Choosing a Planner 2019

Discussion in 'The Happy Planner' started by Gingerbug, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. horsemama

    horsemama Member

    Has anyone heard of Passion Planner? I just started using one, and I really like it. It's more goal oriented, rather than appointment oriented. At the beginning and halfway thru the year, you list out your goals, and what's important to you. This helps with focus. I bought a preprinted one, but they also have undated ones. There's monthly and weekly pages, and there's places to note your weekly focus, good things that happened, ideas you have, and personal/work to do's. On their website you can download sample pages, so you can try it before you buy it, or make your own planner using their pages.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
  2. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    I had a Passion Planner a few years ago and really liked the way it was set up. I'm horrible at planners so I didn't really use it, but I think I bought an undated one and I still have it so I may use it eventually. I'm hoping to become better at using my planner this year.
  3. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    I’m on my fourth Erin Condren vertical. I tried the hourly format one year and didn’t care for it. I was listening to a vlogger talk about her idea to have different journals for budgeting, menus, to do lists and how she found it just too much work. I would too. I use my Erin Condren for everything and there is plenty of room for appointments, goals, menus, to-dos, etc. I am a little addicted to stickers but they look so pretty.
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  4. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I was at Aldi a few days ago and there was 1 planner there. I picked it up and it seemed perfect for what I need. It has all the pages that I use, the only problem is that the cover is not that attractive. Oh well. the price was right so it found its way into my basket.
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  5. missjane

    missjane Well-Known Member

    Katrina, I did a collage on one of my dividers of inspirational words and I love it! I used Modge Podge. Could you do something like that? I know it seems silly, but if the outside isn't attractive to me, it doesn't inspire me to use it. :confused:
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2019
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  6. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I totally agree that if it is not attractive I am less inspired. The sheets in the new planner are the exact same size and layout as my current planner so I can just move everything over. I also thought of adding changing the cover with fabric or some other form.
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  7. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    Isn't it funny how a cover could make or break a purchase? I have been buying a plain cover for years. However, I often thought if I found another planner that I liked but has a decorative cover that I didn't like, then I'd use scrapbook paper or material to cover it. I tend to keep my planner open all the time so I don't even see the front cover any way.
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  8. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Mary, we are a fickle lot lol but planners are serious business, they have to be just so.
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  9. Cindylouwho

    Cindylouwho Well-Known Member

    Continuing this conversation even though it has been a few months....

    I was really into figuring out my planner system last year. And now I'm steaming along with my current one and doing good but looking ahead to 2020. How can we take this whole thread and change the title to 2020 so we can keep the history on it? :)

    I loved the Happy Planner and Erin Condren but I couldn't quite make the layouts work for my needs.. I doodle calendar icons in them as I'm trying to teach myself how to draw. Baby steps, right?

    I chose the Arc Junior Planner system from Staples. The covers are very sturdy. Also the pages can move easily which was important to me. Then I went through these steps:
    1. I popped a hairband around the front cover which really gave it a custom look and one I can swap out at any time.
    2. I YouTubed how to make my own planner pages in MS Word (which needs work if you ask me because it would be SO much easier if there was an easy way to view "2 pages up" in MS Word. But I got it done and then changed the shadow colors by season.
    3. I bought a box of paper in the right weight online. Then I paid a few bucks to have staples cut it to size for me. The whole box. Done.
    4. Made a whole bunch of templates I use all the time to go into it. Grocery, To-DO, etc....
    5. Bought dividers at Staples and use Washi Tape for labels. Love the look and super easy.
    6. Now I have this notebook in 3 colors for different purposes so I must be pretty happy with it.
    6. Then lived happily ever after....til this year. All is well except the calendar.... 2020 is coming. The thought of dealing with that calendar is daunting if MS Word hasn't upped their game a bit. I might be looking at Erin Condren again. I have a feeling it will have like ONE thing on the page I won't like and I'll be back in front of MS Word again in January. :) But tis the season!
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  10. Cindylouwho

    Cindylouwho Well-Known Member

    That Passion Planner looks pretty cool too!
  11. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    Send a message to Minta. I think she can change it.
  12. PamelaG

    PamelaG Moderator Staff Member

    After using the Erin Condren LifePlanner for several years, I've switched to her On The Go Folio for 2020 after watching several YouTube reviews. It's a leather-like outer shell with four loops inside for a variety of Petite Planner options. I have the first quarter monthly planner, a plain lined notebooks because I'm always making notes and lists, the menu planner, and the budget book. I like that I can just slip out the monthly planner and put it in my handbag. The LifePlanner was too bulky and heavy to carry around every day. Super happy that I got it on a great sale, had reward dollars, and a coupon!
  13. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    I have had my planner for a while. I need to still set it up and decorate it. We don't get any of the planners discussed here so we have not got those options.
  14. Rose94

    Rose94 Well-Known Member

    For 2020 I picked up a recollections planner. It’s a simple planner and I got it on clearance at Michaels. Calendar, and some line papers for notes etc. I have a separate planner that I use for my Christmas planning and crafting.

    I need to decorate and date the pages. On my list for after my Christmas crafting is done.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019 at 5:06 PM

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