Excuse me while I have a moment of panic … ACK! How can it be nearly the end of the 2015 already?!?!?!?!?! To say this year has been a struggle in the planner department this year has been an understatement and I still sort of feel as if I am floundering around for the right answers.

Planning the Planner. www.craftoflaughter.comMy current planning utilizes a cheap Target planner with a horizontal layout. It’s … ok. The coil is so tiny that the pages tear when they turn, the paper is thin, and I really, really dislike the little room I have for my to-do lists. It’s messy to look at because I am so uninspired to be neat about it, too. On super busy days, I end up using a notebook to plot out a timed schedule and then I’m going back and forth between the two, feeling like a chicken with my head cut off.

This year, I’ve also tried:

  • Erin Condren: I used this for the past 3 years and stopped because my covers kept falling apart, the tabs were fraying, and the paper was getting thinner and thinner every year. I am devastated by the loss in quality. Cry! But, I love the vertical layout, I love the prettiness of it, and I love having my whole year available to view.
  • Bullet Journaling: I liked the freedom to write all over the place, to make the page however I wanted, but I have never, ever felt so lost and confused as when I was Bujo’ing. lol In my line of work, I have constant deadlines on numerous projects and I prefer to pencil those in MONTHS in advance. I felt like I never knew what was coming with Bujo, even when I purchased a month-view calendar to go along with it. I’m just the type that will plot out all of my action steps for a project weeks leading up to a deadline and Bujo did not allow me to do this very well.

Planning the Planner. www.craftoflaughter.comSo, like my mom, I’ve purchased an Inkwell Planner for 2016. I am SO excited to have pretty colors, thick paper, and a vertical layout again. It looks quite sturdy and put together, although I admit to being nervous about the large coil and it hindering my ability to write nicely on Thursday. Haha! My plan for planning is to partially divide the columns into segments: Top for appts, then to-do lists, and then, if needed, a short schedule for the day. The three boxes on the bottom are inspiring plenty of creative ideas, so once i figure out how I am going to utilize those in my day, I’ll let you know. I love that there is plenty of room for notes, too.

I also got a Daily Docket, but I am … uninspired to do anything with it. I might just end up giving it to my mom! Grin! I just tend to make notes in my actual planner towards the bottom.

Anyways, I am still in a planning my planner sort of stage. How about you? What are your planner plans for the new year?

A freelance editor, writer, and knitwear designer attempting to also raise a family, practice photography, and stay organized without losing my mind.