"WHERE DO I START?" for Planner Newbies

So now we’ve got some of the planner lingo out of the way, let’s get down to what can be the most overwhelming part – figuring out where to start.  

WHERE DO I START?

Starting can be the part of planning most people find difficult.  You may feel that there are just way too many options, which can sometimes make it harder to choose what planner works best for your needs.  Well, the best thing to do first is to RELAX!  Don't allow yourself to get overwhelmed, but rather direct your energy into thinking through the areas of your life that need organizing the most.  Then sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pen, and really just dump all of your thoughts and work from there.  Only you know what you need from a planner and how it will best work for you.  For example, some people prefer the "free form" approach to planning that bullet journaling offers while others just like to see an overview of their weeks on a 1-page spread.

All the while, there are a few key areas you need to define before diving into layouts and planners   First, really break down what you need from your planner. Here are a few questions to get you started (This is a good time to use that pen & paper to jot down your thoughts):

1. WHAT DO I NEED MY PLANNER FOR? 

In other words, what areas of your life do you need to work on?  What goals do you want to achieve?  What are your daily, weekly, and monthly work AND personal responsibilities?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Journal/Calendar
  • Track to-do's or make notes
  • Cleaning tasks
  • Routines
  • Meal planning
  • Budgeting
  • Traveling
  • Goals
  • Business
  • School/class schedule
  • Home-schooling
  • Fitness tracking
  • Blog/YouTube/Facebook/Instagram, etc.
  • Contacts
  • Bible study/bible journaling
  • Wedding planning
  • Pregnancy planning/tracking

There are so many possibilities!  Remember, it’s all about what YOU need!

2. HOW OFTEN WILL I USE MY PLANNER?

Are you actually willing to sit down once a week, or daily, to plan?  Or are you just looking for a simple journal or wall calendar that you can just write on/in when things pop up?

3. DO I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CUSTOMIZE MY PLANNER?

Do you want to be able to switch it up if you need to?  With ring or disc-bound planners, the options are endless in terms of inserts and swapping out pages.  You can add pages, switch them up, and take them out, as often as you like. 

4. WHAT KIND OF BUDGET AM I WORKING WITH?

Before you jump heart-first into all that the planning has to offer, you need to figure out what kind of budget you have for this.  And with this in mind, Simply Luxe Co. offers reasonably priced, quality inserts to fit your budget and to exceed your planning/organizational needs!

Overview:

  • Think of the areas you want to plan/organize.
  • Write them down by “brain dumping” on to a blank sheet of paper.
  • Enjoy the luxury of having a customizable planner by going for a ring or disc-bound style planner and filling it with Simply Luxe Co.'s luxury inserts!
  • Have a budget before you dive in!

 

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