August 22, 2004

No Planner to Dust Off

Another Wal-Mart excursion. Binders only $2.48 each. I only bought three because, oh gosh, I am reusing the ones salvageable from last semester. While perusing the shelves for functional, yet hardy, yet pretty binders, I also scoped out the planners, resting unawares on the shelves above.

If you know me, or know of my office supply obsession, or more succinctly my need for organization, you will understand the importance of a great planner. The Seton Hill-provided planners that freshmen received last year--myself included--were perfect. However, as the year has waned, so have the pages in my little red book.

And onto my search for the next planner-o-Amanda...

The criterion:
--Big calendars at the beginning of the planner, big enough for me to write detailed descriptions of events (if needed).
--Strong binding (My old one looks like it been chucked into a woodchipper)
--Large day areas in a weekly format for me to write assignments.
--Decent-looking cover
--Note space in the back in case I forget paper for a class

When I was at the SHU bookstore last week, I asked another student if they provided planners for upperclassmen as well. She said that she doesn't remember. Does anyone really know? Does anyone know of a planner that encapsulates all that I desire?

In the mean time, I will wander aimlessly from shelf to shelf, ardently searching for my planner-to-be.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at August 22, 2004 11:14 PM

I love planners. And here's the one I used every year at SHU, with all the features you mentioned :-)

Posted by: Donna at August 23, 2004 7:29 AM

Well maybe not all... the cover is bblack and plain. But the inside layout is handy for keeping track of everything. Good luck in your quest :-)

Posted by: Donna at August 23, 2004 7:30 AM

Plain covers are GREAT for decorating purposes... stickers and personal sketches lined all sides of my planners in high school. Amanda, I could hook you up with some drawings, mwhaha!

Posted by: Karissa at August 23, 2004 9:40 AM

Hmm. I don't think they give them out wholesale any more (they used to, but last year they didn't.) However, I would just go to the activities office and ask for one. Mmmm hmmm.

I also noticed some yearly planners at Marshall's and TJ Maxx that were pretty spiffy. I usually got the Barnes & Noble planners myself, but only a week or two into January when the $15 planner was suddenly $3. I don't think theirs go by the school year.

I hope you find what you're looking for!

Posted by: Julie at August 24, 2004 8:16 PM

I bought a Day-Runner planner from the bookstore. It has a black and silver cover and most of the conveniences I mentioned.

Though it does not have the big calendars in the front, I am okay with that--I usually post a big calendar next to my computer desk on my closet door.

In all other respects, I am very happy with my new planner purchase. Thank you all for the help. I will probably shop around more next time, but I am getting frazzled once more. What fun. :-|

Posted by: Amanda at August 25, 2004 6:26 PM

I'd still decorate it. Planners are boring without colors. Matter of fact, ANYTHING is boring without colors! :^D But that's just my humble opinion...

Posted by: Karissa at August 27, 2004 2:24 PM

I saw the new planners that the freshmen received; they aren't like the old ones AT ALL. I am happy that I made my purchase.

I plan on decorating it too.

Posted by: Amanda at August 27, 2004 5:27 PM
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