Ever looked into a store, facing so many beautiful planners, but unsure of which one to get?
That was always me, having the urge to buy all the planners but all I have is an empty wallet 🙁
Selecting the right planner is very important, suiting your personality and likings. With this, find the right planner for you! Ask yourself a few questions along the way, and I’m sure you will have a smoother planning journey!
Firstly, digital or paper planners? Consider the pros and cons, and pick the one suitable for you.
- Digital Planners
✓ Convenient and accessible (everyday, every night, everywhere)
✓ Send notifications and reminders (for some!)
✓ Can be made private by using passwords, thumbprints etc
✓ There are free platforms to use! (saves your wallet)
✗ Not personalised and it takes longer to select one that suits you (The one that suits you may be chargeable too)
✗ Can’t be used in school (for some), you may forget what has been assigned to you!
✗ Distracts your planning process with all the notifications popping up (goodbye to your planning 🙁 )
✗ Crashing of device may lead to deletion of your planning efforts
- Paper planners
✓ Fewer forms of distractions (no notifications, messages, nothing!)
✓ Reduces eye strain with reduced screen time
✓ More personalisation (Add your drawings, stickers, and your beautiful handwriting!)
✓ Straightforward and easy to use (especially for newbies)
✗ May be pricey at times
✗ You need stationery around to use it!
✗ If you add something wrongly, it is harder to remove
✗ Needs to be replaced from time to time
Next, by day, week or month?
✓ More space for detailed breakdown of the day’s activities
✓ Matches the specific time to the task
✗ Usually bulkier
✗ Stressful if one feels restricted by the very detailed planning
✓ Balances between daily and monthly planning (which may be too extreme for some)
✓ Good view of the week’s happenings
✗ Limited space of writing
✗ No segments for other aspects of your planning (eg. budget, meals etc)
✓ Provides a good overview of your month
✓ Usually lighter and easier to bring around
✗ Harder to include details
✗ Only sufficient to include basic tasks for the day due to limited space
With answers to these two questions in mind, you can finally find the planner just for you!
Choose your favourite app interface, or your favourite designs and you will definitely enjoy the process of using your journal much more!
Feel free to share your favourite types of planners and give recommendations about the best planners in the comments section! 🙂