As the count down to 2020 begins, I have been thinking about what I want my planner set up to be. I have been in love with planners and paper products my whole life, so in college back August and back to school used to be my time to pick out the perfect planner that I wanted to use for the school year. I went through a lot of planners and a lot of brands, and I've tried more than one Lilly Pulitzer Planner, an Erin Condren Life Planner, but lately as I cross the barrier to adulting, and planning has become less of a few months out of the year to a whole year thing, I have fallen in love with the insert planner.
Perfectly customizable and I can buy all sorts of paper products to put inside of it and touch and feel that spark of joy that paper products have always given me. So as 2020 approaches, and I begin to think up my set up, I thought it would be cool to share what some of the things are that I need in a planner to find it of use to me and to make me wanna use it.
(Also, I can't wait to share my 2020 layout with you, so stay tuned for future blog and Instagram posts on that.)
So here is a brief list of what I need in a planner in order to find it useful.
1. Size- The sizing of planners is something that I have begun to understand earlier this year, but I am finding that I like the A5 size. Which is one of the bigger sizes out there that you can get. I like my planners bigger because it means that there is more space. More space to write things without it getting to cramped and small. Plus it makes it easier for me to see. Anything smaller than a personal size for me is unusable and a waste of my time personally.
2. Cover- As I travel through the planner game, one of the things that was always important to me was the cover. Design and color options have always been important to me. After all, who wants to use an ugly planner? The color and design have to somehow motivate me to want to use it. Now as being someone who is with the insert planners, I love the disk leather planners. Anything that conveys classy, timeless, elegance, with a dash of professionalism, is in the realm for me.
3. Calnder layout - Any planner that I use has to have a monthly spread. No monthly spread, no purchase for me. I appreciate and enjoy being able to look at my whole month at once,and if I am going to add stickers or things like that, this is typically where I would do that sort of thing.
4. Daily layout - For each individual day, I do like a big enough space where I can write all sorts of other notes in it if I so choose. With this type of layout, I also want enough space for every day of the week. Sometimes with some planners, Saturday and Sunday writing space can be smaller and for me, that just doesn't work out. I need my writing space for Saturday to be similar to the writing space for Monday, otherwise, it's not going to work for me.
5. Others - As someone who is entering the world of fully customizable planners through inserts, I have realized that there are a lot of different inserts. Seriously, probably too many different types of inserts and it can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to determine what you will really need, and what looks cool but will just be an unused page in your planner. So far I have found that I like notes pages, but I don't like the graph paper ones. I also like hourly inserts that allow you to plan by the hour, as I move more into the professional world, the ability to use this kind of functionality is super helpful, and I think will remain helpful in the future. For 2020, my goal is to incorporate some of the financial planning inserts, that I think can be really beneficial to me for sticking to my goals as well as sticking to a budget.
So that's that! Here are the 5 main things that I look for in a planner, and all of which will be contributing to my 2020 planner!