I’ll admit that when it comes to planners, I’ve never had 100% peace. I’ve had nearly every size, and style of planner, and what I’ve learned over the course of all the madness, is not what I love, but more, what I don’t.
Throughout the past year, my life has changed, and with that, comes different needs. I started with an A5. My reason for this was purely the amount of space, and planner you get for your money. I never felt the need to buy a smaller planner, when I could get the larger one for a few pounds more. Of course, I have now learned that it isn’t about cost, its about what works for you. It soon became apparent that I wasn’t busy enough to make to make an A5 work, so I did something really silly, I bought a Happy Planner, which is the same size as an A5. I thought because it had discs instead of rings, I would like it better.
I planned in my Happy Planner for a few months, and guess what? It was too big.
I decided to try personal size, and when a craft website was selling the Webster Pages planners for £3, I bought one in every colour. I fell in love with the size, and setting them up. A colour for every season! I surely didn’t need to buy any more planners, right?
Wrong… Next came my obsession with personal/medium size Kikki K planners. I bought my first one, the perforated ice blue, and no sooner had it arrived, I bought the perforated peach. I fell in love. I then made the mistake of checking the Kikki K website when the sale was on, this led to me buying the A5/Large cobalt (I later trimmed my happy planner down to fit, but I won’t get into that), but again, too big, surprised? The perforated mint was also on sale, so of course, I bought it, making that my last Kikki K planner purchase to date.
I never used the Websters planners again after using the Kikki K. There is no contest between them in my opinion, and I don’t think I would ever switch to any other type of ring bound planner, purely because the size of the rings. But never say never.
I planned in my Kikki K for most of the year. I love the fact that most list pads are the exact width, so they can easily be trimmed and punched into the planner, making great note paper. For messy writers like me, this is perfect. I love being able to remove and add pages as I please, without having to worry about it messing up my planner.
I was one of many that got sucked in to the pocket size Travelers Notebook world. I watched numerous set up videos, and the more I watched, the more I thought that this looked perfect for me. Who doesn’t love a chunky planner. I had a brief love affair with mine, and although I will continue to use it for journaling and memory keeping, It no longer serves the purpose of planning, as it is too small for my needs since I opened up my shop.
I am currently using my Bando Agenda for planning, and my Kikki K for everything else. I am hoping to keep this system as I love how it is working out. The Bando has a horizontal layout, and is large, so it has all the space I need. I was using it as a memory planner, but as I needed more space, I thought it would be silly to buy yet another planner, so repurposing this one made sense. My Kikki K is still under construction, as soon as it is completely set up, I will let you all have a peek inside, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it.
Do you think planner peace exists? For me, I have to say no. I think planning is about keeping our lives together, as well as being creative. As creative people, we sometimes need to change our canvas, and explore new outlets.
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