Friday, May 2, 2014

Free For All Friday No. 33: Tidy or Messy?

My planner is a mess. But I don't mind. My handwriting is scrawly, I don't decorate, heck I don't even keep my writing between the lines. When plans change I scribble them out or, if I really need the space, white it out with correction fluid. I arrow tasks over to the next day, check off, circle, write over. I use different colors of pen for no apparent reason (it was the one within reach at the time). The pages end up looking like an organic reflection of my life in general: appearances aren't important to me, but functionality is.

I admire people's tidy planner pages with gorgeous handwriting and decorated borders, but I don't function that way myself.

Do you like your planner to be tidy? Or is yours a mess like mine?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss anything planner-related!

13 comments:

  1. Tidy handwriting but chaotic page use. I am not a scrapbook person and don't want to waste any precious writing space on stickers and tape. If there's any room left over I'll doodle.

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  2. Like Christine, relatively tidy handwriting, and a Will Do list using Bullet Journalling, but I need space for extra information.

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  3. Mine start out tidy :) When I get the new one I put all my informaton in and it looks so great. Then life happens :). I noticed I have developed a habit of using the same pen throughout a year --no substitutions allowed. Don't know why that happened, but it can be frustrating at times as everybody wants to use my pen instead of the hundred in the can. Since using DIYfish inserts I have been decorating, a sticker, a stamp, a piece of washi--nothing big or fancy, just a small piece of color. I find it tedious most of the time, but once in a while it can be therapudic.The black and white sterile environment was getting to me. I also ad a quote to everyday. I do write nice when I can, but scratching out, arrows, smeared pencil from uncertain events, writing fast and scribbly--well that's real life.

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  4. My planner is probably the neatest book that I keep. I tend to color code days - add some washi tape for brightening it up - and even add some stickers. Other than meetings and other events, there isn't much else in my planner.

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  5. Messy but not on purpose. I print nicely for plans ahead and then things happen and other things get put in on the run. It is mostly one color (red, so less boring) just because I use the pen in the pen loop most of the time. Some days I watch grandsons and the kindergartner prints a list of things he wants to do. Those pages are the messiest and also my favorites!

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    1. mstraat I let my kids write and draw in my Bullet Journal notebook, I love seeing their stuff in my book! Makes it more alive.

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  6. I start every day intending to do my best writing as I bullet journal which has turned into my daily journal too, so I figure I should keep it neat as I intend to keep it for future reference. Never happens, lol. Oh well it is real and I guess that's what BuJo is about, write it down before you forget and don't stress about it.

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  7. I start every day intending to do my best writing as I bullet journal which has turned into my daily journal too, so I figure I should keep it neat as I intend to keep it for future reference. Never happens, lol. Oh well it is real and I guess that's what BuJo is about, write it down before you forget and don't stress about it.

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  8. I write every entry in my calendar, address book, or project planning page in block capitals. My favorite pen is a medium blue Write Brothers ball point, but I use black in a pinch. A red pen draws a line two separate events on the same day.

    If I want to make an erasure on my calendar, I do not cross-out or White-Out. I cut strips of paper about the same color as the calendar page, and I paste them down. On addresses pages, I snip out sections of spare address pages and paste them down.

    When planning projects, I use the Project Outline pages of my planner. I use washi tape arrows to reach from "this" to "that" hour all day.

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  9. I am meticulously neat in my bullet journal. I even bought Pilot Frixion eraseable pens because pencil would fade. My bullet journal is a Rhodia reverse book, which is spiral bound, so if I mess up a page too much, I rip it out and start a new one. I don't archive my planners or my bullet journals because there is nothing in there I need to keep. Not at this point anyway. :)

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  10. I am exactly like you, Laurie. I use different colors but not for any reason - that's just what was handy or appealed to me at the moment. I do outline the pages with a highlighter - just to give a bit of color - but that's it. I have a box of washi tape but it's too much trouble. Plus I tend to write on every square inch of my page. And sometimes I'm neat; sometimes I'm not. Sometimes I write on the lines and most of the time I don't. I like the messy look. To me that means it's used and loved. When it's too neat it makes me nervous.

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    1. Yes!! It makes me nervous too when it's too neat, because then I worry about messing it up. When it's already a mess I feel free to let it grow organically.

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  11. Yours sounds like the perfect planner to me, and very much like mine! :)

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