The year was 1985. I stumbled into the downtown Seattle Nordstrom, slightly under the influence of what I’ll call maybe two or three Old English 800s (I was in college, people), accompanied by my then roommate, Carolyn. For whatever reason, we liked to go shopping while buzzed (trust me… this isn’t a cautionary tale about under-age drinking, I promise.)
For some time, I’d had my eye on a tool that I thought just might help me to be a slightly better college student, the original Day Runner planner system. Oddly enough, that was something you could buy at Nordstrom back then. At the time, it retailed for around $50 (for the binder and inserts) and Carolyn, a slightly more free spirit than myself, saw me eyeing this forest green plastic binder and said, “That thing will absolutely ruin your life. I can’t be part of this,” And she turned and walked away. Me? I plunked down my Mom’s Nordstrom card and thus began my on-again, off-again life-long relationship with planners.
For the past several of years, I’ve relied on using my Mac’s iCal to keep me on task, but last year I felt the pull of physical planning when I saw Elise Blaha Cripe’s gorgeous Get To Work Book. Everything about it is smart and functional. It really speaks to the way I work and does feel geared more towards work tasking, which is something I always need help with. It’s clean. It’s minimal. It’s cool. It sits on my desk and I’ve been using it every day since last summer.
But then in early January I was at CHA and spent some time at the Simple Stories booth, talking with them about their Carpe Diem planner system. I started to get a little geeked out at the idea of a little binder-style system, one where you could pick and choose the stuff you wanted to include.
And that led me to start searching information about planners and all I can say is: HOLY FRICKING PLANNER! It’s like this whole ginormous world and I have no idea how I missed out on this emerging culture.
One of the planners I found on my search was the Simplified Planner from Emily Ley. Intrigued after seeing they were all sold out, I contacted her support team and they directed me to a retail shop (with awesome customer service!) that still had them in stock. I couldn’t help it. I had to order one under the guise of doing research. But the truth is, the design and color had me swooning.
Heck, last Fall I designed a planner myself, the Creative Planner from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, but I don’t think I realized how big planning had gotten, even after designing a set of planner stamps that work with the planner I designed.
And speaking of stamps, then I saw my new friend Kelly Purkey had a whole line of planner stamps and I realized that this is a world I know very little about, but would like to learn.
I heard talk at CHA that planners are what scrapbooking was 15 years ago. Is that true? I find myself super intrigued by all of this.
The other thing that got me thinking about this is that in my Fit class, we’re essentially creating a fitness planner to document our year.
I guess my question today is: what the heck is up with planners? What do you use? What do you love? What do you wish was out there that isn’t? And most of all, why do you love what you use?
While you share your thoughts, I’m on a quest to dig up that old, green vinyl planner. I’m so curious to see what I filled it with at the tender age of 19.
Sorry, Carolyn. It actually didn’t ruin my life after all.