Ten months into my planner obsession, I think I’ve gained enough experience to give some advice. I’ve spent more time and money than I should have, but it has taught me a lot about what I really need to have planner peace.
Oops #1: Thinking I needed a planner to coordinate with every season.
‘Oh it’s fall. I need an orange planner to match the leaves on the trees, right?’
No. No I didn’t. I now have a planner that needs to be destashed.
It’s totally fine to get festive, but a pink planner works just as well as an orange one in October. Same goes with decorating too. Use the blue floral washi in December! It’s your planner.
Oops #2. Going to the store every time there was a coupon.
Y’all. Michael’s had a stronghold on my wallet for a long time. I had to go before the 40% off one item coupon expired or I would miss the deal of a lifetime!
After using these coupons enough times, I finally realized that they were offered on a regular basis (that’s how they keep us coming back, right?). The planner stuff could wait a week – or three – if need be.
If you miss a sale or a good coupon at a craft store, don’t worry. There will always be another one.
Oops #3. Impulse Buys
Those cute, cheap items strategically placed next to the checkout used to get me every time. The pens, list pads, desk decorations, and stamps were all too adorable to pass up! For me, these items soon turn to clutter and I have to give them away. Before I buy anything planner related I ask myself:
- Do you have something like this already?
- How often will you use it?
I might actually have a back and forth conversation in my head while I decide to make a purchase. If I can answer #1 with “no”, #2 with “regularly”, I’ll give myself the green light to buy it. If not, it goes right back where I found it.
Some of what I learned was just part of the process of being a newbie. I hope this will help someone to navigate the planner world a little more easily!