I remember being in school and I feel like every year we would get those planners from school. I remember some years they were really cool with holographic covers and other years just plain cardboard. Sometimes they were lined up and other times they were square boxes. I never really used the school planners to the best of their ability, but I think that is because how much of a planer do you really need in school? Plus, they were one size fits all and if there is anything that I have learned by using a planner as an adult that one size does not fit all and customization is key.
So since I have always been a bit of a stationary freak, and as I’ve gotten older become more of planner freak, (this obsession started in college, stationary in general has always been there), here are my top three reasons to use a planner as an adult.
1. Keeps you organized
Obviously the main reason to keep a planner is because it keeps you organized. I think that becomes clear when trying to organize work life, but in my experience I have found that it helps me organize my life tasks as well. My planner is how I keep up with my spending, how I keep up with my blog posts, and helps me plan out my weekends. Not only for the social stuff, but my planner helps me to keep my goals in line by allowing me the space to dedicate clear hours to work on my goals and therefore accomplish them before too much time has gone by.
2. Can be cute and fashionable
Planners are no longer the thick ugly heavy books for the past, nor do they have to be streamlined computer layouts. I’ve found that the old fashioned pen and paper planners work the best for me.
Luckily, there are all types of planners out there on the market, and they come in all kinds of colors and fonts. Plus there are all sorts of ways to decorate your planner as well. You can find all sorts of stickers, inserts, sticky notes for it, really anything you want. It has become a stationary lover’s dream. Plus as the planner market grows there is a ton of planner inspiration on instagram. On a side note, one of my favorite places to shop for planner inserts and fuel my love of stationery is Cloth and Paper.
3. A way to focus on the positives of life
A planner is a great opportunity to not only practice micro-journaling, but is a way to practice gratefulness as well as mindfulness. A bonus is that if you are a person that likes to set intentions, a planner allows you to do that as well. Depending on the size and space within your planner, it can be available for you to be able to these things through writing down one good thing or the favorite thing that has happened to you that day. This can drown out the negatives of work and life that we can all get stuck in, and instead take some time to recognize the positive. It also allows you to set intentions because perhaps you can pick your favorite quotes for the day or the week, write them in, and give yourself an intention for your time. It gives you something to reflect on during the week.