Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is CHRISSY MUNDER. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
Putting more Do in my To-Do List.
Hello 2016! I’m excited to once again be part of Clare’s amazing January Birthday Blog Tradition, and glad she took time out of her crazy schedule to let us come play.
Today is January 2nd, my annual posting day for this event. The Swarovski ball has dropped, the confetti swept up, and hopefully, most of the hangovers have been left behind along with our not-quite-accomplished goals from 2015. Time now for that exciting moment at the start of each New Year – New Planner Time!
As a certified, card-carrying member of Office Supply Products/Stationery Lovers Anonymous I’m all a tingle. Digital calendars may abound, but there’s nothing like the rush from cracking open a fresh paper planner and setting down with a cup of coffee to dream big.
Next to the satiny feel of 140 gsm paper, big dreams and blank pages are the best part of the New Year celebrations. They offer a chance to lay out our hopes and visions for the uncharted days ahead and fulfill our love of checkboxes, to-do lists, goals, and personal reflection.
What type of planner is an individual decision. It’s almost as hard to shop for a new planner/agenda as it is for a new purse, or my personal nemesis – a new sports bra. And while 3, 6, or 7 ring binders (think Filofax, Carpe Diem, or Kikki-K), and the Midori-style Traveler’s notebooks are all the rage, I’m more of a spiral bound gal myself.
I’m not alone in my coiled love. There’s been an explosion of options in the last couple of years. Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube are full of planner reviews, picks, hacks, DIY’s, and other tips on getting more out of our pages. Do you want a Monthly or Weekly option? How about a true One-Page-Per-Day? Will you track Fitness? Work items? Homeschooling or personal projects? Do you need a 30 Day planner? 90 Day? Yearly from January to December, or Academic from July of one year thru December of the next? Not sure? A lot of companies offer free downloads of their pages so you can try before you buy.
Forget the old days of the businessman’s black and white Day-at-a-Glance or a simple .49 cent notebook from the kids’ back to school pile. Feast your heart and eyes on the kaleidoscope of choices from *deep breath* Plum Paper, Limelife Planners, Inkwell Press, Erin Condren, Ashley Shelly, Rifle Paper, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Ban-do, May Designs, Day Designer, Simplified Planner, Purposeful Planner, Living Well Planner, Daily Action Planner, Get to Workbook, The Happy Planner, The Happiness Planner, Top Down Planner, Passion Planner, Tools4Wisdome Planner, 7 Minute Life Planner, and the Inner Guide Planner to name just a few. (Seriously, the list goes on … and on!
Somewhere out there, a whole lot of people are planning their hearts out. But how much is actually getting done? Is all this planning merely another form of procrastination? An excuse for why we don’t achieve our goals and dreams? Should we be planning less, and doing more? The question is one I’m considering this new year.
How about you? Are you a paper planner person or are you digital all the way? What’s your favorite planner/agenda/digital calendar? Do you think it’s easier to focus on the planning rather than the doing no matter the format, and what will you do more of in the coming year?
Chrissy Munder writes a variety of romance filled with everyday people and extraordinary passion to transform readers into their personal world of love, laughter, and desire
She is an avid reader, a wanderer of Michigan’s wilderness, and, while not in any particular order, a lover of lists, zombies, and bad sci-fi. She’s also perpetually behind on everything—except feeding the cat. There are those who might tell you she started writing LGBTQ romance as a way to justify her office supply addiction, but shhhhh! don’t listen to them.
After too many jobs in too many states she’s eagerly awaiting a far too distant retirement and the chance to become a full-time Lake Michigan beachcomber. Until then, she’s excited to share her love of romance, laughter, and happy-ever-afters.
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