Planner vs. No Planner…That is the question!

I can’t believe I’m even saying that.  I’m the girl who would love to go school supplies shopping every year, and I probably own the largest office supplies / sticky note / colored pencil collection within a 30 mile radius! 😉 Needless to say, I love to use pretty planners, I love filling them out and I love having all of my appointments / to-do lists in one place.  Last year, I used the 12 month ban.do planner from Swoozies.  It was gorgeous and I got it monogrammed.  It comes with fun stickers and it had both monthly and daily planning pages.  While I did love it, it just became too heavy to carry in my work bag or purse (it was a pretty thick agenda book.)  So I found myself using it less and just relying more on my phone for my appointments and my moleskin for my to-do lists.   My husband and I share our iCloud calendars with each other so that we know when we have dinners and events coming up.  So I was slowly starting to rely more on my phone and keeping up with both the phone and a heavy duty planner was just too much!  I personally like to write out my weekly events on paper so that I can see it all in front of me, so I knew I couldn’t give up the planner altogether.  So I started Googling and Pinteresting…and found this:

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Free printables from Bates Mercantile Co:

This weekly planner lets me write down all of my activities and to-dos for the week as well as any major things I need to accomplish.  It’s a single sheet of paper so it’s super easy and lightweight.  I also love how colorful it is! I can put it into a manila folder and throw into my computer bag for the week.  {Anything and everything Sugar Paper is my favorite for office supplies and Target carries part of their collection, which is really convenient!} I can also punch 3 holes in it and keep it in a folder or binder so that I have my monthly or even yearly view of what I accomplished. Most importantly, my problem of having to carry around a bulky planner was finally solved, and I’m still able to fill out a super cute weekly agenda and stay organized.

In addition to my weekly printables, I still use my moleskin for my work notebook and my phone for keeping track of my personal (and work) meetings.  I also don’t feel as overwhelmed to have to maintain such a large agenda book in addition to my phone.  It’s probably all mental but I feel like this is a more manageable approach.  Who knows, I’ll probably go back to an agenda book / planner at some point, but for now, I’m really enjoying how easy this is!

I hope this printable helps you manage your weekly schedule! I’d love to hear some of your productivity hacks or favorite ways to maintain your calendar. 🙂

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