I think I’ve mentioned before that I am a planner from way back. I’ve been planning for as long as I can remember. I’ve done it for so long that when I don’t, it throws off my whole schedule. For instance, because I’ve been trying out different planners, I don’t have everything in one place like I used to. So I completely missed the fact that I have double-booked myself for two events that I have to attend. Which means I now get to figure out how to rearrange schedules so that I can make it to both – not the end of the world, certainly, but things would have been much easier if I had realized it from the beginning and scheduled accordingly.
In the planner sticker world, the Happy Planner Classic and the Erin Condren Life Planner are two of the most popular planners. I finally got my hands on a cheap Erin Condren (half-off because it’s an 18 month planner, but it’s got all of 2020 in it, so win!) and I also bought the Happy Planner mini and Big sizes so that I could take measurements for my sticker kits.
I was surprised to discover that I actually really like the Erin Condren planner. It’s good quality, it’s sturdy, and the paper is smooth. The downside? The large spiral – it gets in the way of everything I do. So, while I like it, I won’t be using it.
I thought I would stick with the Happy Planner Classic, because I knew I wouldn’t use the mini. I don’t carry my planner with me – it stays on my desk and I check it periodically throughout the day. If I worked full-time, I might want something portable, but not now. And I’m finding that I really miss my large, cheap, big box store planner – it was large and had lots of room to write in the monthly spreads. The monthly spread is really all I use in my planner, because I like to see everything at a glance. I’ve been trying to use the weekly spreads in the Classic, but it gets annoying to keep flipping back and forth.
I think I’m going to move to the Big Happy Planner – I don’t need the weekly pages, but the monthly spreads are large and give me plenty of room to write everything I need to in one place.
I’ve managed to pare down from 6 planners to 2 – one scheduling planner and one budgeting. It’s taken some getting used to, but I feel like I have a good handle on things now that I’ve pared down. For a while there, with 6 planners, I think I spent more time copying the same thing into multiple planners than I did actually planning.
I have gotten all the templates for my monthly sticker kits made for the sizes I want to sell, and my goal now is to get demos printed and photographed so I can post them for sale. I’ve also figured out how to make covers for the Happy Planners, and I’ve already had two requests for them!
It took me a couple of tries to get the dimensions just right, but I’m excited to make these. I picked up some pretty scrapbook paper to use for them and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
Now that my planner and organization is back on track, hopefully everything else will fall into place. Things aren’t going as fast as I’d like, and I’ve still got some business housekeeping things to take care of as well, but I’m slowly getting there.