Happy Saturday! Grab a cup of coffee and snuggle up in your favorite seat of the house as we chat about all things home, life, and randomness.
Are you a paper planner or digital planner person? I think I’m a little bit of both. I have tried to pick just one method and stick with it, but truth be told, I love both options and I end up just using them for different things.
I am such a #plannernerd because I have a slight sticker obsession and I really like to doodle with fun pens and markers. I remember being a kid and the best day ever was going to Walmart and getting a fresh new notebook and a new pack of metallic gel pens.
But at the same time, I need digital reminders for appointments, birthdays, and product release dates. And I plan and track all my blog and social media content digitally, too, mostly because things change so often. Digital planning is also helpful for me as a business owner because I can share calendars and documents with my team and blog partners.
I don’t think I’ll ever just pick one. As I sit here with my new Erin Condren Life Planner setting it up for the next year while having Asana on my computer screen, I think I can just have my cake and eat it too. What do you think? Should everyone pick digital and paper and stick with it? Or double dip?
What’s On My Mind This Saturday Morning
I bought four interchangeable covers for my Life Planner so I can swap them out whenever I feel like it. Two Star Wars covers and two nature covers. But in sad news, the only Boba Fett EC cover is vegan leather so it’s not interchangeable. I had to pass and I may have shed a tear.
I did it. I finally got a Ninja Foodi 5-in-1. After months of watching YouTube videos about them, it’s here and sitting in a box under my living room window. If you’re Ninja Foodi owner, I need all the recipes, ideas, and tips.
Corgis have the cutest little butts. My entire Instagram feed is just full of Corgi videos. I wasn’t really going anywhere with this thought, just wanted you to know that Corgi butts are adorable.
Do you keep cat litter in your garage and craft room? If you don’t, you should pick up a cheap box next time you’re at the store. It’s great for soaking up oil/gas spills and drying up the last bit of paint in a can so you can safely throw it away.
One Last Thought
I’m thinking about building a Free Little Library for my neighborhood this summer. But I’ve been seeing a lot of videos of them getting vandalized online. Does your neighborhood have a Little Library? And if so, do people treat it with care?
Our neighborhood is very walkable and there are a lot of kids and seniors, which makes me think a shared book box would be welcomed this summer. And now that I’m more comfortable using power tools, I think I could build a really nice one. I’d love to hear from someone who has one to know if it’s worth my time and money.
Heather Roland says
I have tried digital planning and I just never felt comfortable. I now use a Hobonichi Cousin planner. I’m going to get the Avec this fall because it divides the year in half, so it goes January to June and July to August. I also use a Hobonichi original in English to carry in my purse. I get really anxious when making appointments so I write everything down and then add them to the calendar in my phone. I’ve messed up putting so many appointments into my phone, so writing them down and adding them to the monthly and weekly calendars has saved me.
Lela Burris says
Thank you so much for sharing that Heather! I haven’t seen that planner before so I’ll definitely check it out. And I agree, it’s hard to juggle appointments when you’re trying to keep up with digital and paper planners. But keeping them in both spots helps us not to forget. Thanks for your comment!
On the planner discussion: I use both paper and digital. I’ve started using Kanban boards on gitlab.com (which is free) for keeping track of my master list of tasks. I use a Franklin Planner for the day-to-day work stuff and I made my own Desire Map planner (long live the desire map!) for personal stuff. I have a calendar date on Monday mornings, where I set the tone for the week in my Desire Map planner, set the work goals for the week in my Franklin Planner, and then transfer tasks to both. Then I sync the master plan as I go. I have a lot of detailed tasks to track, as I work on several projects at work and home, so the use of the Kanban for master planning is useful. I also work hybrid, so both the digital and paper can go both places. I also work in a secure environment at work, so walking in there with paper is really helpful. Plus, I have done thirty years of Franklin Planner, and find the thought process and the indexing very helpful.
Brad Gandy says
Sounds like you’ve got all your bases covered and then some, Heather! And yes, long live the desire board indeed for personal goals. Have a great week.
I live in a fairly large city and there are lots of little libraries scattered around. I have only seen one vandalized. We even have one little library in front of a neighborhood coffee shop that has another little house/library right beside it for food. Sometimes you just have go ahead and go for it and hope for the best. Might you be disappointed, of course, but maybe you will be pleasantly surprised at the ownership and care the neighborhood has for the library.
Lela Burris says
Thank you so much for sharing that with me Christy. I think you’re right, just going for it might be the best way. I love to hear that your city’s Little Libraries have been safe and taken care of. That definitely makes me feel better about building one.