#91: Getting Organized with My Plum Paper Planner and Why I Did Not Chose an Erin Condren Planner
I have always been an organized person. Some may say I suffer from O.C.D. I don't think it's so bad.
Yes, I do believe that ROY G. BIV can be applied to any situation and that a to-do list is an everyday essential. That doesn't make me crazy. I just experience a sense of calmness when everything is in its place or planned in advance.
Speaking of planners, I've been using one since I was 12 years old. My mommy introduced me to the idea in 6th grade once I realized that I would then have homework from 8 different teachers instead of one elementary school teacher. Using a planner helped tremendously with the adjustment into secondary school so much that I bought one every year through high school and college.
Adult life kicked in and I lost my planning rhythm. I was no longer the student but the teacher. On top of that I had a house to maintain, writing for my previous fashion and beauty blog (Who remembers Candy Coated Cashmere?) and a list of other responsibilities. I tried several different systems but none that I felt really worked for me.
My older sister, T.J., introduced to me the world of Erin Condren, Filofaxs and other fancy planners that made my Target Mead look like tuna fish on a dinner table of fancy caviar. I allowed her to talk me into my first Lilly Pulitzer. The design was incredible but I still needed something extra even though I wasn't sure what exactly.
Then about two months ago I stumbled across a "Plan With Me" video on YouTube and I was in awe. The decorative stickers. The weekly themes.. THE VERTICAL LAYOUT!
After a few videos I realized that I had to decide between an Erin Condren or Plum Paper Planner. The decision was quite easy. There were many complaints about E.C.'s customer service in addition to a month long waiting period before the new planners would be available to order. Plum Paper also has many customizable features that E.C. does not.
I must admit the decorating aspect of planning is quite addictive. I may post Etsy Planner hauls to show you which shops caught my eye. Some of you may be thinking "Is planning really that serious?" For those of us who have a daily to-do lists as long as the Nile River, a few stickers and pops of colors can help motivate you to be productive and not spend the day binging on Netfllix. My weekly planning sessions really make me happy :)