Getting married, moving into an apartment with your new husband, learning how to manage your finances, and maintaining a good standing within your semi-new workplace is an extremely long list of just a few of the life areas I’m trying to balance right now. There is no way that I could do all that without a system in place, and I’ve been searching for that system high and low the last few months.
As part of my search, I recently purchased a notebook/organizer thing from Plum Paper – an online stationery and office supply company. I wanted to share my experience with this process in the hopes that someone else may benefit from this product review.
The first thing you do when you’re ordering the product online is choose your ideal size. My organizer is the 8.5” x 11” notebook. Next, you pick the cover design. I chose the painted streaks in the blue color scheme because I love notebook covers that don’t have structured shapes on them. Even my Erin Condren planner cover is lacey and not structured.
Next, you choose the tabs you’d like to include in your planner. The more tabs you choose, the more expensive the organizer gets. It was for this reason that I decided not to get all of the ones in the “Lifestyle” section – even though I would LOVE that. The tabs I chose to get were budget, fitness, blog, social media, and photography. Each tab includes 12 duplicated month overviews (without the month written in so that you could start/stop the tabs at any point in the year). Each tab also has at least one other kind of page that you would use for the entire year (not a duplicated 12-month inclusion). I’ll list all of the tabs below and let you know what I think of each of them on a purely organizational level.
The budget tab is great because while Ben and I have our separate accounts, I can keep track of them individually or push them together. The duplicate page is designed in such a way that you can provide information for more than one account if you needed to. I also love the pages in the back of the budget section that allow you to see your monthly income/expenses as a year-at-a-glance.
I haven’t really started using the fitness tab yet, but I plan to very soon! Its monthly duplicate page is comprised of a numbers-and-goals setup; you would indicate how many pounds you wanted to lose, but you would also set goals for yourself like healthy eating a certain number of days of the week or getting out to exercise “X” times a month. I like that the fitness section isn’t just about the numbers; the first page is a year overview of your health goals and manageable steps to reach them with an added bonus of an affirmation section that you can read when you need the motivation to keep going.
I actually ordered my notebook with two blog tabs so that I could use one for Gray Graphics (obviously) and one for the blog I want to maintain on my church’s website. I’m in love with this section; it allows you to plan out the posts you want to write on the duplicate page and how you’re going to write them using a longgggg four pages of “Blog To-Dos” in the back of the tab. There are even spots to write how many followers you have after certain blog posts (to track your viewership and growth).
The social media tab is another that I haven’t gotten to use much. Its duplicate page is designed to help you plan out your posting dates. What I find extremely helpful is actually the first page of the tab which is a guideline for best posting days/times for the four major platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter). Under that, there’s even a section dedicated to the best hashtags and post topics to use throughout the week!
This is one that I need to dive into like right now! The photography section caters more to those who make a living off of a photography business (such as I would like to be able to do). It includes duplicate pages for “Location Scouting” to keep track of those beautiful places in which you’d like to photograph and “Photo Session” details to help you keep track of your clients. This section is pretty awesome.
Overall, I love the durability, paper quality, and cute-factor of this organizer. I’ve already used a few of the tabs in a larger capacity, and I hope to get into the others even more soon. There are lots of other tabs available to use in your own planner/organizer, so go check out the website for more information. Just Google-search Plum Paper!