I’m ready for 2021 (and my new planners)

Well, I don’t know about you but I sure am ready to say farewell to 2020 in the hope that 2021 will treat us more gently.

My two new planners should see me through the new year. For 2021, I have a desk planner, plus a smaller one for my handbag and future travel (you know, for the days when we are allowed to go places again). In the past, I’ve lugged my big planner around with me on airplanes which is cumbersome. The smaller planner will be much better, plus it can hold my passport and credit cards.

I’ve always been a big lover of paper planners. Planners help me stay organized and efficient. Plus, if I write down my to-do list it helps me sleep better. Another weird thing about me, if I write something down (even if it’s having lunch with so and so), I don’t cancel the plans no matter what. It’s not in me to not go through with something once it’s written on paper. However, I must admit, lately I’ve been easing up on my massive to-do list and allowing myself to transfer tasks to the next day. (#2020!)

The Bibliophile Planner is a weekly calendar with a two-page horizontal spread per week and includes a notes section. The monthly section has a place for writing down the books you’ve read and the books you want to read. There is also the usual month-at-a-glance, which I will use for blog post titles and blog ideas. So there you have it, a pretty decent planner to help me stay focused and on task for the coming year.

My favorite part about it? The author birthdays, full-color graphics of books and literary milestones throughout the planner.

Do you use paper planners?

xoxo, Jane

Kate Spade 2020 Planner

Kate Spade Mega Planner ($34.00) made for Barnes & Noble.

I’ve been lamenting the fact that I could not find a planner that works for me. I use my e-calendar too, but I prefer paper calendars for staying organized and on top of everything.

I wanted something better than my current planner. Amazon didn’t have what I wanted in my price range. I didn’t have any luck at Staples or at Paper Source. I also had no desire to spend $60 on a planner, apparently the going rate. I decided to walk into a Barnes & Noble not expecting much, but let me tell you their selection blew my socks off.

The planner has two pockets for holding misc. items. It also comes with one page of stickers. The sheet of stickers is not double-sided.

I settled on this Kate Spade planner because it has everything I was looking for. I need my planner for blog post planning, book writing deadlines, meal planning, shopping lists, day job-related appointments, physical activity, self-care appointments (this one is a brand new category as I’m exhausted and really need to take better care of myself) and a few other categories. So it helps to have a page at the beginning of each month where I can write down my monthly to-do items, any birthdays or other things to remember. Then I also need the monthly view and the weekly view. And most importantly, I didn’t want any extra bells and whistles, as all that extra stuff just takes up space, goes unused and is noise.

The planner also comes with monthly motivational phrases, but nothing over-the-top.

This planner meets all of my requirements and has nothing extra or unnecessary.

I am so pleased with my new calendar!

Do you use paper planners?

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #22

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Well, hello there! Another Thursday is upon us. The weeks seem to go by faster and faster. Sigh.

New stories of Thornbury Castle to be told in book. This is really excited and I have to get my hands on a copy of this book. I stayed at Thornbury and it was a dream come true for me.

Retaining the royals: why has the British monarchy survived – and thrived?

The 19 ‘Extroverted’ Behaviors That Annoy Introverts The Most. This is so me. I am the biggest introvert and sometimes (all of the time) I want my extrovert friends to just leave me alone. Am I awful?

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I am hunting for a new 2020 planner. I want something that’s better than my 2019 planner because I need monthly, weekly and daily break-down pages, plus goals/anniversary/days to remember pages that aren’t at the end of the planner, but near the beginning of each month. And I don’t want to spend a fortune on it. I’m appalled that planners cost as much as $60.00. What? Anyway, do let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for me to consider. But during my planner research, I stumbled across Passion Planner and they have free PDFs, if you’re interested. (Passion Planner is over the top for me, so I’m not going for that one either.) UPDATE: I found my 2020 planner!

Speaking of planners, these Washington Post articles on planners were interesting to read. Who knew the planner business was a multi-million dollar business? A journey through the fancy day planners that promise to fix our broken, millennial lives and It looks like an ordinary calendar. But Passion Planner aims to be the cure for millennial angst.

How to Collect Antique Jewelry. I love jewelry, new and old. This was a fun and interesting read by the Garance Dore team.

How exciting! Fortnum & Mason has a new tea, Celebration Blend tea. “A jubilant blend of strong Assam and hint of fragrant Jasmine, our new Celebration Blend tea is just the cup for every hooray-worthy moment, and only the beginning of another perfect teatime.”

Happy Birthday, Prince Albert! Monarchy’s moderniser: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

I hope you have a great day! And do leave me a comment if you use a planner that you can’t live without! xoxo, Jane