What kind of planner should you use?

Going analog for the first time? Find out what kind of planner fits your needs. This entry takes a look at loose-leaf planners and bound planners.

Loose-leaf planners: Flexibility

Loose-leaf planners give you the most flexibility because you can add as many forms as you want. You can get cheap planner covers by buying old stock. You can also buy a new planner and either use the provided forms for a year or replace them entirely. Check out different kinds of covers to see which will be the most convenient for you. I love my zippered binder with slots for cards, loose papers and pens. Leather organizers look and feel very elegant, and I'm saving up for one of those!

You'll also need a puncher that fits your planner. Most punchers are desk models, but there are some portable ones that you can use to file scraps of paper immediately. They're rather flimsy, though, and may not be worth it in terms of added bulk and weight. Folio-size (8.5x11") punchers are easy to find at office supply stores, but you may need to order smaller punchers over the Net.

Bound planners: Compactness

Bound planners package calendars and notes in a neat book. These planners are a lot more compact than loose-leaf planners because they don't need binder rings or clips. If you've figured out a good mix of planner forms and you envy the sleek lines of the organizers you see on bookshelves, you can look into having your organizer stitched together by a book binder.


If you're interested in making your own planner, you can't go wrong with a loose-leaf organizer. It's a flexible, inexpensive way to get started organizing your life.

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