May 26, 2020

The irony of the 2020 planners

In the past, I've bought fancy planners that begin in January. I've done Erin Condren pre-orders in October, received the personalized planner in November, and stared at it lovingly until January when I could finally(!) really begin to use it. The last one I bought was in 2017, for 2018, and I'm 99% sure I stopped using it far before 2018 was over. 


My issue is that I always get an itch to get a new planner in August, because I do tend to run on an academic-year pattern of thought. It just fits how I think; new years begin in August and not January. For this reason, last year, I finally gave in and just bought a $15 Day Designer version at Target. It's actually served me pretty well, and I'm about to finish it up next month. I track workouts, errands, appointments and, most importantly, I have dozens of post-it note reminders throughout for tasks that need to be taken care of each month. i.e. "vet appointments" for June, etc. 

In a very ironic way, my current planner concludes with June. Which just so happens to be the end of our known timeline. We don't know quite what July looks like. But there are reminders and things that I need on the books for July and beyond. I ordered a new planner from Amazon because I have a few details I like in a planner and this hit them all: Spiral-bound, hardcover, thick-ish paper, and some color but not too much. 



There's a lot of meme content out there about the waste of 2020 planners, and I'm glad I didn't start a new one in January. What about you? Is your planner getting a workout these days? I don't do pretty-planning, but I like being able to put things on the calendar months in advance if it's something I want to accomplish during a certain time period. 

9 comments:

  1. RIP all the planners of 2020 :)

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  2. I'm still using my planner - not AS much, because there isn't as much going on, but I still love having it. It's good to keep track of certain things- and I'm someone who likes decorating planners and using these as memory keepers, so I want to still do that too.

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  3. I use google calendar and my fingers were busy deleting everything :(

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  4. I love the tabs! I ordered a random one from Target online this year and it has been my best planner purchase yet in terms of function and me actually using it, which is probably weird considering we can't leave the house, lol. But like you I've been using it for cleaning schedules, meals, and things like that instead of the fun things that were planned at one point.

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  5. I'm actually surprised how much my planner is getting used still! I have to write like everything down though so maybe it makes sense. But, yeah, it surprised me how much I'm still using mine.

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  6. This is a cute planner! We sync our Google calendars now. I do miss writing stuff down a little. I had a colored highlighter system for my planner back in college!

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  7. I'm more or less just decorating and keeping track of workouts now. And I bought one for 2021 already.

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  8. I got my favorite planner I've ever had for Christmas this year. I have usually had academic year planners, but this one wasn't. And true, haven't been writing all that much in the way of events in it, but it's still useful. I tend to use mine as a hybrid journal/to-do list/planner. I like having just one book to keep track of for everyday notes.

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  9. That is a cute planner and great price! I used to be super into Plum Paper and all the stickers, but I ended up switching to Google Calendars. I miss the planner life, but Google Calendars has just been so convenient and handy.

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