1 Planner Giveaway and 3 Free Tips to Using One!
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So, the story goes like this. Once upon a time, an author wrote about a gal who had clutter issues. But… she just couldn’t let things end with removing the extra kitchen gadgets and clothing from their home. No, this author is cruel–heartless. So, she added crafting to the gal’s repertoire. That wouldn’t have been sooooooooooooooo bad but… um… the author found this planner.
Erin Condren makes fabulous planners that are sooooooo much fun. Okay? So, the author gave one to Kaye and well… things got a bit… obsessive. For her, of course. The author, of course, is not obsessed with planners at all–no way. She doesn’t spend time designing stickers or creating pretty pages to make her WANT to look at her planner.
Well, back in February, she–oh, forget it. I can’t keep up this third person thing. Anyway, back in February, on one of the Facebook Planner boards, someone shared a Kickstarter plan for a new planner–Fruitful Planner. So, I donated and as a thank you, she sent me a planner. Now this planner started in April, but there’s the better part of the year left for some lucky winner to decide if this is the planner for her! I asked on Facebook if anyone would like to see how I’d use it/decorate it, and the answer came back. YES! So, I did. I did the same week in this planner exactly how I had in my other planner. Just recreated it. So, here’s the planner! There are a lot of things about this one I really like.
Okay, so I didn’t fill in notes etc., because frankly, I had no clue what I would have put in there that week.
So… my take? Probably my second favorite planner of all. If I didn’t take my planner with me when I left the house, I’d absolutely want this one. This would fit in my purse, but barely. I wouldn’t want to carry it, although it is lighter than the one I do carry. Funny how that works.
Still, if I wanted to give a gift of a planner to someone who just wants to organize their life but doesn’t need to keep it “on the go” this is probably the one I’d go for–next year, of course. 😀
One winner will receive this planner ready to go! I may (or may not, depending on time) send extra goodies with it. So the official giveaway is for the planner only.
I also promised three tips for using a planner. Here are my top 3.
- If you’re a perfectionist about things, pre-plan with sticky notes. I can’t stand having to erase (Frixion pens are AMAZING pens for this) things before I even get to this week’s stuff, so anything that isn’t happening this week goes on a skinny sticky flag or a sticky note on the day in my planner. I have some all the way through the end of the year. Just a note. When I get my hair cut, I write down what time the next appointment is on a sticky flag and pop it on the day. Then when I go to plan that week, there it is–reminding me. I do the same for webinars I hear about, tentative visits from friends, and reminders to call about maintenance for appliances.
- Do whatever you have to do to make yourself WANT to look at your planner. For me, that means stickers, washi–anything to make it fun to put the information IN and eye-pleasing when I go to see what I’m supposed to do. For some people a very streamlined, neatly written list is what motivates them. For others, check boxes or systems of some kind. For people like me, beauty inspires. So I make it cute, fun, pretty–whatever strikes my fancy. But when I open my planner, I don’t mind seeing, “Bathroom” (Which means CLEAN IT) when it’s on a pretty page. But on a boring black and white page, I wouldn’t even open it to see, and if I did, I wouldn’t remember it. Yes, I have issues.
- If your system isn’t working, CHANGE IT. The system serves you. Not the other way around. Don’t let yourself be enslaved by a system that isn’t “you.” If you are a lister, use a planner that allows for lots of lists. If you work by the clock, then find one with times for the day. If you’re a journaler, consider horizontal layouts instead of vertical. If you find that you don’t follow your plan, de-construct it until you see why. Then rebuild it with a plan that DOES work for you.
Happy planning! And good luck! To enter, it’s super easy. Leave a comment and tell me if you’re a functional planner or a decorative planner or a hybrid–a bit of both! I want to draw and ship by Friday so it’ll be there by July! Someone ding me on Facebook or email me if I haven’t done it by then!