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Tips on How to Get Out of a Planning Rut

Are you in a planner rut

Do you remember the first time you got into planning and knee deep in planner stickers? If you were anything like me in the early stages, (and to be honest, still lol) I bought all the things and all the planners. More than half the year was decorated in beautiful spreads. I didn't waste a bad minute or a sticker! I used stickers and layouts as a way to unwind and get creative. It was a stress reliver for me and became a daily habit to the point where all my planners were full of pretty spreads and it was still January!

Take a look at one of my earlier spreads back in the day.

Black Love Planner Spread

But over time, that excitement and newness wore off. Life got busy and my planner became blank empty pages. Pretty planning was an after thought and if I had the time, I'll do it. Months and months passed while my stash increased, yet my planners stayed empty. I lost my mojo!  We can all relate to this, as it happens from time to time.

THAT IS OK!

With everything, you need balance and breaks. Even with pretty planning. But at some point, you will want to get back into it. This part can be difficult when you' re in a rut and your routine changes. Here are some tips to help you get out of that planning rut and get back on track.

1. Start making lists

Keep it simple. Start jotting down your to do's in list format. This will get you into the routine. Brain dump and make a long to do list in a journal. Once you've done this, assign deadlines or dates to each to do, then add them in your planner. Use our functional stickers such as xquisite headers or our xquisite scripts to help you categorize your to do lists.

2. Designate a day during the week and a time slot to plan

I like to plan on Sundays and I make it part of my self care routine. The process of unloading your brain with all your upcoming tasks, while using functional stickers brings mental peace. Pick a day and time were you have minimal distractions and make it non-negotiable.

3. Look at your planner daily

It's one thing to plan weekly, but how do know you are on track with your goals unless you have a process for checking up? The best way I find to do this is to glance at your planner daily - 5 minutes maximum. To make this stick, attach it to a habit. For example, if you already have a habit of checking your email daily, add reviewing your planner to that routine.

4. Take your planner with you

Similar to tip number #3, out of site is out of mind. Make it a habit to carry your planner with you. If your planner is large or you have personal info in there, carry a smaller notebook or journal to jot down on the go ideas, appointments, and to do's and transfer them into your planner when you get home.

5. Watch plan with me videos

Plan with me videos helps you get motivated to plan. Many videos can provide you with new ideas on how to use stickers or ways to create layouts or other crafts. Take a look at my first plan with me video I made using our Wanderlust mini weekly kit. If you want to see more plan with me videos from me, please leave a comment below requesting them.

 6. Create a planner space or room

Designate a space in your home for planning and crafting. This can be a simple as your kitchen table or as extravagant as a craft room. However big or small, use that space when its time to plan.

7. Find a planner bestie and share best practices

Planner friends can relate to your rut - the've been there. They can offer you advise on how they have gotten out of their planning ruts and help motivate you to get back on track. They also are great to help keep you accountable.

8. Join a planner group 

There are several planner groups on social media you can join. Groups are often themed based on shops, planner type, planning style, culture or interests. Search <insert your interest> planners on social media and you will find a planner group that interests you. Planner groups are also a great way to make planner besties. In fact, I've formed amazing friendships from our Tribe. If you are not a member of our planner group XQuisite Soul Tribe, please join us here.

How do you get out of your planning rut? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 


8 comments

  • I love this community. I have always liked calendars and writing down tasks and events but now that I have discovered these beautiful stickers that look like us, I can’t get enough. I’m also glad that I have been able to stick to my planning since now working for home for almost a year now.

    Markla
  • Thank you for these tips! Since quarantine I too have fell off in planning. Just trying to get back into it now. This will definitely help!

    Letitia
  • Since COVID-19- I have fallen off with my planning. Schedule changed. I would plan on Saturdays & Sundays. I think I should start with simple lists and go from there as well as block off a new day to do a brain dump. You have given good tips that will help me to start over.
    😊

    Aundrea S
  • Thank you for this.

    Shannan
  • These are great tips and I saw myself all throughout this post. Recently, I came to realize my planning style changed and I had to almost start from scratch trying to determine what I liked, what worked for me and what didn’t. I quickly realized that a lot of the things I used to use didn’t work for my planning style anymore and that was why I was stuck. I kept trying to fit this square peg in a round hole and it was impossible and I lost interest. Once I honed in on what really fits my style now, things flow a lot better.

    Nikole

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