Planner peace. I heard this first many years ago when I first joined UK Planner Addicts on Facebook. What is it? It seems it is applied when somebody finally finds THE planner and set up and no longer feels the needs to keep buying or switching planners. Sounds good huh? Sure does, but…does it exist?
I entered the world of planning (born again planner, having left around 2000 and returned 2014) with a very battered Filofax Finsbury in pink. I loved her the day I got her, but fell into managing my day through Outlook at a work, a cheap diary and for a while my phone planner. I was excited to set her up again and began googling for ideas. Fatal! Suddenly my eyes were opened to the state of my poor well loved Finsbury. She had scuffs and dinks and horror…rust on her rings. This is how my ongoing obsession with finding the perfect planner began.
After trialling many different options, I finally settled in 2015 on pocket Filofax for on the go and a larger coil bound for home. This became a pocket Ochre Malden and an Erin Condren Life Planner. Planner peace. I don’t alter the set up of the Malden as I’m happy, and I’m very glad I settled on getting an Erin Condren for home. I sometimes bounce out of the Malden into another pocket Filofax, but rarely last more than a week or so before I go back to the Malden. I change up the way I decorate each week in the EC and that suits my changing mood. If I dislike a way a week is decorated, it’s gone within seven days and I do something else. This seems to help my peace.
So is it the elusive planner peace I have found? Who knows. Does my eye wander and look at other planners. Yes, I am a planner addict. Do I feel the need to change the two main ones I use, no, not right now. Might I in the future? Yes, maybe. Life changes, our needs change. I think planner peace is what works for you at that point in time. That could be for a year, it could be for a week. I just purchased a Recollections ring bound planner in personal size (shhh….don’t tell my Filofaxes) as I fell in love with it (it’s holographic, what’s not to like?) I’m playing with day on one page to see how I like it, but it won’t change how I use my other two.
Can you find planner peace? Yes, depending on what you call peace. I had to learn what works for me and not get side tracked by glorious things like using a bullet journal in a beautiful leather Travellers Notebook or the ease of decorating pages in a Happy Planner because they can be removed. It’s a bit like having a car you like and suits your needs. That doesn’t stop you wanting a better, more expensive car, but practically you know what you have meets your needs (and pocket.) I found when I was bouncing around different planners I fell out of love with planning for a while. You hear people referring to it as “I lost my planning Mojo.”
If you love planners it would be a rare thing for you to settle on just one forever. Best way is to not actively seek planner peace, rather trust your deep down feelings and thoughts on what you are really drawn to (mine is leather Filofaxes) and stick with that.
Now if I can just find handwriting and pen peace…