As a normally Type A personality (I’ve lightened up a bit over the years…haha), I have always had a need and an affinity for planners and agendas. I wouldn’t have survived college without my student agenda to keep my class schedules, work schedules, and assignment due dates organized and in one easy place of reference. Even after college I used various planners to keep track of my work schedules and other random things I had going on. Yeah, I actually had a social life back then, LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a time since I started college that I wasn’t using a planner or agenda of some sort. Even when I started working from home, I used simple planners to plan out project ideas or to keep track of Mr. Moose’s work schedule. They just make me feel sane and give me the false sense of order and organization in my life.
These days my life is more hectic and busier than ever. Mini Moose is in kindergarten (did you see that?…KINDERGARTEN!). Mr. Moose has his own side business he does with a friend. Baby Moose is still keeping me on my toes here at home. And I’m trying to turn this year into my best year ever. So needless to say, planners definitely still play a huge role in my everyday life.
But there’s a problem with that. You see, I’ve fallen into the deep hole of planner addiction. It’s not just a matter of simply writing things down in my planners anymore. Maybe using different color pens to color code different schedules and tasks. No. That’s not enough anymore. That’s not nearly enough! Now, I need to use stickers and washi tape and paints and pens and pencils of all types to not just write stuff down, but to MAKE IT LOOK PRETTY!
Yeah, I’ve definitely got a planner problem now. And I’m not afraid to admit it! Honestly, I never thought I’d fall down this planner hole. I’ve been following planner accounts on Instagram for years, thinking to myself “Gosh, that looks so pretty. But I’d NEVER waste my time doing all that work!” HAHAHAHAHA!!! I was totally kidding myself!
And I have to say, I’m so glad I was wrong! While I’ve always loved having a planner and writing things down, going down this planner addiction hole has completely changed the way I utilize my planners and it’s actually helped me to have better focus on what tasks I need to accomplish each week. It might be hard to believe, but sitting down for an hour or two every week to decorate my weekly layouts gives me a chance to relax, enjoy some creative time in my planners, and really concentrate on what I need to do that week. If I’m going to write something down, I want to make sure it’s important and something that I know I can and will accomplish. And since I’ve started using my planners in this way, my productivity has shot through the roof!
Decorating planners is definitely not for everyone. But for me it has become an amazing creative outlet that I want to share with you all. So you will be seeing weekly blog posts showing more of my planners, how I decorate and use them, and some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to incorporate more creativity into a simple planner. This is just another type of paper crafting that I can share with you and hopefully offer you some inspiration in your own craft!