Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Planner Fatigue

Hello my name is Bekah and I have a planner addiction (like a big time addiction to planners and calendars, to the point where I probably need an intervention).

It started in middle school and hasn't stopped. My favorite part of the new school year was getting to buy a new planner. Choosing the right planner would take me forever, standing in Office Max just staring at all the options. Should I go with something fun or something classic and "grown up" looking. Should I get a big one or a pocket planner? The decisions were endless but every year I managed to pick out the "perfect" planner and would be excited as could be with it for about 3/4 of the school year, and then planner fatigue would set in. I'd stop color coating everything and just scribble notes in whatever color pen I had in my hand. The once crisp pages were now crinkled and covered in some sort of beverage stain from a spill while working on homework. By May I was lucky to even pull my planner out of my book bag. I was over it.

Well as I've gotten older the same trend continues. Every year I get a new planner, desk calendar and wall calendar or else I just don't feel right. I also still have every planner/calendar I've ever owned in a sort of "planner grave yard" box in my closet. Its sad when I think about it. These old crinkled pages have everything that was important to me at the time written on them. From a homework assignment from 7th grade, to every wedding planning detail/appointment in 2011.

Just like when I was in school, when I first get a planner I'm excited and love it and am determined I'll end up buying the exact same one next year because I just "LOVE IT SO MUCH!", and it never fails.... I end up with a different brand/color/size the following year, usually purchasing the new one in November so I can get it ready for the exciting task of putting it in my purse on New Years day.

What is the point of this rambling on about daily planners?

Well it's October which means I'm sick of the planner I have/aka I haven't used it except to keep track of bills since the middle of September.

Don't get me wrong. I still love the look of the planner I have (thanks Mom for getting it for me for Christmas last year), but I'm really contemplating switching from my Franklin Covey back to an Erin Condren Life Planner. I can always save my Franklin Covey for when I'm feeling like a grown up again.

If things go how I picture them going, 2014 is going to be a big year in my life (as every year has been), and I want a fun/pretty/easy to use planner to document the happenings. And the planner I have now is kinda blah...

Yes its very sophisticated and grown up looking but in all honesty it isn't very ME. There isn't a stitch of pink on it anywhere and in my world that's a travesty. I got it in grey because I felt like working in an office, having a grown up job and all my planner that would be sitting on my desk should look, well, grown up. But sitting here looking at the pink post it notes plastered everywhere, "hey girl" Ryan Gosling print outs, and the fact that I have a blow up dinosaur living on top of my computer screams that I'm anything but grown up and I don't think a whimsical themed planner would distract from the fact that I'm good at my job.

While writing this I've obviously made up my mind that an Erin Condren planner it is.... now to choose which one.....

 2013-2014 life planner -initial it!2013-2014 life planner -favorite things2013-2014 life planner -wild2013-2014 life planner -stripe

Or do I splurge and go with the Gold Edition...

2013-2014 life planner -GOLD EDITION -pink


Beth Bocock said...

Lovelovelove the leopard one! This is the third post I've read in the past month about planners. I wonder if it's a sign? Right now I dump all my notes into my many organizers on my phone, which is on its last leg.


Jotje said...

The quality of the Erin Condren planners is outstanding. The paper even takes fountain pen without any bleedthrough. And it holds up great.
If you haven't ordered before you can even get a 10$ discount code through tinyurl.com/econdren

P.S. I do love the look of your Franklin Covey binder. Definitely hold on to it ...!

Pamela said...

I got an EC planner last night but didn't for this year! Man, I should have! ha! I am determined to get one for next year! Soooo I saw where you commented on Basically Bre's blog...do you live in NC?? I do! :)