Planner Girl 101: What is the Best Planner for You?

 

Are you wondering what the best planner for you may be? Looking to find out more about the planning world or just love reading about your favorite hobby? Check out our Planner Girl 101 series! In this segment, find out more about different types of planners and how to pick the best one for you.

Hey hey!  I hope this Planner Girl 101 series has helped you gain a better understanding of what planning can do for you.  Planning can be such a beneficial practice for all areas of your life.

So far in our Planner Girl 101 series, we have explored:

Next stop on our planner girl train is determining what is the best planner for you!  All aboard!  WooHoo!

Important Considerations for Finding the Best Planner

  1.  Revisit Planner Squad’s What is Planning? post. Look at each type of planning.  Is there one type that resonates with you?  That really sticks out and interests you?
  2. How much time do you realistically have?  Like it or not, some types of planning require a lot more time than others.
  3. What is your planning budget?  There are some absolutely stunning planners out there!  Plus, so many gorgeous colors, styles, and brands!  Don’t forget when considering the best planner for you that you will want accessories-budget those goodies in, too!
  4. How will you be using your planner(s)?  What is the proposed purpose of the planner?  This step can be helpful but I will caution that I have bought planners with one purpose in mind, only to change how I use after a bit of use.  Nonetheless, this consideration is important when looking to find the best planner.
  5. What is your personality type?  How you function and take in information can be a huge impact on what type of planner will work best for you!  I will be touching upon this topic very soon and would love your help in a research project!  (Stay tuned for details!)

Take time to seriously consider all of these suggestions.  As awesomely fun as planning is, it can get expensive and a tad overwhelming.

Once you have narrowed down what type of planner girl you may be (and it is okay to dabble in a few!), you will want to learn all that you can about the different planners available in each category.

Again, please do not let yourself get overwhelmed and jump ship before even starting!  Planning is so worth it!  Hang in there!  With a little help from my friends (Squadettes!), here is a list of popular planners for each type of planning:)

Most Popular Planners for Each Type of Planning

Functional Planners

Bullet Journals are super popular for functional planning.  In fact, they are so popular that I created its own category (see below).

Traveler’s Notebooks are also great for a functional planner.

Webster's Pages Color Crush Faux Leather Travelers' Planner - 5.75Webster’s Pages Color Crush Faux Leather Travelers’ Planner – 5.75Midori Traveler's Notebook Journal Passport Size - BrownMidori Traveler’s Notebook Journal Passport Size – BrownPASSION Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Travelers Journals Diary geniune leather notebook diary notepad notebook handmade Traveler's Notebook travels (12*21cm)PASSION Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Travelers Journals Diary geniune leather notebook diary notepad notebook handmade Traveler’s Notebook travels (12*21cm)

 

 

Glam Planners


Create 365 Happy Planner - Botanical Garden
Create 365 Happy Planner – Botanical Garden
NEW! Create 365 Happy Planner Planner Box Kit - Best YearNEW! Create 365 Happy Planner Planner Box Kit – Best YearNEW! Create 365 The Happy Planner - Classic 12 Month - Get FitNEW! Create 365 The Happy Planner – Classic 12 Month – Get FitErin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner-Floral InkErin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner-Floral InkErin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Blossom- Midnight Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 06)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Blossom- Midnight Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 06)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Midcentury Circles-Colorful Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 12)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Midcentury Circles-Colorful Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 12)

Bullet Journals

Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook - Dotted Pages - BlackLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Dotted Pages – BlackLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Plain Pages, Emerald ColorLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Plain Pages, Emerald ColorLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Notebook, Squared Pages, NavyLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Notebook, Squared Pages, NavyMoleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook, Large, Dotted, Underwater Blue, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25)Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook, Large, Dotted, Underwater Blue, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25)

 

Art/Junk Journals

Canson Montval All Media Journal - All Media JournalCanson Montval All Media Journal – All Media JournalRanger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-InchRanger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-InchPentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8Pentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 PagesStrathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 Pages

 

Faith Journals

NEW! Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter KitNEW! Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter KitBella Blvd Illustrated Faith Book - Basics - PraiseBella Blvd Illustrated Faith Book – Basics – Praise

 

Digital Planners

I am not a digital planner girl but know quite a few friends who swear by it.  They recommend Cozi and Asana.  Jenn has started to use Asana to keep us organized for Planner Squad and gives it rave reviews.   I Heart Planners has a great review of The Very Best Digital Planning Apps.

 

Based on the above information and resources (and your own experiences),
which planner would work best for you?

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3 Unique Ways to Use Your Monthly Planner Pages

Are you maximizing the use of all pages in your planner?  You probably use the daily or weekly planner pages well, but what about the monthly planner pages?

 If you are like me, you might write your schedule and goals on the daily and weekly planner pages, but you might not be using the monthly planner pages effectively.  Here are 3 ways to make better use those monthly planner pages.

Most planners provide a few different planning layouts within the same planner (for example weekly, daily and monthly pages).   You might also have goal pages and future planning pages.  Many times, only the daily or weekly pages are used and the monthly pages are skipped.  Let’s not overlook the monthly pages, as they can be useful in our planning.

Monthly Planner pages | How to use Monthly planner pages

3 Ways to Use Your Monthly Planner Pages

 1.  Track Your Special Dates and Appointments – See the big picture

Special days like birthdays and anniversaries are dates you don’t want to forget.

One effective way to use the monthly planner pages is to track birthdays, holidays, no school days, vacation days, anniversaries, appointments and all the important dates you want to remember each month.  

By keeping all your birthday reminders and anniversaries on one page, you can see at the beginning of the month if you need to pick up any gifts.  You won’t need to rush or scramble at the last minute for a gift or card.

You will also see the big picture for your month.  Writing these dates and appointments for the month makes you more likely to remember them.  With a monthly view, you are less likely to schedule two appointments for the same day and time.

2.  Record Special Memories

If you don’t use the monthly pages in your calendar for tracking important dates, you could use it to record special memories.  If you are like me and save years of old planners, your planner becomes a yearly journal of special memories.

For example, if you take a trip or do something special on a vacation, each day you could write a sentence or two about the highlight of that day to help you remember it.  Then, years later as you read through your planner, you will know the exact dates you visited places or special events that happened in your life on those dates.

You can also take time each day and write down a special moment or funny quote from your kids.  These little notes will make wonderful memories to share in years to come.

Your planner could also be used for a gratitude journal.  One simple word or sentence of gratitude each day make a big difference in our attitude.  As you look over each month, you will see how many wonderful things you have in your life.

3.  Goal Setting

One of the most practical uses for the monthly section of your planner is goal setting.  The monthly pages can help you set and track your goals for months and weeks in advance.

If you are planning a large project or goal that has smaller deadlines or requirements, the monthly planner pages are a great way to be focused on these important deadlines and stay on target with your goals.

As the months and weeks go by, you will see how much progress you have made.  When you look back later in the year, you will probably be surprised at your success and accomplishments.

As you use your planner this year, don’t skip the monthly pages.  They can be useful for you.

How do you use your monthly pages?  If you are not using your monthly pages,
how will you start using them?

 

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Planner Girl 101: What Is Planning?

Part 1 of Planner Girl 101, a series to educate, encourage, & empower. Get answers to the question What is Planning?, as well as learn about the types of planning & their benefits.

 

Hey hey!  Are you ready to get started with (or dive deeper into) with being a planner girl?

In case you missed it, I shared the start of our new series, Planner Girl 101: Informative Series to Educate, Encourage, and Empower.

With this series, I will be addressing planning from A-Z, fro tiny details to big ideas.  Along the way, encouragement and support will be given to help you reach your planner girl potential (and beyond!).

Part 1 will address:

  • What is planning?
  • Benefits of planning
  • Types of planning
  • How each type of planning can work for you

What Is Planning?

To me, planning is the act of organizing activities, goals, and other important areas in your life.  Planning is a practice that provides numerous benefits, such as time and stress management.  It also serves a purpose to the planner girl.

What is planning for?  Planning can be for anything!  Here is a short list of what a planner girl might use her planners for:

  • appointments
  • schedule
  • finances
  • goal tracking
  • health & fitness
  • spiritual
  • artistic expression
  • journal
  • scrapbook
  • meal planning
  • work
  • home
  • volunteer hours

Benefits of Planning

If there is one thing I ask you to promise me, never ever let someone else make you feel like planning is fluffy and pointless.  I am a woman who adheres to nonviolence standards but I will come and Jersey throat punch that person in the wink of an eye!  I want you to look them directly in the eye and say in a calm tone, “You, my friend, obviously have no experience with the fine world of planning.”  Then, walk away with one or more of your planners under your arm and a big ol’ smile on your face.

Now that I got that off my shoulders, let me share with you a few of the many benefits of planning.  (Feel free to quote me to those nonbelievers!)

  • stress management with reduced anxiety
  • time management
  • goal setting & tracking
  • financial perks (track when bills are due, spending habits, and more!)
  • creative expression
  • personal growth
  • hobby
  • community
  • preservation of memories

These benefits are often associated with a planner girl’s purpose.  They may not be intentional but more of a positive side effect from the joys of planning.

Types of Planning

There are several types of planning.  Some planner girls are purists and stick to only one type.  Other planner girls opt for a more eclectic approach, combining planner types in one planner or even using multiple planners.

1.  Functional

Functional planning is all about function.  It is streamlined and focused.  Not too much frou-frou.  More about getting the job done.

2.  Glam Planning

Glam is shortened from glamorous.  This type of planning is more decorative, with lots of stickers, washi tape, and different color pens.  Planner embellishment like charms and clips are often used in glam planning.  Glam planning can be a lot of fun and provide hours of entertainment (plus look really pretty when you carry the around!).

3.  Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling (bujo for short) is a type of functional planning with a unique system of layouts and tracking.  A variety of activities and goals can be tracked in one bullet journal.  Highly customizable, bullet journals often include sections with brain dumps and mind maps.

4.  Art or Junk Journal

An art or junk journal is typically maintained as a form of artistic expression, as well as the preservation of memories.  Junk journals are great for recycling and using what you have.

5.  Faith-Based

Faith-based planning may involve Bible and/or scripture journaling.  It is a method of growing deeper in one’s faith.

6.  Digital

The use of digital planners, either on a computer or via an app, is planning.  (I can’t tell you how any times a digital planner girl has told me she is not a planner girl.  Say what?!?!?  Do you plan?  With a purpose?  Then, you are a planner girl-just maybe not in a traditional sense.)

7.  Eclectic

Planner girls that like to mix it up in their planners would fall under this category.  Often owning multiple planners, they may even use these planners with more than one purpose.

 

I hope Part 1 has helped you better understand what is planning.  Are there other types of planning that you would add to this list?

Part 2 will take a closer look at specific planners within each category of planning.

In the meantime, continue to ask questions in the comment section.  I truly want to help all planner girls grow and flourish.

Oh, and I would LOVE to read YOUR definition of planning!

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Planner Girl 101: Series to Educate, Encourage, & Empower

 

Are you a planner girl? Newbie? Wannabe? Have no idea where to start but know that planning is for you? Check out our new series to educate, encourage, & empower ALL planner girls. (Because guess what? You already are!)

 

Hey all you ladies who want to get your planning on!  All you planner wannabes, newbies, and addicts (you know who you are!).

Welcome to Planner Girl 101!  This series has been created to educate, encourage, and empower anyone who loves the world of planning.

Why Planner Girl 101?

Jenn (co-owner of Planner Squad and “my person”) and I are frequently asked about how to start planning.  We get questions like:

  • What is planning?
  • What do I need to start planning?
  • How much time does planning take?
  • What do all those crazy abbreviations and lingo mean?
  • Where do I go to get these planner goodies that you all speak of?
  • What planner is best for a beginner?
  • And the list goes on and on!

And we totally LOVE it!

We want to hear more and more questions about planning!  Planner Squad is all about spreading the planner love, baby!

A few other comments that were the driving force behind this much-needed series include:

  • Well, I am NOT a planner girl! (said with a sniff and condescending tone)
  • I only use digital planning, therefore, I am NOT a planner girl!
  • Sounds nice, but I don’t have time to plan.
  • Groovy, but I don’t have money to plan.

Au contraire, mon frere!  (That’s a bit of French for ya!  Ooh la la!)

Sweet pea, I’m here to assure you that you ARE a planner girl.  It is my firm belief that we ALL are planner girls.  (I want to climb to the highest mount and scream it from the rooftops.  Fortunately, I have Jenn to restrain me from acting upon such foolish notions.)

Oh yes, you read that right!  You ARE a planner girl.  Even if you have never used a color pen or written a date in a calendar or own a roll of washi tape!

Hopes & Dreams of Planner Girl 101 Series

The mission of Planner Squad is to unite the planning community, one roll of washi at a time.

It is also our passion to bring the joy and benefits of planning to all.

It is to shed light on what planning actually is, to debunk myths of what a planner girl is said to be, and to help all those closet planner girls come out into the light and embrace their inner planner.

Let your Planner Love shine!  (I feel like I need to grab a lighter and wave it back and forth in the air.)

We shall be looking at it all, from Planner ABCs to tips & tricks to ways to grow in your planning.

Join Planner Squad for our Planner Girl 101 series. We hope to educate, encourage, and empower ALL planner girls!

How Can You Help?

For now, write your questions, experiences, and tips for becoming a planner girl in the comment section below.  What would have been helpful for you to know as a planner newbie? If you are a newbie, ask your questions here!  (Remember:  No question is too small or is silly!  If you have the question, chances are quite a few other ladies do, too!)

I am working on a major project that will be coming very soon!  If you are interested in helping other planner girls get started and reach their planning potential, email me (Amy) plannersquad@gmail.com

Super excited to get this planner girl party started!

 

bch

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Happy 1st Birthday Planner Squad! Here’s Your Invitation to the Party

Happy First Birthday, Planner Squad! Join us as we celebrate with giveaways & more!

 

Hey hey Squadettes!  Planner Squad is turning 1 and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Get ready for the ultimate in planning fun and giveaways!  We are super excited to party like rock stars with giveaways and more in our Planner Squad Facebook Group.

A Look Back At Planner Squad’s 1st Year

I have tears in my eyes as I think back over this past year with Planner Squad.  When Jenn and I began to chat about a site dedicated to all things planners and uniting the planning community, we never dreamed that it would grow like it has.  And that amazing growth is all because of YOU!

Which post drew you to Planner Squad?  Was it our super popular post, Ultimate  List of Where to Find Free Planner Printables?  Maybe it was our Ultimate List of Planner Pens?  Were you drawn to the free printables?  Or our Etsy shoppe?

Whatever your reason for becoming a Squadette, we are so very pleased that you are here!  Jenn and I have major plans for 2017 to bring you the best in planning.

To thank you for your support and dedication, we thought it best to have a giveaway party in our Facebook group!

We have had some AMAZING companies contribute to this giveaway.  Jenn has been working hard to organize this festivity to make it fun for all.  Get ready for prizes on the hour, starting at 10 am CST on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  

It’s kind of like a reverse surprise party!  We are going to surprise our guests (that’s YOU!) with the prizes you can enter to win.

Details for Planner Squad’s 1st Birthday Party!

Who: Planner Squad and YOU!

What: Birthday Bash and 5k Member Giveaway

When: January 24, 2017 from 10 am CST

Where: Planner Squad Facebook Group

Why: Reached 5k members in our facebook group and our 1 year birthday (Boom!)

Planner Squad is 1! Join us for our happy birthday party for a mega celebration + giveaways! Find out more here:)

Jot down Planner Squad Happy 1st Birthday on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 am CT in one or more of your planners. We can’t wait to see you there and get this party started!

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