Welcome to another post here on the blog. I hope that you’re enjoying the new look of the blog and I can’t wait to share more content with you guys. In this post I’ll be hearing my planner set up / line up for the new year. For the past (almost) two years I’ve been using one planner, a Happy Planner. It’s actually the 18 month ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ edition. I just addd in 2 additional months to begin in May of 2015.
This year I’ll be starting my year off with 5 planners. Yes, 5 planners. Each serve a different purpose. Each item was featured in my Planning for 2017 series here.
As always be sure to click the highlighted links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
Planner (n): a list or chart with information that is an aid to planning.
Some people have different ways of planning whether it’s a simple list or having everything digital in their phones.
Now you’re probably thinking, there’s no way I need 5 planners. You’re right, I don’t. I could just use one planner and cram every little thing into it, but that’s not how my brain works. I have 3 planners plus two notebooks that I will be working with in 2017. I have my dynamic duo which I will be carrying around each day when I’m on the go, a journal, a faith planner, and my “pretty” (yes pretty) planner.
Starting off with my dynamic duo, I’ll be using a combination of my Personal-Planner and a May Designs notebook. With the Personal-Planner I was unsure of whether or not i wanted to use it as just an on-the-go planner, but I’ve decided to split it between business (Chaotic Critic) and personal. I’ll share how I set up the pages. It’s really a trial and error right now. There’s enough space for me to merge the two with no problem. The size is perfect to fit in any bag I am carrying and the elastic band keeps it all together. Plus, just look at that cover. #Steelernation!
Next up is my May Designs notebook. I got it in the classic size. I was going to use this notebook this notebook as a blog archive. My blog archive consists of every single post I create separate by month and color coded by category (blogging tips coming soon). I decided to go with a larger notebook for my archive and use this notebook as my blog brain dump for 2017. All the concepts and posts I have coming up will be put in there. Keeping them in one central location will definitely help to achieve the goals I want for Chaotic Critic in 2017 and beyond.
I really enjoyed journaling every single day in December in my Christmas planner. The traveler’s notebook style is something that I discovered at the end of 2016, but I want to continue journaling in 2017. So far I’ve set up a notebook as my highlights of 2017. All notebooks I currently make myself. The covers are textured scrapbook paper that I painted with acrylic paint and the inserts are card stock paper. I definitely want to buy a leather cover in the new year and more inserts, but this works for now. It’s another therapy outlet for me that I enjoy and I can’t wait to journal more in 2017.
I’ve bee wanting to get more into my devotionals for years now and it’s time that I’m finally taking action in doing so. I decided to use the Horacio Printing planner which is infused with scriptures as my faith planner. I plan on doing some verse mapping which is breaking down the scriptures and applying them to your life. I’ll be sharing more posts on how I’m using it, but out of all the planners/notebooks I’m using, I’m most excited to use this one.
Lastly is my holy grail, my ride or die, my Happy Planner. I had initially chosen a seasonal Happy Planner for 2017, but then I came across this neutral edition, This Is Your Year. It’s gorgeous! I love aspects of the seasonal edition, but this one is perfection. If you’re looking for a sleek ‘adult’ planner, this is a great option. While I’ll be using my Personal-Planner as my on-the-go planner, this planner will be my ‘pretty planner.’ I love making planner videos and sharing it here on the blog, but sometimes, I just like to pull out my stickers, take my time, and plan. #Relaxation!