I have always enjoyed using a planner to keep track of my appointments and upcoming events. Throughout the years, the usage of my planners started to fade thanks to the Palm Pilot, Blackberry and even today with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Note. I fell victim to the technology craze because all of these devices promised quick, easy and at your fingertip access to everything and anything. I’ll admit it was all true, but what it lacked was motivation to keep me on track with everything. I am a very visual person and all of these devices were lacking the visualization I needed to stay on track with scheduling. I discovered the “Planner Community” while searching for a new planner. What I discovered was a world of Washi tape, decorative paper clips, fancy pens and stickers! The planners I saw were so visually appealing and it was just what I needed to help motivate me to stay on track with planning.
During the release of the new 2016-2017 Erin Condren planners, I decided to purchase one and try it out and see if this is what I needed. I was able to customize the planner cover, choose what color coil I wanted (I went with a Rose Gold coil) as well as the layout and either an 18 or a 12 month spread. I went with a neutral layout because if I was going to incorporate stickers into my planning, I didn’t want the colors to contrast with each other. I chose a vertical layout because I felt it was the best way for me to plan because it divided each day into three parts. I went with an 18 month spread because if I was going to invest in a pricey planner, I wanted to start using it as soon as possible!
I decided to also purchase a few of the weekly kits I have found on Etsy. I was amazed with how many shops there were on Etsy for just planner stickers. While some shops carry similar images, each one puts their own spin and creativity into the final product.
Here is a look at my first few weeks trying the “Planning with Stickers” method. In the first pic I was just testing out the waters. I didn’t receive my weekly kit orders and so had to make do with what I had. I still was able to experiment and see if “sticker planning” would be something I could enjoy and find useful or if it was going to be a snooze fest. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it! I don’t know if it was the reminiscing of enjoying stickers as a kid or it was the cute Kawaii stickers, but using this method of planning gave me the creativity and visualization I needed and felt my electronics were lacking.
As you can see, my style has changed a bit throughout the weeks. I have joined Facebook Groups, such as Glam Planner, to share my spread with others as well as get some tips and tricks for staying on track with planning. I actually enjoyed the next week of planning because my weekly kits had came in and I was able to customize to my weekly planning to my preference.
I will have to say, it is very different using stickers to plan out my week instead of just plugging it in my iPhone or iPad and it isn’t quite as quick and easy either. So why continue? Simple, the creativity of it all. Since I started using my Erin Condren planner with this new method of planning, I have not only stayed on track with my day-to-day activities but I am having fun doing so.
What do you use to stay on track with your daily activities and events? If you use a planner such as an Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Kikki K or one of the many out there, how do you customize it to your preference? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts, so leave it in the comments below! Until next time, Happy Planning!
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