Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Daily Planners: through the years.

I finally got my new planner on Sunday night! It’s exciting. Really. Yea, I'm lame.

There is something about daily planners I’ve always loved. When I was little I think it was so that I could pretend to be really busy—and honestly, I think that’s still the appeal.
Recently, someone suggested hanging out and I responded with something like, “Oh? Umm. Lemme check my planner. I’ll see if I can carve out some kitty time.”

Speaking about cats, yesterday I glanced at my bookshelf when I was hit bam—but not, like, literally—in the face by my planner from 2007.

See how young I was? In mean, can you imagine me planning my day on the hipster train with it? As much as I talk about cats now, I’d never leave my house with this kind of infantile-ness.

I turned 19 that year.

The following year I was trying to be all sophisticated, grown up, and literary so I got this bore of a Barnes and Nobles one.  I never liked the color—an ugly dark green. But I did like the fact that there are famous quotations from literature on every other page. And also the list of “100 Best Novels of the 20th Century”, list of “Pulitzer Prize for fiction,” etc., at the back of the planner.

I can’t exactly remember what I used in 2008. But I vaguely remember that the aesthetic bore of the Barnes and Nobles one pushed me towards something youthful and colorful. I recall cartoon monkeys. Don't say it—I know.

Last year I found perfection in Strand for only $5.95 (suggested retail price is 15.95!!)
I’m all about visuals so I loved and still love the colors and that it could be both fun and age appropriate. It also has lots of daily page space, more of the artist’s interesting geometric illustrations inside, and a pocket in back (perfect for tucking in my gym class schedules!!)  And I love that it comes with a ribbon book mark.

I was hoping I could find an awesome one for this year, too. So imagine my surprise when I went planner shopping at Strand this weekend and found my ex-planners’ sister!

The artwork is by the same artist (love her!!) and the price was the same (a steal!!) The colors remind me of the Jamaican flag. They're so bright they remind me: “Hallo! You NEED to get your life together!”)

Now, excuse me. The rest of tonight is lots of planning! MUCH to do!




Heather said...

I LOVE your new planner! such a great design :) I've had my fair share over the years, but I found one this full that is 16 month planner for late 2010/and 2011 and I am LOVING IT. It's really a student planner/agenda type book - but I care not. It's PERFECT!

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

I love that you share my excitement, Heather!! Your words speak volumes that you understand the dire importance of a purrfect planner :)

MissHaneefa said...

Love the colors! Any time I would look at that it would put me in a happy mood.

Mel Edwards said...

I'm totally a planner nerd, too. (Love the one you had last year and this year's too.) However, I always have higher expectations of using mine for everything that I do -- school/work/meetings/appts. LOL! One day, perhaps, I'll take the time to really, really use it for everything I should. :-)

Eunice @ food4fit said...

Hehehe cute planner collection! My very first planner was more like a notebook and I called it a "log". Just thinking about it makes me cringe. 12 was a scary year! :)

Melissa said...

i am slightly obsessed with planners. i spent way too much on one last year, but learned my lesson! Got a cute one for 8.95 this year! Haha. I wish i had saved my old ones now, though! What a fun post!

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Coley said...

I love paper. New and old. I love notebooks and journals and yes, planners, too. However, I am able to stop myself from buying planners because of my failed planners of planners past.
But resisting a new pack of college rule paper and a lovely, brightly colored fresh three-ring binder? I have a really hard time turning those down...
And have I mentioned I love a good pen?

MizFit said...

I have everything in my google calendar and yet STILL lug my beloved paper planner along with me.
Id be lost without it.

TamsynSimon.com said...

I laughed so hard when I started reading your entry... I never thought someone else on this planet could be so crazy over paper planners as myself. My husband forced me into an iPhone and I'm just not diggin' it. It doesn't have the same feeling when I write down an entry, ya know? I love your planners - 2010 and 2011 - they'd perk me up, too. :)
- Tamsyn from TamsynSimon.com

Quisha said...

I love those planners. I'm a sucker for cute things especially colors. I have to say you're a brave one for sharing your weigh-ins. I've gotta try that *sigh*. I must!

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