Do you have a planner or calendar that you love? Maybe I'm just hard to please, but I can never find a planner that I really like. I had one of those leather planners when I was in high school and starting college, but it became just a large checkbook holder, as I never actually opened it to use anything else. During college, I found that a spiral notebook was my best organizational tool. I could scribble to do lists, copy recipes, jot down addresses or phone numbers all on one page. It was everything I needed, well, except for the dates. It was definitely difficult to plan ahead, but I was a college student. What did I need to plan ahead for?
Then I got engaged and had a wedding to plan. Suddenly, I needed to know what date it would be two months from Tuesday. I had to find a planner, and I found the perfect one. It was basically a half sized spiral notebook, but it included dates, imagine that. Plenty of room for my scribbles, but it kept me organized. It was on sale, since the year was already halfway over and I've never found one like it again.
In my quest to find the perfect planner, I have seen all sorts of varieties. None of them inspire me. Does that sound funny? To be inspired by a planner? I have to be though, or it will become my coaster instead of my planner. I have to feel like opening it for it to work. I do not need a planner that lists every hour of the day. I just can't schedule my days like that, or I get uptight and then depressed when I don't accomplish things the way I scheduled it. I like the page to contain a whole week. That way, I can write my weekly to do list right there. I'm awfully structured in my planner needs for being so unstructured, aren't I?
Last year, around this time, I was getting very frustrated. I needed a planner, but hadn't found one to suit me. Finally, I decided to make my own, and I did. I liked it, I have some improvements in mind, but I like being able to personalize it for exactly what I need. That planner had the week on one side, and then lines on the other side. It was basically a book made of folded letter size paper, held together by string threaded through two small holes punched in the spine.
Now, it's a new year and I am in need of yet another planner. I'm trying to decide if I should do a full sized paper and keep them in my household notebook, or if I should play with the half sized format again. I do want to add a spot for meal planning and a grocery list, but if I get too structured and crowded, I won't be able to use it. I have to have space to scribble and sketch my crazy ideas. Maybe I'll add a little picture too. Something inspirational, or a reminder of what I was doing last year at this time. I'd better get on it though, or I'll be stuck using my spiral notebook again.