Why I Don’t Decorate My Planner
Like any planner nerd, I love looking through the gorgeous pictures of the planner community on Instagram. If you are unfamiliar with how some people decorate their planners, there is a Buzzfeed article with some great examples. Also, feel free to search the #plannerlover, #planneraddict or #erincondren hashtags on Instagram to give you an idea. I guess you can think of it as a cross between scrapbooking and planning. Now I’m here to tell you why I don’t decorate my planner.
Planning is not my hobby
I think it’s great people have time to spend decorating their planners, and I know for some it’s a creative outlet. I don’t have time or money to spend on hundreds of stickers, washi tape, and multiple Kikki K or Filofax planners.
I have a small washi tape collection that I use to separate my to do list and block out days on my monthly view, but beyond that, I really don’t use my washi tape all over my pages. My planning isn’t a hobby to me, it’s something I do on a daily basis to keep my priorities in order, and make sure I accomplish what I need to do.
It deters from the function of planners
I see so many people who are so excited to get their new planners, and get organized. They get their first planner, they buy all the stickers, washi tape, 5 different types of pens, all the page flags from Target, and everything else to be a #planneraddict. They sit down for several hours, and plan out their next few weeks, and post all the pictures to Instagram. They’re usually good for a month or two, and then they get so discouraged. A holiday comes up, and they have to buy more washi tape and more stickers. Eventually, they just stop using their planner, and the planner and all the supplies just sit there. I know this is not always the case, but I’ve seen it happen countless times.
This just makes me sad for the people who have gotten discouraged, and aren’t using their planners anymore because they feel they can’t keep up. On a daily basis, I don’t spend hours planning my day, or even my week. I take 15-30 minutes per day planning out my day, with a little extra time on Sunday or Monday for the beginning of the week.
It becomes a competition
Just like everything else in life, decorating your planner has become a “keeping up with the Joneses” competition. Like anyone, I sometimes compare myself to other people, but I do my best to NOT do that. This is something I have been actively working on this year, and I am much happier because of it. Just because you don’t have the most popular brand of Etsy stickers, or the cute Halloween washi tape, does not make you any less awesome!