Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to choose a Planners | Part 2 - Intentions and a large roundup/collections of all the planner sources

*This is a super long post, I'm going to split it into 3-4 posts. Click on this link for all the post *

Hello! I'm back with my blog post on Planners. Today we talk about intensions, how do you intend to use the new planner?

1. As Project Planners -
Sometimes, you are actually looking for project planners(as compared to daily planner), to plan a new project, say building a new house, getting ready to get married, or say planning for a trip. In this case, jotting down ideas and thoughts and actionable are some things you would like to do with your planner.  You might also want a to do list for projects. For example Noell Hyman mention in the recent Paper clipping roundtable episode. this is what she do most often, as some people think better by writing them down. You can also draw mind-maps and annotate easily, draw shapes arrows etc which are difficult to type out. This kind of intentions you can consider using the Bullet Journal system , which you don't need a specific planner brand, any plan notebook works. For durability, I recommend using the plain moleskin notebook, or the Midori Travellers notebook.

For cutesy kinds, you can consider Japan/Korea online shop, there are quite a few. Singapore has two well known Japanese shop called Tokyo hands and Muji , which sells pretty cute , simple and inexpensive notebooks too.

2.  As Life Planners
Looking for planners to plans for your goals and aspiration of your life, or for the new year, check out the following

  1. Unraveling by Susannah Conway - She provides you with a PDF worksheet , with tones of questions and pages for you to make sense of your life, goals and direction. Good for penning down during the start of a year, but also good for penning down thoughts and ideas when you face changes in the course of your life. (click the picture below)

  1. Powersheets by Lara Casey 

For more ideas on project planning and goals planning, you can check out Elise Blaha Cripe and Kellie Winnie, they have great posts on this topic.

3. Documenting your life
Many scrapbookers use planners as an accompliment to their existing PL album, or even to replace it , because it's cute and easy to do for each day. You can get all creative with the stamps, washi tapes, stickers and etc. Some goes to the extremely creative side of even painting on it. **Somehow the youtube links are not working, please click on the words instead*

Some designers incorporate it with her Project Life album. Check out this post by Jennifer Wilson from Simple Scrapper on this topic (the planner sheets go straight into her PL album, two in one, how cool!)

If you want to do this sort of planning, you can check out Noell Hyman and Izzy Video 's youtube channel with tons of CHA videos for reviews of all the suitable products

- Heidi Swapp Planner system / supplies

- Simple stories - This video is by Scrapbook.com

- Me and my big ideas

- websters pages

- Marion Smith

You can also read  the review by Nancy Nally from scrapbook update

4. Keeping things together (Self) 
What I think my planners are usually for and my original idea of planners are to keep things together. Sometimes things gets so hectic that the electronic planners are just "out of sight out of mind" If i don't intentionally jot down the task I need to complete, instead key into my notes app, they will get forgotten. I manage to strike a balance between using the physical planner and an electronic planner (I might share more on this in another blog post :) Check out how Marcy Penner puts her planner together.

Filofax - Marcy Penner (2014)
Midori - Marcy Penner (2015)

5. Keeping things together (family ) 
For family, usually you need a larger space to write, especially if you have a large number of family members at home. Home binders are great because they are A4 or Letter sized, and you can have sufficient columns to put everyone's schedule into perspective. Scheduling chores and stuff becomes easier. You can put it in a place where everyone can access, probably beside the phone, or someplace eye catchy. For the binders, try The Simplified Home Binder by  Emily Ley and Binders from Russell and Hazel

For the contents, save some money and consider free printable on Pinterest.

Hopefully this gives you a good overview of whats out there. Definitely this list is no where near complete, please share in the comments where else are good sources of planners :) Thanks for stopping by and we will continue the next post , which will be on the sharing of my own planner :) Cheers!

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