I'm one of those people that, despite having an iPhone and an iPad, needs to write things down. If I don't write it down, I will forget it. I've accepted this as the way my brain works and have worked with it throughout the years by carting around a planner with me wherever I go.
The planners I have used have never quite gotten the job done. I started in college with my academic planner, which good enough to make sure I didn't forget papers, tests or a work shift, but usually got too crowded and stressed me out. To remedy that, I began using pens to color code, which worked for a while. Then I started blogging, volunteering and trying to stay fit. Suddenly, my needs were a little too big for these cookie-cutter pages.
I dabbled in creating my own planner pages, which worked for a while until I realized they were more work than they were worth. I tried ordering printable pages from an Etsy shop, which were beautiful but only available in 8.5" x 11", meaning I had to carry around a full binder with me.
As you can probably tell from my rambling list, finding my organizational soul-sister has been frustrating. Recently, I decided enough was enough. I sat down to make a list of all my needs and wants from a planner. I'm not kidding. I made a planner wish list - then I went on a hunt to find my ideal solution.
I didn't have to look far.
I had heard a lot about Erin Condren Designs through friends' posts on social media. They always boasted about their personalized (though slightly pricey) planners to get their life in order, posing with their beautiful little books and looking so excited. A few clicks on the website and I understood why.
A planner designed by a creative person is the planner I need in my life. The layout is fun but perfectly functional. Also, it's compact at 7" x 9". One look and I knew - we were destined to be together.
I got my planner a few weeks ago and I could not be happier. I finally feel like I can have my work, personal and blog life all together without losing my mind and, even better, start chasing my goals.
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