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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