Every now and then I run across something that is truly unique and grabs my attention. Thus it was with the Life Is Messy Planners.
It’s no secret that I like to plan on paper. Somehow the effort of writing something out fixes itself in my brain, and I see a bigger picture when I work with paper. (That doesn’t mean I do the daily stuff on paper though. See Reader Question: What Do I Use?)
Unfortunately, most “planners” out there include just calendars and task lists. Some, rarely, include spots to plan. But none have ever addressed my specific planning needs.
Enter the Life Is Messy Planners.
Because Life Is Messy
I stumbled across the Life Is Messy planners – and I’m not even sure how I found them – and was intrigued. Colorful, with plenty of room to scribble or write, the pages covered things I’ve only seen touched on before. They’re not the standard calendar-checklist-address book sort of forms.
What got me first was the blog article planner; not just the blog articles, but also all the things that need to be done (other than writing) to keep a blog up and running. Then there’s a section for blog ideas and brainstorming. (I have a tendency to have ideas at really odd moments, then scribble them on something like a sticky note, which I then promptly lose).
But the planner has a whole lot more in it:
- A weekly meal planner, with room for a grocery list.
- A weekly planner, which gives you the weekend off, with space for only 4 tasks! YAY! I’m loving this limit!
- The weekly blog planner, along with goals for the week
- A monthly blog post planner, with space for guest posts
- A monthly action planner that allows you to break down big goals into do-able chunks, along with space to write up the supporting tasks.
- A resolution tracker, giving you blocks to color in for building habits
- The Awesome Goal Generator, a great place to brainstorm some goals
- And the Bullet Proof Goals page, which walks you through engaging with the goals to make them really happen.
I’ve written before on the blog about how most planners are not for planning, but for keeping track of schedules and expectations. This planner really is about planning. The Life Is Messy Planners are actually about planning – figuring out what you want to do, and helping you figure out how to get there.
Photo by Mayi Carles
I did not receive any compensation for this review, but I am an affiliate for the planners because I love them.