I decided to start over this year with some new approaches and new tools…and maybe some new uses for old tools.
For one, I got a new planner. For those not initiated in to the #plannercommunity you may not understand the allure, but for those of us in the loop, planners are everything. There’s something about the fresh start of a new planner that is magical. It represents possibilities for the year. Opportunities to lay out plans for success. Moments that you haven’t experienced yet.
This was not a decision I made lightly. (However it is one that I made while feverish and heavily medicated so….) I’ve been bullet journaling for a little over 3 years now, and that method has served me well. I do like it. But it was starting to take over. I was spending more time bullet journaling, than doing some other things that I used to enjoy. And perhaps I needed the break from those other activities and crafts, but I’m missing them now, and the task of setting up each week and month was just overwhelming. I decided to switch to an Inkwell Press planner.
I’ve been eyeing IWP for awhile now, I love a vertical layout because I have a lot of meetings that span my day and the vertical columns mimic my google calendar and it just works in my brain. I know there are some people that hate vertical…but it’s what I need. I’m thankful that Inkwell has both a vertical and horizontal option. Please never stop making both, IWP. Please.
While sick with some kind of feverish illness I made the husband drive me 45 minutes to the nearest Office Max (IWP, while I like being able to get these planners same-day in brick and mortar stores….I really would have rather ordered this online) so I could pick one up on New Years Day because that’s when I finally decided to make the switch from the BuJo to the IWP.
I decided to use some stamps for the first week because I didn’t have the planner stickers I wanted to use, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
Now that we are a few weeks in, I really like the low-stress feeling of this planner. I don’t have to spend much time setting it up, and I’m not tracking every little thing. I need to let go of some of those obsessions and track less but do more. I want to get back to knitting and quilting more, so hopefully I’ll be posting about that soon.
I’d love to hear what planner you picked for the new year. Let me know in the comments!