I love planners and have been buying a new one each year since the beginning of college. I think in high school I used the ones the school provided or just didn’t use one—it seems incredibly out of character for me to not use one though—but in college I bought a new one each year to keep track of assignments and due dates and other fun things. Planners came really in handy when I was in grad school, which was online, so I was really responsible for keeping track of all of my work. I finished my program back in 2017 but still use one to keep track of fun things and when I’m working at the ice cream shop and stuff like that.
Last fall I spent about 10 minutes standing in the planner aisle at Marshall’s to find a really great one for 2020 because I had all of these fun things planned. For the first few months of the year things seemed promising and I put in when the races were that I had signed up for and the day we were going to a Red Sox game in May. Come March and April, I was spending more time crossing out all of the fun things than putting any in.
It’s safe to say that I got a bit discouraged about using my planner and became a bit to obsessive in keeping track of my runs since I had nothing else going on. I was able to get myself out of that habit and didn’t really use my planner too much in August and September, mostly because nothing was going on.
So I did spend some time debating whether it made sense to buy a planner for 2021. Who knows when we can go back to actually making plans and seeing other people and doing fun things. But it felt weird to not buy a new planner. So I let myself buy a new planner.
The planner runs August 2020 to December 2021, and it has monthly and weekly views; I like to have the week by week pages so I can also use it for a daily to do list. I still plan out my runs but I’m not as obsessive about them as I used to be, plus I can also plan out my yoga days. I have a bunch of vacation days left to use, so I’m also able to keep track of all of those.
I treated myself to some stickers from Redbubble to decorate the cover. I like that the stickers are removeable, so I’m able to get them just right on the cover and not worry about them being too permanent. I’m really happy with the stickers I got and how the cover looks now 🙂
We’ll see how 2021 turns out and if in fact I’ll regret buying this planner and all of the stickers. My goal with this planner is to simply keep track of my to do lists, my days off, and when I choose to run. With all of the uncertainty around, I think at least my planner will give me some sort of normalcy.
Do you use a planner? Did you buy one for 2021?