I am a die-hard planner person, I always have been. At least until recently. So what made me break up with it?
Since I finished graduate school, I haven’t had to rely on my planner as much to keep myself organized. And since I work from home for now, I frankly don’t have a lot of things to keep track of aside from random appointments and birthday’s throughout the year. I keep all my blogging stuff in it’s own binder, so the only thing I really need it for it various lists and login info. Which for me, isn’t worth carrying around a huge planner just for a few pages of lists that I could just keep on my phone.
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I had tried using a bullet journal, and frankly it wasn’t for me. I love my dividers and sections for different things, not the hot mess that is a bullet journal. Which is why I came up with my own bullet planner system – I have all the pre-done planner pages up front with bullet journal sections in the back for my lists, meal planning, and various other stuff. And because my planner is a ring-bound system, I can reorganize and arrange everything just how I like it!
But lately I haven’t been using it. Every Sunday I used to spend about 15 min or so setting up my planner for the week. But over the past few months, I just haven’t done it. And everything has been completely fine! I’ve been utilizing my calendar apps on my computer and phone more often, and I definitely don’t miss the weight of my planner in my purse. So what finally made me give it up?
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I Didn’t Have The Time
15 minutes might not sound like a lot, but when you’re busy it can feel tedious and annoying. Especially when most of my daily tasks were the same from week to week. Once I cut out those repeated tasks, I didn’t really have much other than my blog posts each week and I keep those in a separate blogging binder now. So I was spending 15 min each week setting up my planner for insignificant tasks. And if there’s one thing I hate, it’s wasting time. Those 15 minutes could have been spent on cooking dinner, or enjoying a face mask, or literally anything else.
Carrying Around A Planner Isn’t Convenient
Most of the time I’m out and about with just my wallet, phone and keys. Anytime I was heading out and knew I would need something in my planner, that meant I had to bring my purse so I could fit everything. And then to get that thing back out and flip through all my pages to find whatever info I needed? A pain in the ass.
And that thing is HEAVY, which meant my purse would be heavy. Not to mention when I had to travel. I not only had to bring my planner, but also all my markers and pens, which took up more room in my bag then actual clothes most of the time!
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I No Longer Needed It
I found myself no longer checking in with my planner throughout the day. Not because I was busy, but because I just didn’t need to. There were only a few actual important tasks to do each day, and found myself just using a to-do list instead. I started to rely on my phone for important date alerts rather than my planner. As I mentioned it in a previous post, but if your system isn’t working for you any more, change it! Which is exactly what I’ve done.
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So what am I doing instead?
Aside from having a daily to-do list, I’ve been using that little pocket-sized computer (AKA a cell phone) that we all seem to carry around with us all the time. I recently upgraded from my Samsung Galaxy S5 to a brand new Galaxy Note 8, and holy cow the difference! I can do so much with my new phone, and to make the most of it I really started to rely on it more to keep track of things.
Because I have a Mac I prefer to use iCal, but it was always an issue to get all those things synced onto my phone after switching to a Samsung one. My holy grail app has been SmoothSync which allows me to sync up my iCal to the calendar app on my phone. It also allows me to sync up reminders as well, which has been super handy for my to-do lists while I’m on-the-go!
Evernote has also come in handy for all my login info and random notes that I would normally keep in my planner. I was first introduced to Evernote during graduate school, and since then I have loved having it. I can access all of my lists and notes from any of my devices, which makes it really convenient when I’m on-the-go and don’t necessarily have access to my computer.
While I still love my hard copy planning system for my blog and go back into my planner and add in important dates as they come up, I just don’t rely on those hard copies as much. I find myself reaching for my phone or computer more and more, and since I’m constantly on one or the other throughout the day, way not use them as much as I can? Why not cut down on extra stuff and utilize a device that I always have with me anyway?
Do you still use a planner? Have you broken up with it recently? Have any favorite apps?
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