Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time Out Thursday: Planner nerds unite!


 Warning: I’m about to share my inner nerd with you all.

I have a confession to make. I love planning. I’m one of those people who thrives on being organised, I have a spreadsheet for everything (colour-coded, of course) and I enjoy seeing everything I need to do tracked and recorded. 

Some people find it scary to see all that information laid out, but I don’t. I find it relieving to know that nothing will slip through the cracks.

I always thought this was a bit of a personal quirk, but I’ve come to realise I’m not alone. Not only are there more people who enjoy what I’ve always been told is a mundane activity, but there are tools (aside from Excel) and pretty things to help you plan. Who knew?

I recently picked up a planner to indulge in a little creative planning. This is my Erin Condren planner, which came on high recommendation from a few writer friends (thanks to Gina Gordon and Robin Covington for sharing their thoughts!) I went with the horizontal layout.

Not only do the covers snap in and out so you can change them (and thus avoid my yearly despair of cover envy), but they’re fantastically made and beautifully designed.

So what kind of stuff do I put into my planner?

Well, I use it as a daily to-do list (just short ones, because of the space – I have another planner specifically for work stuff), to keep track of birthdays and other important dates like anniversaries. I try to plan my workouts here and have reminders for bills that need to be paid, meetings/calls with my agent and edtiors, doctors appointments etc. I also keep track of all my deadlines and release dates.

Plus, I decorate each week so it looks nice which makes it a bit of a creative outlet as well. I was definitely one of those students who used to draw in her notebooks at school to make them look pretty, because planning doesn’t need to be boring ;)


There are plenty of other inexpensive planners out there (Erin Condren is definitely on the pricey side, so don't think you have to spend that much if you don't want to!) Check our Etsy for some great customizable planners or if you have a Kikki around you, have a look there too.

Tell me, are you a planner nerd as well? Or are you more of a 'go with the flow' kind of person?

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7 comments:

  1. Yes! I can relate. I am a planner too. I have a filofax which I use to keep track of all my daily appointments, deadlines and release dates etc. Then a wall calendar with my son's activities on, and a spreadsheet for specific projects like book launches. :)

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    1. That sounds like a very thorough system, a wall calendar would be great. Something which showed all the activities at a glance...hmm, now you've got me thinking :)

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  2. Yes! I can relate. I am a planner too. I have a filofax which I use to keep track of all my daily appointments, deadlines and release dates etc. Then a wall calendar with my son's activities on, and a spreadsheet for specific projects like book launches. :)

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  3. I desperately WANT to be a planner. This is actually my New Year's resolution (organizing). And it seems I am managing to write down at least half of what I need/want to do. So far, in accordance to my goal for the year to become a planner, I'd say I'm a half-planner :) Thank you so much for sharing some of your methods!

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    1. I hope it helps, Carol! Best of luck with your New Year's goals :)

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  4. I am a failed planner.... I occasionally remember to write stuff down on various bits of paper, wall calendars, even my iPhone planner.... And then never ever look at it again!! I am quite good at remembering stuff though once I've written it down, so I'm not completely chaotic.

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    1. That's probably why I liked writing it down, because i'm not great at remembering things. Or I do remember things, but it's at 2am and disrupts my sleep!

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