Millennials argue the Boomer generation’s ‘worry about you’ parenting language is bad for kids

It doesn’t help that there are more types of planners now than ever before. We’re no longer talking about a simple calendar system or appointment book, we now have goal setting, task prioritization, routine recording, habit tracking, bullet journaling, menu planning, self-care management, home decluttering, vision creation. , manifesting dreams, and hundreds of other ways to organize our inner and outer lives on paper. Not only that, but we also have stickers and washi tape and stencils for hand lettering and other embellishments that may or may not add fun to the plan.

Having so many options can be overwhelming, so if you’re like me and are tempted to look at every planner, it’s important to narrow the field a bit. For this, we need to understand what our “planning personality” actually is.

Here are five questions to ask yourself and answer before you click “purchase” on any planner.

Am I looking to organize time and tasks, or do I want a planner that keeps track of everything in my life?

Both of these options are available in abundance, but knowing what you’re looking for will cut your options in half.

If you’re just looking to organize time and tasks, find a planner that has daily, weekly, and monthly calendar pages and little else. Maybe instead of making to-do lists. But keep it simple.

If you want it all, think about what will be most helpful in helping you reach your goals. What are you prioritizing in your life right now, or what do you want to prioritize? Productivity? Family Organization? Self-Care? Focus on planners that center those things.

Do I need a digital planner, a paper planner, or something in between?

With extra-large phone screens and better-than-ever tablet devices, some people have switched to fully digital organizing. High-tech planning certainly has its benefits, but some people really like pen and paper planning, so you should too.

The good news about digital planners is that many of them now work basically like paper planners, so if you don’t want to give up the doodle drawing and handwriting part of the planning, you don’t have to. Is.

There are also more paper planners than ever before, so the fear that computers will eliminate the need for paper certainly hasn’t gone away.

And yes, there is such a thing as an in between. The Rocketbook planner lets you write on paper and then upload it digitally to your device so you can get the best (and worst) of both worlds. This is probably a good option if you want to ease the transition from paper to digital.

How does my mind feel when I see specific elements of a planner? Am I motivated or anxious?

If you’re a time/task person, does labeling time slots feel comfortable or too limiting? Does having space to prioritize tasks make you feel like you have more control or does it stress you out? Do you want a dated or undated planner? We all respond differently to different levels of structure, and you want to find the right balance for you.

We also all react differently to scenes. You may like crisp and streamlined things, while someone else may thrive with ornate designs. You may find many colors attractive while someone else may find them too dominant. If a planner doesn’t inspire you to use it, you probably won’t, but what motivates one person will drive away another, so don’t compare your reactions to someone else’s.

How much time do I really want to spend each day/week/month?

Some people love to use their planner to the fullest and incorporate it into their entire life aesthetic, some people aspire to that level of commitment but don’t have the personality for it, and some people just want to keep things on their toes. Want to keep it as simple as possible. It is important that you know which category you fall into.

I’m totally attracted to the idea of ​​a colorful, beautifully designed, and hand-written bullet journal on every page, but I’ve also learned that my mind isn’t meant to have that life. That’s just not going to happen, no matter how lovely I think the idea is, so I have to resist the temptation.

How long do I want this single planner to last?

Planners really come in all kinds of formats these days, including different time periods. Some planners last more than a year, while others are designed to be used for six months or 90 days. And then there are undated planners and bullet journaling systems that have no specific start or end date.

How far do you realistically like to plan? How often do you feel the need to restart/reboot your planning system? Some of us like the reliability of using a long-term planner, and some of us need to change things frequently. There’s no right or wrong or best or worst, but it’s good to know what you like. If you’re commitment-phobic of planners or are someone who likes to try new planners every now and again, maybe try one of the shorter time-frames and see how it goes.

Planner Junkie, Know Yourself

The main key to choosing a planner is to know how you really work. Sometimes this requires some experimentation, especially if you haven’t already had a failsafe planner for years. But the more you can narrow down your choices and avoid being tempted by millions of new and shiny options, the better chance you’ll have of finding a planner that will actually work for you.

(Last tip: You can go to this page on Amazon and click on your favorite options on the left side of the page, and that will narrow down the options significantly.)

Good planning everyone!

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