I've got another guest post from one of my favorite ladies in the planner community. Jen is another blogger who I've been through Instagram. Her layouts are GORGEOUS and her handwriting is perfect. I hope you all enjoy her posts and definitely head on over and check out her Instagram (@Jenboomplans) and her blog.
Hi, I’m Jen of @jenboomplans. I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Jennifer, one of my favorite Planner Girls, today! I’ll be sharing a bit of my planner journey and, why I recently switched from the Plum Paper Planner to the Erin Condren Life Planner.
Always fond of stationery and organization, planning is something that has come naturally to me since my first job out of college. Over the years, I have used Frankin Covey, MemoryDock, DayTimer and Filofax systems in various sizes. All had one thing in common: rings. The ability to add sections and expand the system worked fantastic for my career as a social worker turn administrator, and my binder-of-the-moment would travel everywhere with me: in the car, on trains, to meetings and client appointments.
When I retired to become a SAHM, fancy planners fell to the side as I picked up…a notebook, the simplest system for feeding logs, pediatrician notes and milestones. By the time baby number three was on the way and my oldest had started preschool, I once again needed more. A ring system was just too bulky, knowing my planner would rarely leave the house. I explored a slew of spiral bound options before deciding on the Plum Paper Planner. I used the horizontal for a few months before realizing I was definitely a vertical girl. So, I ordered the vertical, just lines PPP. That was fine for a year and a half. Once I discovered decorating and, at the same time, was really using my planner daily, there were a few things about the layout that just weren’t working for me. When the Erin Condren Hourly in Neutral was released on June 1st, I jumped online to order and it has worked out far better than I could have hoped. Dare I say…planner peace?!
The main functional differences between the planner layouts are in the sidebars and the daily columns. Both planners are lined, which is a sticking point for me. What I found with the PPP was that I was not using the bottom checklist section. Most weeks it was either left blank or, I struggled to force filling the lines. The unlined “Notes” box on the bottom left was another void for me. I used it only for decorative stickers.
My new ECLP sidebar? It’s love. I’m using every bit of it. There’s hardly space for decoration as I’m listing and tracking. Ahh, bliss!
Does planner peace exist? Maybe. Maybe not. But, I’m happy that I’ve found a system that works for me both creatively and for keeping organized at this stage of my life.