Planners #SOL21

Each Tuesday I blog and post to the Two Writing Teacher Blog and then read and comment on at least three others posts.

There are less than two weeks left of summer for me and I feel it looming. One of the things that I had to get squared away was to order my planner for going back to school.

I am the person that makes notes and has to write everything down or it doesn’t happen.

For productivity, I use a paper planner and my Google calendar to help me stay on top of my professional to do lists. The digital more so for the notification alerts.

For some reason I struggle with the cost of a paper planner. Last year I bought at least two from big box stores trying to avoid paying the $40 for the passion planner. Collectively, I spent more than that and was irritated everyday with the one I made myself use. The spiral was all wrong and got caught on the pages often.

I am not making that mistake again.

During the pandemic there was a Passion Planner $7 sale and I was pleased as punch to be using it again. To celebrate my new coaching position I bought the academic weekly planner this year. It has shipped and I am excited for it to get here. I went with the plain black style and will decorate it with stickers.

I started color coding several years ago and blocking time out on the weekly spread. I plan to use the grids on the monthly pages for doodles or word of the day challenges as well.

As a coach, I tend to make more universal lists that I refer back to so the blank pages in the back will come in handy.

Where do you stand on planners? Digital or paper? Do you have a preferred planner type? Do you add something unique to your calendar pages?

I would love to hear in the comments.

7 thoughts on “Planners #SOL21

  1. For years, I grasped tightly to my paper planner. However, once I got an iPhone, I fully converted to digital for everything. As someone whose purse is already too heavy, having everything on my phone has lightened my load (physically speaking, of course).

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  2. I used to buy planners, but as I have shifted to be more and more of a digital/online teacher I have found my planners going the same route. Last year I brought a planner and really only wrote in it for the first nine weeks of school before it was abandoned. I’m going to see how going paperless/digital goes for me this year.

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  3. I use a digital planner for school because it can be easily shared with my colleagues. It took me awhile to get used to using it when I switched from paper but now I would not go back.

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  4. I use Nicolette James’s Intentional Educator planner. It suits my style and needs just right. The digital version is about 10 bucks, which is worth it to me (plus I get to support the work of a fellow colleague). Other than that, I use old-fashioned spiral notebooks and Flair pens for all of my note-taking, long-range planning, and my countless lists…

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