For instance, I started out with a vertical planner a la Happy Planner or Erin Condren. I loved the finite boxes that helped me compartmentalize everything, until I wanted to do something a little different. Then the horizontal layouts began to appeal to me because it just seemed a little easier to break the barriers and be more creative. I realize, of course, that this is all my own perception, and planner gals can really do what they want to on whatever type of layout they have. But this is how my brain works.
And the you add in other options...the single box per day idea of a mini vertical...the bullet journal style on dotted paper...a bank page for making a doodle planner....a daily agenda with check boxes for everything. Sometimes I really want to step outside the box I've put myself in and just plan a different way for a while.
You could do that with paper planning. You might have to buy several planners and combine the pages. It could get awkward, though, because planner pages are printed back to front in a particular format---vertical or horizontal or weekly mini or daily agenda. To make your planner look cool, you'd probably have to cover up one side of the pages...it might be kind of cool to see what kind of ideas you'd come up with. The pages might become memory keeping pages with lots of pictures of family and friends. And if that is what you want to do, that is a super solution, and oh, so creative.
And if I were still doing paper planning, that sounds like something I might try. I wouldn't even complain about the overstuffed binder if what I put in it brought me happiness.
One day, not too long ago, I was contemplating all this. I haven't gotten into bullet journaling or doodle planning, even though both fascinate me and I'd love to learn more. But I have gotten to the point that I wanted a way to seamlessly alternate between vertical and horizontal layouts. And as far as memory keeping goes, digital makes it so easy to insert a blank spread to put photos and memories on.
So I toyed with the concept of having my own way in a single planner, and by that evening my first "Have it Your Way" planner was born. In fact, I had twins....one with hyperlinked tabs for GoodNotes users, and one without tabs for those who used other apps that don't support hyperlinks.
I did regular monthly spreads, undated, of course, because the undated planners are more versatile (that, and the process of dating and linking and cross linking makes me cross-eyed...I will leave that to the experts like Tam Spires and Sandy Cruz and happily refer people who want dated planners to them!).
In addition to the monthly spreads I included weekly spreads in horizontal format, vertical format, bullet journal dots and blank pages for doodling. A daily agenda is also included.
The idea is that you go into the thumbnailsl and pick the layout you want for a particular week, then copy that layout and insert it into the section of the month you are working on.
I offered the planners for free on Facebook, fully intending to offer them here, as well, but got sidetracked. However, you will be able to download them here from this post as well. I would love your feedback about the concept and the execution. I have several others in the shop and more to come, and so far, the idea seems to appeal to folks. I've tweaked some things in the more recent planners which will be added to the shop soon, but the freebie will give you the basic idea.
Here are the links to the planners:
Comments and feedback are always welcome.