My Journey to Find Planner Peace

*This is a long one!*

This post is about the journey I’ve taken to find Planner Peace. And what is Planner Peace? It is a term I first heard when I discovered a Facebook group by the same name. The group’s description states: “What we are: a place to discuss in depth what is working and what is not, with respect to ‘planner peace.’”

I have been a sort of Planner Crisis for about two years now. If you recall in my post Cori’s Planner Review, I switched things up quite a bit trying to figure out what I truly wanted.

Well, I started jotted down what I thought I would like and during 2015 made notes about what I wanted out of my planner.

Here is my journey:

December 27, 2014

(Okay, my journey started before 2015.)

  • Definitely need month at a glance.
  • Maybe get undated week at a glance pages for really busy weeks.
  • Want more a Project Management book, but without the big binder; maybe one of those smaller three ring binders.
  • I like the idea of daily tasks chart Weekly Layout 1
  • If I want to design my own inserts, use Philip’s AutoCAD program

January 7, 2015

Went a little nutso and printed out two of the weekly layouts I had made up, as well as manipulated the free Passion Planner ® pdf to do what I wanted.

Set up all of them for this week (Jan 5-11) to see which one I liked more. Passion Planner ® started to win out, but after chatting with a friend about my craziness, I calmed down. Passion Planner ® isn’t off the table completely. I fell in love with the concept in November 2014, but I had already bought my 2015 inserts.

After only a week of using the Franklin Covey ® Blooms columnar inserts, I was becoming frustrated by the small spaces in the Daily Tasks columns. While chatting with the same friend as before, I came up with two solutions:

  • Use the Sharpie pens, because they have fine point tips.
  • White out the Daily Tasks headings and write my own headings.

Calm has been restored for the time being.

January 12, 2015

Calm only lasts so long before my mind starts going a million miles an hour again. I’ve actually been journaling for the past four days, and have had some very introspective entries. The latest of which reflected that I’ve been trying to reinvent the wheel and wasting money doing it. In reality, the only containment unit I am truly content with is the Mead ® Flex binder. I believe my true problem has been my dissatisfaction with inserts. So I started designing my own inserts. Being summoned to bed, I’ll explain more later.

January 15, 2015

So two nights ago I sat down and turned my pink Mead Flex binder into a planner. Actually it’s more of a project manager with my calendar in it. I’m really hoping this one sticks. My FC Sierra is still set up, but I’m not using it for the time being. I have a whole other blog post ready to be written about it. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Calm has been restored for the time being.

Mead Flex

January 31, 2015

Still loving my set up. Even fixed up another flex binder for work! I think the only thing that could be any better is if there was a small one that took 5 ½” x 8 ½” paper.

February 3, 2015

While I was perusing the Mead website, I came across the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. IT’S A SMALLER VERSION OF THE FLEX BINDER!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! But it only has two rings. I ordered one of course, and it’ll be here in 7-10 days. Philip is very spatially minded and he believes that the rings are spaced the same way the top two rings are on a full size Flex binder. I’ll know more when it arrives. I’m very excited!!! At this moment, I have no plans to downsize again because I like having lots of writing room. I’m more excited about finally having a smaller REFILLABLE notebook.

Mini Flex (1)

March 6, 2015

So I had this crazy notion that I should turn the mini flex (Mead Shopping OrganizHer) into my planner by putting my Franklin Covey Blooms monthly inserts into it. But I’d have to washi tape over the holes and repunch them.

I have since moved past this feeling and realized that I need the big weekly layout for work in one area and my other To Do lists. My biggest thing to remember is that I shouldn’t fill up each square like I did this week. Loving my color coding system.

March 11, 2015

Yeah, so that didn’t last. Surprise. Surprise. I’m currently experimenting with the bullet journal concepts in my current diary. Set this up Friday, March 6, in the afternoon. I started with the monthly list and my segregated to do lists (personal, CBC, writing/blog, YouTube, house). I’m still using it as a diary. I have added some weekly layout and a daily chart. I’ve drawn up two other potential set up—and just thought of a third—BRB. Okay, now that that’s sketched out…

I’m starting to wonder if my entries in this piece aren’t subconsciously spurring my changing habits just so I’ll have stuff to keep writing about…

May 29, 2015

I thought my journey to planner peace was completed. I found a smaller version of the Mead Flex Binder that I thought only existed in my dreams. But alas, for another planner came along, and all it cost me was shipping my DayTimer desk size Avalon. This new planner, Raika (brand and name I refer to her as), was the result of a swap. She will have her own introduction post soon enough.

I have had Raika for about a week now, and she has become the companion to my mini flex. The mini flex is my primary “planner” in that it fits a bigger calendar insert, is flexible, and acts mainly as my brain dump notebook. So what is Raika’s role? Her’s is the more organized one. I have my blog post chart, my knitting project charts, and book projects in there.

I’m going to end this post now, but I keep changing my mind, but one thing is clear: the Bullet Journal daily layouts work for me.

Raika 1 Raika 2

© Cori Large December 2014-May 2015

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori Hill-Smith
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 23:02:21

    I am on this journey right now! Thank you for sharing!!


  2. Troy Havins
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 13:59:52

    I have always been a planning disaster. Currently just using the calendar on my phone and about 50 partial notebooks, this has given me a much needed direction! Thanks for the post!


  3. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera
    Jul 31, 2015 @ 09:03:59

    Enjoying reading about your journey.


  4. Lara
    Jul 31, 2015 @ 21:35:51

    I think it’s interesting how what once worked for me eventually stops working. I don’t know if it’s because my life changes too much or if I fall into some sort of complacency which makes it less effective. I’m constantly changing how I use my planners. Great post.


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