My Life, Planner Love

My name is Mel and I am a planner. 

I don’t know what it is, but there’s nothing more comforting and exhilarating to me than buying a new planner/agenda book. Just adds to my love for stationery, pens, and notebooks.  That’s fine, call me a loser. But I love it.

Over the years, I’ve collected different types of books to schedule my work load, plan events, and mark down social activities. I’ve used different sizes and formats. I don’t have a particular favorite; just looking for blank spaces to fill things in and use it consistently. Unfortunately, I’m of the mindset that if I don’t write it down, I won’t remember, and it won’t get done! So, why not find something that will work?

I’ve bought planners from Target or Staples. I tend to get the ones with a monthly calendar overview and weekly detailed blocks. Nothing fancy.  Something cost-effective and simple. But last year, I purchased the small Lilly Pulitzer agenda book.  I’m a big Lilly fan so getting it made me happy.  It was adorable. It worked for what was going on in my life.

But then I realized that I needed to return to a larger, spiral, planner. I contemplated various options.  Asked friends who used their planners as faithfully as me. Carefully observed favorite bloggers’ instagram accounts.  Finally, I made my decision for the year.

A few months ago, Day Designer & Blue Sky released a Weekly-Monthly version of the popular planner that Whitney English created. It was only $12!  Maybe I’ll splurge and get the original (which is SO adorable and trendy).  I’m very thankful they decided to make a planner that’s accessible to girls on a budget (like me)!

What I like about it: plenty of writing space, spiral format, nice compartments to write various things down (top 3 goals for the week, etc.). Not too overwhelming, but still lots to offer. I can list my schedule and then some. Of course, the bigger, classic DD has extra pages and sections, but this version is just right for me.

And yes, I color code my entries. (Yes, side eye me all you want.)  It just works better for me and I can make a conscious effort to effectively plan my schedule. Check below for what my month looks like and the top picture has a glimpse of what the week format is….


Example: teal blue (teaching), red (non-profit work), pink (friends’ birthdays and private lessons), and dark blue (family events, church, and my nanny jobs). My color key could expand!

That’s it for me.

How do YOU plan?  Is there a particular brand you like to use or do you create your own agenda book? Do you use washi tape/specialty additions? Do you just make lists or color code events? Let me know!


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