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My 2018-19 paper planner

This year has been a planner disaster. I have always been a huge fan of paper planners but I fell out of it late last year (remember there was a Big!Work!Project! that apparently scarred me for life) and once I fall out of a habit, it’s hard for me to pick it back up.

text in planner - 'the face that runs the place'

I stole “the face that runs the place’ from my boo, AJ Styles.

The big reason was that I didn’t feel like putting in the time assembling the stickers and washi tape weekly spreads that gave me great joy 2 years ago. What’s more important than having a pretty planner is using the damn planner in the first place. All I need to do is write things in it. Nothing more.

On my birthday, I bought this planner from DesignWorks Ink.

artfully curated fake blogger photo of planner

Completely natural placement of succulents and seashells

It’s vegan leather, which I didn’t intend on but am a fan of, and the front says “Slay The Day.” The weekly spreads are different than what I usually go for, but I’m interested in seeing how I’ll utilize the “goals” section. My goal-achieving could use a little sharpening.

inside spread of planner

The planner included some very understated stickers. I like the pocket on the inner back cover – it’s good to toss appointment cards and business cards into.

And it’s a nice size — light and small enough to toss into my work bag and my weekend bag.

Now let’s see if I can stick with it. 🙂

March planner pages

I’m still at it with my paper planners. I ordered from Paper Source again, but this time I got the 12 month one instead of the 18 month one. Strictly because it’s lighter to carry around with me. It was the same price though. Psht.

March, 2017

I try not to get carried away so that I don’t look like I’m 12 years old when I pull it out in front of somebody. I use a bit of washi tape on the monthly spreads for decoration and to mark off vacation. Here I used some beach washi I bought off of Etsy to mark the original amount of time I planned to be in Florida.

And this is what one of the weekly spreads look like. Again, I try to go minimal with washi tape and maybe a sticker or two.

A typical March week. Work events and tasks go in my work planner.

At work, I’ve been using a Moleskine as a bullet journal since June. I stick almost exclusively with the original Bullet Journal technique. Honestly, I feel like I am much more productive then I was with the old to-do list system I used for years.

My monthly spreads in my work bullet journal

I started the Moleskine on June 1 and it looks like I might get the full 12 months out of it before I need to buy a new one.

I’ve been awake since 3am. I think I bruised a rib doing yard work last week, and re-aggravated it doing yard work yesterday. (No, I don’t learn, but my lawn looks much nicer with the 4 pounds of dandelions gone from it.) I’ve been trying to sleep on my back but rolled over on my side last night and woke right the heck up. Thankfully it’s Monday so I’m working from home. But first, an early morning mammogram appointment. #middleagedblogging

March planner spread

I’ve been dabbling with planners for the last few years, and this year I gave into the washi tape and stickers.

At first I was using the Poppin planner until they changed the format from softcover to spiral bound. Their spiral planner started coming apart in the second month of carrying it in my bag, so I switched to a planner from Paper Source. This one is spiral bound as well, but the coils and covers are much sturdier.

This was my March monthly spread and I think I went a bit overboard, but it ended up cute.


I’m going to reel it back in a bit in April, because I’m trying to walk the fine line between fun and “not embarrassed to open it up at work.”

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