How long have you been a planner? I’ve been using planners since I was in high school. It was the only way I kept organized. It didn’t take long for it to become an obsession. After I had a job and further, had children, I carried one in my purse always, had one on our kitchen desk and a wall calender. This is a very small peek into my planner progression.
When my son was still pretty little, and my daughter was born, my step-dad gave me this planner as a gift for Christmas 200.
It’s a Franklin Covey.
At the time I thought it was the best thing in the world because I hadn’t ever had one this nice.
I was a scrapbooker at the time, so I decorated it with paper and stickers and other embellishments and it kinda looked ridiculous but it was mine and I loved it. Until I didn’t.
Eventually I stopped using it, and went back to regular old office supply spiral notebook sized planners similar in nature to what I had used in school. It was something about the rings. And it only held a small amount – I filled it fast.
I actually really liked using them, but then I discovered “new style planners” and they just worked better for me.
This begins a real look at my overall planner progression.
The REAL Planner Obsession (the main planner progression!)
Then my real planner obsession began. Circa 2012.
I discovered the Arc system (discbound) (M By Staples).
Because of that discovery I found that Martha Stewart had a beautiful line of stuff at Staples that were compatible and I fell hard.
I ordered a bunch of stuff, bought the Arc system punch and became literally obsessed. For awhile I truly loved it.
I loved that it was discbound and I could change it, add pages, remove pages and move things around. It was like a dream.
But then something happened. Pages started coming out of my Arc system, pages bent and I quickly got frustrated.
I also hated how small this thing was. It was just TOO tiny. I needed way more space.
I need organization and this thing was starting to make me nuts. So I had already entered the planner world by then and kept hearing about Erin Condren.
I ordered my first one and used them for a couple of years.
I was a die hard Erin Condren girl from roughly about 2014-1016-ish.
I used my planner faithfully, it went everywhere with me.
No longer did I purchase cute, stylish bags because I truly loved them. I bought them because they were cute and could hold my planner. 😉
As a natural to-do list maker, I also got really into Bullet Journaling.
I still am an avid bullet journaler.
I almost need to be with my job.
Working from home keeps me on my toes.
During my love obsession with Erin Condren I tried several variations – Vertical, Horizontal and Hourly. Hourly does NOT work for me, because I don’t plan that way.
I used Horizontal for years, like pretty much always until my first Erin Condren, which was a Vertical.
I thought that horizontal was my style. After I tried Vertical, I liked it but I wasn’t set on it.
The bigger problem is that I tried Vertical when EC tried making the vertical boxes Morning/Noon/Night.
Yeah I don’t plan that way either. So I switched back to Horizontal. (this has changed completely since I originally wrote this… Vertical only now)
In 2015, I had gone to Michaels and discovered Create 365 Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI).
By this point I was really missing the vertical boxes and while I noted the pages were Morning, Afternoon and Evening it was easier to justify at the Happy Planner price point.
I was familiar with MAMBI from my scrapbooking days and still have loads of SB stickers from back then! haha
I went through several Happy Planners. In fact, I have had one every single year (sometimes 2 or 3) since they came out in 2015.
At some point I tried a Recollections planner. The coil annoyed me.
I loved that it had a cover. LOL It made it look all professional when I took it everywhere with me.
But after that bit of planner progression, where am I now?
My weekly planner is a Happy Planner.
I still prefer Vertical, but also really like dashboard.
I have planned in a Big for two years in a row, and have one for 2021, but I am on the fence.
My life has changed, my schedule has changed and I don’t need all that space.
So 2021 has taken me back to a Classic Happy Planner. I am ready for the New Year.
For a daily planner I use a Hobonichi Cousin A5. This is my second full year using one and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon.