In the Crazy World, Paper Planner offers Order and Joy

Back in April, delving into YouTube’s budget planning loophole – an attempt to mitigate my pandemic agitation by controlling everything I have to my own corner of the world – I stumbled upon a woman Female name is Alaina. She is guiding viewers through the planning tools she created, showing debt reduction tracker and financial goal page, talking about how to make daily, quarterly, and annual monetization habits. . I was fascinated; Her method of tracking every aspect of finances is very different from my approach, which includes avoiding it completely until I receive my credit card bill or low balance alert.

I watched all the videos about her budget. Finally, I clicked on a tool titled “How I Use My Happiness Planning Tool”. Her hands scanned the pages quickly, flipping them, pointing out the different sections, gesturing with her explanation. She has clean, tiny handwriting and uses cute stickers: a cloud in a dark blue bubble for the likelihood of rain that day, a small purse next to “budget reviews. “, a small laptop on her schedule, next to her to-do list. Then, forward to the business planner.

Wait, I thought, do you have more than one plan?

She had eight: All summary, business, budget, home, personal, beliefs, notes and reading.

Hypnotized, I watched her flip through all the plan sheets, cut into parts of a binder and punched holes to fit into shiny metal bracelets. I was amazed by her discipline, her degree of time control, and her task list. She can turn a page in a book on her desk and know exactly what to do for the next hour of her life. I wonder if I stumble upon the most productive person in the world.

Alaina Fingal (@theorganizedmoney) organized her well-ordered mind in Frankenplanners.

Photo: Akasha Rabut

“Once I became a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur, that was when I realized I needed something more customizable where I could plan each area in my life. live by yourself. “

Photo: Askasha Rabut

When I was a child, I would observe the aunts, teachers and heroines in the movie – what they do every day, how they move through the world – in search of a glimpse of life. adults. I see flashiness, achievement. Alaina (@theorganizedmoney) reminded me of that vision. I love getting to know her by looking at what made her day as an accountant, entrepreneur and mom.

Can the sense of control I see in her video be learned? I was looking for a phrase that kept appearing in the title of Alaina’s videos: “plan with me”.

A self-revealing vocabulary. A world of planning phobias has opened up. I soon found out that Plan With Me’s are videos of performers decorating and accessoryizing their bound paper plans. Pages have multiple layouts: horizontal, with seven paragraphs in a simple notebook line; vertically, with three blank cells tapering down to the page for each day; dashboard, with to-do lists and to-dos for each week; hourly, with timelines from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Now for decoration. You can be free and just put a few icon stickers for work meetings and children’s activities. Or you can be ornate, with dozens of colorful boxes and floral stickers. Your approach may depend on the space you need for planning and the format of the page. Are you working on a typical weekly spread or a travel plan with packed checklists? A memory decoration with personal pictures or a blank week that you can use to practice handwriting?

Women’s decorative planners (most of the planners I meet are women, but there are also men planners) adorned their planners with lots of stickers. so that the lines on the page disappear, obscured by colorful boxes that can handle their short list and remind and are also coordinated with flowers, leaves, animals, fruits or colored shapes color matching the theme of the week. Functional planners preferred layouts with more ink than stickers; they schedule their days by hourly layout, schedule when they will work, eat meals, exercise, watch Netflix, meet friends. However, they will still add a few stickers, because “make it look good [you] want to see it. “

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