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my daily planners.

There’s something about a paper planner. One where you actually write with a pen. I love all the possibility the clean pages hold – the entire year a blank slate, ready to be written. 

Every year I get a new planner, and this year’s no different – except for one thing. I’m actually going to write in it. How novel, huh? 

Here’s the thing. Every January I have grand plans to write and fully use my planner… to answer every question, check off every to-do, fill in all the white space. But, that white space… it’s just so pretty, which makes it hard to write. Because sloppy handwriting. Because do I use just black pen or turquoise + magenta, too? 

The dumbest thing, right?! (Pretty sure I’m not the only one who does this… am I?)

That changes this year. I will fully use both my planners – ink + volt’s volt planner and Danielle LaPorte’s desire map planner – as well as write in my five-minute journal daily. This year is all about doing, about creating my life exactly how I want it to be.

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    01/09/2017 at 8:34 am

    I’ve always thought that planners were such a good idea-a place to keep a person’s life on track, but I’ve never written in one! But they must be like a list is for me-a concrete, visual that encourages me to get things done! Good luck!

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    01/09/2017 at 8:47 am

    Yes to needing the “right pen” and getting tied up in perfectionism with the handwriting. Loving the frequent blogs, btw : )

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    Kelsey @ Happy Triathlete
    01/09/2017 at 9:37 am

    I’ve been bullet journalling for about 6 months now! It has been the only “planner” that has really stuck / worked for me, mostly because I make it exactly how I want it!! The Volt and 5-minute journal look really neat though! Good luck! PS I use blue, red, green, purple, and black pens, because why not?! LOL

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    01/09/2017 at 10:46 am

    I do that, too! I have two journals right now and I always have to have the right pen or start at the right page… haha It is silly! I love journaling though – it clears my head and need to just write in my journals more often!

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    01/09/2017 at 12:24 pm

    Erin, is there a big difference between the ink + volt’s volt planner and Danielle LaPorte’s desire map planner? I’m curious as to why you will have two planners and how they may differ. I’m looking for a good planner and was wondering which you would recommend over the other (if that’s possible :)

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      02/13/2017 at 6:26 pm

      Good question! Both are goal oriented, but Danielle’s focuses on how you want your goals to make you feel… how you want your life to feel. I love them both, but to be honest, January was a meh month for me. I needed to simplify some things, so I ended up using the ink + volt planner more. Maybe it’s because it’s familiar (I had one last year)? Or because it’s just too much to keep up with two (and redundant to write similar things in both)? That said, I’m going to give using two another shot :) I hope you’ve found a planner you like, Kristen!

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    The Running Princess
    01/09/2017 at 3:50 pm

    I’m going ti try using the Believe training journal this year, but I’m intrigued by your 5 minute journal so I’d love to learn more about that.

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    01/09/2017 at 8:54 pm

    I bought the passion planner this year and it is such a mind game! You’re suppose to pick a top priority for each day, and it can be very humbling. I’m not quite brave enough to fill it out yet, but hope I get better at it.

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    Candice Guertin
    01/10/2017 at 11:31 am

    Nothing beats pen and paper! like you, I have a few…

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