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      Which planner size is best for you? Find out here!

      Which planner size is best for you? Find out here!

      For this week’s blog, we will be talking about planner sizes.

      Being new to planning can be fun, but it can also feel overwhelming in trying to figure out which size is best to use for our needs. This is why I decided to look over the planners I have used and to share a little bit about them and what my experience has been using these various sizes. So, sit back, relax, and let’s get this going!

      If you are just starting out on your planner journey or are wanting to try a new size, but aren’t sure, then read on. There are so many people trying new sizes, so we thought it would be a good idea to go over several planner sizes for you and show you the ins and outs. We have a blog that goes over most of the planner sizes very briefly, but this one will provide more details.

      Pocket Pm Size

      Pictured below is the pocket planner from our collection, which comes in several colors.

      POCKET PLANNERPOCKET PLANNER

      PM PLANNER

      Pocket size is also known as “A7” size, or “PM” if you’re using the Louis Vuitton
      agenda.

      The pocket size measurements are 5.75″ x 4.20″

      The pocket planner comes with 6 rings that can range between sizes (depending on what
      you will be using it for).

      The pocket planner is one of the smaller planners in the planner sizes. It is known for being compact and easy to carry, because it can fit practically anywhere, and makes it easy to travel with.

      Because this planner is small, it can best be used for those who do not have much to do throughout the day, or do not have to write down a lot of information, since the pages have a limited amount of space to write in, as you can see below.

      It’s also important to keep in mind that because there is a limited amount of space in this planner, you have to keep the most important/most used inserts.

      For example, depending on the ring size, it may not allow you to put a full years’ worth of all the monthly and all of the weeklies, so you may need to decide whether you want to keep a years’ worth of monthlies and half a years’ worth of monthlies etc.

      POCKET PM PLANNER

      As mentioned earlier, the size of the rings can vary. Some planners come with 15mm, 19mm, 20mm, 25mm, or 30mm size rings.

      In some planners you can easily switch out the rings yourself, and in others, you may need to do a little bit more of adjustments.

      You may need to experiment with ring sizes to figure out which ones work best with your planning style and needs.

      My thoughts and experiences on the POCKET size:

      Personally, I found that this planner was best used as an on-the-go planner that carried my grocery list, an inventory list of necessary items, such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste etc, an order tracker, and a list of items that I needed from other stores like Target, Costco etc.


      Personal Mm Size

      When I first got into planning, I would get A6 and personal sizes confused, because they are a bit similar in height. However, they do have their differences.

      Personal sized planners are also called “medium” sized planners. (Louis Vuitton also names this size as “mm”).

      Personal size measurements are: 95mm x 171mm or 3.75” x 6.75.”
      Pictured below is our personal sized planner, which is available to purchase and comes in this pretty pink and gorgeous lavender color. The measurements for this planner are 7.2” x 4.20”. This planner comes with 6 rings. And there is also a gap in the middle of the rings (to separate the top and bottom rings, as you can see in the bottom right picture).

      A6 PLANNERA6 PLANNER

      The rings in some personal sized planners can be changed to your liking, depending if you want to choose a certain color and size.

      In looking at the measurements, you can see that personal size is narrow compared to other planner sizes. Depending on your planner style, this may or not suit your needs. One planner hack that has been seen on IG is that you can use A6 sized paper in your personal planner. The trick is that you print A6 sized inserts, but you have to punch the inserts to fit in a personal sized planner, this is because even though A6 and personal size planners have 6 rings, the measurements are a little bit different. In this way, you can still carry around a personal sized planner, but use a different insert that works best for you.

      One of the reasons many people like personal size is because it’s also portable,
      functional, and easy to carry around.

      My thoughts and experiences on the Personal size:


      Personally, I found personal size a bit too narrow for my needs. While I loved the fact that I could take it with me everywhere and it fit in most of my purses, I didn’t like that I kept running out of room when I was writing. Because I was using this planner as my main planner and everyday carry, I felt like I didn’t have enough space. Perhaps this size could work for me if I was using it to make lists, like for example, a grocery list, where I could just jot things down and write one word like “apples,” “bananas,” “strawberries” and not necessarily “plan” in this size, since I tend to run out of room when writing from left to right.

      BONUS: there are personal wide planners out there, and we will go over that size. Stay tuned.

      Personal Wide

      In ring planners for personal wide size, the measurements are typically 4.75 in. x 6.75 in. or 121 x 171 mm.

      Some personal wide planners have 6 rings like the regular personal sized planner. The ring size is the same for both of these planner sizes. Like the other previous planners we have discussed, depending on the planner itself and the ring mechanics, you can switch out the rings to your liking (whether it’s a different color, or ring size). So, you are able to change rings in both of these planners if you are not using one at the moment. For example, if you have a regular personal sized agenda and you are not using it at the moment, you can switch those rings to the personal wide planner.

      The personal wide size has also been called a “B6 size.” As mentioned in its name, “Personal” wide has the same height as the regular personal size. The main difference between personal wide size and personal size, is that personal wide has a bit more room in the width; which is why it’s called “personal wide.” Whereas personal size is a bit narrower.

      In the first pic below you can see how the pages of the personal size are narrower than the ones on the right side of the personal wide size.

      B6 PLANNERB6 PLANNER

      I like to think that personal wide is in the middle between pocket size and the next size up, which is A5. I feel like personal wide gives you the perfect amount of space without it feeing overwhelming.

      My thoughts and experiences on the Personal Wide size: 


      Personal wide size feels like the perfect size because it has plenty of space, and you won't feel like you’re running out of room when writing. Like I mentioned before, trying out personal size felt like I was running out of room when I was using it as my main planner where I stored my weekly and monthly inserts. I had seen several people use personal wide planners, and they looked so good. (Leave it to IG to make you want to try a whole new planner system lol).

      Personal wide planners are also portable and can fit in a medium sized purse or bag. I think this is another reason why I like the size of this planner. I love that I can take it with me, without having to sacrifice which purse or bag I will be taking with me, because I know that this planner will fit.

       

      A5 Size 


      This is one of the larger planner sizes. The A5 size measures 148 x 210mm or 5.8 x 8.3”

      The A5 size is also called the “GM” size in Louis Vuitton, and they share the same
      measurements.

      Below is a picture of our business planner, which is in the A5 size. And on
      the right is a picture of our motivational quote planner’s, which are also in A5 size. We have additional A5 planners for purchase as well on our website.

      business plannerring planner
      Our business planner is coiled and meets all of your life’s needs, this planner has it all.
      Our motivational planners can also help you get your life back on track with the
      inspiring quote on the front covers.

      Some planners come with rings, and others, like our business planner come with coiled rings. The rings can be interchangeable, depending on the planner you use.

      The A5 size can meet your needs if you are a busy person and have a lot to do. Or, if you don’t have a ton to do, but you like a lot of empty white space/more deco, then this is for you.

      My thoughts and experiences on the A5 size:

      I had fan-girled over a lot of IG pictures of beautiful spreads using this size. I liked how much space it had, since the pages had a ton of room on them!

      During the time I was going to try out A5 size, my life was busy with work, errands, events, birthday parties etc. So, after doing some very important planner research (lol), I had preordered a planner cover and even purchased inserts to go along with it – everything was set.

      I waited months for my planner to arrive, because it was preordered and the pandemic had started and mail came slower than normal, which was understandable. But, by the time I had received my planner and other stationery goods I needed to set it up with, we were in lock down, everyone was ordered to stay at home, and basically everything was closed except essential businesses.

      When I set up my planner, which was right away because I was super excited, I had no idea how I was going to use it because the things I needed it for were not currently happening. While I still used the planner, and filled it with other things that I could do, I found that because I didn’t have much to do/plan, I had a lot more empty space in my planner than I hadn’t anticipated, and I didn’t like that so much.

      I feel like I didn’t get to fully experience the A5 size in its entirety the way I wanted to, so I would definitely have to try this planner size again as we head into “normal” life again.
      However, I did find it very useful to use my A5 planner as a finance planner because I definitely needed a lot more room to keep track of everything.
      Ultimately though, it’s definitely up to you in how you will be using the planner. Trying out different planner sizes is all about trial and error and finding out what works for you.

      So now I want to know about you, what size do you think it would work the best for you? 
      Just a reminer that we carry ring planners of all sizes and some other planners as well, like coil, discbound, the list goes on and on. You can check all the planners we carry HERE. 
      With love, 
      Daisy Martinez

      What to do with your Stationery Collections

      What to do with your Stationery Collections

      Hello Gorgeous,

      This week as I was going through my stationery, I realized I accumulated quite a
      collection! I was getting ready to reorganize everything and placed it on my bed.

      Like you, I love stickers, pens, sticky notes, highlighters, planners, and all things
      stationery.

      While I have always loved stationery since I was a child, it was back in 2015 that I regained my love for planning and using my planners. I purchased stationery items from all kinds of different places that I could get my hands on. It was so much fun to mix and match different patterned washi tapes with stickers and sticky notes, (because yes, my washi tape just had to match the color scheme/theme I was going for). I dedicated so much time into making my weekly and monthly spreads look put together.

      And, since I love stationery so much, I have separate collections within my stationery collection. Hello, we need options, and we can never have enough stationery stuff, right?

      Let me explain – so, my main collection can be called a “stationery collection,” but within that I have a collection of my most used pens; a collection of stickers that include deco stickers, word transcript stickers, dots/drops/heart stickers; a collection of my favorite sticky notes (I keep my “special” ones separate from other sticky notes; a collection of planners (in different sizes); a collection of notebooks, a collection of washi tapes, notepads, page flags etc.

      washi tape collectionpen collection

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Sometimes I just like to go through the different items I have and see how beautiful they are. I truly appreciate each and every item I own. I especially love going through my sticker books to see all of the different kinds of stickers I have. (There are some that are just too cute to use, so I leave them in the sticker book).

      When I was looking through my pen collection, I found some Hello Kitty ones dated from 1998! And yes, some of them still work lol. I keep these pens because it’s a bit of nostalgia and also because they are cute.

      It’s also fun to take a look at the different ways that we plan in our planners. I enjoy going through IG to see how you use our products. I like to think that our products, like the sub boxes for example, are a collection of their own. They are special products that we have curated just for you. And, I also like how no two planners are ever alike because we each have our own different styles.

      I know what you’re thinking, “do you even use all of the items you own?” – and yes, I do, well as much as I can anyway. There are days where its busy, and a notepad and pen suffice, but I like to make it pretty with a few stickers too. I try to use everything I have in different ways. For example, not only do I use stickers in my planner, I use them in notebooks too.

      Tag us on IG with your stationery collections. We’d love to see them and feature them on our IG stories.

      sticker book

      Until next time, 

      xoxo

      Daisy

      Mental Health Awareness Month

      Mental Health Awareness Month

      Hello Gorgeous,

      Welcome back to our blog. For this week’s topic, we are going to be talking about
      mental health awareness, which happens to be this month.

      This topic is super important because there are many people who go through life that suffer from mental illnesses, and don’t seek help, either because of stigma, shame, or due to lack of finances.

      To begin, mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of well- being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”¹

      mental health month

       

      On the other hand, mental illnesses can be bipolar disorders, depression, and anxiety (just to name a few).

      Sometimes life can seem like it is just too much, and we just need a second to breathe. Living life day to day can also seem like one big blur and we may not take the time to reflect or take care of ourselves. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a student, a parent, business-owner, etc., life can get busy and we may become overwhelmed with what we have going on.

      mental health month

       

      This is why I believe it is important to take time for ourselves to regroup. I’ve heard people say “Mental health is so important” – and while it sounds like such a simple statement, it’s true. Mental health gives us the ability to think logically and rationally. Mental health allows us to balance our emotions. Mental health sets the standards as to how we want to be treated, as well as setting the boundaries we don’t want crossed.

      As a former student, I remember feeling so mentally drained and stressed out. Working and going to school was a lot, and I barely had any time for myself – let alone to hang out with my friends. However, one day I decided that I needed to pay attention to how my body was reacting to the stress and the ways that I could combat it. Long story short. I found out that working out and spending time with my friends helped reduce my stress. I realized that working out made me feel not only better about myself, but I was able to think better too.

      Sometimes I have to remind myself that when things aren’t going my way, I still have my health to be thankful for. And when I do have those moments where I feel sad, or any type of anxiety, I stop what I'm doing, and I get a good workout in. Once my workout is over, I'm feeling much better.

      While people go through their own experiences, it is important to know how you can help someone going through a hard time, or how you yourself can benefit from some resources.

       You can text “HOME” to 741741 for free – they offer 24/7 crisis counseling.
       Get some fresh air – take a walk or hike
       Check in with your friends or your loved ones

      If you need additional health, please call the National
      Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

      mental health month

      Find the best planner routine for you!

      Find the best planner routine for you!

      Hello Gorgeous,

      Welcome back! As mentioned, this week’s topic is on planner routines.

      I have to be honest with you, ever since the pandemic happened, my planning style and system has changed and continues to change. I went from being super busy, to only having a little bit of things to do. I went from using an A5 size planner, to pocket, and then now a personal wide! And that’s okay because our lives change, and our planners have to adjust to those changes as well. Because life happens, our planner routines can vary.

      So, what is a planner routine? How do you get one?

      To me, a planner routine is having a system set in place where you have specific tasks to do regarding your planner and its functionality.

      Additionally, planner routines are great to have to help us stay on track on our planners and how we use them.

      Your planner can be used however you like; whether it’s a daily planning routine, weekly planning routine, monthly planning routine, etc. and even a combination of all of them.

      For example, maybe on Sundays you map out and plan out your week ahead. And because you like to plan on Sundays for the week ahead, this can be part of your weekly planner routine. Another example is, a day before a new month begins, you can take out the previous month’s inserts – and this can be part of your monthly planner routine.

      As part of your daily routine, you can check your list of to-do’s and fill out your habit tracker.

      Just like planning, while it’s tempting to copy someone else’s planner routine – it is ultimately up to you to figure out and decide what works for your planning style. For example, if someone’s monthly planner routine includes taking out old inserts (because they have a ring style agenda); but you have a coiled agenda – it won’t necessarily work for you.

      This is why it’s important to note how you use your planners. For example, if you use your planner to track your fitness goals and other health information, you may need to update your health information daily (if you are taking medication for example).

      Another example of a planner routine is checking your monthly calendar for any
      meetings or birthdays, and then transferring those events into your weekly spread.

      These planner routines serve as a gentle reminder as to how you will delegate your planning style in terms of the steps you will have to do in order to make your planner work for you.

      Samantha from @ sammysplanner on IG, has a fantastic freebie for planner routines. (Click on her handle to head on over to her LinkTree account to download). She offers vertical and horizontal layouts, as well as some blank layouts so you can fill out the cards as you see fit.

      Below is an example of the template she provides. You can choose to cut these into cards and put them inside the pockets of your planner or simply print the entire sheet out and use it as s reference as necessary.

      Make sure to tag us and @sammysplanner if you use her template.

      That's all for this week! Feel free to message or email me if you have any suggestions for blog posts or need help with anything. 

      xoxo

      Daisy Martinez

      How to get out of your planner funk!

      How to get out of your planner funk!

      Hello Gorgeous,

      Welcome to this week’s topic on planner funk. But, what is a “planner funk”?

      Generally, a planner funk is a phase in which we are feeling like our planners, or our planning systems are no longer serving us in the ways in which they did before. (Definition is my own).

      Once in a while, this happens to the best of us.

       For a while, maybe like a couple of weeks, I was feeling this planner funk. I enjoy planning, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. I love to plan. I love everything about my planners, using the available space I have to put cute deco cards, dashboards, dividers, stickers and sticky notes, among other stationery things, but something was missing. My planner wasn’t giving me what I needed to get out of it, and I suddenly felt unmotivated to use it.

      But I wasn’t alone. Many of us felt it when COVID began and our lives were changing drastically and so too went our plans. Life slowed down. Being forced to stay home made me rethink my entire planner system, the planner size I grew accustomed to using, and no longer needing and EDC.

       And that’s okay. Planners are meant to help us stay on track and focused. They are supposed to work for us, not against us. They’re a tool to help us throughout the day, to keep lists, or jot down things to reference for later, to remind us to call our loved ones, to keep track of our finances, etc.

       

      So, what should you do if you are also on the planner funk boat?

      First of all, stay off social media, or at least your planner account for a week. This helps because in this way, you are not easily influenced by others. While it can be helpful to get ideas from others, your planner should tailor to your needs first.

       

      Step 1

      Take a moment to look through your current planning system and see what it is about this planner or planning system that is no longer working for you.

       For example, maybe the size is too big, because you are finding that you do not have as much to do. -In this case, you can try a smaller planner size. If you have an A5, you can try personal size.

       

      Step 2

      Reflect on the things you have to do throughout your day that are important and any other priorities you may have.

      For example, (school) classes, making dinner, working, etc.

       

      Step 3

      Print freebies! Try before you buy! There are a ton of amazing freebies that you can print and test out the size before you fully commit to buying a new planner.

       Schedule the things from Step #2 in a mock-up version of your planner in a new size and see how they fit. In this way, you can see if going down a planner size is the right choice for you.

      There is no one-size fits all answer. Sometimes all we have  to do is change the rings in our planners because 19 mm is too small, so we add 25- or 30-mm rings. Maybe the solution is to not downsize but change the cover. Maybe we want to try dated inserts versus undated. Or maybe all we need is different deco and washi tapes. Maybe spiral-bound will work for a work planner.

      Whatever it is, make sure your planner works for you and your lifestyle.

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