This is something that is often brought up in the planning community. Do you bring your decorated planner in public? Will people take you seriously? I’m going to give you a little insight about how I go about my “public” planning.
When I first started planning I was using a PlumPaper Planner, so take into consideration that the outside of that planner isn’t as flashy. When I was using this planner, I brought it in pubic way more often. Even the inside is way more streamlined and looks a little more professional. Also, when I was using this planner I was doing more color coding and using less stickers. That being said, I was never ashamed to take that planner in public or take it out in front of people.
Now with my Erin Condren and using stickers more heavily, I question bringing my planner places more. I’m not embarrassed by my planner or my hobby whatsoever, I just don’t think other people understand it. I wouldn’t bring my Erin Condren to my hair dresser and whip it out to write an appointment. I don’t want to deal with the questions or potential ridicule.
The way I have found to solve this is using another simple planner in my purse. I currently am carrying a Day Designer from Target, but I have used many cheaper “pocket-size” planners in my purse. I simply jot things down in pubic in that planner and transfer it into my Erin Condren when I’m at home!
In terms of people I am closer with like my family, friends, and boyfriend, I am more than willing to show off my planner. Most of these people know it is a hobby of mine. I have had multiple actually order PlumPaper Planners or an Erin Condren Planner after seeing how much I love mine!
This may not be the most practical hobby, but I’m keeping my life organized! Some people will understand it, and some people won’t. I think the most important thing is just to consider your audience. The Erin Condren may not be a business planner. Consider your options and choose what is right for you!