So, today, I will be talking about my personal planner. It is something that I cannot live without. It allows me to keep everything organized (due dates, exams, quizzes, lectures, cancelled classes, etc.). I use this like another part of my body. I am lost when I don’t have it. It seems silly to say that, but my planner is everything.
I have tried so many different premade planners, and I have found that none fit me in every way. The Arc Notebook System from Staples has become something of a blessing because I change my mind on planners so much. I also use my Arc for my notes and school stuff, not just my planner. I like to have all of my information at hand in one place. It is great because I can pull things out of my planner and put other things in at a whim. I create my own planner inserts, because I can hybrid what I like between several types of planners into one single planner. Since my needs are constantly changing, my planner also constantly is changing.
At the moment, you can see that I have adopted the vertical planner method. I love the look of it, and I feel that it works really well because I have the boxes divided up as morning, afternoon, and evening. I decided to try this particular method because the horizontal planner wasn’t working for me. This specific type that you see in my post still is only a working copy. I plan on adding a chronodex at the bottom this summer to see how it works out. I stumbled across this particular little gem while browsing bullet journals on Pinterest. It is a good way to glimpse a day’s schedule without perusing the entire day’s entries.
I kept looking at the Erin Condren Life Planner, and they are awesome. However, I can tell by looking at them, that they didn’t fit 100% of what I was looking for. As beautiful as they are, I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that isn’t going to work completely. So, I created something similar (not exact, mind you, but something similar that kind of works for me). I love the colors of the Erin Condren, but they weren’t going to work for me. I have found that since I color code and decorate my planner with printables from websites, I feel that grey is the best option for me. It is pretty boring without decorations, so I am compelled to decorate my planner. In the future, I will post my go-to places for free printables, and there are a TON! I think I have a list of 20-ish? Also, there are really cute stickers at Etsy as well (being the poor college student I am, I rely on mostly freebies and ones I make myself).
So, these are just the past few weeks of my planner and how they look. At the end of the semester, there are classes that get cancelled and stuff gets shifted around. Sometimes I even get stuff done before hand, and I don’t post it in my weekly layout.
Download my 2016 planner here! For personal use only!! Do not alter this and call it your own please, this was work I did and thought I’d be nice and share with everyone since I get asked where I get my planners and note pages. If you like it drop me a line/tweet (@CoffeeConfessor). Let me know if you have any requests or ideas, I will put it in my queue to do!