I’m a planner.

I’m pretty sure that when my end comes, I will have prepared for it and it won’t be a surprise to me. My friends have even stated that should a zombie apocalypse ever truly happen, I won’t be surprised. In fact, I will have stockpiled enough for myself and my friends.

my favorite planners girl and a cup of cocoa

As such, I feel it is my duty to share with you how I plan my life.

While I usually have my life included in my Google calendar, I’ve discovered that having a paper planner or journal helps me to get my thoughts down even more completely and visualize my day better. Plus, I’m a big note taker — I have notes everywhere and I need a place to keep them close.

Passion Planner

passion plannersource: [passion planner]

I found Passion Planner through Kickstarter. I didn’t contribute, but I did watch and finally purchase one. I loved the ability to see my entire week. I loved that it focused on goals and how to achieve that. My only problem was the cover was too soft and it didn’t lay flat. This planner didn’t stick.

Simplified Planner

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I learned about Simplified Planner a year ago or so. I followed the Instagram account and jumped when they were available. I received it and it was beautiful. I almost was afraid to write in it because it was so pretty. I liked how each day had it’s own page with times throughout the day to fill in. The rings were HUGE which made this planner a pain to try and haul around. In the end, I handed this planner off to my friend because it just wasn’t working for me.

Self Journal

self-journal_largesource: [bestself.co]

I often go to Kickstarter to see the new ideas. That’s when I came across the Self Journal. I was immediately intrigued by this idea — it married what I loved about both Passion Planner and Simplified Planner. I backed that project and received my journals in December. I’ve been using it since I got back to town after my Christmas. I’ve found it to be really helpful in getting me to think about what I’m grateful for. The book is hardbound and opens flat. It’s not too big to fit into my purse. I’ve really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to start my second one.

Bullet Journal

bullet journalsource: [revolution of love]

I’m a big journaler. In 2013, I had a goal to write in my journal every day that year. Instead of writing out long entries like I used to do, I started using bullets to write my thoughts about one subject and then move on to the next.

I really love my journals. In fact, I’ve started collecting different journals because I specifically look for journals that are unlined. I don’t like feeling forced to write on a line (maybe this is just me rebelling in the smallest, most insignificant way possible).

Just a few weeks ago, I discovered bullet journaling. I am planning to try bullet journaling in April to see if I can keep myself a little bit better organized and more focused on my goals.

Do you have a favorite planner that you’ve been using? Tell me about it in the comments! I’d love to see what other people are using to keep track of everything.