12 Reasons You Should Use a Planner
12 Reasons you should become a planner:
My Planner Journey:
I got in to planning when I was browsing through Pinterest and was instantly hooked seeing all the pretty Erin Condren and Kikki K planners. I knew it was something I would love straight away. I have always been a 'planner'. On holiday I always want to know what we are doing each day (much to the annoyance of those on holiday with me) and as a child I used to cut up magazines to make new ones and pretend I was a magazine editor. You can see me talking about this in the Gimme 5 video here.
My first planner (real planner) was the Smash Hits diary when I was 15 and I loved it. I religiously filled it in every day. My sister had a Fun Fax and I used to help her set it up. I was so jealous of it, but I was an older teen and it just wasn't cool! At University I kept diaries/journals daily and used to write fancy letters to my mum on a weekly basis (my first taste of snail/happy mail). My teacher planners at work have always been so detailed too, so it all makes perfect sense to continue the planning now.
My first decorated planner:
My first decorative planner was from Full Stop Stationery now Full Stop Gift Shop in September 2015 and is pictured above, I loved it and quickly moved on to a Carpe Diem. I now use travelers notebook style planners and have never looked back. You can see how I made the transition here.
In February 2016 I soon found groups on facebook, my first being a few American planner groups, free planner printable groups then Mrs Brimbles and lastly UK Planner Addicts. I have made so many online friends and have been to several planner meets, both locally and further afield.
I had never done art journaling before last year and have never seen myself as being any good art. Since then I have written several art tutorials and have set up a Facebook group for art journaling - Kerrymay._,Makes a Mess - all because of finding the Planner Community (for which I am very grateful).
26/4/2017 06:12:56 pm
Hahaha, thanks, I used to love doing that, my sister is 9 years younger than me, so I used to have the best magazines and gave her the rubbish ones. I used to write my own articles and everything xx
26/4/2017 07:01:40 pm
Awww thank you Jo, that means a lot xx
27/4/2017 10:26:11 am
27/4/2017 04:57:27 pm
Hahaha, yes it should. Pinterest has seriously changed my life in so many ways xx
11/6/2017 05:05:30 pm
For me I use a blank TN notebook as I can play around with varying the layout. I also use a planner for my blog that has plenty of space to write and with the dates already done to save time. Thanks for the comment and question xx
11/6/2017 04:15:14 pm
I am such a planner too! I have had Erin Condren life planners for the past couple years and I love them!! Mine is laid out by the hour so it really keeps me on track. Great post!
11/6/2017 05:04:14 pm
They are great aren't they. I would an Erin Condren, but they don't sell them in the UK and the shipping and custom charges just aren't worth it.
11/6/2017 05:12:09 pm
I also have a fitness planner post that might be of interest to you xx http://kerrymaymakes.weebly.com/blog/fitness-journal-and-weight-loss-motivational-planner.html
You are so right! I need a planner, it would not only make my work life and personal life easier, but it would help me out with this blogging lifestyle! This post may have been the push I needed to get a planner. I do not know why I avoid getting one because in Jr. High and High School I loved having one! In College though I stopped, and well I regret it. Thanks for sharing :)
11/6/2017 05:02:40 pm
Thanks Glenna, you should definitely have a read of my Blog Planner post then to give you some ideas. I hope that you do give it a go - keep me posted xx
11/6/2017 05:03:11 pm
11/6/2017 05:08:18 pm
I am also a planner fanatic!! I love your 12 reasons to use a planner. The one people might not think of that I completely agree with it that it can be SO relaxing and therapeutic. I love spending quiet times with my planner, decorating it, journaling, planning out my weeks, and recording memories! I love seeing how your use your planner, and the other featured planners that you listed =) Thanks for the fun post!
11/6/2017 05:13:21 pm
Awww thank you Stephanie. It is great therapy, I am a much calmer person than I was before, ha ha ha. Thank you for the lovely comment xx
13/6/2017 01:49:44 am
this is all true! For me, a planner helps me declutter my brain which allows me to be more creative and less stressed.
15/6/2017 05:27:59 pm
Oh yes, the perfect brain dump. Thank you for leaving a comment xxxx
13/6/2017 07:12:32 pm
I love using my planner. I had an Erin Condren, now I'm using a planner from Michael's. I'm thinking of going back to Erin Condren. My planner keeps me organized.
15/6/2017 05:27:24 pm
I would love one, they look so cute. Happy with my travelers notebook though, but did like my Carpe Diem. I so wish there was a Michaels in the UK xx
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