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why call it “memory planning” when it’s already happened? it’s not really planning…
sure, it’s already happened, but it’s in a planner soooo…
i like to call it memory keeping because that’s a little more accurate, but the term memory planning seems to be what people use so that’s what i call it. my version of it is more like scrapbooking on a small scale though. i journal and put in pics. i do not just repeat a spread or do any sort of back-planning.
why memory planning?
i wanted a way to memory keep and this seemed like a good way to do it because i’m already so into planning. i first saw the planner sophisticate do it years ago. hers is beautiful, but not really my style. it took me awhile, but i made it my own. it has turned out to be a great stress reliever. if my anxiety is super high, it helps to sit down and have control over creating something beautiful and reflective.
how is it different than normal planning?
i do not include habit trackers or anything like that. there aren’t any to do lists either. i do use a lot of labels and half boxes to mark events or happenings. i incorporate pictures often. i tend to use all of my full boxes. my sidebar is a short journalling section with a highlight of the week. i use the monthly view for daily gratitude.
is this the only way to do it?
no!! there are a hundred ways to do it. come people enjoy back-planning, some use only script stickers, and some use a much more simplified style. do whatever your heart desires!
do you have more than one planner?
yes, i actually have five. i know it’s excessive, but it’s a system that works. i added in my memory planner and EC folio along with my everyday planner a couple years ago. i use an EC neutral vertical for my everyday planner and an EC colorful vertical for my memory planner. i find the vertical style works so well for my “plan as i go” style of memory planning that i’m going to switch back to it for my everyday planner when the time comes. along the way, i added my EC teacher lesson planner and my goal planner from mäksēlife.
how do you choose what to put into a spread?
i just choose the big stuff, the important stuff. things that i want to remember later. they may be very small things sometimes. but they’re the memories i want to keep. i also include quotes and memes that spoke to me that week.
how do you keep track of what to include in your memory spreads? i feel like i would forget!
me too! so i use my EC folio. i have a daily planner in there to preplan and note what i’d like to put into my memory planner. it’s messy but it works!
since you share your memory planner with the world, how do you choose how personal you get?
i’m kind of an open book when it comes to a lot of things, and i enjoy sharing. however, there are times when i am very vague about certain situations to protect the people involved and myself. or i will use a fold over box to write underneath. i do share things about my family, but i’m careful not to share too much and to only share my side. i don’t ever share the school district that i work in or any pics of my students for confidentiality reasons. if i include a pic of my nephew, i make sure it’s okay with my sister or that she’s given me permission. one thing that i am pretty open about is my anxiety and seasonal depression. i think it’s important for others to hear about it and for me to be vulnerable and open about it. i have people tell me all the time that they love that i share that part of my life because they can relate to it and experience it too.
what supplies do i need to get started?
it’s as simple as a planner and some simple office supplies like a glue stick, washi, and some colored pens. if you want to get fancy, you can buy sticker kits (i suggest mini kits bought on sale), glitter or foiled headers, and character stickers.
how do you print your pictures?
i literally get this question every single day. i do not have a fancy printer. i use the picframe app on my phone to make a 3×3 collage (with 9 square pics) and then upload them into the walgreens app. they automatically print as 4 inch square prints. they print literally within minutes, and i can go pick them up whenever. it’s convenient because of the apps, and there’s a walgreens a block from my house so i can just drop by after work. then i just cut them with my paper cutter when i get home and then use tombow double-sided tape to attach them to the page.
what size are the pictures?
i print a 3×3 collage on 4 inch square prints. so the pics are usually about 1.3 inch square.
what should i know before i try?
you’re going to have some duds before you find your style. i looked to a couple other planner girls for inspiration, but when i tried their styles, it just didn’t fit me. after about a month or so, i found my groove. also, this can get expensive. my main, everyday planner is my priority so it gets first pick on which kits i use. (not literally – that would be weird.) so my memory planner tends to be kits that got moved down my list to use in my every day planner, really pretty kits, simple 2-3 page kits, and things i find on sale. shops that offer good sales/good prices are usually where i look to find things for my memory planner. but not always! sometimes i find something really special that i keep just for my memory planner.
what about those boring weeks when nothing happened?
those are tricky. i usually take the time to really journal. on busy weeks, i don’t have the room for it, but on the slower ones, i do. it’s a good opportunity to reflect because usually the boring weeks are when i have the time to think and get all in my feelings. not in a bad way – just a reflective way.
how often do you sit down and memory plan?
about every week or two.
do you memory plan every week of the year or just some of them?
i plan every week in my planner, but i usually do them in batches or two or three at a time. if i wait too long, i forget what happened or lose interest so i try to get them done quickly.