As a part of the day planner community, I consider myself a bit of a rebel.
I adore spending hours looking at perfect planners. I read everything I can about layouts and binders and inserts. I study and write about planning on most weekdays.
Then I break all the rules!
*I rarely color code.
Why bother carrying all those pens?
If I need to group things together, I can draw shapes around them. I have codes that represent my husband and each of my kids.
*I virtually eliminate all e-projects from my planner.
If something is being planned on-line, only deadlines and appointments go in my paper planner. Everything else gets planned in OneNote on my laptop.
I don't duplicate in two places because that gets so confusing.
*I never worry about perfect edges.
I only use my paper cutter to trim more permanent pages, like dividers. Normal day-to-day planning? I eyeball the paper and cut with scissors!
Guess what else I do?
I eyeball my hole-punching, too!
I know, right? I am such a bad, bad girl.
*I don't limit myself to matchy insides.
I use whatever layouts work best for me, without worrying about coordinating my inserts.
*I don't over-decorate.
In fact, other than doodles, I rarely decorate at all!
For someone as obsessed with planners as I am, this may sound shocking. But there are a couple of things that you should know.
First, I plan mostly to stay sane, so simplicity is important for me to keep my planning useful and relevant.
Second, I don't judge those who do things differently than I do. If decorating helps you use your planner, for example, I honor and respect that!
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