#plannerlove. A hashtag for planner love.
Believe it or not…There are tons of #planner hashtags and people like me, #plannernerds, notice.
It wouldn’t be the start of a new year without everybody, from Facebook to Instagram to Wal-Mart, talking about what kind of planner they are going to use. There are so many to choose from! You may know that I love books of all kinds. Planners are no different. It is really hard for me not to buy them all.
But wait. Am I the ONLY person who didn’t order a Quilter’s Planner? They are all over Instagram this year, and though I didn’t get one, I am so tempted. It looks beautiful! There are calendar pages, of course, pattern pages, project pages, and so much more. It is really impressive, is spiral-bound, and has a laminated cover. Yep, it’s a beauty, alright.
I’m seeing a lot of really fun projects pop up here and there, all have the Quilter’s Planner hashtag (#quiltersplanner). Those projects alone make me want one. But no.
I just can’t bring myself to buy one. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth it. Actually, I do. The price, at $39.95 (with free shipping), is very reasonable. There are some sweet bonuses too. And it is so pretty to look at! I don’t have a photo to show you because I didn’t buy one, but hit the link above and you’ll see what I mean. It truly seems to be filled with tons of cool stuff. But no, sadly, I’ll have to pass.
I have tried them all, I swear. I did the Franklin way back in the day, spent some time with an Erin Condren, and even gave the Passion Planner a whirl. All of them are lovely in their way, and they all have very specific things that I love. But. They are not the problem…I am.
You see, I get so excited with a new book. I fill in all the important dates, make lists, even maybe decorate it a little here and there. I work with it for quite a while. In the beginning. I might even keep it up for a couple of months. And then…nothing. I miss a day or two and then feel terrible for not using it. I get sick of it, I resent it, and I stick it on the shelf, reverting to my time-tested (and no longer reliable) method, my own memory (and sometimes, my phone). You can imagine what sort of trouble this leads to.
Enter the Bullet Journal. I told you all about this last year when I first started reading about it. To quote Ryder Carroll, who is the mastermind behind it, it’s “The analog system for the digital age.” All I can tell you is this: It works for my brain. I keep it pretty simple and don’t spend too much time decorating it like some of those you might see on Instagram or Pinterest. To me that defeats the purpose of the thing. If I am spending all my time doodling in it, then I’m not doing the things I got it to remind me to do. Does that make sense? I’m not going to say I never doodle in it, but I do not spend hours drawing cute little animals or fish. Those who do make some really cool things, but that’s just not for me. Mine, in fact, gets pretty darned sloppy looking, but it works for me.
What I love the most about my bullet journal, though, is that when I skip a day, or a week, or even (gasp) a month, I don’t feel guilty about not using that thing I spent good money for. I am not wasting all those pretty, pre-numbered pages. My bullet journal just sits there, waiting for me, until I am ready to come back. And when I do, I just turn to a fresh page and continue as if I’d never ignored it. I can keep absolutely everything thats in my brain in it. No guilt, no worry, no nothing, just a fresh page awaiting my marks. And so it goes. I buy a new one when I finish the old, not on any preassigned date, so as it turns out, I am still using a book I started last year and will just continue it until I hit the last page. That might bother some people, but not me.
In all fairness, the Quilter’s Planner website has a link to an article about how to use their book to bullet journal. It has possibilities. I would probably have to whiteout the preprinted dates, but it could work. For now, though, I have a shelf full of notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, junk journals, and more awaiting my scribbling. The photo above is only those that are either in use, or completely empty. Those will do me for a little while.
You may think I am deranged. Maybe I am. Maybe next year I’ll think about buying one. They look awfully fun. Did you buy a Quilter’s Planner? What kind of planner do you love most?