Ode to My Day Planner + Journal

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

I’m a huge fan of day planners. Borderline obsessed. For someone with anxiety, nothing gets me back to neutral more than staring at the layout of my week. For the longest time I was a total anti-planner and insisted I live life on the edge. But years and years of being late, missing important events, and being known as the least reliable of my friends wasn’t cutting it.

By the time college rolled around, I accepted my fate: I needed to be one of those day planner girls. I sucked it up and bought my first true day planner: a black 5×8 Moleskine, with a lined page per day and Darth Vader on the cover (to match my unenthusiastic attitude).

She. Was. Magnificent.

Suddenly my assignments were completed well and on time, I never forgot a plan made with my friends, and it encouraged me to take on extracurriculars I always thought I didn’t have time for!

Fast forward to now and I’ve gone through a few planners to find my one true love. So without further adieu, let me introduce you to my best friend and life partner:

 

 

The

Simple

Elephant

 

 

 

This blue beauty has changed my whole world. My planner allows me to be more organized, stress free, on-time, and helps my goals become more obtainable. [Side note: KiloVolt is a super cool coffee shop in Oakland, if you’re ever in the area I highly suggest it]

It has the freedom of a bullet journal (if you don’t know what that means, click me. It will change your life.) crossed with the bare bones of a pre-set day planner. There’s a full page spread for each month and each week, a vision board, a mind map, goals for your year/month/week, and 52 pages for notes.

It helps remind me that there is more time in my life besides the 40+ hours I commit being glued to my desk. I like to track how often I workout, how many days a week I drink alcohol, how much water drink, what books I’m reading, etc. Its a great way to track those habits that seem to slip through the tracks while maintaining a busy schedule. 

Millennial Advice: Use a day planner to show yourself there is more to life besides your day job! Track your habits, make a play-date list, track the movies you’ve seen or books you’ve read. Take some time in the beginning of each week to review and take stock of what you want to work on. It’s a great way of watching your progress, too! 

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