The Myth of Planner Peace

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I recently wrote a guest blog post for Diarying.com, an adorable stationary store that sells affordable planning supplies and cute stationery with FREE(!) global shipping on every order (use my coupon code PAPERHOARD15 to save 15%). It’s the tale of how I was the worst bullet journaler in the history of bullet journals, if you wanted to read all about my fails.

Writing about my history with planning got me thinking about the idea of planner peace. It’s an elusive concept that many of us in the planner community chase after, and while some claim to have it I think it’s quite telling that the same bloggers who write about “finally reaching Planner Peace” end up writing another post about “finally reaching Planner Peace” a year later.

What the Hell is Planner Peace?

For the uninitiated, the idea of planner peace is simply this: the vague idea that a specific planner setup will bring total harmony and balance in your life. Having the perfect planning system will make you eat better, work better, laugh better… Basically, it’s like achieving nirvana via a planner.

It’s an attractive promise and a compelling one because it’s seemingly feasible. I’m a strong believer in the life-changing magic of keeping a planner and I’m sure many people who start planning quickly realize the benefits of having one. Once the gears are in motion it’s not too far of a stretch to start believing that a planner can perfect, not simply change, one’s life.

Planner Peace is a Lie.

Maybe there really are people who have achieved planner peace. There are certainly many (many, many) better people than myself. But I just don’t buy it. Mainly because I don’t think that temporary planner compatibility = Planner Peace.

Often the excuse for “losing” planner peace is that circumstances have changed, but you shouldn’t have to toss your old system and buy five different planners because you’re going to a different school, switched career paths, or started a family. What’s the point of reaching planner peace if you’re forced to search for it time and time again?

So What IS the Point?

Life is dynamic, constantly in motion, and a planning system should adjust and grow with you. By disavowing the search for planner peace I’m not suggesting that no one should ever experiment with different planners or setups. I just think that it should be a rational search for a functional tool rather than some mythic quest for the Holy Grail of planners.

I make small adjustments to my planner all the time and in the past year I’ve been using three different planners to help manage my increasingly complicated life. I can’t lay claim (and I can’t ever see myself claiming in the future) to achieving planner peace but I get my work done and I never miss appointments. I don’t know about you but that’s good enough for me.

@PaperHoard 2k Planner Giveaway!

Hi friends! I reached 2k followers on Instagram a few days ago and wanted to host a little giveaway as a THANK YOU(!!!) for all of the love and support. I have a pretty stressful work life and the #plannercommunity is my happy place. I can’t imagine being without y’all, I’d probably be on my third heart attack by now 😂 (No but srsly 💕).

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The giveaway IS open internationally and there will be a total of SIX winners, and one Grand Prize winner!

Each winner will receive a curated package that includes:

• 1 personal size ring-bound planner
• 12-month planner inserts + extra dividers
• an assortment of cute pencils & pens
• an assortment of washi(!)
• an assortment of STICKERS, including samplers of PaperHoard stickers*
• a full size Mienn fragrance oil

The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive all of the above AND:

• $10 gift card to Diarying.com
• 6 Innisfree sheet masks
• an assortment of sticky notes
• designer paper clips
• a statement necklace from Sunset45.com

*I’ve gotten a lot of messages about when I’m going to be setting up my sticker shop and it’s happening! Soon, my pretties…🤞

So, here’s how to win:

  1. Follow @PaperHoard on Instagram and leave a comment
  2. Tag a friend in this post AND/OR repost! for extra entries
  3. The above + Follow @Diarying on Instagram to qualify for the Grand Prize!

Pretty simple, non? 😉  The giveaway will run from July 10th to July 31st. Good luck!

Friday Freebie: “Steps”

Hi friend! I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday. This week’s freebie should be credited to @justjuliplanning because it was created as a result of a short conversation we had over Instagram 💁🏻. We had both been using the “Steps” counter sticker that came in the Happy Planner fitness sticker book and ran out–quelle horreur! Of course the most logical thing to do was to make replacements.

I decided to replace the word “STEPS” with a runner’s shoe because I personally prefer to log miles. I also added some scales and fitness icons because why not?

Click HERE to download the stickers. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and check out with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly.

As always, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use this planner printable! I’d love to see how you use these stickers in your spread. 😊 Happy planning!  💖

Friday Freebie: “Right Meow”

Hi friends! I’m currently in Memphis and it is a gloomy Friday here, with the kind of gray, drizzling rain that makes me want to curl up in my jammies and hop right back into bed. Luckily this week’s freebie is a bright and cheery cat themed sticket set and it makes me smile just looking at it. I LOVE the sassy little kitties and fun colors in this kit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Click HERE to download the stickers. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use this set! I’d love to see your spread. 😊 Happy planning!  💖

Friday Freebie: “The Sweet Life”

Happy Fri-yay! This week’s free printable sticker set is chock full of sugary sweetness and plenty of glitter. I know it’s bad form to gush over your own work but I am totally IN LOVE 😍 with the gradient glitter bottom washi. In a bit of a time crunch today so let’s get right to it!

Click HERE to download the stickers. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly. Happy planning!  💖

Please tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use these stickers! I’d love to see your spread. 😊

1k “Thank You” Washi Freebie

@paperhoard reached 1k on Instagram! To celebrate I’ve made a set of luxe-patterned washi printables that you can download and use for free. There’s a lot of marble and shine in a (mostly) neutral palette so they’ll work with a number of different layouts.

Click HERE to download this set. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly… though I guess it doesn’t matter too much since they’re washi stickers. 😜

I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing community and I hope to give back as much as I’ve gained from it. Here’s to making more friends and learning how to live better! 🥂

Friday Freebie: “Liberty Land”

I know that Independence Day is still a few weeks away but I’m seeing 4th of July spreads all over my Instagram feed so I thought it was a good time as any to share this sparkly, patriotic-themed sticker set with you! This set is designed for the Erin Condren vertical Life Planner, though obviously it can be used with the Happy Planner, BuJo, etc..

Unlike the previous freebie, this set is limited to just 500 downloads so get it while it’s hot! While I’d like to have this available ~forever~ I used artwork with a limited license and we have to respect creative distribution rights 💖. The gorgeous illustrations are by the super talented Karamfila Siderova. Check out her work HERE and give her some love!

Click HERE to download the stickers. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly. Happy planning!  💖

Please tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use these stickers! I’d love to see your spread. 😊