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Hello. My name is Stacey. And I am a planner addict. I have 8 planners for the current year… I’m only slightly embarrassed, but I’m getting over it since I can now openly say I still want to buy more!! There is just something about the hope I feel with a fresh new planner! There are zillions of options out there but these are my top 4 must have items for the planner addict!!
1. A Vertical Weekly Layout
I played around with the horizontal layout and hourly layouts. They were fine, but I always ended up making a big list of things to do each day but had no place to put WHEN I planned to do each thing. The vertical layout helps with this because there are three boxes per day. I use the top box for the morning, middle box for afternoon, and the bottom box for after dinner. It helps me to keep track of what needs to be done when SO much better!!
2. A Place for Monthly Goals
I didn’t realize I needed this until I found it in my Erin Condren planner. It is GOLD!!! I use each circle for my big monthly goals and the lines below for tasks related to them. The box at the bottom is where I put notes and ideas for the following month! It’s been researched and proven: If you don’t write your goals down, and I mean DETAILED, S.M.A.R.T. goals… They will be MUCH harder to accomplish! So do yourself a favor and write it down!
3. A Good Monthly Spread
This is where I put high level notes on EVERYTHING. Birthdays, appointments, family stuff, business stuff. It literally shows EVERYTHING for the entire month all in one spread. Will it be chill or will I need a vacation afterwards? You can plan for days off, see where things overlap, and easily get a feel for what’s happening overall.
4. Erasable Pens! (Not part of the planner, but ESSENTIAL!)
Any REAL planner addict has struggled with making the BEST plans… only to have them change and then it looks like a mess because you have to cross things out and rewrite them. You guys… If you haven’t used these erasable pens, you are missing out! A good friend introduced me to them about a year ago and they are LIFE CHANGING. No more writing with pencil or crossing things out if they are cancelled or rescheduled. Just ERASE! They have literally changed the way I use my planner, and I feel SO much more in control! I personally love the Pilot Frixion Ball Knock 07 brand. Lots of colors and they erase SO well!
I could seriously go on and on about planners, stationary, pens, and generally all office supplies. It’s a serious addiction that I have NO want to address… It could be worse, right?! What do YOU love about your planner? Which one do you prefer and why? Tell me in the comments, or let’s connect!
Until next time!!