When I graduated from school, I kissed my planner goodbye. It was taking too much real estate in my purse. Besides, I had a smart phone, and I could keep track of everything there. For the most part, though, I only kept meetings and appointments in my phone. I kept track of my bills and payments, etc. in my memory.
Fast forward several years later, and here I am, Relying on my mental capacity worked for me for a little bit, and then I had r, and all of a sudden, I was trying to remember my personal and work schedules, and R's and r's schedules as well. I needed a more systematic approach to keeping track of everything, especially as I took on more responsibilities at work, too.
I searched high and low for a planning system that I could work with, and finally chose these Arc planners (both in Junior size) from Staples:
My work planner
My personal planner
I chose the discbound system mainly because of its flexibility. I can switch out the discs to accommodate more (or less) pages in my "planner," as my needs change. My work planner has the 1.25-inch discs, and my personal planner has the 2-inch discs:
I also chose to print my own planner inserts/pages, instead of buying the ready-made ones at the store. I bought my planner inserts here. I purchased both the Unplan pages, and the 2015 bundle. The Unplan pages had no dates in them, so I could definitely just keep printing more forever (well, in theory, I could). The 2015 bundle were more structured, had pre-printed pages, and had more "categories." Both sets of pages complemented each other nicely, although the monthly and weekly pages (if I remembered correctly) were pretty similar. It was well worth it, though. I loved the pretty colors, it made me more excited to actually use my planner.
I'll share more about what's inside these planners in a future post.
Thanks for looking, and have a great day!