I thought it would be fun to interview people who have Circle Planner's and have a little nosey in their lives and hear how they use their Planner! First up is Verity Quirk, a London wedding photographer.
So tell us a bit about yourself!
I'm a 36 year old wedding photographer from SE London and my favourite 3 things are: food and wine with friends, pretty 50's dresses and red lipstick (Rouge D'Armani is the ONLY true red lipstick in my opinion!)
Do you normally buy a Planner?
Every year. I have done since I was 19. I don't always use them as planner's though - sometimes more like a journal of things I have done. I could tell you right now the date of every relationship starting and ending and every period I have ever had!
When do you normally start planning for the New Year?
This year is a little different for me as I am about to give birth, any minute now! But usually I never ever plan in January. I'm usually half a stone heavier than usual and I desperately don't want to go back to Slimming World. I have a month long hangover from Christmas. I am depressed. It's dark. I'm miserable. So anything I plan in January feels like a failure and that isn't the right start to my year. So I enjoy wallowing for a month and then starting slowly. I use January in a planner more like a journal. Noting down the fun dates with friends and I start setting small business goals. I like to ease myself in. If I don't, I feel guilty about not fully committing and will end up burning the book!
What do you use your Planner for?
It depends what I am up to really. Last year it was all about my fertility and every month was important as I was trying to get pregnant so I used it to track my cycle. Now at 38 weeks pregnant I am completely freaked out and too terrified to plan anything! After the baby is born I am planning to focus on my business with special attention on branding and content.
I also use a planner for my fitness goals. I am dreaming about getting back to the gym! Right now I can barely get off the sofa. I love lots of empty pages to brain dump my ideas and I always track my finances and outgoing bills and dates. Oh, and I always have all my utility account numbers handy in my planner.
Any planning tips?
Don't expect too much. Be gentle with yourself. Ease in slowly and by May/June I usually have my life together! Don't be scared to scribble things out. HIGHLIGHTERS IN ALL THE COLOURS! I love to highlight good dinners with friends and any deadlines too.
What colour Circle Planner did you get?
Yellow of course. Bright and cheery like my personality (from Feb onwards)!