Maybe I’ll chalk it up to pregnancy brain, but lately, I’ve been going to bed with a million thoughts running through my head – goals I want to set in the New Year, projects I want to tackle at the shop, little things that need to get done around the house. By the time I wake up in the morning, I’ve completely lost motivation. I don’t remember why those things were important to me, or how I even intended on getting started.
I started making lists on my phone before I go to bed, but I’m not loving doing that for a number of reasons: I don’t want to get in the habit of being on my phone right before bed, since I can already stand to do less of that, and it really isn’t conducive to long term planning. I can jot down tasks that I want to tackle first thing in the morning, like a load of laundry, but when it comes to laying out the steps of a bigger business goal, a voice memo on my phone isn’t going to cut it.
And even though picking out a planner doesn’t seem like rocket science, this is something that you’ll use every day for a year. So, I scoured every corner of the internet for every review I could find, and the cure to my list-making blues was found in a planner that I had actually already used before, in a slightly different format. I started by looking at planner reviews like this SUPER comprehensive blog post from Brighton the Day, which includes a different version of the planner from Erin Condren that I ultimately ended up choosing. I added a lot of other planners to my cart before deciding on this one, but let me break down the exact reasoning behind my choice:
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