I’ve been feeling this way for a few weeks now but I guess I was in a bit of denial and didn’t want to think about it too much. It’s time to admit it though and be honest – I think I’m falling out of love with my little Paperchase pocket planner.
Well, I’m not falling out of love with the whole planner. I still love my set up for it (which I wrote about back in November). I love the adorable owls on the front and I love how easy the small size makes it to hold. The purple (my favourite colour) on the inside with the pockets is another pro about it. However, while I love all the features, I’ve found I’m having a hard time using it lately.
It started out okay but lately my to-do lists are getting crowded with lots of small things which the pocket size is having a hard time dealing with. The pages being so small that I feel somewhat restricted in how I’m decorating the planner. My standard size washi tapes are a bit too wide to use sometimes so I tend to stick to the plain thin ones so I have enough space to make cluttered lists. Sometimes plain works but sometimes it’s a bit boring using the same few tapes over again.
The obvious solution would be to switch from a week on two page view to a day-per-page view but I really like having my whole week on two pages so I can see everything at once and also, decorating a day per page is just hard work! As much as I love my little planner, if I don’t like using it for the most important feature of to-do lists, I think I need a new one.
This leads me to the idea that I should go back to a personal size planner or even an A5 size planner. I can’t go back to my old personal size filofax though because I gave that one to my older sister (see my post Re-homing a Filofax for that), so I’ll have to buy a new planner. I’ve been flirting with the Plum Paper Planner, letting it sit in my Etsy basket for a while. I really like the idea of a vertical layout because it would suit to-do lists better. The only problem is the Plum Paper Planner is super expensive once you have to get it shipped to Ireland! That planner could easily cost me up to €70 (€20 of which is shipping) if I were to deck it out with the extra months and features I’d like and I just don’t have that kind of money.
So basically, I’m still looking around for cheaper alternatives and different layouts I could try. I’m hoping I find something soon though. If anyone has any suggestions for planners I should check out, do let me know!