I have always loved the idea of memory planning, but until last year, I could never find a way to make it work for me. Instagram is filled with amazing memory planner layouts and each time I’d see one, it’d make me want to try it again.
But the thing is, I just couldn’t consistently fill up a memory planner. Give me a two page layout in my planner any day and I can decorate and fill those pages absolutely no problem. But give me a planner to document my weeks with photos, stickers and writing and I just sit there staring at the page with literally no idea what to do. A two page weekly layout is A LOT of space to fill for me when it comes to memory planning. Especially since I’m someone that has so much trouble taking pictures throughout the week. Seriously, I’m horrible at it.
I had a wall calendar from The Happy Planner that I wasn’t quite sure what to do with, but I did know that I wanted to do something other than fill it with duplicated plans from my actual planner.
It all started with the cover of the wall calendar. It reads: Collect Happy Moments. That’s basically the idea of memory planning, right?
So I did just that – collected happy moments. I began memory planning with the wall calendar in my own way. Each day, I’d write down a memory from each day, decorate with stickers and BAM! Fast, easy and simple memory planning. And let me tell you, it’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done!
If I didn’t have something to write for a certain day, I’d fill it with an inspirational or decorative quote sticker. This has been way less intimidating than filling out an entire week’s layout each week. And the best part as someone who struggles with taking photos, I did this all without adding photos.
When I tried multiple times in the past to memory plan, I’d only stick with it for a couple of weeks before it became just too much to get done each week. Next thing you’d know you’re two or more months behind in your memory planning.
So how do I fill this all in? It’s kind of a mix of daily, weekly or all at once at the end of the month. Whenever I feel like decorating, I do!
If I know exactly how I want to decorate the day’s square in the monthly, I’ll decorate it that same day. I’ll keep a note page in my planner with just a simple list of everything I want to write down for each day. This makes it easy to fill out multiple days (or the whole month) and not forget anything. Either way, this is such a quick way to memory plan! It’s even easy to decorate and fill out while watching tv, a movie or even pop on some music and memory plan away!
Filling in my memories throughout the month either every few days or at the end of the week is by far my favorite way to fill this calendar. It’s so much fun to see all your memories slowly fill the month.
It’s been so much fun to flip back on each month’s memories and I cannot believe I’ve stuck with this for an entire year! But don’t let not having a wall calendar stop you from trying this style of memory planning! Do you have a monthly page in a planner that you don’t use or maybe you only plan in the weekly pages? Or even print off a monthly calendar from Microsoft Word and just plan away. Give it a try! I bet you’ll find it’s super quick and easy.
I had so much fun memory planning in 2019. Check out my flip through video to see how each month turned out on my YouTube Channel!
2019 was just the start. I’m super excited to have another wall calendar for 2020 to fill with all of my memories and adventures!
Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@plansbyrochelle) if you try out this style of memory planning because I want to see how your monthly pages turn out!