Let’s Talk About Planners: Choosing a Planner – Bound Planners

One of my first entries on this blog was about how I was going to do my own DIY hPDA (hipster PDA) because I couldn’t find any planners that had everything I wanted and blah blah blah. The truth is… that endeavor fell on its face. Shortly after that I ordered a cute weekly planner from Buttoned.Up I didn’t use because the spaces were too small for me, then moved to a Franklin Covey I spent money on only to use it for three months and abandon.

In July, I tried to go back to digital planning. I downloaded apps. I built a system. It worked for less than two weeks. The biggest drawback for digital planning for me is that I work in a building with signal blockers installed for security purposes. It makes it impossible to update anything while at work. I simply couldn’t utilize it and gave up.

Then I found Facebook planner and Filofax groups and the possibilities became ENDLESS. There are possibly thousands of options out there: different brands, styles, sizes, and combinations. I’m well on my way to getting my planning in control and back on track, but there are plenty of people out there like me who are either new to planning or searching for the “perfect” system. It can be almost overwhelming at first. So I thought I’d try to help out by offering hints, tips, and suggestions on getting started and being successful with paper planning.

The goal of this series of entries will be to help you chose the planner that’s right for you and help you explore how to use a planner to get your life in control.

The first step, of course, will be to choose a planner. There are tons of different choices that go into picking a planner or planning system you want. First, we’ll need to identify whether a bound or unbound system will work best for you. Today’s entry will focus on bound planners: their pros and cons and a list of examples and where to buy them. Next week we’ll take a look at your unbound planner options.

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