Why I Plan

In the last two years, decorative planning has gotten huge! Every planning Facebook group I’m in has grown immensely and excited newbie planners are joining daily. #planning Instagram hashtags are constantly growing. Craft stores have taken notice and are offering their own lines of planners and stickers. All of this growth makes me so excited to be part of the planner community!

As much as the hobby has grown, there are still a lot of people who don’t get why anyone would spend so much time and money on their planner in a world with smart phones and Google calendars.

While I can’t speak for everyone else, today I’m going to share why I love planning.

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LOOKING AHEAD 

I love sitting down  to plan my week on Sunday afternoons. It’s my built-in creative time that sets the tone for my week.

I plan future weeks with post-it notes, so on Sunday afternoon I decorate and add in my plans. It’s an awesome time to think about my priorities and set goals for the week. It gives me a chance to really think about how all of my meetings, projects and fun activities are going to work together.

When I’m done with my Sunday afternoon planning session, I feel so much more prepared for the week than I used to when I would just glance at my Google calendar when I got to work on Monday morning.

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LOOKING BACK

Those Sunday afternoon planning sessions set the basic structure for the week. While I’m working from those plans the rest of the week, I’m filling in the details and adding the personality of the week. These are things I LOVE looking back at!

I always wanted to like scrapbooking. I’ve always had fun designing pages here and there, but I could never commit to it as a hobby. I always had so many photos I wanted to include, and so many memories I wanted to save — I usually ended up overwhelmed and not sure where to begin.

What I love about planning is that it gives me an opportunity to save those memories. I can add photos, cute stickers and washi tape, write a little note about fun things that have happened — all the things I would do if I were scrapbooking. Unlike scrapbooking, it is broken down into manageable chunks. I can add memories a day or a week at a time, but it doesn’t make sense to do more.

I’ve only been decorative planning for a little more than a year, but it’s already so fun to look back to see such a detailed account of what I was doing.  I can’t wait to have a collection of planners from my 20s to show my grandchildren some day! They’ll be such a fun way to remember stories to tell!

Why do you love planning? Let me know in the comments! 

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