If you know me a little bit, then you know that I love everything that has to do with stationary and it comes at no surprise that I love notebooks, planners and journals.
I’ve been using the oh-so-popular (and polarizing) Erin Condren Life Planner and I am in in my third year now (although I’ve just recently participated in Kyla’s e-course “Planner Camp” which was all about designing your own planner and oh man, I need to tell you about this in a separate post sometime. It was awesome!). But back to the planner that I am currently using: I have mostly just wonderful things to say about the EC Life Planner.
I do a lot of scheduling and planning on my phone, especially when I need to set reminders (that is the ONE thing a paper planner cannot yet do!), but for everything else I love putting a pen to paper and the EC Life Planner has really won me over with its prettiness, the layout and the fun accessories. I don’t mind lugging the thing around in my purse either.
However, I am not going to do a full review of the Erin Condren Life Planner today, because there are plenty (!) of reviews out there in the blogging world (and most of you know the planner already anyway), but I’d love to show you a little bit how I use it.
My job doesn’t require me to do a lot of “on paper planning” during the week and therefore the weekdays stay pretty much empty during the day, except for the occasional work or doctor’s appointment.
But that is also very good, because I always used to have my planners double as journals/scrapbooks. (I used to have paper planners that had one day per page and plenty of room to write in.)
I write down things I did, thoughts and quotes. I’ve started (this year) to regularly print a selection of my Instagram pictures and add them into my planner.
In case you want to know how exactly I do this: my no-fuss method is to snip, copy and paste the photos from my Instragram.com account into an empty word document. I fit the Instragram photo size to the approximate size of each column in my planner (note: it’s about the right size when you fit 5 pictures (1.5×1.5 in) in one row (margins set to 0.3 in) with a space between them – to make cutting easier and leave a bit of a white frame) and then I print them on regular paper. The colors are sometimes a little bleached out, but I don’t really mind it. Then I cut them into little squares and add them to my planner.
I love that I can thumb through the pages and have little pictures, ticket stubs, receipts or other memorabilia remind me of what was going on during the week. I also use the handy stickers that come with the planner (I didn’t get them personalized, but you can!) and washi tape. Sometimes, I doodle or use calligraphy to illustrate the pages (not pictured – those pictures were taken at the beginning of this year).
Are you using a paper planner? (Maybe even an EC planner?) Is there a particular way that you use it?