(Ladybugs) Love visual simplicity and organizational simplicity. You prefer to have all your items hidden out-of-sight. You also need fast and easy solutions, like bins and baskets without lids.
Cas (at Clutterbug) described ladybugs as looking all clean and polished on the outside but if you look underneath, it’s a bit of a horror show. That’s me. To a tee. Like Butterflies, Ladybugs do best with easy, fast storage solutions and this applies to our planners as well as our yarn stash. I use the same plastic bin storage for my yarn that Laura does but mine is hidden in a closet behind a door. I don’t want to SEE my clutter!
Once I realized I will never have a super compartmentalized, super tidy, Instagram-worthy organizational system, I felt like I could breath a sigh of relief. It’s okay to be a little scattered but also want some visual simplicity. This explains why I’m okay with my pens touching. I just toss them all into one bin.
This applies to my planning style too. Complex planning systems haven’t worked for me. If a planner has too many boxes, compartments or sub-divided sections, I end up not using it. Like a butterfly, I do better with big buckets. I think this is why I tend to prefer a week-on-one-page with the facing page just an open section for notes, lists, things I want to remember, etc. Too many sub-sections or boxes can be too involved for a Ladybug. We need just enough structure so that we can find information, schedule or lists but not so much that we get overwhelmed and feel that we didn’t use the system efficiently.
Modular systems built around a polished cover is a ladybug’s best friend. This could be a Filofax, a disc bound system like a William Hannah or a travelers notebook. They all provide some flexibility and a discreet exterior to contain “the horror show”. Ladybugs need the clean, simple exterior of a pretty notebook or binder and they also need to be okay with the insides of their notebook to be a little freeform and chaotic.
For me, a travelers notebook (or other flexible system) works best. If I need additional space or feel the urge to be more organized, I can add another blank notebook to the calendar insert and hide it all away behind a clean cover.
Ladybugs would also do well with a commonplace book for notes, ideas and lists. For events, activities or meetings, combine a commonplace book with digital calendars.
Adding tabs to a notebook or bullet journal to create large “buckets” for information might be a good solution. The tabs can be as loose as “to do lists”, “ideas” and “maybe someday” rather than a more complicated sub-system. “Today”, “Someday” and “Stuff to Remember”?
For Ladybugs, thee key is to find a planner that is simple to use with less granular storage of data. Like our shoes, we want to dump and go. So thinking of your planning system as large buckets rather than detailed organization. We can envy the Bee and Cricket planners for their compartmentalized data but for us, we are best served with something we actually use rather than a more involved planner that sits empty most of the year.
Really, what I hope this week will reveal that there is not one perfect planner or planning system that works for everyone.