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Planner Obsession Anyone!?

October 6, 2015

I’ve always been someone who likes to write down my schedule, goals, and ideas! I remember I had a diary/planner from target when I was 12 that you could only open with your own voice. haha My friends used to come over and try to mimic my voice to get in.. haha  I wrote everything in there. I think as a kid I liked the idea of being organized, but there was not much substance in my planner. Once I started homeschooling, I excelled in school because I could plan out my own days and accomplish goals. As an adult, I think my life would be in shambles if I didn’t have a place to look and remind me of what I need to get done everyday in order to keep everything running smoothly. Different methods work for everyone, but my planner is my fun place!! It’s a way for me to set goals and be excited about them, and a place to keep my mind straight with everything everyone has going on in my family. It’s also a fun place to be creative too!

I wanted to chat a little bit about my new planner from Kate Spade. I had a different planner initially, which I still LOVE. This is the Louis Vuitton MM day planner that I got on Poshmark pre-loved!! I take it EVERYWHERE! It’s much more compact than the Kate Spade. This is more of a traditional sized planner, and the perfect size for someone who wants to have it on-the-go!

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This Kate Spade one is a bit bigger. Since my writing isn’t small and dainty, I definitely like having the extra space. I ordered this one online to compare sizes and see which I preferred. This has the finishing of 2015 through 2016

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I kinda fell down the rabbit hole one random night watching planner videos on YouTube . I had NO IDEA that people got all glam bam with them! Everyone has such a fun style, and it’s so interesting to see other peoples creative ideas in their own planners. I’m fascinated by super organized people, although I MUST SAY, no ones life is wrapped perfectly in a bow. It’s just not! MINE INCLUDED!! Which I hope you all know! Some people are just better at organizing than others, and this is something I’ve had to really learn and work on over the years.. It’s hard to stay organized, motivated, and interested in life. You just have to find what works for you and gets you motivated and excited!

I decided to dable in the sticker situation! Slightly intimidated and unsure what the heck I was supposed to do, I started just having fun with it. Literally, I just started decorating. It sorta reminded me of scrap booking, which my mom used to do! I was never a good scrap booker!! haha I honestly don’t have time to do this very often, but sometimes at night when I’m watching a movie and sitting with a face mask on, I write down my goals, add stickers, and just make it look pretty!! It’s a nice mind set before bed! It gets me all excited about the next day!! Not to mention that it’s kinda therapeutic.

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You can get soooo many fun things off of Etsy to decorate your planner!! Honestly, this may seem stupid, but I gotta admit it’s super fun!

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 You know I had to whip out my jelly pens to decorate with!! haha I may be 28, but my inner 12 year old gets giddy!!

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I keep stickers to a minimum, but I begin to write out my week. I add post it’s to each day with a daily “to do” list. I like post its because I don’t crowd my planner with random daily goals that are not things I HAVE to do! They are just goals or tasks I would like to accomplish in case I get a second where I feel bored, or want something to do. I like to make a little task list. I’m usually shocked with how many “extra curricular” things I’m able to squeeze in everyday! It really helps prevent laziness and idleness. I’ve tried this method for the last two years and slowly but surely I’ve added more and more into my schedule without feeling overwhelmed..

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Then, just start planning away!!!

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How do you like to stay organized?

Hope you enjoyed this post! =)

XO Rachel

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  • Usha October 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Definitely planner obsessed! I feel that I can relate to everything you’ve mentioned in this post. It would be cool to show some of your page spreads to see how you organize your ideas. I recently wrote about my own planner here: http://just-randomlittlethings.blogspot.ca/2015/09/my-erin-condren-planner.html.

  • Christina Pinkerton October 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Love it! I am a huge planner nerd lol. I decorate every week (nothing intense) and make my own stickers with label sheets from Staples (I work there … Dangerous let me tell you haha! I would love to see a video to go along with this post on your layout. I am always on the look out for new ideas. I am about to be a first time mom in 10 weeks (eek!) so seeing how you plan with Oliver would be awesome! Love your channel and a huge fan of your blog! Have a great evening! Love from Canada! ❤️

  • hashtagfablife October 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I remember having the voice command planner as a kid too! Your planner looks lovely! I love my Erin Condren planner!

    HashtagFabLife

  • Michelle October 7, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I’ve actually had my eye on a couple planners for the new year, Kate Spade being one of them. I totally agree, my life would be in shambles without one!

    xo – Michelle
    http://www.borncreativeblog.com

  • Inma October 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I’m an organised kind of girl and love my to do lists, both at work and at home. At work I have an electronic calendar for meetings, but then I like to keep a month to view paper planner where I put key deadlines so if I ever have a quiet moment I can get ahead and prepare for a big meeting or make progress with a project. I also have a weekly to do list which I write every Friday afternoon before finishing work for the week ahead. At home I used to have a paper diary but now I tend to use iCal for it as I can access it from all my devices. However, I always carry a small notebook with daily to do lists or things that would be nice to get done. Sorry, this seems like such a long comment!!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

  • mika October 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I love using planners! I would be such a mess without mine. I really need to get into buying some cute and creative planners and decorating them, like you have! This is so cute!

    xoxo
    http://www.hellohimawari.com/

  • Holly October 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I started using the Passion Planner this year. It’s not super cute or anything, but it’s sooo thorough. I just spruce mine up by writing with different colored gel pens as well lol. It has a ton of space then different questions at the end of every month to kind of assess your life. And it’s a full sized notebook which I love because I need a ton of space to plan out my day. You should check that one out if you havent already!

  • Pratima October 10, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Does any one know where she got her dining table and chairs? They are perfect and all i have been looking around for months now. Help a girl please 😊

    • Talbott October 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Hey!! I got the table from Restoration Hardware! Chairs from Overstock.com =)

  • JOANNA October 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I love your style Rachel its so rustic and gives me a clean feeling. I hope to meet you one day. As far as for the planner i love it!!! i haven’t kept going with mine, but i think this is a reminder i should. Feel free to check out my blog! It would mean a lot! http://www.allblissfulthings.blogspot.com

  • Emma Kearon October 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Rachel! I love your ideas about organising with your planners! I would like to start using one too! Do you recommend any planners?
    Thank you 🙂

  • Claudia October 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Love your post! Which do you recommend? It is difficult for me to stay consistent to a planner! Thanks as always! Love Love Love 😘👌🏻👏🏻💫

  • Holly Miller October 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I always love whenever you talk about your planner because I have the exact same love and obsession for a beautiful organize planner !!!! Watching your video from your previous planner and see in this blog post, really makes me want to go get a new planner and get just as organize all over again!!!!
    Are you keeping this planner to be organized the same way as you have your LV?
    Thanks!

  • bri October 20, 2015 at 7:22 am

    This sounds like a great youtube video! I am just as organized so I would love to get inspired by your way of planning and organizing 🙂