Friday, December 7, 2018

18 Ways To Use A Daily Note Page



I am doing something totally new with my planner in 2019 (as mentioned in previous posts).  I'm using a 2 pagers per day layout with Franklin Covey inserts.  For the month of December, I am using free inserts that are very similar to the FC method.

While determining if I need 2 pages per day, I considered the different ways I might use a second page.  I did a lot of research and kept a running list of the ways other planners used a notes page, which I am sharing with you today.


  1. On church day, take notes in Sunday School and during the message.
  2. Instead of a separate Gratitude list, write your daily gratitude on your notes page.
  3. During your daily quiet time, take notes on the scripture you read.
  4. When someone asks for prayer, add them to a dedicated spot on your notes page.
  5. If you have a blank page from a previous day, use it to practice lettering or to improve your handwriting.
  6. Jot down your weekly menu on menu planning day.  Add a temporary page flag for quick accessibility.
  7. Use your notes page as a place to journal or write the day's events.
  8. Watching your weight?  Add your daily food journal for added accountability.
  9. Keep a log of your phone calls and details discussed.  Be sure to add this to your monthly index in case you need to find this information at a later date.
  10. Deal with medical issues?  As a transplant recipient, keeping up with health symptoms is important.  Use your notes as a place to write down unusual symptoms and how you're feeling.
  11. Jot down important information from emails you've received or at least directions on how to find that email if needed (and note it in your monthly index).
  12. Doodle!  I usually do that on a blank or hardly used page from a previous date.
  13. I have a friend who does a daily scripture writing challenge - your notes would be a perfect place for this.
  14. Are you a dreamer?  Jot down your dreams - it's a good idea to do that as soon as you remember them.  If you are like me, you forget the details quickly!
  15. Like quotes?  Write down your favorites in your notes.
  16. Meeting notes
  17. Shopping list - I do this when I have a small list.  If I am doing my weekly shopping, I use a dedicated list.
  18. Track expenses, water intake, daily exercise, medication, daily routines, mood, etc.  Track everything!
I went from thinking I would never be able to use a notes page, to wondering how in the world would I fit everything in!

How do you use your notes page?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Notepaper Wednesday {Freebie}

Bet you didn't know that Notepaper Wednesday was a thing, did you?  I saw this charming little elephant (Roll Tide!) blowing kisses and thought he would look cute on some notepaper!  You can download it below.

Monday, December 3, 2018

FREE 2019 Half Size Monthly Pages

Want to hear something funny?  After making my monthly pages for 2019 (Compact) and sharing them here with you, my Franklin daily pages arrived and I discovered they included monthly pages as well! 

Anyway, I decided to go ahead and do the monthly pages in half-size as well.  If you can use them, download them here.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Free 2019 Compact Monthly Pages!

I finished my 2019 Monthly pages for next year and I'm sharing them with you. You will need to print them on paper that measures 4.25" x 6.75".

I have reasons for making the inserts this way.  I do not print the calendars back to back, but instead, print a monthly index on the back of the first page and a master task list on the back of the second (in keeping with the Franklin Covey method).

If you download and use these inserts, I would love it if you would leave a comment and let me know - sharing a picture on social media would be a huge bonus!  Let me know if you would like to see more inserts like this. To download, click the image below.


Planner Plans for 2019 (and This Week in my Planner)

This week I am using inserts that I created, but were inspired by Brandy Michelle Plans. The week after Thanksgiving is pretty slow, so I decided to use these instead of a DO2P layout that I had been using. 

Appointments are added at the top of the section for each day and daily tasks below that.  I also track exercise and water as a reminder.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Recent Plant-Based Food

I am still amazed at how delicious plant-based food can be, even made without oil!  My husband and two teen-aged boys are huge fans of this way of eating, so we're all fans!  If you're interested in learning more about this way of eating, Google Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Essylstyn, and Happy Herbivore. The McDougall Friends Facebook group is also a great resource.

Top:  Three Bean Salad (served with baked corn tortillas), Steamed Cabbage, Brown Rice Grapes, and Everyday Mushroom Gravy

Bottom:  Stuffed Peppers, Cabbage Rolls


Running Around Downtown 2017

My youngest, Jonathan, had his first run of the new year on Saturday and we were all very excited about how well he did.  He knocked about 2 minutes off his time from the same race last year and he came in first in his age division.  Let me brag a little more - he came in 15th out of 149 participants!  Run like the wind, Jonathan!


If I Could Turn Back Time

Sometimes posting a "Throw Back Thursday" seems like cheating, but this picture is something I wanted to share with all three of my readers.  My husband and I look happy, don't we?  After 7 years of trying to get pregnant, we were close to having our first son.  That son, William, is now over 16 years old.

When I was younger, I used to internally roll my eyes when someone started talking about how fast time was passing.  When I was younger.  Now, I am really feeling it.  My friend says when your little ones are young, the days are long but the years are short.  She got that right, but now the weeks feel like they are short. Seriously, where did the time go?

Menu Planning on a Monday

Menu planning has always been part of my weekly routine. I would be flabbergasted when friends would say, "It's 4 o'clock and I still have no idea what is for dinner!"  How could you not know what is for dinner?!  (smile)  What do you buy at the grocery store if you don't have a plan for the week?  That's how my thinking tends to go.

So, I always have at least a basic plan of the weekday meals when I go to the grocery store.  We live 20-ish minutes away from town so the hubby picks up anything that we might need during the week that we forgot on Saturday shopping day!  Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Baked Ziti, Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

Large Dinner Salad and Chik Patties (for the guys)*

Spaghetti & Meatballs (the guys like these)*

BBQ Cabbage Sandwiches & potato wedges or fries

Split Pea Soup

* We don't buy meat, so everything we eat is vegetarian at the very least.  I try to follow Dr. McDougall's program and the quickest way to describe it is a whole food, plant-based, no oil, vegan diet.  Ingredients in the faux meat products are not vegan and often have added oil, so my guys eat them but I do not.


How to Keep Up with Small but Important Pieces of Information

My Amazon Prime pin number
The boys haircut guard size
My hair color name & number
My make up foundation color

These are all pieces of information that I need often but always seemed to forget until I discovered a simple system of keeping up with it.

The solution?  A-Z dividers!

I took the dividers from a set of address inserts that I didn't use and put them in my planner as a way to keep up with my notes, or "files" (more on them later).   The information in my files section often comes and goes but the dividers remain.  That is where the bits of information go - on the inside of the dividers.  Use them just like a filing cabinet!



Air Filter sizes, your hubby's debit number (develop a code if you don't want to put the actual number in your planner such as add +1 to the real number), door combination, frequently used account numbers, library number, small community post office hours, your wi-fi password, frequent take-out order - the list can go on and on!