I read on a Facebook group sometime back that someone mentioned she has lost interest in using a planner because she has fallen out of love with the hobby. You may shake your head at the poster’s naiveté and ask, “since when did planning become a hobby?”. But I can definitely understand where she’s coming from.
Before I got on this um, planning fever mode, my idea of a planner was a boring black or brown agenda consisting of even more boring and plain pages. It wasn’t until I saw a few pictures on Pinterest that it occurred to me that you can actually decorate a planner with different stationery and accessories.
Many people use a planner as a creative outlet in the form of decorating, doodling, painting, journaling and heck, even scrapbooking in a planner. They enjoy making their own dividers, inserts, bookmarks and colour-coordinating to a theme. So there is a crafting element involved. I like adding washi tape, stamps, stickers and using lots of colourful pens in my planner. I can see where the hobby-ish aspect comes in.
It is easy to get carried away by all the cuteness and artistry but the primary use of a planner must not be forgotten. And that is to plan. It is a tool that should help organise your days and to keep things in check. You can plan in digital form or using paper but the basic practical usage is the same.
I think many of us are caught up with achieving “planner peace” and finding a “unicorn”. I really feel that we should take a step back and assess why we needed a planner in the first place. I’m guilty of hoarding planners and stationery but it’s not for the want of fulfilling some sort of inner bliss. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a “perfect planner” but use what works for you and don’t forget that it’s a scheduling and tasking tool.
If you don’t find joy in your planner or planning process, I’d suggest taking a break. Try to explore something else and not worry too much about leaving your planner aside. It will be there for you when you’re ready to go back to it.
Have you thought about what you want a planner for? Do share your thoughts as I’d love to hear them.