Plan With Intention!
I have a real treat for you today!
Christina over at www.Christinamariemuller.com is here with me today to talk Planner Girl Shop!!!
That’s right…. one of my most favorite things to probably discuss is planning and she’s got some really great tips to share when comes to planning and picking a planner. So without any further delay, I’m going to let her take it away.
It is fall with the new start of school, yummy caramel apples, gorgeous fall leaves and a busy calendar. Summer’s relaxed schedule is giving away to the busier school year. Possibly with this change you are feeling the stress of balancing all the different aspects of life. This is a perfect time to begin using a planner to plan your life with beautiful intentions. So how do you even begin looking for a planner?
Step 1) Planning, crafting or both?
Decide if you want a planner only for planning or also for a creative outlet.
You can use a planner to write down your events, appointments, tasks and reminders. In fact it is very cathartic to write down all of the items we keep juggling in our mind. However another great benefit of using a planner is the creative aspect, using decorative washi, beautiful stickers and colorful pens. It can be a creative outlet while also meeting the functional need of planning for your family. Check out my Pinterest Boards on Planner Love and Decorative Planners for ideas.
Step 2) Day or Week?
Most planners come in two main layouts, day and week. The day layout can either be one page or two pages. Using one day on two pages will provide ample space for events, tasks and a lot of extra room for notes. The one day on one page will give you plenty of space for events and tasks. You will gain the extra room to jot everything down however your planner will be heavier unless you only remove the unused pages. A day layout is a great option if you need to remove distractions and only focus on the current day
The week layout provides the bigger picture with all seven days displayed at once. You can choose between a vertical or horizontal layout. The vertical layout displays each day of the week from left to right while horizontal is from top to bottom. I prefer the vertical week layout for my detailed planning but I use a horizontal layout in my mini planner to write down reminders on the go. If you are a global thinker then the week layout will work great for you. Check my post on layouts if you would like more information.
Step 3) Stay at home or mobile?
In this step you are deciding how you will use your planner. Will it mainly be on your kitchen counter or home office? Or will you take it with you in your purse? The more mobile your planner, the smaller you may want it. If you write down all of your appointments only in your planner then it will need to be portable. I usually suggest the largest size for a portable planner to be A5 (5.8” x 8.2”).
Step 4) Bring it all together
If you need a planner on the go that will to track your schedule, meal plan and calories then you need a personal or compact sized planner in either a day or week layout. If you are a global thinker using your planner only at home for tasks involving your husband, kids, house, work and more; I suggest an A4 or 8.5” x 11” weekly planner. There is no wrong or right answer, only finding the right fit for you.
Once you find you planner you can begin planning out family nights, fun day trips and seasonal craft projects with the kids. Also schedule date nights with your loved one and crafting time for yourself. Use your planner to plan your life with beautiful intentions.
If you have tried searching for the right planner and are frustrated or you want to shortcut the process, check out my Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Planner. Included with the ebook is the Planning Preferences worksheet to track your ideas and the Unique and Noteworthy Planner list to make your search easier. I am passionate in helping people find the right planner because if you can intentionally plan for success in your daily life, imagine the impact you can make.
Feel free to send Christina or I an email if you have any planner questions, we’d love to help!
Thanks for reading!!!!