Planners Are So Not Working for Me!

2017_writers_notebook_plannerWell, it’s the second week of using my 2017 planners for work and life. I bought both planners this year to check them for any printing issues before placing them on Lulu for those who didn’t want to print them to buy.

Since I absolutely hate wasting stuff, I tried to figure out a way to use them both. By week one (December 25 to January 1), I already saw a problem with how I was going to use them. I tweaked the system and tried it for a second week (January 2 to today).

The system I devised looked something like this:

  • 2017 Project & Task Planner was to be used at the beginning of each day to show what I want to accomplish each week, to plan out my projects for the week and year, to record deadlines/events/appointments that will change how I plan my week, and to give me a good overview of what I wanted to get done.
  • 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner was to be used at the end of the day to track how I used my time (using the time tracker), to show what I actually accomplished each day, to record my scheduled posts, to write down my day reflections (work journal and goal for 2017).

Both versions of this system ended up being too complicated, too time-consuming, and just plain old annoying. I really, really hated using both planner throughout the week. Also decided that I’m never going to be one of those writer’s who journal and dropped the work journal idea from this year’s goals.

2017_task_plannerThis morning I decided that it was time to return to the drawing board and figure out how I could utilize both planners. I even did some internet research and read article after article of how others used multiple planners.

After about an hour of reading I knew that the multiple planner idea wasn’t going to ever work for me. Having two different planners to keep track of things just isn’t feasible for the way my brain works or for how I work. Also I just don’t have that much stuff going on now that I’m not designing covers any more and I use a wall calendar to record my family’s schedules.

So I’m scrapping my planner system and trying something else.

I wish that I had someone I could give one of the planners to so as not to waste it, but everyone I know that wanted one bought one and I’ve already started writing in them and I doubt anyone would want either of them now. So instead I’m going to use one planner at a time, possible for a few months before switching to the other one. This way I can see which features I like better for when I design another one for 2018.

That said, I’m curious to know if anyone has any suggestions for how they use their planners? For those who bought one, how are you utilize your planners? Do you have any suggestions for next years planners?

3 thoughts on “Planners Are So Not Working for Me!

  1. Planners are too rigid for me at this time. Maybe some day I will figure out a way to use one that works for and my lifestyle, but for now, I’m using a pretty journal. I plug in what I want and leave a little bit of room at the bottom for thoughts in the evening. Not enough space for full out journalling, just a sentence or two for what did or did not work over the course of my day.


    • I think that’s the trick. Finding a planning system that works for you and your lifestyle. Most planner can’t do that for everyone, which is absolutely frustrating when you actually need one. I started creating my own because everything I found on the market didn’t work for my lifestyle. Of course once I created the planner my life would change again and the planner would no longer work for me. Two planner designs later and I’m still trying to find something that works. 😀

      Your journal system that you describe sounds a lot like what I’ve done for the last two years. I tried the bullet journal system, although at a more minimalist version that some of the ones I’ve seen, in an old journal that I had laying around. I loved the versatility of that system because I could change the layout of the day or week to work with what was going on in my life. It had the added benefit of no wasted space.

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