It’s been a few years since I bought a paper planner. Modern conveniences like the internet and an iphone just seemed to make it less necessary somehow. But since I started my new job about a month ago, I’ve had a really hard time getting organized. My responsibilities include a whole bunch of things I haven’t been accountable for in the past, and my endless to-do lists started to really clutter my new office. So I thought I’d give a paper planner another try this year.
First, some back story. There was this one year, during college, that I had the perfect planner. I like a double-page spread calendar for the month followed by lined pages with lots of room for each day. (But it’s not a diary, so I don’t need a page per day. That’s just overkill). Also, I don’t want any cutesy themes or motivational quotes or cartoons about cats. And the paper needs to be of a comfortable weight, but not glossy. And the lines on the pages should be an appropriate distance apart for neat penmanship (not wide-ruled). Yes, I am picky. I also used to only ever write in my planner with one pen, all year long. Type-A much?
Although I am picky, I don’t think I ask for too much, but since that one perfect year, the perfect planner has been elusive. Maybe that’s a big part of why I turned to technology for my list-making and calendaring. At any rate, I’m back to needing something tangible, so I turned to Etsy, a site that never fails to give me the feeling that I’ve entered a special, chic, calming little world that’s filled to the brim with marvels galore. My indie crafts shopping buddy did not let me down. I stumbled upon MyLavenderCottage, aka the answer to all of my life-long (er, at least since high school) planner longings.
I know next to nothing about this seller, and this little review is completely unsolicited. There were a couple of weeks between the day I placed my order and the day I came home to see a planner-sized box on the front porch, during which my anticipation grew and grew. MyLavenderCottage did not let me down. Plus, she has lavender in her name, which is one of my favorite scents. It was meant to be.
Love! I took it to work today and inscribed my first notes (some to-dos, a doctor’s appointment, dinner with friends). My whole entire life was suddenly a bit less messy. Just like that.
If you’re in pursuit of the perfect planner, I highly recommend checking out MyLavenderCottage. Her quality is fantastic, and she even starts the book on the month of your choice. I was able to select the cover paper and also added a few custom options. Here’s to a more organized me in 2011.