Back to Planning: My Tips for Getting Out of a Planning Funk

If you follow me on my planner YouTube Channel and Instagram account, you’ll know that more often than not this year, I’ve been off my planner game. It happens. But it’s pretty much been all year that I have on-again-off-again planned and it had reached the point where it was driving me crazy. I missed my creative, relaxing hobby, but I just couldn’t seem to actually enjoy it. It felt like a chore to sit down and plan in my planner.

Thankfully, I think it’s safe to say, after the last two weeks that I’ve managed to rekindle my love of planning and for the first time in 2019, I have a list of ideas and projects I want to blog and film.

It feels GREAT. And I thought I’d share with you how I got my planner groove back!


ONE | Try a Different Planning Style

Sometimes you just need to try something new! If you’re like me, you enjoy changing things up frequently. That is one of the reasons why I love the discbound planning system. I can rearrange and add or take pages out whenever I want and it’s super easy. It allows me to keep changing things up when I get bored. Which is why I’ve actually never stuck with a planner system for more than 6 months before I found The Happy Planner®!

Last year, I went from a vertical planner layout that wasn’t really working for me any longer to a horizontal weekly layout. That change alone gave me the challenge of a new planner layout that held my interest. But earlier this year, while I LOVE the horizontal planner layout, I was craving more creative freedom with planning and being in the same layout no matter how much I loved it was boring.

For the last month, I’ve dabbled in the world of bullet journaling with the Happy NOTES™ line from The Happy Planner® and I think I’ve found what I’ve been looking for! Bullet journaling can be whatever you want it to be and each of my weekly layouts so far have been completely different. I love that I can tailor it to the type of week I have. If I have a busy week, I leave more space for plans and if I don’t have a whole lot going on, more space for decoration!

It’s been the perfect move for me and I cannot wait to keep playing with different layouts and designs. I already know this has helped my planner funk because I have more ideas for layouts and designs than I have weeks right now to plan for without planning too far ahead!

TWO | Create a Planner Layout for YOU

This one is for all of you that are fellow content creators on Instagram and YouTube. I LOVE sharing what I create on my social media accounts, but sometimes the amount of pressure I feel I put on myself to make something “super cool” or “new and innovative” makes me not want to do anything creative at all. It can be stifling at times.

You know when you sit there and the idea doesn’t come? You just feel like everything you make isn’t cool enough to share, so why bother? Yeah. That’s pretty much where I’ve been with planning more often than not this year.

The fix I found? Make layouts and projects for your planner that are solely for YOU and NO ONE else.

Don’t share them as you make them. Just grab your supplies, relax, throw on some good music or a movie and create. There’s something so freeing about making something with absolutely zero intention in sharing.

bullet journal layout

This bullet journal style layout pictured, was made without any intention of sharing on my Instagram page. I ended up sharing the finished after the pen photo because I loved how it turned out, but going into the week without any pressure to post was so freeing. I also have several other pages that I’ve made for my planner that were just for me and I haven’t shared anywhere. It’s freeing.

Try it! Make something for YOU.

THREE | If You Don’t Feel Like Planning, DON’T

I think one of the worst things you could do if you’re in a creative rut with your planner is to force yourself to plan. There were several months this year, where I just couldn’t bring myself to decorate my planner because it wasn’t fun. I tried to make myself film and take photos, but after awhile I’d just sit there staring at a blank page, so I just didn’t force it any longer.

I had quite a few requests to show a flip through of January to June 2019 in my planner on my YouTube Channel, but when I flipped through it on my own, all I saw were how many weeks were empty. I didn’t really want to share it, but I also thought with how many times I hear people talk about being in a planner rut, I figured, I’d just post it.

I never expected to get the support I received in actually sharing the fact that not every week or month is perfectly planned out in my planner. So if you’re in a place where it’s just not fun at all, don’t force it. Plan when it doesn’t feel like a chore. Plan with just your to do list on a piece of paper. Use sticky notes or just keep up with appointments on your phone. You’ll get there!

FOUR | Do Something Completely Different

A couple of months ago, I moved office spaces at work and found myself with a whole new area that seriously needed some decor. If I was going to spend 40 hours of my week sitting at my desk and if I wanted to enjoy being at my desk, I needed to make it cute, right? HECK YEAH.

I’ve always loved crafting, but rarely take the opportunity to go full-on craft mode for a DIY decor project. But since I wasn’t finding my creative outlet through planning, I went off to Michael’s in search of some decor that would allow me to actually make something for my office space. An hour later, I left Michael’s super excited and with a bunch of greenery, florals and string lights to make my own wall hanging piece for my wall.

That afternoon, I spent a couple of hours making my office decor and I had so much fun! I had forgotten how much I love just making things. Anything at all. I love to create things and just hadn’t made the time for it.

office wall art

Do yourself a favor and take time for something new or something different that uses your creative skills, but in a different way than your normal day-to-day. You might just find the positive kick in the pants you need to realize creativity is more than just the one main thing you focus on. Get out and do something different!

Those are my four tips for getting out of a planner funk that I know from experience have worked for me this year. If you’re in a planner funk, I hope they work for you or spark an idea for you to try something different!

What do you do when you’re in a planner funk? Let me know in the comments below!

🙂 Rochelle

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4 thoughts on “Back to Planning: My Tips for Getting Out of a Planning Funk

  1. I -always- get into a planning rut and for the duration I tend to feel lost and off-balance until I finally find my groove again. The tip about doing something creative, but unrelated to planning is great! I -never- would have thought about that.

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  2. Thank you Rochelle. I have definitely been feeling that lull and actual dread of facing “the book”. Only recently have I given myself permission to do the basics (just pen to paper) or skip it.
    I also have Planner overload… daily, wellness. Mini. Sometimes I just don’t need all that Planner time or paper.
    I’m actually relieved to hear your reasons for your absence and happy to hear it wasn’t due to health or circumstances.

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    1. All is well here 🙂 I had the same problem a couple of years ago with planner overload. I’m a one planner type of person and no matter how much I try to incorporate more than one, it just doesn’t work for me. It’s so hard when there are SO many pretty planners out there! LOL


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