit some bumps in the road where the planner I was using just wasn't working.
As an intern, I thought a pocket sized one would be best – it could fit in my lab coat, and was easy to reference. But, I found I never used it. So that didn’t do me much good huh?
I've also ordered some planners from Etsy and May Designs. They were either too big, didn't have the right layout, or were too small!
The above planners are of superb quality. Blue Sky planners are an incredible value, and come in a variety of sizes. I have bought mine at Target. Plum Paper Designs provides you with more room, customizable pages AND cover, and very high quality wire coil and plastic protector. Lastly, May Designs is so much fun - they also do stationary and photo books and more, and it's fun to customize. I have chosen to stop using these planners not because of overall usefulness or quality, but because they did not work for me at that time. I highly encourage you to explore their websites (click the image) and see if they work for you!
From my numerous “planner hunts” I had an idea of what I like and what I don’t. I don’t like when the days go across the top and are divided into morning/afternoon/evening. I wanted plenty of space to write. I did like when they were listed vertically, and I could split the box between schedule (left) and to-do (right). I even had printed my schedule with classes in place and blank spots, then glued them into my spiral planner. This helped to alleviate my particularities I had worrying that constantly rewriting the same schedule would lead to messy penmanship. Do you ever worry about things like that? Or is it just me...
The Manila Vanilla Planner @ Bailey Marie & Me
Phew! That was a long post. I will be providing an update to this system as I am planning an overhaul. Keep checking in!