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Falling Out of Love (with my planner)

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     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.

Photo - Pocket Planner Set-Up (2)     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.

3     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!

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9 thoughts on “Falling Out of Love (with my planner)

  1. Your planner is so cute! I wish we had Paperchase here in the states. When I worked at Borders, I would buy so many things from our little Paperchase section. I used to use a personal sized planner but it was too small for all the things I wanted to keep track of and switched to an A5. Much happier with it but it’s gotten so big! I did see a cute A5 planner on the Paperchase site that was on sale not too long ago. I was going to purchase it but, as you know, shipping from the UK to the states is so expensive.

    I saw a Youtube video where a lady had a week on one page and then daily pages on the other side. I wonder if that would work for you?

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    1. Thankfully I don’t have a Paperchase store anywhere near me – I got my planner last year when I was in Bath and stumbled on the store. I’d be spending a fortune if I had a shop to visit regularly…although I just found their online shop and the delivery is pretty reasonable so I might still manage to spend all my money 😀
      I’ll have to check their planner section on the site then! I think an A5 planner might be what I need.I might try out that layout too, a week on one page and a day on the other side – never thought about doing it that way before so thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

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  2. Do you know how to design things? As in, you could mock up a Plum Paper-esque layout for personal use to see if you like it before taking the dive in.

    Personally, I love the look of adorable little planners, but they’re not functional for me. I ended up with an A5 size.

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    1. It’s perfect for me, but you really have to try out things to see what’s right for you. You could get an A5 notebook and carry it around for a while. It might not be as fun or cute, but you can get an idea for whether the size works for you.

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