Planner Plans for 2016

You probably think I am crazy to be already thinking about my planner for next year, but I am.

I like the planner I have now but I definitely don’t love it.

I want a planner that I love, one that can grow with me.  As the weeks and months have gone by I have been making additions to my planner but I am a the point where I don’t think I can do that anymore.

There are three routes I am thinking about taking with my planner next year.

  1. I was thinking about printing out my planner:  there are so many free planner printables on Pinterest and most of them look like they would work great for me.  I could add pages as needed as well as have more space to add folders, sticky notes, pens, etc.  I can also mix and match the printables, this option would be more flexible/personable.  The down fall of this route is that it could get expensive to print all these pages out.
  2. I like the FiloFax and Kikki K planners but they are expensive too, but I know I could find something similar at Target or Walmart for much cheaper.  I would still have room in a planner like this to add folder, other inserts, sticky notes, and more.  This would have a better binder to it (with the printable I would just use a regular binder which doesn’t hold up well). design and stability wise one that I could use for a few years.  This would mean that the following year I would only have to get more inserts.
  3. I could bind my own.  I have been looking into bookbinding, at first it was just to make a notebook to replace my current blog notebook, but now I may put together another one to use as a planner.  After I bind the book using plain white printer paper, I could go back through and make my own monthly calendars and daily or weekly pages.  If I go with this option I will keep it simple I don’t want to put too much time into it otherwise it would have just made more sense to buy one.

So these are the three options I am considering, luckily I have plenty of time to think this over.  I can’t wait to get out of this planner though!

If you have used one or more of these options I would love to hear what you liked or didn’t like about it.

When I make a final decision I will share it here.

9 thoughts on “Planner Plans for 2016

  1. If you decide to go the printables route, definitely look into having them all printed up at Kinko’s or Staples or someplace similar. It’s much cheaper than using your own ink and paper. Just be sure if you want to do double sided to use a heavy enough paper. Regular printer paper doesn’t work very well for dual sided writing, I’ve noticed.


    1. Oh yes why didn’t I think of that. I have seen planner that looked home printed but professionally bound, maybe they did all of it professionally. Thank you for the informative comment!


  2. The planner I currently use is a durable three-ring 8.5″ by 5.5″ binder I bought from Amazon. I was able to easily buy pretty dividers and filler paper (even some thicker sheets of college-ruled paper!). I much prefer making my own inserts, because I can customize them, and I find regular printer paper to work fine double sided so long as you use normal (not sharpies or felt-tip) pens. Good luck!

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