Monday, January 13, 2020

A Big Change for Planner Fun

Hi guys!  After almost 6 years of creating planner-related blog content, I will no longer be updating Planner Fun.

I will be taking a much more relaxed pace to blogging on my new personal blog.  Remember personal blogs when everyone had one and we all shared our thoughts, recipes, pictures of our kids and hings like that?  That's what I want to do - even if I'm the only one who will ever see it.

BUT, I do plan to still share my inserts when I make new ones, and you are welcome to come visit and see what I have.

My new blog is called Anything Everything Salad.  Be sure to read the "About Me" to find out why it has such a weird name!  😀

Friday, September 20, 2019

Freebie Friday: Personal Size To Do Inserts

These are rather simple but even when it is just a to-do list, I still like to make it fun. These personal-sized inserts will remind you that you should be attacking your to-do list, not watching Plan With Me YouTube videos or playing with Washi!!  😉 Three inserts on letter-sized paper.  If you would like a different size, let me know and I'll see what I can come up with.  

Monday, September 16, 2019

My Planner System and Planner Peace

My definition of planner peace is being contented with your planner's system and function - and I definitely am that.  My system has evolved over the years, but not by much, I have noticed there are components that I must have in whatever planner I am using (no matter what the size or inserts) to have that peace. Built-in reminders and reviews are key to (my) planner peace  Today I am going to share with you those different components, and hopefully, I won't be too lengthy.

My first divider is INBOX.  The front of my divider is also my dashboard.  It usually has some sort of sticky note on it with items needed at the grocery store.  My hubby either picks those up after work (we live 12 miles from town), or they're added to my grocery list at the end of the week.  Behind the divider is where I keep my Next Actions List.  This list is a to-do list with items that don't have a firm due date.  For example, I need to schedule a sports physical for my son, but it isn't due until some time in the spring, and I keep it on this list as a reminder. (My built-in review reminds me to check the list!!  Plenty of notepapers are also kept in my inbox, ready for me to scribble notes in a hurry that can be processed later.

My top three tabs are my daily, weekly, and monthly tabs

I use Franklin Covey day on 2 pages for my daily pages.  My current pages are "Her Point of View" and they have very pretty, colorful pages - does that count as decorative? ☺ My schedule and the to-do list are on the left side and the notes page is on the right side.  I absolutely love having a notes page. There are so many uses for having one - check out this post I wrote for 18 Ways to Use a Notes Page.
Franklin Covey's method of indexing important information on your daily pages is excellent.  My notes pages look different every day.  I often track my water and exercise on the notes page as well as write down information from phone calls.  On Saturdays, I write down my goals for the week ahead, and on Sundays, I often use that page for sermon notes.  If there's anything I want to reference later, I write the date and a brief description of that months' index page.

My weekly pages used to set unnoticed all week and I even wondered why I had them, but recently I
started using them in a whole different way and it has been a game-changer.  They are so, so simple! I created a folded insert that has four columns on the front of the page and four columns on the back.  They are labeled Sun - Saturday and they are undated, which makes it easy for me to grab them and start writing in my information instead of dating and printing them every week. 

The best way I know to describe them is that they are pre-planning pages.  I don't worry about making these pretty with careful handwriting.  I keep 2 or 3 of them in my planner at a time.  They are especially good when I have a question or thought about something I might need to do later.  I scribble information on them throughout the week ahead and sometimes the week of.  I slash through the information that I might have already taken care of to save time  If anyone is interested in seeing pics, let me know.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Freebie: Dated Inserts!!

I've begun working on some of my 2020 inserts and I wanted to share them with you.  Click below to find 2020 monthly pages for compact and personal, and dated daily pages for compact size.


Friday, September 6, 2019

Compact 2020 Future Log for Friday Freebie

Have you thought much about the calendars you will be using in 2020?  I can't deal with that right now, but I definitely have to keep up with some 2020 dates, especially high school graduation!  I made a 2020 future log to keep up with these dates until I have my 2020 calendars.  If this is something you could use, download below.  As usual, if you have a need for a different size, leave a comment and I might be able to accommodate you.

Download Here

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Picking the Right Size Planner

I used to be a hardcore, 8.5" by 5.5" planner user and wouldn't consider any other size.  I couldn't fathom why anyone would go any smaller, LOL!

However, there are good reasons why one might change to a smaller size.

1.  Change in circumstance.

I've spent the last 12 years of my life homeschooling my sons which included weekly co-op type meetings where the moms were responsible for teaching classes, planning events and a number of other activities.  I took my half-size planner everywhere, and with homeschooling and homemaking and keeping up with health things (kidney transplant), I had plenty of information to keep up with.

A year ago our co-op part of homeschooling stopped, and so did a lot of activities.  It's one of the reasons I went to a personal-size planner.  I no longer needed all that space to keep up with my new normal.

2.   Save paper (if you print your own inserts)

I've printed my own inserts from day one (except for that one time I tried to stay faithful to Franklin Covey dated inserts).  It has to do with my creative side - I love creating them and trying new things!  I have my printing process down to a science!  My inserts are compact size:  4.25 x 6.75 and I get 3 pages from one letter-size sheet.  I pre-cut them and load up my printer.

3.  Those things can get heavy!

Well, they can!  Mine was packed full, and because I don't like carrying my purse much, I put in my debit cards and also stuffed it with whatever else I could get in there.  When I decided to try a personal size, I test-drove an inexpensive planner to see if I liked it.  At first, I thought there was no way, but I quickly learned to enjoy how light it felt.  I also liked the challenge of making new insert sizes and including the things I needed to make them the most productive.

4.  Make more productive choices

When you have a smaller planner, you have to be choosy about what you put inside.  Things that I would normally stick in the pocket of my half-size planner don't necessarily make the cut in my smaller planner.  I have to ask myself, "Do I really need to keep this?" and "Is there a better place to store this?"

What size planner do you use?
Would you ever consider going smaller?