My 2015 Planner in Progress

So I'm nuts - NUTS - about planners and planner systems and tracking goals and making lists. When I say that, please understand, I totally suck at following through with any of these things and I'm fickle as all get out when it comes to maintaining one planning system for a full year.

Still, I'm a planner junkie. Check out my Pinterest collections (yes, that's plural) full of Planner Porn:

The first one is a collection of every kind of planner I found anywhere and the second collection is focused on the Bullet Journal system. 

There are also many collections of videos on YouTube of people giving you tours of their planners. Yup. I felt that way too and then I started watching them and was up until 2:00 AM unable to tear myself away from the computer. Truth!

There are two things I believe firmly:

  1. There's not enough space in anyone's head to keep track of all the things we have to keep track off - never mind all the new ideas, the "Someday/Maybes" (a GTD concept) and the list of books we want to read "when we have time".
  2. Pens, papers, stickers, highlighters, post-its, and all things notebook are The. Best. Toys. Ever!

I've tried to go digital so so many times. There are wonderful apps. Some of them are even gorgeous, but I've learned that, for me, nothing replaces pen and paper. Now, I'm not going to use my planner as a calendar. I'll use Outlook and sync it to my Cal app on my iPhone. I need at least three alarms to alert me that I'm supposed to be somewhere other than where I am before I'm able to actually transport myself to an appointment. 

But, brainstorming, goal-mapping and tracking, lists, ideas and To Dos - along with untimed events - will all go in the planner. 

I've decided to use the Bullet Journal system for a couple of reasons - when I buy dated planners and I go for a day, three days, or a week without using them, I feel shitty. The Bullet Journal system is self-dated so there's no guilt. The other reason is it's super sleek, highly customizable, and SIMPLE.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, that’s creativity.
— Charles Mingus

I'm using an Arc disc binder from Staples. I have to be able to move pages around and in and out. When I'm sleek and sophisticated enough to use a bound book, I will, but I've only recently graduated from a three-ring binder so I need some more time before I can go there.

I'm still working on the nuts and bolts of the innards of the planner, but the thing I really love right now is the front page of my notebook. I made a collage! Yippee! Skippy! 

The front inside cover of my 2015 planner. Pics of me and my family and some of my iPhone art and photos to keep me inspired and remind me - because I tend to lose sight of the basics - of the most important things in my life.

The front inside cover of my 2015 planner. Pics of me and my family and some of my iPhone art and photos to keep me inspired and remind me - because I tend to lose sight of the basics - of the most important things in my life.

So that's what I wanted to share. I'll have more info on the progress of the planner as soon as I figure it out. If you've found your ultimate system, I would LOVE to hear about. Really and truly.