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It doesn’t help that there are more designers than ever before. We are no longer talking about a simple calendar system or an appointment book, now we have goal setting, task prioritization, routine recording, habit tracking, bullet journaling, menu planning, self care management, home decluttering, creating a vision, manifesting dreams and a hundred other ways to organize our inner and outer life on paper . Not only that, but we also have stickers and washi tape and stencils for handwriting and other embellishments that may or may not add to the design fun.

It can be overwhelming to have so many choices, so if you’re like me and you’re drawn to every designer you see, it’s important to narrow the field down a bit. To do that, we need to understand what our “design personality” really is.

Here are five questions you should ask and answer yourself before you click “buy” on any designer.

Do I try to organize my time and tasks or do I want a planner that keeps track of everything in my life?

Both options come in spades, but once you know what you’re looking for, the options are automatically halved for you.

If you just want to organize your time and tasks, look for a planner with daily, weekly, and monthly calendar pages and little else. Maybe a place to make to-do lists. But keep it simple.

If you want it all, think about what would help you achieve your goals. What do you prioritize in your life right now or what do you want to prioritize? Productivity? Family organization? Self-care? Focus on designers who focus on these things.

Do I want a digital designer, a paper designer, or something in between?

Thanks to extra-large phone screens and ever-better tablet devices, some people have gone completely digital to organize. High tech design certainly has its perks, but some people really like pen and paper design, so you do.

The good news about digital designers is that many of them now basically work as paper designers, so if you don’t want to give up doodling and handwriting your design, you don’t have to.

There are also more paper designers than ever, so the fear that computers will eliminate the need for paper has of course not disappeared.

And yes, there is such a thing as an intermediate form. The Rocketbook planner lets you write on paper, but then download it digitally to your devices, so you can have the best (and worst) of both worlds. Maybe a good option if you want to ease the transition from paper to digital.

How does my interior feel when I look at certain elements of the designer? Am I inspired or anxious?

If you’re a time and task person, do you find marking time intervals comforting or too restrictive? Does having task priority mode make you feel more in control or does it stress you out? Do you want a dated or undated planner? We all respond differently to different levels of structure, and you want to find the right balance for you.

We also all react to visuals differently. You might like things sharp and streamlined, while someone else might thrive on ornate design. You may find many colors attractive, while someone else may find them overwhelming. If a designer doesn’t inspire you to wear it, you probably won’t, but what inspires one person will turn another away, so don’t compare your reactions to anyone else’s.

How much time do I realistically want to spend on this each day/week/month?

Some people love to take full advantage of their planner and incorporate it into their whole life aesthetic, some people strive for that level of commitment but don’t have the personality for it, and some just want to keep things as simple as possible for themselves. . It is important that you know which category you belong to.

I’m totally in love with the idea of ​​a colorful, beautifully designed and handwritten bullet journal on every page, but I’ve also learned that my brain isn’t for that life. It’s just not going to happen, no matter how wonderful the idea is, so I have to resist the temptation.

How long do I want this individual planner to last?

Today, designers come in all kinds of shapes, including different lengths. Some planners last well over a year, while some are designed to last six months or 90 days. And then there are undated planners and bullet point systems that don’t have any specific start or end date.

How far do you want to realistically plan? How often do you feel the need to reboot your planning system? Some of us like the reliability of using a long-term planner, and some of us need to change things frequently. There is no right or wrong or best or worst, but it’s good to know which one you like. If you tend to be passionate about designers or someone who likes to try new designers often, you can choose a shorter term and see how it goes.

Design freak, know yourself

When choosing a designer, the most important thing is to get your real way of doing things. Sometimes it takes experimenting, especially if you haven’t had a failed planner for years. But the more you can narrow down your choices and avoid being tempted by a million new and great options, the better your chances of finding a designer that really works for you.

(One last tip: you can go to this page on Amazon and click on the options you want on the left side of the page, which will limit the choices significantly.)

Happy planning everyone!

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