Organizing my life with a little help from Eccolo Planners

Organizing my life with a little help from Eccolo Planners

by About Nikki
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I’ve never been a list maker. For the majority of my life, any to-do’s or appointments I had to remember, I did so by taking a mental note or jotting down a quick nonsensical phrase into my phone. This is an awful way to adult so obviously I don’t endorse it one bit. Since becoming a mom, I’ve just been basically living in a permanent state of mom zombie brain. I know many of you are reading this and nodding along in agreement.

Anyway, I will be 32 this year (dry heave) so being scattered and forgetful isn’t so cute anymore. I decided I had enough going on in my life that I needed to start planning out my days/weeks/months in a more organized fashion. I started to window shop for different planners to get an idea of what I was looking for.

I wanted something that provided a big enough space within each day for my gigantic pre-k handwriting; but also gave me different sections for line-items I wanted to add (to-do’s, notes, etc…). I turned to my true love for advice, Pinterest.

Luckily, my hunt didn’t last long. I ran across a blog post (I can’t remember whose or else I would happily link it here) where a woman described basically word-for-word what I was looking for. I trusted her input, and dove in. Eccolo it was.

She stated that the Eccolo planner she bought (same as mine, different color) she actually found at Marshalls. I myself haven’t confirmed this here in Phoenix; but had no problem finding them on Amazon. I have linked the particular style I bought below. Mind you, the cactus print is no longer available, but a girlfriend of mine just bought the floral and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I also bought a few packs of these super fun pens to match; it makes things colorful and they are fun to doodle with!

I love that it’s not obnoxiously large. It fits perfectly in my backpack or purse without taking away any essential storage space. It has a cloth bookmark attached, covers 2018-2019, and the second half of the planner is dedicated to additional notes and inspirational quotations of your choosing. I liked this feature in particular for days when I need an emotional boost.

Then there’s this whole world of planner stickers! I didn’t even realize that making appointments and setting reminders could be so aesthetically pleasing. It almost makes the mundane task of having to adult a little less painstaking.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching a friend from high school explode in the planning world within the past few years; and she just so happened to be gracious enough to send me some of her beautiful sticker packs. She just recently expanded her brand into Michael’s stores throughout the US and Canada! It’s huge, you guys. From one woman to another, I am grinning ear-to-ear writing this. I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments. It’s so cool seeing the people you care about succeed.

You can see some of her adorable accent pieces throughout this post, but make sure you go and check out KrissyAnne Designs website for an endless amount of fun organizational products.

Do you use a planner? Why or why not? What’s your favorite way to stay organized?

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Nikki is a thirty-something-year-old AZ native girlfriend & mama who hopes to create a safe space for women; helping to cultivate honest dialogue and end the stigma surrounding maternal mental health.

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11 comments

Nadia October 23, 2018 - 6:36 PM

I love planners! They are fun to personalize and a tangible way of looking back and seeing how much one has done—esp bc so many days it feels like I’ve been so busy but accomplished nothing much.

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Marysa October 23, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Your planner is adorable! I really need to be more organized and have a paper planner. I keep track of a lot of things online but I think it would be better to have things laid out in writing.

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About Nikki October 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Thanks! It’s hard but I make myself try and it does help. I used to use my phone but it just wasn’t working as well.

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Rachel October 24, 2018 - 2:12 AM

What a cute planner! I haven’t used a physical one in ages but I feel like I need to start again!

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About Nikki October 24, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Thank you! I really love it. I hadn’t either, but it’s really helped me stay a little less stressed.

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Jenn October 24, 2018 - 2:53 AM

I used to live by my planner when I was younger. Really kept me accountable!

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About Nikki October 24, 2018 - 5:33 PM

good for you for starting young! I wish I would have gotten into the habit sooner.

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Jennifer L October 24, 2018 - 3:38 AM

Oh I love the look of this planner! I definitely love making lists and keep track of things so the big spaces is exactly what i need.

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About Nikki October 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

I never used to but becoming a mom has forced me to reevaluate! haha

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Katherine Fox October 24, 2018 - 12:28 PM

I’m obsessed with finding the perfect planner! That also means I usually end up with 3-4 planners, half-used, and totally unorganized haha. But I love everything that comes with this! I’ll have to add it to my short list for the new year. 🙂

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About Nikki October 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Do it, girl! I’m the same way. This one has exceeded my expectations. I love the Eccolo brand.

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