After a foray into the great wide world of web and iPhone apps for to-do lists and calendars, I’ve headed back to the trusty world of paper planners. Plannerisms has only helped feed my addiction to all things paper, but if you need a new planner, it’s a great place to go!
I started out the year with a Moleskine Weekly planner, but it seems pretty clear that it wasn’t working for me. (To see bigger pictures, click on the picture.)
I don’t have enough notes space – all those notes in the picture on the left were taken by Wednesday…
Since I currently have no money, I decided I should make a planner myself instead of spending money I don’t have on something like the Woman’s Success Planner. I already have lots of notebooks lying around, so I grabbed this one.
I put a table of contents and list of lists on the first two pages.
Then came the goals page, and the monthly pages. I have very very few appointments right now – being a stay at home mom whose husband has the car does not lend itself to getting out. So I didn’t really need a lot of space for appointments. I also put a list of bills and birthdays on the monthly pages.
Then came the daily pages, one page per day, with one week overview page.
I used different colored pens on each month. December was red and green.
Then came the list pages, followed by a Notes section. The last pages of the notebook were designated for writing down household routines.
So, that’s my DIY planner. My problem is, I don’t think it’s going to work for me, but I can’t really figure out why. Maybe this is just too open-ended? Maybe it’s the rather chaotic use of colored pens, which works very well in my journal but not so much here? Maybe I’ve just got bigger issues? In any case, I’m still wishing for the Woman’s Success Planner. If you want to see what’s so cool about it, I recommend reading Plannerisms’ review and Rori’s posts on it at Rori Rants.
So, what do I do? Do I try and stick with this DIY planner, go back to the Moleskine, or give in to the Woman’s Success Planner (when I have the money)? What’s your favorite way to plan your life?