Posted on 06 February 2017
Ah the majestic planner... the keeper of the dates, the organizer of the chaos... the record of the details that make up this magical thing called life.
And you thought it was just a calendar... HA!
As you may have noticed, I have a thing for planners. Maybe "thing" is too benign a word. What I mean to say is that I love them. I love them a lot.
In my corporate life, my planner requirements were simple. Sturdy, pockets and a daily scheduler that could handle my insane meeting schedule. Most of my days were scheduled to the minute. Potty breaks included.
In my SAHM life, Pre Peach Stream, I had two planner requirements:
- Monthly Calendar
Thats it. Don't get me wrong, I dreamed of a beautiful planner with thick luxe pages and pretty colors and tabbies and what not. I wanted one with all my heart, but it wasn't in the cards or the budget, and it wasn't strictly necessary.
But now, NOW I get to have the planner of my dreams. I'm no longer worried about an angry employee sneering at my glam polka dot planner as I attempt to convey a serious issue. I'm not worried about a gleaming spiral binding getting bent to crap and caught on the zipper as I shove it into my briefcase.
It can be any size, any color and any configuration that I want. This is very exciting stuff if you are a huge NERD like me.
After investigating a wealth of choices and recommendations (see my Planner Geek Pinterest board for many other excellent options), I ended up choosing this At A Glance Livewell planner from Inkwell Press. It's available at Office Depot/Office Max.
It's Peach, which is... you know... sort of my jam. But that's not why I chose it, (okay, maybe a small-ish to medium part of why I chose it).
I chose it because of the long term planning.
As a business owner and busy mama, I tend to get bogged down in the day to day and let the long term stuff wait for quote "someday" when I have quote "time" to quote "look into it". AKA never gonna happen.
This planner features pretty and practical vision boards for the year and for the month, as well as points of focus for your week. If you actually use these options, it will force you to take that much needed step back to strategize.
The other unique feature is the well rounded, comprehensive approach to planning. A holistic approach if you will:) Your monthly mission board and yearly goal setting includes sections for: Me Time, Be Social, Home, Health, Financial, and Dream Big.
Even if you don't fill the section out, its still there... staring up at you from that pretty honeycomb patterned page... reminding you that "Me Time" is still a thing. Reminding you that it's important to "Dream Big".
If the all that awesomeness wasn't enough to sell me... these pockets and notes pages would have done it.
Because pockets are a necessity and I have more than a few ramblings that need to sorted into lists and action plans! So there you have it. My fabulous planner pick for 2017.
What's your favorite planner?