Almost everyone within the planner community searches for the elusive planner peace; the very state of being content with their planning system and style to the point they don’t feel the need to change it. It’s a state of being that many planners strive to achieve, but many feel they’ll never find. There are a few, like myself, who have found it and the common question that’s asked is simply, “How?” Before I get into the explanation, I need to go into why people consider planner peace a myth.
The very concept of planner peace is a very broad and open topic. There are certainly more planners that agree that this state of peacefulness does not exist than planners that say that it does. It’s disheartening and frustrating for planners who try daily to find the fabled planner peace; to read almost daily that planner peace doesn’t exist and is something that will never be found. There are hundreds of people that insist that trying to find planner peace is a waste of time. These peace chasers attempt to use multiple planners to try and find something that fits and find themselves giving up on the planner before giving things a chance – it’s a never ending cycle; wash, rinse, repeat.
By creating and harboring a negative mindset, you set yourself up to fail before you begin.
Planner peace does exist, but it’s not something that will come overnight. Before beginning the quest to find the elusive planner peace, I definitely recommend reading the first in my series of Planner Basics and then moving forward. In order to start finding planner peace, finding what you consider the perfect planner is a start. No planner will ever be 100% perfect unless you make it yourself, but by analyzing the features that are important to you then you’re allowing yourself to narrow things down further.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and don’t allow yourself to give in two weeks into owning a planner. Finding your planner style is difficult, but not impossible. I personally feel a lot of this stems from wanting instant satisfaction and wanting to have something work right away. Having those feelings is absolutely fine, but it’s unrealistic. There are times where certain systems are ready made and will work for almost everything you need, but you’ll need to adjust.
Another important factor that needs to be realized is planner peace doesn’t have to be found in just one planner. My system features multiple planners and its my way of having planner peace. I have planners that have specific usages, but I also have planners that I use for the same thing, just in multiple sizes. It’s about finding what works for you.
At the end of the day, planner peace is what you make it. Don’t follow what someone else’s standards are and instead create your own. Everyone’s needs are different and while you might like the way someone plans, it doesn’t work for what you’re trying to achieve.
Always remember that planner peace is a state of mind; it’s always achievable.