So, it was about the right time for me to start working on a new planner. Sure, it’s late October, not minutes before January, but a planning fiend often finds themselves thinking a couple of months in advance. For this reason, I did some research and settled on Blue Sky Planner, a nice medium sized one at 5×8 inches.
Blue Sky Planners stood out to me as having the things I like – nice clear monthly tabs, both weekly and monthly planning pages, and some space that can be co-opted for spontaneous lists and notes to self. They are also quite affordable, and after my splurge last year (well, Husband’s splurge), I thought I’d test myself out on something a little less costly.
This choice reflects something I’m realizing in more and more areas of my life: more costly doesn’t always equate to greater quality. I love my Get to Work Book, but after using it for a year, I realize that it is probably more useful for someone who is in a more project-based career than I am, and in a place where they need to prioritize differently each week. It’s a high quality product, for sure, but for my way of using planners – messily scrawl everything I need and everything I’ve committed to with very little regard for margins – it might not be my best choice long-term.
So I’m trying to do some intentional lifestyle reduction, what I see as the antidote to lifestyle creep. As it becomes possible for me to add more and nicer products and services into my life, I’m trying to intentionally scale back in other areas, reminding myself that at many times in my life, I was happy with a bent spiral notebook that had 14 pages of history notes in it; I didn’t even buy a planner specifically for each year! Occasionally and intentionally reining in my needs reminds me that it is a useful skill to be able to operate on a smaller budget, even if after next year I find myself desperately longing for another Get to Work Book or a different exciting planner. The experiment itself, I hope, will teach me more about what I need.