Today’s episode of Best of Both Worlds covers the topic of planners. Sarah and I both love to plan, but she has a far more comprehensive system that involves high-end planners (Hobonichi!), washi tape, and even accessories (a thin notebook that can tuck into the main planner, but can also take voyages away from the mothership). She uses her planner to map out her and her husband’s upcoming call schedules, create a someday/maybe list (a la David Allen), plan her workouts, and record progress on various habits (time-tracking, budgeting, chapter books read with daughter, number of patients seen, etc.)
Many members of the “planner community” have their own favorite brands: Inkwell press, Erin Condren, etc. There are digital options, too, though Sarah has compared her system and her husband’s digital system, and thinks hers is faster!
I’m kind of a low-budget buy-a-notebook-at-Target kind of girl. I plan my weekly priority lists in my notebook (college ruled, must lie flat, but those are my only requirements). I also use a paper calendar to put in all time-specific events. It’s nothing fancy, but it works for me. And I think that’s the most important thing with planners: it has to be a system that works for you. So if something works for you, DON’T CHANGE.
Do you use planners? Do you have a favorite brand? Do you have a planning system?