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The Great Planner Selection 2016

I've maintained a paper planner since high school.  While I'm not sure those still exist, I know the years of college through present do.  It's kind of fun and rather terrifying to go through years of homework assignments, parties, and shenanigans and think about how long ago it actually was!

Back in 2015, I created my own planner.  I used a template I found online, and copied/pasted however many pages I needed in Adobe.  Then, I sent the file to Office Depot to be printed and bound for next to nothing.

When it was time for a new planner for 2016, I decided I was going to try something different.  I ordered my Erin Condren Life Planner and patiently waited.  I loved the colorful, thick pages, the quotes, and the fact that it came with a starter pack of stickers and labels.  There was plenty of room to plan posts, keep up with my daily activities, and write down ideas.  But the one big con outweighed everything else.  The planner was so bulky.  The thickness didn't really bother me if it weren't for how big the spiral binding was.  It was huge!  It got to the point where I'd just keep my planner at home, which is pretty much the last place I use it.  I never had it with me when I needed it, and I turned to my iPhone calendar more and more.

Since I've essentially stopped using my planner for 2016, I've been on the hunt for the perfect planner for 2017.  I tried to go back to the site where I created my original blog planner, but the only template available now is black and white.  And if I'm being honest, I didn't want to go through all the work of customizing.  So, I decided to keep it simple and get back to basics.  I found this Gallery 2017 Planner (affiliate) and decided it was worth a try.

It's bound and small, and light, with fancy gold edging.  The monthly portion actually started in July, and goes into 2018.  The weekly portion starts with the last week of 2016.  There is plenty of room in the pages to write anything in- appointments, blog posts, and events.  It's also slim and can be stashed easily in my mess of a purse- no matter what size one I'm carrying.

I used some washi tape and stickers from the Target dollar spot, and left over stickers from the Erin Condren planner.  I'm excited to start using it and filling it up with ideas, trips, and birthdays!

Linking with B Loved BostonHer Heartland Soul, and Elegantly Fashionable

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