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While technology has forced us all to take a giant leap forward, the trend now seems to be simplifying, unplugging, and getting back to the basics in many areas of our lives. Planning and keeping track of our hectic schedules is no exception.
I have always used a paper planner (and have many different sizes and styles from over the years), but I've watched many of my friends and colleagues transition to digital calendars over the years.
I just can't grasp the concept of trying to plan this way. I need to write things down, highlight them, check them off, or cross them out. For the past couple of years, I've used a At-A-Glance Weekly / Monthly Planner. It's small, simple and met my needs.
However, with all of the beautiful options out there, I decided to up my planner game for 2017. I looked at several brands, including the Happy Planner, Lilly Pulitzer 2017 Daily Agenda, and Erin Condren planners.
After hours of consideration, I finally decided to with a 2017 Plum Paper planner. I liked how there were a lot of ways in which I could customize my planner, including several add-on options.
Building your customized planner is a simple process, and the website walks you through each step.
- 7" x 9" size ME Planner
- Cover Pattern: unfortunately, I don't see my cover choice offered on the website anymore, however there are a lot of nice options
- Personalized Cover: photo of the Lapdogs & my name
- Layout: Horizontal 2 - Two sided days
- Inside Details: 12 months, beginning January 2017
- My Home planning section
- Blog planning section
- Tabbed To-Do list pages
I really appreciate that they offer so many add-on planning sections, including home, budget, meal, fitness, blog, direct sales, baby, wedding, and classes. I opted to include just two - blog and home - however you might find a use for several of these!
When the planner first arrived, I was a little worried about the "glossy feel" of the pages (this paper is so smooth... like butter) and wondered if I was going to end up with an ink-smudged mess. However, after a quick post on social media, I received several tips on the best types of pens to use in my gorgeous new planner. I've already picked up packages of Sharpie Pens and Paper Mate Flairs, two inexpensive options mentioned multiple times.
While I wasn't sure I wanted to go so "crazy" with stickers, I quickly began drooling over so many fabulous planner's social media photos. This has led to a small stash of planner stickers, which I'm sure will grow in the months to come. Although I don't plan to go quite as crazy-beautiful as some planners do, I would like to give my planner a little pizazz. (Buyer Beware: once you hop on etsy and start searching "planner stickers," your shopping cart will begin to add up quickly)
Plum Paper ME Planner Features
- month & year at-a-glance pages
- monthly highlights pages
- monthly notes pages
- double-sided pocket folder
- durable aluminum binding coil
- durable mylar coated tabs
- paper weight: 70lb text
- tear proof & water resistant cover with a clear plastic protective sheet
If you're ready for your own Plum Paper planner, you can SAVE 10% off with coupon code LAPDOG10 thru 11/30/16.