When I first started this planning journey I was so ready to become more organized and to learn how to plan my weeks and days creatively. I first found ‘planner peace’ with The Happy Planner’s Classic size. (If I can find some old pictures of just how crazy in love I was with this planner I’ll post them here).
Although I loved this planner it wasn’t functional for me. I was so busy focusing on customizing and designing that I rarely left room for my plans and tasks. Then I moved on to the Pocket Plus TN from Chic Sparrow.
This planning system lasted me about three months, but amongst using this planner for my everyday tasks and plans I was filled with discontentment because it didn’t look like what I saw on Instagram and Pinterest. Yep, peer pressure and planner insecurities assailed me and I was starting to resent my Pocket Plus TN.
Since I was never one to fit anyone mold I branched off and decided to use multiple planners to achieve ‘planner peace,’ thinking that I was having issues because I was trying to cram too many parts of my life into one planner. Well, I had my first bullet journal, a Webster’s Pages standard TN, and my Pocket Plus TN every now and then. The shocking thing was was that I stayed in my A6 sized bullet journal for three whole months and absolutely loved it. But then, I felt that I needed a bigger size so I went with the A5 bullet journal from Amazon and fell out of love with it quicker than I expected.
Long story short, after many planners and many planner companies I have gone back to my first love The Happy Planner but this time the Big size and I am in love. With everything I have going on in my life now I find that the bigger boxes and the space works for me. Plus, with how I pack myself up to leave out the house to take care of business and what not I have no problem carrying it in my bookbag and using my Google calendar as my future planning planner.
Moral of the story, don’t try to achieve ‘planner peace’ but instead seek to find planner contentment and understand why you’re actually using the planner (s) you have and how they contribute to your life and not what they take away from you.