For as long as I can remember, I’ve believed in taking notes, making to-do lists, and writing things down to make them happen. So, I’ve always had notebooks, agendas, and notepads around. In the past couple years, though, I found myself leaning more heavily on technology, like my iPhone and laptop, to keep my daily schedule organized. I appreciated the pop-up reminders for major scheduled events and eventually let these gadgets replace my paper organization tools. That was until I was reminded of how helpful the process of physically writing things down was and how important it was for me to be able to view my day, week, month, or even year at a glance. This year, then, I decided to return to my favorite Kate Spade planner to keep tabs on my life.
I had this realization of the importance of my old school planner system fairly late in the year, so I purchased a cheaper planner while I waited for the release of the 2017 Kate Spade planner. These planners are 17-month agendas, which run from August 2016 to December 2017. By the way, how beautiful is this new patio floral design? The planners are also available in the classic gold dots, bold black and white stripes, and a couple other designs. I’m using a size large agenda; there are also medium and jumbo sizes.
What I look for in a planner is that it has the features I value in helping me stay organized. Below are my favorite ones, including interior pockets, which are perfect for storing post-it notes or any loose pages that I’d like to keep handy.
Need to take a quick look at 2017? I can do so easily because there are complete 2017 and 2018 calendars at the front of the planner.
Want to know when Easter or International Women’s Day will fall in 2017? Before googling it, I can just flip to my list of major holidays in the planner. I’m also fond of the celebrations pages that I can use to note important days throughout the year, like my wedding anniversary and friend’s birthdays. There are even a few blank notes pages that follow those sections.
I anticipate spending most of my time in these next few sections―the monthly and weekly spreads―of the planner. By the way, in the Kate Spade planner, each monthly section begins with a quotation.
I use the month at a glance pages to highlight the most important goals, events, or deadlines occurring in that month. Getting an overview really helps me set up the tasks I need to complete in order to get the work done.
I spend most of my time on the weekly spreads, writing down tasks that anchor some major goal and checking them off when completed.