Last year, I became a #plannergirl … briefly. I got a (disc) planner, which I still love to this day, ripped out all the pages and replaced them with gorgeous cardstock patterned paper, and then bought a ton of stickers, cards, colored pens, stamps … I mean a LOT of stuff. Then I got to planning my days.
Unfortunately, I ended up spending more time decorating my planner pages than actually using it. It was fun, but I found that my work and personal calendar are better kept on my phone – which I have with me at all times – and I get a notification before my appointments … AND I even get a map to my destination. No paper calendar system can beat that. And I don’t want to duplicate efforts.
The planner was also bulky, whereas my phone was one gadget with multiple uses … phone / calendar / audio player / fitness tracker … just to name a few.
And then there’s all the #plannergirlsupplies that I got. Way too much money spent, and way too much stuff! I’m more inclined to minimalism and that’s what finally woke me up from this beautiful, but ultimately “so not me” experiment. A digital calendar works better to track events and appointments than a paper based system – for me.
So, the #plannergirllife is just not for me … in the case of tracking appointments. But don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe “to each his own”, so I’m not coming down on anyone who loves the #plannerlifestyle – and I still use it in other ways.
Instead of an event based calendar, this year, I’m going to try a guided journal. Kimberly wrote about 5 Awesome Guided Journals out there, and I’ll be trying the Q & A Five Year Journal. I also checked around and have decided to try the Dailygreatness Journal: A Practical Guide for Consciously Creating Your Days.
I’ll be updating you a few months into the New Year to let you know how it’s working for me.
Do you use a paper or digital calendar? Have you ever tried a guided journal?