5 Reasons To Become A Planner Addict

5 Reasons To Become A Planner Addict

Yes, Planner Addicts exist. And yes, we will accept you with open arms.
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If you dream of stationary during your power naps between classes and if you look forward to August just for the sole reason that the back to school section is up, then you may be a stationary nerd. I find myself falling into this category. I am in my own personal heaven right now, everywhere I turn when I go shopping I see notebooks, pens and my absolute fave...sticky notes.

Most stationary nerds covet one very important book. We hold them close to us as we sleep, greet them every day when we come home from work, and tell them what we do all day every day. This book is a planner. For those of you non-believers, I am going to have you holding your own as soon as possible with these reasons why you should become a planner addict.

1. They are way cooler than the ones you were forced to use in Elementary school.

Back in the day our teachers made us write down our assignments in our "agendas." Forget those days of white and green ugly agendas that. Planners now are way cooler and come in a variety of colors, sizes, layouts and designs. One of the most popular and visually appealing is Erin Condren's Life Planner. Her planners come in an academic layout or a normal yearly layout (January - December) and can be purchased in either a 12 month or an 18-month length. She has three different designs: hourly, vertical or horizontal. She allows you to completely customize the look of your Life Planner inside and out. Check it out here: Erin Condren Life Planner

2. You can help out students in need.

Some students can't afford these fancy planners with their soft covers and amazing paper. Angelia Trinadad, CEO and founder of the Passion Planner, has a giveback program for underprivileged students called Get One, Give One. For every Passion Planner that is sold, Angelia gives a Passion Planner to someone in need. During her 2016 Kickstarter, Angelia went above and beyond her Get One, Give One program and bumped it up to a Get One, Give Three. If giving back is in your blood read about Angelia's story here: Passion Planner Story


3. Etsy is full of cute stickers for your planner.

If you haven't heard of Etsy, then prepare for your life to be changed forever. Etsy is a website where artists, craft enthusiasts, and the average Joe can sell their handmade creations. Etsy is THE place to go for all of your planner sticker needs. Sellers make stickers for every occasion you could imagine. Do you love crazy holidays? How about buying a month full of national whatever day stickers. If you are a college or high school student who loves keeping track of their assignments, look for assignment and reading stickers. Just like stickers? You can find anything you could possibly dream of in sticker format. Say goodbye to your part-time job paycheck.


4. You will never forget anything ever.

After you purchase your planner and add all of your assignment dates, school breaks, club meetings and work schedule you will feel so relieved to finally have a place to keep all of your dates to remember in one place. You no longer have to fret over the piece of paper you scribbled down the date that your research paper is due, it's in your planner. Did you finally ask out that cute kid that sits behind you, I bet you wrote down when and where in your planner.

5. There is a planner out there for everyone.

No matter your budget, lifestyle, or size preference (size DOES NOT MATTER) there is a planner in the stationary world just for you. They make so many different kinds that there has to be one to fit your needs whether you are a stay at home mom, college student, or an avid adventurer there is a planner sitting somewhere for you. All you have to do is open up Google and explore!

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I Ghosted My Old Self For 5 Months In An Effort To Reevaluate My Life

My life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

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BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

I went into hiding for a week, then went on a week getaway with my family, regained that feeling of being loved unconditionally, and realized that's all I need. They are all I need. Friends? Nah. Family. Only. Always.

On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

But most importantly, I changed my mindset. I promised myself to not say a single sentence that has a negative tone to it. I promised myself to think three times before engaging in any type of personal conversation. I promised myself to wake up in a good mood every damn day because I'm alive and that is the only factor I should need to be happy.

Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

I am so happy with myself and it has nothing to do with the things around me. It's so much deeper than that, and I'm beaming with pride. Of myself. For myself.

I want to leave you with these thoughts that those people who have hurt me, left me, and loved me through these last couple of months have taught me

Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
Some things go too deep to ever be forgotten.
You need to give yourself the permission to be happy right now.
You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
Sometimes it takes your break down to reach your breakthrough.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

My god, it's so f*cking good.

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Why Challenge is Good for Personal Growth

Challenging oneself more can increase performance and motivation towards a goal.

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Poet Ted Hughes, commenting on what happens when a person puts pen to paper, wrote, "you meet the terrible resistance of what happened your first year at it when you couldn't write at all." For years in the '80s, Hughes would judge poem contests and noted that the poems had gotten strangely boring as time progressed, although the poems were beautifully written with nary a grammatical error with many reaching seventy pages. This was around the time where home computers had penetrated into the household.

This is unsurprising, however, as many recent neurological studies have added strength to Hughes hypothesis, saying that the mere act of hand-writing activates part of the brain involving memory and thinking more than typing on the keyboard. But why is that? Typing on the keyboard makes it easier, more efficient to write, which is good but not necessarily best. This principle applies to many everyday things.

Walk into any gym and they will be packed to the brim with fancy machines to aid in working out. These machines work, there is no doubt about that, but they don't produce the same kind of functional strength as pure weightlifting would with dumbbells and barbells. Likewise, these machines produce a solid physique, just as the poems possess a strong understanding of the English language, but they lack the strength or creativity to back it up.

It is perhaps our human desire to develop ways to make life easier for ourselves, because why would we voluntarily want to have a difficult or challenging life? We wouldn't. However, it is this challenge, it is the difficulties that we face that make us grow as people. When we encounter difficulty we are forced to step back, figure out what we want and then devote resources to attain that goal. A rather personal example is my new weightlifting regime.

I was insecure about my squat and my legs because I had always struggled to do them with a knee injury I had as a child. After a session at the gym where I struggled to even do the bare minimum, I knew that I couldn't stop fooling myself anymore. I developed a schedule around improving my legs and my squat and it has worked wonders. Whenever I face a weight I'm struggling with, I keep trying until I get it perfect for multiple repetitions.

In a study done by scientists at the University of Amsterdam, they conducted several trials to learn how external obstacles affect our thought process. One experiment had two groups of people solving an anagram puzzle, one group was the control, while the other had random numbers read off while they were trying to solve the puzzle. Those in the experimental group actually demonstrated better cognitive ability. This was because they were likely to make mental associations and connections. The researches concluded that when people are faced with unexpected barriers they are more likely to widen their range of perception to look at the larger picture.

Take, for example, the creation of the first airplane. Wilbur and Orville had essentially nothing, not even a college degree. They ran a small bike shop in a small town in North Carolina. They had an idea, and seemingly infinite obstacles to achieve their goal: limited funding, lack of education, a small crew, and the biggest one was probably that they had a limited understanding of engineering. However, they weren't the only person that tried to build the flying machine. Samual Langley was a well known and respected engineer.

Educated at Harvard and friends with many bigwigs, he was sponsored and given millions of dollars to try and create a functional flying machine. He had all the resources he could ask for at the tip of his fingertips and failed to create this machine. However, a small crew headed by two bike repairmen was able to. It was precisely these difficulties that allowed their passion to thrive because they had to actually work for it, they had to apply everything they had to this project. Langley, on the other hand, not so much.

There are infinite examples, stories, personal anecdotes that could be presented to prove this point, and that's because it is nearly universal. Having obstacles pushes us to try harder, it motivates us to achieve, to create, to innovate. Without difficulty, we lose what makes us truly human, our drive to make more. We have the world at our fingertips in the world of technology, which is good in many respects, but sometimes write out that essay for English or work with the free weight section over the machines at the gym.

These difficulties don't have to be big, but when presented they can allow for greater cognitive ability producing products that can really make an impact. Hughes wisdom about the simple act of putting pen to paper, a trivial obstacle, will only become increasingly more important as technology continues to dominate more and more of our everyday lives and take away the traditional obstacles that have allowed us to remain uniquely human. So challenge yourself every now, look at it as a way to motivate, to improve, not as a pesky annoyance.

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