There are so many different types of planners it’s easy to become overwhelmed with choices. Spiral/coil bound, discbound, Erin Condren, Happy Planner, Inkwell Press, Plum Paper, Simplified Planner, MTN, Day Designer, Filofax, Kikki k the list goes on and on. Here’s how to choose a planner just right for you.
How to choose a planner that’s right for you.
Here are a few things that you should take into account when choosing a planner.
- Your Budget. Can you afford a one off, big purchase once a year with a few small purchases to keep things fresh or a regular medium size spend?
- Size. Would you prefer something you can carry around in your bag planner or perhaps you would like a larger desktop/countertop planner?
- Time. If you are time poor a fully “done for you” planner that is already designed and setup with co-ordinating accessories is the one for you. With a little more time on your side a “blank slate” planner that you can customise yourself might be just what your looking for.
- Creativity. Are you into all the stickers, washi and pretty paper or do you just want to get it all down on paper so you stay on top of things?
- Endless choices of inserts
- Fully customisable
- Make your own
- You can change layouts as often as you like
- Add and remove extras as you need them (going on holiday, add packing lists, maps etc. and then take them out when you come home)
- You need to hole punch pages to keep them secure. Paperclips or bull clips can work in an emergency.
- More equipment required, hole punch, paper, printer
- Things can get lost if you move your pages around too much
- Weight. The rings plus the cover itself can be quite heavy, even empty.
- Sometimes the rings get in the way of writing. (You can take the pages out to write on)
All the points above except
- The arc hole punch is expensive. You can use a regular hole punch and clip the holes. This takes time.
- Doesn’t weight as much as a ring bound planner but you don’t have the protection ring bound planners give.
- You can make your own size if you like. Just purchase discs from MAMBI, Staples or other suppliers.
- You are limited by what the makers think you need.
- Everything is in one place, no need for extra equipment
- Nothing gets lost.
- Need to re-write information from one year to the next (contacts birthdays etc).
- It ends. Last day of the year is it!
- Good for journaling, if that’s your style.
Join me for part 2, a rundown of notebook style planners.