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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve no doubt heard about the adult colouring craze. It seems that everyone from lawyers to bus drivers are sharpening their pencils and indulging in some sort of colouring in. And thanks to the influx of adult colouring books available – made largely popular by illustrator Joanna Basford, creator of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest colouring books – it’s not only acceptable but popular too.
This new pastime, known to be an excellent stress reliever, has been attributed to helping people relax, sleep better and even improve brainwave patterns.
And then there’s another colouring craze – perhaps less well-known – that’s gaining momentum: the planner craze.
In case you haven’t heard about the planner craze, it’s where grown women decorate their planners (or diaries or agendas) with stickers, coloured pens, washi tape and all sorts of embellishments.
Yes, this is actually a ‘thing’ now. I don’t know how this thing started, or when it got so popular (and believe me, I’ve tried to find that out with more zeal than an investigative journalist) but it is indeed now a thing.
Now, the more logical, sensible side of my brain views taking the time out each day or week to decorate a planner as being rather ridiculous. Besides, isn’t using a planner meant to help you save time? But the creative, more artistic side of my brain actually loves the idea.
So much so, that I’ve already ordered my 2016 planner and am starting to hoard planner accessories (yep, there’s a name for everything planner related, folks – search #planneraddict on Instagram and hundreds of pictures of decorative feasts of planner pages will appear). Next thing you know, I’ll have my own Youtube channel on how I decorate my planner. Or not.
Many self-confessed planner nerds state that decorating their planners has become a creative outlet or their ‘me time.’ But something else I’ve noticed amongst these planner decorators is that many admit that this was exactly the sort of thing they enjoyed doing when they children. But somewhere along the way they stopped. Perhaps it was because they felt they had to become more grown-up and unless you were an actual ‘artist,’ only little girls mucked around with stickers and colouring pencils.
So it seems the popularity of these pastimes means that more people are giving themselves permission to indulge in something childlike again. Plus, there’s the added benefits such as being able to unwind and have a better night’s sleep. And what’s not to like about that?
How about you? Have you joined in on the colouring or planner craze?