For the last few months, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect planner. I’ve always been massively blown away by the creativity and dedication that people put into their bullet journals and complicated organisers, and though I wanted a part of that I knew I couldn’t commit to something that would take an age. Initially, I tried the BuJo method; and though I loved the washi tape, hundreds of pens and the freedom that making something from scratch afforded, I also couldn’t deal with making mistakes or writing something down wrong! Feeling twitchy about spelling mistakes or wonky lines really isn’t my idea of relaxation.
Why the Carpe Diem planner?
When I discovered bullet journaling wasn’t for me, I happened upon the Carpe Diem Simple Stories planner as a lighter version. Carpe Diem offers a huge choice of different accessories for their planners, from stickers to inserts, but also does some of the work for you. This includes undated calendars as well as loads of pockets and pouches to store your favourite bits and pieces. After a bit more research, I opted for the Marigold boxed planner. The kit comes with a year’s worth of diary pages and some gorgeous dividers.
I use my planner on a daily basis, both to keep track of what’s going on day-to-day as well as to track my habits and update on any particular thoughts and feelings I might be experiencing, or things I need to remember. Without a strict structure, it feels a lot easier to write what I want to write. Of course, making it look pretty is also something I love spending time doing! which is a great, crafty way to occupy my time.
Alongside the basics, I also added some accessories from the Create 365 Happy Planner range. Though I don’t like the style of their planners they really do make some adorable accessories. I also added some really handy habit tracker inserts from Crossbow Printables on Etsy – which are ideal for keeping up to date with my physio, mindfulness and general day-to-day habits. Having discovered exactly what I can do with a ‘pre-built’ planner, I’m far happier with the results than anything a Bulle Journal could offer my perfectionist self.