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Old 11-18-2015, 08:30 AM   #1
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I have seen lots of things regarding planners? What are they for? Are they really for planning out your day/weeks? I thought everyone had their life on their phone calendar. Or is is something else?
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yes, planners are the new, hip thing for crafting. Who would have thought?

I've always been a paper planner person, though back when I was working I mostly used a desk calendar to keep track of appointments and deadlines. These days, busy young women are going retro -- giving up their electronic planner for a paper planner that they can customize the layout, the design, etc. I bet they are the envy of their peers! Here are some links:

Personalized Bullet Journal (Lots of people are adapting this idea):

And their bullet journals might look like this:

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Others are buying pre-made planners that come with stickers, or they add their own stickers and washi tape:


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oh, i am guessing i do not need to memorialize my insane days. yesterday looked like this:
5am get up
start coffee
feed dogs
let them out
get a cup of coffee
let them in/wipe them off
start a load of laundry
fold the towels in the dryer
put away dishes
start dishwasher
shower
make dinner/start crock pot
put load from washer to dryer
leave for work at 6:45
leave 1st job at 4
stop at post office
start 2nd job at 4:30
leave 2nd job and get haircut
return to second job and finish
got to night drop
go to target
get home
exercise
dinner
do dishes
fold laundry
shower
get to bed by midnight
repeat

my daily planner would be filled with swear words!
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I think I will be the last person standing who uses a kitchen wall calendar
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Lori, my daily plan looks a lot like yours, except I'm retired and get to drink coffee and play with the dog all day.

And Phantom, I am a wall calendar person, too. Most of my days are not written in, lol.

Safe to say, I will probably not be making any planners.
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I love a list and get a stupid amount of pleasure from crossing out jobs I've done when completed. Haven't jumped on the planner craze though ... I like the look of what people do to them, and I haven't met a stationery supply I didn't like, but I just know that after one week I'd be back to writing a list and crossing things off it.
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I watched the video on bullet journaling. whew! Am I the only person who cannot fit three months on one page? my desk at work at any given time has at least 20 post its.
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:07 AM   #8
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I love planners. I have a simple quiet life. My whole week can be listed on a post-it note. Opening my daily planner is the best gift in the world because it's my diary. That is what I use it for.

I don't write things in my journal like I cleaned the living room today. I clean the living room every week. Then it would be called the repetitive journal. One day I had a quiet day but I wrote about my kitten's milestones for the day. That made me happy. I have been raising him since he was two days old & now he's four months.

You don't need an expensive planner. Like SkyNacho said you can use a checkbook size calendar. I have seen some gorgeous ideas using those.
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I have a notebook that I use for a To Do list. Unfortunately, what I write for one day usually takes a week to accomplish. I think that's because I keep forgetting to put down the 8 hours I spend on SCS.

And I have a refillable DayTimer that I use for past things, but not really a diary. It's more like: "Roofers Day 3. This time they left my ladder in the front yard and did not tell me why. Inspector could not get on roof and will have to come back," or "Walmart $68, mostly food, also shampoo."

I would like to do something that is a cross between a bullet journal and my DayTimer. Initally, I thought it would be fun to have a bound journal, like the one shown in the video. Now, I'm thinking about making my own pages. A two-page monthly calendar for future planning. A To Do page. And a section where I can write in the days events in a word, a sentence or a couple of paragraphs. Decorating optional.
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from what I can see planners are calendars on steroids! not a bad thing if it is your thing. I have a wall calendar, a calendar on my phone, a planner, and two paper calendars. And I never know where I am supposed to be.

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I am still a sticky note person!

I use them to remind myself of appts and write to do list on. I also love to cross off what has been done to watch my to do list get smaller and smaller.
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I've used a planner for years. Back when I was in the corporate world, we all had to take a Franklin Covey class and we were given those planners. I used that type for years and prioritized all my To Do items, kept track of meetings, made notes, etc. Now I'm a SAHM and I use an Erin Condren Planner to keep up with all the kids activities as well as things like my appointments, classes, dinner menus, and gym schedule. If it's not on Mom's planner, it doesn't exist! I don't, however, decorate mine. It's strictly a calendar and list making option for me. I don't like to use my phone for that kind of stuff. I'm a pen and paper girl.
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I have a calendar booklet that I get for free in the mail sent to me by my tax preparer. It probably has about 20 entries in it for the entire year. I do love the look of the planners. I would probably only leaf through and admire a beautifully decorated planner, instead of writing in one...
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The problem with this "planner craze" for me is that I would spend so much time color coding, decorating and otherwise personalizing it that I would not actually get anything done!!
And, my life at the moment does not require a $60 plus planner to keep it organized. I could easily spend $150 on a planner, special pens, stamps, and even dies made just to add lists and pockets to your planner at Papertrey....all that stuff is SO my "happy place"...then spend hours making it all pretty....but I don't see the sense in that. I'd rather make a few cards!
I still prefer a handwritten list, and even some kind of small purse size calendar/notebook to carry around. But I can pick up something like that at Walmart for less then $10.��
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So much of the papercrafting hobby is about making a thing and giving it away. What I love about planners and journals is that I can make the thing pretty for me, and I get to keep it, too! So all of those stickers and washi tapes and papers that I have a tendency to hoard are actually getting put to some good use. My planners are now a great record/journal of my days, and it really does help me to stay organized. This week, I assembled a Christmas planner from Simple Stories, and I love it! There are pages for making Christmas card lists, gift ideas, spending trackers, Advent, calendars, spots for meal planning and recipes. It's really fantastic, and best of all, it's putting me in the holiday spirit!
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The problem with this "planner craze" for me is that I would spend so much time color coding, decorating and otherwise personalizing it that I would not actually get anything done!!
And, my life at the moment does not require a $60 plus planner to keep it organized. I could easily spend $150 on a planner, special pens, stamps, and even dies made just to add lists and pockets to your planner at Papertrey....all that stuff is SO my "happy place"...then spend hours making it all pretty....but I don't see the sense in that. I'd rather make a few cards!
I still prefer a handwritten list, and even some kind of small purse size calendar/notebook to carry around. But I can pick up something like that at Walmart for less then $10.��
Yesssss - my planner is rugged (but pretty) and super functional, with places to WRITE all the things I need to do because I will not remember otherwise. I have a feeling that if I started 'arting' in it, I would never progress to get anything done. I can throw it in my purse or keep it open on my desk - it's not fancy at all. I like these, and have the first one listed: Deconstructed Planners - Orange Circle Studio
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Joann has there online Black Friday going on including simple stories planner items!
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Thank you for this thread.
Fun Stampers Journey has collaborated with Websters pages,
and is coming out with an exclusive planner and accessories.
I appreciate the creative ideas!
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Yesssss - my planner is rugged (but pretty) and super functional, with places to WRITE all the things I need to do because I will not remember otherwise. I have a feeling that if I started 'arting' in it, I would never progress to get anything done. I can throw it in my purse or keep it open on my desk - it's not fancy at all. I like these, and have the first one listed: Deconstructed Planners - Orange Circle Studio
Dini, I'm of the same mindset, LOL. When that Documented Life thing started up, I used an old wirebound planner I had, covered pages with lined paper, added the extensions with my washi tape every so often, and then proceeded to use it to list artsy stuff (online digital stamp sites I like, stamping sites I shop, techniques using certain supplies (I get out embossing paste and make several cards using different techniques, for example), yadayada. I have ended up using that planner for A LOT of the different techniques for supplies and that has come in more handy than I ever thought. Now, it's a keeper! But, no art-ing in it at all, other than an occasional doodle. And I never shared it at DLP because I figured they would think I was nuts, LOL.

Bottom line on these things: Don't be working for the planner, make it work for YOU! xoxo
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I know of a couple people who have invested a ton of money in their planners and don't like to use them.

I inherited planner from my exhubby last year after he passed. It's a nice DayTimer planner that, for me, is weirdly sentimental. I didn't like the DayTimer refills, so I bought the At-A-Glance calendars and address book. This year, I'm planning on making my own calendar pages with entries sized to fit my needs. As for art techniques, well those go into two other books that are not planners.
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Some of my favorite planners are from Barnes and Noble. The Punctuate planners have rings, a full calendar, tabs, a vinyl envelope for storing items, and stickers, too. And they are super cheap! I think I get mine for about $8.99. I typically use washi tape and Frixion erasble markers on my pages. I keep my personal planner with me all the time, and it's fun to doodle in when I'm looking at the week ahead.
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I use to have a planner that was a calendar combined with planning pages. I loved it. Only problem was that it didn't fit in my purse and I would make appointments while still in the doctors office using my purse calendar, then forget to put it in my larger planner at home (which I checked daily for what events were coming up.) I stopped using my planner after missing several appointments. Now I don't seem to get anything done so I am ready to have a planner on the side table by my recliner where I always planned my menus and household to-dos, along with journaling from my 365/30 list (it's a thing-you can look it up on the internet) and I decorated any remaining spaces on my pages with zentangles, stickers, etc. I used multicolored gel pens. It was a beauty and it made me want to use it and therefore want to do as many things as possible in it. I felt so accomplished when I used it. I plan to keep using a purse calendar for life since that is what works best for me.
I purchased a highly detailed planner from this etsy store but have since purchased this more simplified one that is already a little decorated for me. The shop is hard to figure out but the owner is so helpful. I also love that most of her planners come in 1 month or 3 month trials that you can purchase until you figure out if you want to purchase the entire year's planner. I don't think this specific one comes as a trial though. You have to print these yourself but it ends up saving in the longrun. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1589368...ing-life-theme I purchased my zippered planner case from a thrift shop for just a few bucks.

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I have a whiteboard in my room. I can write what I want/need to do and rub it out when it is completed. I keep my artwork for my cards and pottery sculpture
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