Hiho, my friends.

I have a planner obsession.  Every year, I go Type A, buy a new planner, write a bunch of goals, be all gung-ho and 3 months later, my planner is gathering dust, forgotten on a shelf.

For 2015, I was all excited about the Documented Life project and that was going to be my planner. I reviewed 2014, made new goals and started working the challenges. That lasted until April, after signing up for Life Book 2015 and focusing on ‘catching up.’

In the interim (‘cuz it was a forgotten planner), I downloaded and tried a couple different planners.  My problem with planners is that, frankly, it’s just too….organized.  My full-time work is as an administrative assistant and I spend all my time organizing meetings and herding cats. All my organizing energy is expended at work but I still want to set and achieve various personal goals.  So how to make a reasonable planner for my life that is not some rigid Storm Normandy Beach Ridicuousness?

I’ve been mulling that over and two weeks ago, I flipped through the July/August 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.The latest reader challenge is to create a mixed media planner for 2016.  One of my goals for 2015 is to get published in my favorite mixed media art magazines, but I haven’t submitted anything yet.  Nothing like a deadline.  This challenge is due September 4, so I have plenty of time to fine-tune my planner concept and create a couple pages needed for the submission.

I made notes about what I liked and didn’t like about the various planners I’ve tried, reviewed class notes, sketched page ideas and gathered material to start making test pages. Even dug out the dusty 2015 planner, since it has this year’s goals.

I am playing this close to the chest because, hey this post and photo are on the Interwebs and people steal stuff all the time, so here is the only photo I will published about this planner (for now):

Are you planner obsessed? Do you set goals?  What do you use? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  I promise not to steal it. Unless it’s really good 😉

Fly, be free, my pretties.

2 thoughts on “Mixed Media Planner CPS Challenge

  1. Great that you are thinking of doing a mixed media planner for next year. Im also a planner girl. Im using the midori passport size grid notebook and had decorated the covers and prettified the insides. The small size midori works best for me and I am loving having one notebook for each of my needs. As of now I have four booklets, its bulky but I don’t mind.

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