I've never been one to use a planner. They used to give these coil-bound, ad-stuffed agendas in high school, and no matter how determined I was to use it on day one, I'd always find it wedged behind some piece of furniture by the end of the year. When I got a laptop of my own some years ago, I tried a desktop calendar, and it worked. I put events, deadlines and birthdays on it, and each reminder glows at me in whatever shiny colour I chose for it.
But if I put regular tasks, or to do lists up there, everything would just blur into each other until nothing stands out as a reminder. So I recently went looking for a planner. I figured it would be too silly or cumbersome to have a paper planner, so I didn't dive too deep for my first try. For something that is so desired, it is weirdly hard to find planners locally, especially blank ones.
As an experiment, I printed one I found on etsy, just because it is one of many that uses hexagons as a shape (which is a shape I use often)! It's been a few weeks and I am actually digging it! If I remember something I should do, I have a place to write it. And when I write it, it happens. Who would have thought?? I can also glance at a week and actually notice when there are blank days, and so now I can fill them with something productive. I can write specific ideas as they come and appoint them a specific date. If I miss something, I can reassign them to a specific time, instead of shrugging and assuming that I will get to it.
I haven't found the "perfect" planner. The one I printed is functional, but laid out awkwardly (I'm more of a calendar week person). It didn't print correctly, so none of that lovely colour or delicate grids show through. There are superfluous charts that I won't use. So I'm designing a layout for me, and these pictures are a taste. It's wildly overdressed for something that you fill with scribbles and then recycle, though. DON'T JUDGE ME. :P
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?