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If you’ve added daily planning to your routine recently (or want to try it), you may encounter the “weekly-daily dilemma”. Specifically, we are referring to the #plannerproblem that seems to be creeping up around the community. You love the functionality of using a daily layout but have remorse for letting go of your beloved weekly overview. Or you decide to keep both a weekly and daily layout, but feel as if you are constantly rewriting your tasks and appointments over and over again. Don’t take this the wrong way, daily planning is amazing and can even boost productivity. But considering all planners also come with a monthly spread too, it can get a bit overwhelming.
In theory, it seems like ultimate planner peace. The monthly layouts are for high level planning, weekly layouts for “at-a-glance” upcoming appointments and daily layouts for granular tasks. However, figuring out the best system that works for you can be a bit tricky. So what’s a planner to do?
We have a few suggestions to help with the struggle of wanting/needing to use all the layouts without loosing your mind in the process.
➡️ Consider using an “all-in-one planner” because it is specifically designed for all the layouts to flow in a sequence that will work for your optimal productivity and planning. Rather than “franken-planning” which may cause you to take out extra pages and spreads that are not necessary and compromising the flow and design which could leave you feeling frustrated.
➡️ Commit to a system (either weekly or daily) and make it work for you. Having double planners will for sure lead to double the writing and in most cases double the decorating and stickers as well. It’s fine to have multiple planners if there are specific intentions and purposes for each (ie. wellness, memory, faith) but having several planners to keep track of your schedule and tasks will ultimately become overwhelming and things can start to fall through the cracks.
➡️ Try to be intentional with “what goes where” like using your monthly to track your budget or dashboard pages for goals or brain dumps. Get creative and make the pages work for you. This will help minimize the duplication of writing things multiple times and increase the function of whatever planner you are using.
➡️ Designate a “catch all” layout where everything goes and then refer back to it when planning in the other layouts when the time gets closer. Choose the layout that you tend to gravitate towards most and works best with your brain/thinking. This will make planning less stressful and you won’t be flipping through pages wondering where you wrote something down.
➡️ Create a routine or system for migrating information between planners and layouts so nothing gets lost. Whether you are using one planner with multiple layouts or multiple planners, having a routine in place that is easy to maintain will make sure your planner is always up to date and keep you coming back and excited to use it.
Here is some inspiration from the community on using multiple layouts, planners and tracking all the things:
It’s totally ok and fun to try out new planners and layouts but don’t feel pressured by what other people are doing. Stick with what brings you joy and helps keep you organized. Happy planning!
We are so excited to share our next “Planner-preneur” with you! In this ongoing series, we share an inside look at people from our community that have poured all their creativity and inspiration into a “planner-related” entrepreneurial venture. This month we are talking to Amanda Kramer, founder of @createwithmandy.
Amanda has been a long time planner and started her planning journey in the bullet journal world. Growing up with a strong appreciation for art, Amanda (Mandy) opened her Etsy shop while in college to sell some of her drawings. But after finding the planner community and The Happy Planner, she went down the road of using stickers to decorate her planner and never looked back. She began designing her own stickers and sharing them with friends. Then in early 2020, she added some of her new designs as digitals in the Etsy shop but she quickly realized it was time to take the plunge. Now, Mandy pursues her passion as a full time career with her own online Shopify store, Create With Mandy.
Mandy was also chosen last year to be a part of The Happy Planner Squad, which is the team of creators who collaborate with the brand to showcase and promote all the new planner products. Creating content, along with 22 other amazingly talented creators, has been a great experience and way for her to connect and make so many friends in the community.
We spoke with Mandy all about starting her shop, life on The Happy Planner Squad and what her goals are going forward. Listen to our chat below:
STICKERS AND MORE
Since taking the shop full time, Mandy has already been able to grow and expand her product lines. Starting out with decorative sticker sheets, she now offers a variety of styles including functional, minimal, die cuts, vinyls and bundles as well. All of the designs are her original drawings, mostly created on her iPad, although she still enjoys picking up her sketch pad. Her latest Minimal Collection features transparent sticker sheets in different shapes, sizes and icons. She also sells some artistic tees and totes into the shop featuring her designs.
She has definitely hit the ground running and has goals to grow the shop in coming year. She shared some upcoming plans with us, including designing more notepads as part of her upcoming summer collection and a new advent calendar for the holidays. Mandy is always coming up with new ideas to delight her customers and hopes to add more new products like a possible sub box, sticker book or even design her own planner in the future.
The Academic LifePlanner Collection from Erin Condren is here! This year, the collection offers more designs, more new products, more layouts and more sizes than ever before. The 2021 -2022 LifePlanners are available in three coiled sizes (8.5″ x 11″, 7″ x 9″ and A5 5.8″ x 8.3″), a LifePlanner Daily Duo, a LifePlanner Binder and new A5 Ring Agenda. Each planner comes with complimenting functional and decorative stickers plus a new sheet of heritage and awareness day stickers, a pocket folder and a perpetual calendar.
For the first time ever, the LifePlanner has three new design options – Mid Century Circles, Flora and Just My Type.
MID CENTURY CIRCLES – A total favorite among EC users, Mid Century Circles is making a big come back in the new launch with a fresh, reimagined design and scale. It has the classic EC palette with colorful layouts (only) and accents of the Mid Century Circles design on the divider, monthly and dashboard pages. The weekly layouts are colorful but simple and there are colorful tabs. There is no neutral option for this design.
FLORA – The new Flora design combines sophisticated florals with inspirational quotes in a beautiful muted color palette. Each month has a unique hand-painted flower paired with a quote that reflects its own symbolic meaning. The beautiful floral designs are sprinkled throughout the monthly, weekly and dashboard pages.
JUST MY TYPE – Inspiration fills the pages of the Just My Type design with quotes sprinkled throughout the planner in either neutral or colorful tones. Each divider page features hand-lettered phrases in black ink or colorful ombre gradients paired with neutral interior layouts. It is virtually a blank canvas for you to decorate or leave minimal. The tabs also have a neutral gray option or a classic EC colorful option.
NEW A5 LIFEPLANNER RING AGENDA
Finally, there is an A5 Ring Agenda for the LifePlanner! This exciting new format features four vegan leather agenda cover options (Blush, Camel, Gold & MCC Pattern) with gold hardware and plenty of pockets for on the go storage. It’s super functional and portable. The inserts will be available in only two layouts (horizontal and daily) a with any of three new design options. But stay tuned for more things to come for this new format in the future.
Ultimate flexibility in a larger format, the LifePlanner Binder system can be customized to your unique needs. The planner inserts are available in all five layout options (daily, weekly, hourly, horizontal or vertical) but only in the Mid Century Circles design. The system is interchangeable with all the 7″ x 9″ standard accessories such as covers and bookmarks. The binder covers will be available in champagne, charcoal and colorful Mid Century Circles design. The binder and inserts are purchased together and can be personalized.
LIFEPLANNER DAILY DUO
First introduced last year, the Daily LifePlanner Duo has become a major favorite with the EC community. Now, it is being offered with the new Mid Century Circle design in two coiled LifePlanner sizes (7″ x 9″ and A5)! Plus the weekend page has been split with Saturday and Sunday having their own page, due to high demand. The Daily LifePlanner Duo comes with two six month planners for the complete year.
From pouches to pens to sticker books and more, there are so many fun accessories that coordinate with the new designs. Plus two new marker sets (DIY Interchangeable and Fine Tip) and snap in bookmarks and sticky notes.
With all these customizations and options, it can be hard to choose the best planner for you. So, the Erin Condren team shared this graphic to help show all the options that are available for the launch. Plus, there are some exiting events planned around the launch! Check out all the details below:
GIFT WITH PURCHASE
There will also be two gift with purchase opportunities if you make your purchase during EC Insider launch day (May 3rd) or General launch day (May 4th). The EC Insider gift is a clear glitter pencil pouch that has a band to wrap around your planner. The General launch gift is a MCC ball point pen in Cherry Blossom color.
CLUBMäksē is here – the new life coaching program from the MäksēLife brand! Created by life coach and planner girl, Sierra Friend, CLUBMäksē is a six month (one-time) private coaching group designed to help people reset, refocus, overcome barriers and make progress on their goals. With so many new demands and challenges that have become a part of our everyday lives, the program has been thoughtfully paced to meet people where they are at and take them from surviving to thriving.
We talked to Sierra to get the inside scoop on what to expect from CLUBMäksē and even some product updates. Listen to our chat below:
The program is designed to work alongside the MäksēLife planning system (the planner is not required) and centers around three key pillars of content including; Reset, Progress and Growth. During the six-month timeframe, members will dive deep and reframe their mindset so they can be set up for success in their goals journey. It is filled with impactful content, accountability, action steps and community. The private group provides a “safe” space for members to connect, be vulnerable, share and grow together. The details of the curriculum are below:
The coaching program runs six months – May – October 2021. It is facilitated by Sierra during live monthly sessions as well as opportunities to engage in Q & A zoom calls with the Mäksē team and power users. There are also community mentors trained to help and support members during the process. Plus all the inside news and sneak peeks from MäksēLife.
Behind The Shop is an ongoing series that features our talented and devoted shop owner community. Each time, we talk one-on-one with a shop owner/s to hear first hand what shop life is all about. Whether it’s a new shop that just came onto the scene or a popular community favorite – we want to share more about their journeys and stories with you.
Knockout Print Shop is the planner sticker shop created and run by the wife and husband team, Jessica and Matt Lewis. Being a planner lover at heart, Jessica always used a planner to stay organized throughout school and even to run her prior business, as a gym owner. In 2015 she found the planner community, after purchasing her first Inkwell Press planner, and decided to open a sticker shop as a fun side hustle. Working as a team, Jessica handles much of the marketing/product development and Matt handles the design and tech side of the shop. Now, a couple of years in, they decided to take the plunge, sell the gym, relocate and run Knockout Print Shop full time.
Having found their niche in the functional side of planning, Jessica and Matt focus on designing products to help enhance your planning experience. With dozens of collections available, Knockout Print Shop has grown to offer stickers ranging from the smallest icons to goal trackers to semi custom products. They are always looking for new ways to help customers improve the productivity and functionality of their planners.
We spoke to Jessica about her journey from planner to sticker shop owner and everything in between. Take a listen to our chat below:
ALL THINGS FUNCTIONAL
From the beginning, Jessica and Matt knew they wanted to offer something unique. In fact, Knockout Print Shop doesn’t even sell traditional decorative sticker kits. While staying true to their functional mission, they have been able to create a variety of practical stickers specially designed to coordinate with specific planners (Inkwell Press, MakseLife, Hobonichi Cousin and Passion Planner) which other shops were not focused on. Each launch, they put hours into making sure the colors, sizes and fonts work well inside the new planners. Although the majority of the stickers in the shop are designed for particular planners, they can work well in any planner system.
Being a planner herself, Jessica is very in tune with planner life. In fact, she often discovers new ideas for products through her own planning journey as well as feedback from customers. She enjoys sharing personal tips, tricks, advice and ways to use stickers in your planner on YouTube. The Knockout Print Shop channel is filled with valuable content for planner enthusiasts and/or newbies. Jessica recently started a “Planner Chats” video series where she talks with shop VIPs about their planning styles. There is also a dedicated Facebook page where planners can engage in interesting conversations about how they are using their planners and stickers. Plus, the Knockout Print Shop website has a “resources” tab that offers helpful content around planning.
Great things are blooming in the new academic collection from Bloom Daily Planners! With more than forty new products, the collection features more styles and designs than ever before including three give back products and five featured artist collaborations. The planners run from July 2021 – July 2022 and are available in hard cover and soft cover with sizes ranging from pocket up to full letter size. Plus there are four student planners and fun calendars for your desk or wall decor. There is definitely something for everyone!
If you are ready to be less busy and more focused and intentional with your time and goals, the Vision Planner is a great option. It is filled with guided prompts that help you maintain balance in all areas of life. At the start of each month, there is a monthly visions page where you can put pen to paper on those big picture goals as well as outline a few steps to help you achieve them. The planner is 7.5″ x 9″ size with 13 monthly spreads and vertical weekly spreads as well as pages for goal setting, yearly overviews (2021 & 2022), ideal week planning, bill tracker, list of holidays, website logins, contact pages and more. New this year, is the “my joy list” page which was designed based on direct suggestions from the Bloom community. There are four cover designs for the upcoming academic year launch including, Crystal Blue, Earthy Abstract, Daydream Believer and Tropical Palm Leaves.
HARD COVER PLANNERS
The hard cover planners from Bloom are like having a life coach in your pocket! Although these planners are bit smaller than the Vision Planner, they are also filled with inspirational pages, quotes and worksheet type spreads to help you identify what is important in your life. The planners are 6″ x 8.25″ with monthly spreads and horizontal weekly spreads plus a place for this week’s focus and notes. Each planner comes with a sheet of stickers and a magnetic bookmark. There are four new hard cover designs for the academic launch including Kindness Matters, Navy Embroidery, Gold Bees, and You’re Golden.
SOFT COVER PLANNERS
The soft cover planners are designed to be flexible, lightweight and sturdy. They have all the same inside pages as the hard covers but with a thick matte cardstock cover. There are monthly spreads and horizontal weekly spreads with yearly overviews, goal setting, task tracking, to do lists and more. The soft cover planners are available in two sizes (6″ x 8.25″ & 8.5″ x 11″) with inside pockets on the front and back cover. Each planner comes with a sheet of stickers and a magnetic bookmark. There are over twenty cover styles to choose from including five featured artist collaborations (three pictured below and two Daisy Planners).
Daisy Planners are specially designed for middle and high school students to help keep all their classes and assignments organized. They feature monthly and weekly spreads with a unique subject grid style layout. They are full of helpful resources like parts of speech, basic math principles, conversion tables and maps. The front of the planners also have goal setting pages, tracker pages, reading log and class schedule page. There are four designs this year, two of which are artist collaborations. The planners are 7.25″ x 9″ with a soft cover and inside back cover pocket.
NEW POCKET PLANNER
The small but mighty Pocket Planner is 4″ x 6″ and is packed with all the same resources and premium features as the larger sizes. It has a soft cover and is made of a new cover material designed to be extra durable. It features monthly and weekly spreads and runs from July 2021 – July 2022. The cover option is a beautiful golden marble with a matching gold coil.
Bloom is dedicated to giving back in as many ways as possible. From partnering with organizations that make real change to creating products that inspire and donate proceeds to volunteering personal time, the Bloom team strives to be a source of positivity in the world. There are three give back products as part of the new collection including Writefully His Planner, Cleerely Stated Planner and Arouet Empowerment Planner. Each planner is a collaboration with an amazing organization and an example of how we can all support each other and make a difference in the world.