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The Planner Dilemma

I am a little late to the planner game this year.

Scratch that: very late!

The truth is I wasn’t planning on buying a planner this year because my planner from last year is still good as new. This wasn’t the case during the previous years as I’ve been using planners since 2012. But because I barely used my 2015 planner, I thought that buying another planner this year would just be a waste of money.

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This was my planner last year. I loved it but I was too busy to update it.

So what I did was buy a desktop calendar for the planning and a small leather notebook for my journaling. It  almost worked except that the calendar had too little space for all of my agenda and the notebook was a little bit cumbersome to use.

I guess it’s safe to say I’m covered for the year? 😁 #wahm #wahmlife #planner #journal #homeoffice

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Leather (faux) notebook in deep pink in the lower left corner and my floral desktop calendar in the upper right corner

While I still love the pretty calendar and notebook to bits (the desktop calendar shall be a mainstay in my, well, desk while I converted my notebook into a devotional notebook, A Line A Day style), I later on admitted that I wanted a proper planner for 2016.

Okay, another planner it is. Let’s give it another try and, hopefully, I’d be able to religiously use it this time!


I was intrigued by the planners that used inserts like Kikki K and Filofax, but they cost a lot more than the regular planners I was used to using. I didn’t want to take the plunge as I’m not even sure I’d be able to use it! So this shall be a test run. I decided to buy an ordinary planner for this year and, if it goes well, I might level up next year. Who knows?

Been drooling over Emily Ley planners for the longest time too!

Been drooling over Emily Ley planners for the longest time too!

The planner I decided to buy this year is from a brand (actually, a cafe) that I’ve never used before. I saw a fellow blogger putting it up for sale so I grabbed it. My deciding factor? I saw a section from it called a Commitment Log! If that doesn’t go perfectly with my Word for the year, I don’t know what does!



I am pretty excited to use it. Yes I am more than a week late this year but I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about committing to use it for the entire year. Hey, that could be another Commitment resolution!

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  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid (@Meikah) January 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I am thinking of getting a planner, too, which is more inspiring (if there’s such a thing)! Ha ha.. And oh, I have that Do/Save notebook, too!

  • Reply celin mendoza January 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I love the leather (faux) notebook in deep pink! Ako nga nahirapan padin mag decide eh kaya steno notebook muna ako hahaha.

  • Reply berlin maynigo January 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Nice planner you have there. HUsband gave me a journal and im sticking to use it. Sayang naman ang caffeine na ininom nya para lang macomplete ang stickers at mabigyan ako ng planner. IHihi.

  • Reply Made It Through Mum January 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Ok I must admit I’m not used to 1 planner/year. Hehe. Usually, I have 2.and 1 notebook pa para sa kung ano -ano. One for family (journal),diary and the other one for events.I always keep it updated. Especially my monthly period just like now. Today. Marked!!! Red alert! Hihi. BTW, i lobe the commentluv below 😉

    • Reply Maan January 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      That’s my goal! I can barely maintain one now eh! 😀

  • Reply Patty | MrsC January 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    New year, new planner, yay! I ended up with a Starbucks one for 2016. My husband surprised me with a full sticker booklet, so I went ahead and claimed it. 🙂

  • Reply Louisa January 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I used to use planners religiously but ever since I started working online I haven’t had the need for it. I have an online customized planner that’s been working for me. I do miss planners though especially those with coupons!

  • Reply mommy madz January 9, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Sane here! Last year had a planner but barrly wrote on it.It was from a coffee shop.This year, I’ve started with writing on the planner.Glad you got one with your One word for this year!

  • Reply Mommy Pehpot January 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    in fair! The Serenitea planners looks really nice and inspiring!

    Been using Starbucks planners since last year.. mas gusto ko texture ng last year planner nila. Manipis ang paper ng moleskin.. sooo far, I’m enjoying writing on my suki notebook (from mercury).. cheapest Planner/Notebook I got!haha

    • Reply Maan January 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      I was tempted nga to buy a Moleskine notebook but I don’t know how it will fare with calligraphy nibs. Naks ang yabang!

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei January 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Planners often go to waste with me because I tend to put everything in my phone calendar.

  • Reply Janice January 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I’m one of those who can not live without a planner! Right now I have two. A Starbucks Moleskine planner, which stays at my work desk. Then I use a fauxdori/travelers notebook for on-the-go planning. 🙂

  • Reply sarah tirona January 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    hahaha! for the first time in years, starbucks got me collecting stickers again for their moleskine planner. i got the little black one and loving it 🙂

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo (@momyrockinstyle) January 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Same as you I started my year with a planner. Since this is my first time to use a planner (embarrassing right?), I just bought a normal one from Noel Bazaar. I wish I could stick to it the entire year. I make it a habit to write down all my goals and plans short term and long term basis.

  • Reply Phenomenal Mama January 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I used to plan my life around a planner, but ever since i became a stay at home mom, I find that a digital planner works as well for me.

  • Reply May Ann C. Anorico January 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    What I love about my planner right now, btw I’m using BDJ planner, was that all the positive thoughts written in the planner to keep me motivated.. hmmm.. I like my planner pero wala pa ako review.. hehe..

  • Reply Denice January 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    This year I decided to get the Mommy Mundo planner and so far it works well for me!

  • Reply Jackie January 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Lol I’m so kuripot. My planner is my desktop calendar haha 😛
    But I have another planner din, for blogging naman. Have you seen the one by Mamanee? That one is cute, too ^^

  • Reply Ayi January 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    There are so many good planners, it was hard for me to choose as well. But I stick to Coffee Bean’s nalang 🙂

  • Reply MrsMartinez January 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Nice! Di kasi ako ma planner unlike nun college days eh.


  • Reply Jennifer Villanueva January 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I also make it a point to get a planner every start of the year most especially because i am a forgetful person, i use this to practically remember things. Got the moleskine this year.

  • Reply Maria Teresa Figuerres January 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I haven’t gotten a new planner myself, and that’s why my 2015 planner is all cluttered up right now. Time to get a new planner, too.

  • Reply jared's mum February 6, 2016 at 10:53 am

    it is true, we tend to get excited about buying planners but sometimes we just put them to waste by not maximizing their use. I guess this is why we ought to choose the planner that most piqued our interest. I also wanted to try one of those awesome planners but they sure cost an arm and let. Good thing I am settled this year with my Mom 24/7 Planner which I hope I can utilize til the end of the year. Here’s to getting our planning/writing/journalling groove on this year, + yes, to getting one of those Filofax next year! ^_^

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