I have been alive for 28 years now and I have yet to find the perfect planner/calendar to organzie my work and life. Anyone else?
To be honest I have this love affair with office supplies. Back-to-school shopping was one of my favorite things ever. The notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, papers – oh my! I’d go back to school just to be able to do that shopping again.
Anyway, for years I’ve been looking for the perfect planner/calendar and I have yet to find one that is ideal for me. Lately, a few of my favorite bloggers have talked about their planning tools. And, as the digital world seems to be taking over, I’m desperate to hang on to my pen and paper planner. I’ve tried several planner and calendar apps and they just don’t cut it. I want to write things down. I want to cross things off my list. I want to be able to see it all at once. Does that make sense?
So, after doing a little research here is what I found…
My blogger friend Rachel of Funnelcloud uses the ‘Draw Your Tomorrow Planner‘from The Hach. Honestly, it sounds like a great planner, but it’s not dated. I’ve honestly never understood this concept. How does one plan ahead? Or must this become with another planning element?
She also using this Year of Productivity calendar. Which, to me, sounds pretty awesome because you can see an entire year at once. The calendar is designed to plan and organize your schedule by the week, rather than by the month.
I have also been devouring this new-to-me blog EnJOY it from the crafty mind of Elise. I’m not sure how she plans her days, but she uses the Stendig Calender to plan her blog posts. I’m slightly obsessed and in love with this idea. So much so that I contacted the company to order a 2012 calender at a discounted price since we are half way through the year. They wouldn’t. Oh well.
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Not only do I love the look of the calendar, her use of it is brilliant. She takes small post-it notes to plan out her blog ideas an places them on the calender. If something changes or needs moved, she just switch around the post-it notes. Genius, right!?
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You basically by the shell and every other component to suit you needs. It sounds expensive, but if it would keep me organized it just may be worth it.
Do you seem my problem or do I just sound crazy at this point?
And after all that, being a recent Apple convert, I wonder if should I just use the calendar on my Mac which has recently been upgraded and improved with the new Mountain Lion OS. Plus, it will instantly sync to my iphone which, as of late, I am never with out. Is it time to drop the paper, which I so dearly love, and go digital.
Clearly, I need your help. I know everyone’s opinion is going to vary on this, but let me have it. What works for your? What calendar or planner has become your go-to year after year. Have you given up the pencil and paper and made switch to digital?
Dear Rachel of Funnelcloud, if you are reading this, as a fellow planner/calender and Apple lover, what should I do?!
Thanks everyone! Have a happy and organized Wednesday!