After four years with the Erin Condren Life Planner I decided to switch it up for 2018 with Plum Paper. I liked the ECLP - See my review here - but they are really expensive ($50+) and also I thought it would be fun to try something new. Honestly, I don't think I *need* to use a paper planner but I really enjoy it. I love seeing everything laid out so neatly - "Outer order = Inner calm."
One of the cool things about Plum Paper is how there are so many options for customization (although if you choose too many that will drive the price tag right up there with the ECLP so I had to keep it somewhat simple). Also I like that they are based in San Diego, CA - My original hometown!
I picked this pretty floral design for the cover and added the year and my name.
Inside we have the monthly calendar pages and the weekly calendar pages.
On the monthly page I also make a note of whatever exercise I did that day because I like to see all the highlights filling up the month. The stickers are old ones from ECLP that I didn't use up in previous years. On the far left, similar to the weekly pages, I make notes for things that I want to do at some point in the month.
Before every month is this "Monthly Highlights" page which I haven't really been utilizing at all yet. There's also a blank page that I use to make notes on blog ideas, things to buy, favorites, etc. I also added 10 blank pages in the back that I use for random notes and lists.
Looking at these photos it seems a little blank but that's because I've been so busy with work lately. There really isn't that much else going on. I don't put any of my work meetings or to-do lists into this planner. I expect things will fill up a little bit more as they usually do in the summer and fall.
For many years my favorite pens have been the Pilot Precise V5 but I found that these pages don't really "take the ink" [Hey Mom! Do you know what movie that's from?] so I have been using a couple Le Pens that came with my Hi-Five stationary subscription. They are OK but I don't love them. It's hard to find the right pens that are rich enough but don't show through the pages.
OK! I think that's all that I have to say. It's probably more than you imagined anyone could say about a planner! Overall I think the Plum Paper is nice but I'll probably try something new next year. Any suggestions? Although it's probably a little early to start thinking about 2019 planners... Even for me!