Stationery Plans for 2022
“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.”-Rainer Maria Rilke
With every end there is a beginning, and the new year offers us a wealth of beginnings, ripe for the taking.
Who doesn’t enjoy a fresh start? Newly washed sheets, the first page of a notebook, a new fragrance for a new season, an exercise regimen carefully planned for a healthy start after a December of indulgences, perhaps a new pen.
As 2021 came to an end, I found myself thinking about how I wanted to approach 2022 differently than in previous years. I’m suspicious it might be because it is the last year of my 40’s, and it certainly has something to do with the times we find ourselves in. There is an odd compression and expansion of time that most of us have never experienced before and somehow making resolutions and planning the way I always have just didn’t seem quite right.
Most of us have traveled far more in our minds over the last two years than we have on planes, trains and automobiles. The pages of our journals and notebooks have been the records of our footsteps far more than the sidewalks and roads and I’m pretty sure that there are lots of dated calendars for 2020 and 2021 that are left empty and have hopefully been turned into scrap paper rather than been thrown in the dust bin.
For many years I had multiple dated planners. One for work travel, one for personal travel, one for anniversaries and birthdays which I was always late for because of all of the work and personal travel! I also had journals for my personal notes, notebooks for my work notes, class notes, board meeting notes, morning pages, and art inspiration. There was a five year diary (actually I filled out two completely,) an address book, and I am sure there were other books and notebooks that I have forgotten about. I lugged much of this stack around with me as I traveled most days/nights of the year and I always had far more writing supplies with me than clothes (can some of you relate, my people?)
But, these are different times.
In the past couple of years, I have admittedly been one of those people who has wasted some paper, especially the dated kind, so this year I have decided to approach my planning and journaling…
(Here is where I should tell you that I transitioned to my new planning system in September, so I have had some practice with the tools I am about to share.)
THE 2022 PLAN
My stack is down to 3.
You read that right.
It’s a short stack, rather than a full stack!
First up is a A5 Slim Notebook Cover in Undyed Leather.
This is for work notes. Frankly, I don’t have many notes for my store. Somehow I manage most of that in my head, but as my freelance writing business has grown, I found myself needing a space and place just for that work. This notebook (which I have filled with an A5 Life Noble notebook,) has all measures of practicality covered while being really beautiful. I can’t wait to see how it ages and I am doing my best to keep my retentive self from seeing marks and aging as a flaw. Take that for a metaphor!
So, I learned about this bullet journaling thing!
Do you know about it?! Just kidding. I know I am WAY late to the party on this one.
I am so grateful that I finally joined in, though.
I finally read my autographed copy of Ryder Carroll’s book (he signed it with a Montblanc 146 with a fineliner refill, btw,) and watched a ton of @lindseyscribbles on YouTube.
In the bullet journal, I have built a whole bunch of trackers, I have my calendar and my daily logs.
No dated planners here, folks. I make my own calendar and I cross out things that don’t come to pass with abandon. No pages wasted and generally not a lot of time spent bemoaning what might have been.
I’m using an Archer and Olive notebook (160 gsm paper!) and I have it housed in the Leather Journal Cover for Leuchtturm 1917.
Lastly, I have a personal journal. This I use for morning pages, future writing, testing out inks, plotting things for my website and any inspirations I stumble upon. I didn’t want this notebook to feel too precious, so I use an Everyday Book for this. I like the slim profile and how light it is in my bag.
I love all three of these books so much. I feel organized, unconstrained and I’ve had bunches of fun here and there with little stickers and bits of washi tape so that my twelve year-old self is also entertained.
Another part of the plan has been minimizing the tools that I use and keep on my desk.
The most important one for me has been the Brass Combine Tool.
I use this for everything in my bullet journal. It’s an all in one tool for making spreads and it’s as beautiful as it is useful. It also easily slides into any of my leather covers when I take them out on the town.
I have three Brass Binder Clips on my desk.
I love opening my books on my desk at the start of a day and clipping them open to see my full plan in front of me.
My wood Pen Bed is where my daily writers live and I switch these three pens out nearly every week. I love how the pen bed makes them look so special without taking up too much space. When I take them on the go, I transfer them to a Leather Flap Pen Case for three pens. This was one of my first Galen Leather products and it is a favorite. Of course, there are more than twenty options for pen cases at Galen, so many that I wrote an article about how to pick one, which you can refer to if you need a matchmaker!
I’m not sure my system is finite (I’m sure I’ll see sparkly things in the corner of my eye that I have to have at some point,) but for now it feels easy and like the perfect fresh start for the year.
I’d love to know what your set-up tricks and tips are and about the tools you’re enjoying the most.
Leave them in the comments!
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all a fresh start and a year of simplicity, joy and good health.
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