How to Use Multiple Planners
Hey friend! As promised, today I want to show you how I’m currently using more than one planner to stay organized. It is definitely possible, so today hopefully you’ll get a few ideas on how to use multiple planners. My planners can change and shift with what I need, but I’ve been using this combination for a little while now, so I figured it was a good time to show you what I’ve been doing.
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How to Use Multiple Planners
So, right now I am mainly using 4 planners. My seasonal Happy Planner, my Erin Condren Hourly, my A5 Recollections planner, and my wellness log, which is a PetitePlanner from Erin Condren. I’m not sure if you can 100% count the journal as a planner, but it is one of my favorite things, so I definitely wanted to include it.
Okay, so I’ll be honest here- I struggle constantly with choosing between the Happy Planner and the Erin Condren Life Planner. I love them both for different reasons, and can’t choose, so I found a way to incorporate both of them.
So, to start I’m using the hourly Erin Condren for work. I am trying right now to really plan my work hours and stick to them, I’m not sure if this method will stick, as we’re just getting into Summer break, now, and there’s just no telling how everything will end up.
I also have my new 2018-2019 Hourly that starts next month, it is neutral, instead of the colorful accented planner I’m using here, so I’m excited about that.
Then, I have my seasonal Happy Planner, which goes through December of this year. I use this planner more for fun, using more stickers and things like that. I love the seasonal design and how it has a fun theme for each month related to the seasons. I use this planner to track things and home and for my kiddos. This planner will get a whole lot more use when my older son starts Kindergarten in the Fall. I go through spells of using full sticker kits (like I did this week), or just using more functional stickers.
Maybe one day I’ll choose between the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Happy Planner, but for now I feel like this works well. For the monthly views, I can track personal things, appointments, etc in the Happy Planner and in the EC Hourly, track my content calendar and things like that. I can’t imagine trying to fit that all into one book.
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Next up is my A5 binder, which is from the Recollections line at Michaels. I’ve also used the Carpe Diem binders as another budget-friendly option for A5 ring binders.
I use my printables in this binder, and keep track of my budget, routines, meal plan, household stuff, and medical information for my son.
I shared how to make the clear planner dividers here, and how to make tab divider labels, here.
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Next up is my Erin Condren wellness log. This is my favorite fitness planner that I have tried.
This wellness log lasts for 6 months, and at just $12, you really can’t beat the price. It is the only fitness-related planner I’ve found that had enough space and had spots for all of the things I like to track- food, steps, and water, with a large space for tracking activity.
Alright, so that rounds out the planners I’m currently using. I also purchased a mini Happy Planner that starts in July, too, so I haven’t figured out if I’ll be using that planner yet or what I’ll do with it. Maybe I’ll have a 5th planner soon?
Do you use multiple planners? Share what you use your different planners for in the comments below.
I have 3 that I use. They’re all Happy Planners, I have an 18 month one that I track every day things and meal plan in, the Classic sized fitness planner and then a Classic sized one I made to track all my crafty projects in(I crochet, paper craft and dabble in mixed media so it gets a little crazy, lol). I’m hooked on the happy planners, just have to decide which design I’m getting next to start in July!
I LOVE Happy Planners, I like the Erin Condren, too, but I have been leaning more and more towards the HP, I can’t wait to see the new styles they put out later this year!
I use a combination as well…
We are required to use Outlook calendars for work, so I use that for appointments and work things. It syncs to my phone so even on the weekends the reminders work for me!!
Secondly, I use a Daily planner (7 Minute Life planner by Allyson Lewis) on paper for my to-do list and adding appointments. I only add work appointments if my time outside of work is affected, for example, working late, or an appointment that requires I dress a certain way.
Then, I use a digital bullet journal for planning. Most of my collections are things I’ve researched online anyway, so having a digital bullet journal that syncs to my iPad and my computer are awesome!
Where can I find Happy Planners??
You can get them in-store and online at Michaels, or on Amazon. 🙂