That was when I discovered Giftie's blog. After reading several of her posts and watching some of the videos she has made, I decided to set up my sections just like hers (with the addition of two extra tabs). I'll share with you the sections I use and in the following days, I'll go into detail about how I use each section.
The first thing you see when you open my planner is my dashboard. I have heard it called several things: brain dump, dashboard, launching pad - and many use it in different ways. My dashboard is simply a few sheets of paper that I cut out of a mini-notebook (remember I have an 8½ x 5½ planner) from the Dollar Tree. I jot down random notes, and things I want to remember, until I have time to deal or "process" it into my planner. I'll tell you more tomorrow!
Next I have my weekly pages. I use a week on two pages and each day has a to-do list of 6 items and a blank space to jot down notes for the day. My projects tab that contains things that I am currently working on that have a due date is behind my weekly tab.
Monthly pages are next. I use a week on two pages that I made myself. I like these better than the first set I made because I included faint lines on each day - it looks neater. The Tasks section is next and includes what you might expect: tasks! I have a "someday soon" task list, a "Sunday Tasks" list and several more - we'll talk more about it later.
Having a Food section has really helped me. It only includes a few pages but the system I have set up has changed things for the better in my household. I keep up with financial stuff under the Money tab. My husband and I talk about our budget each week and it has become a very helpful launching pad, so to speak, that helps us to make a few decisions and take care of things quickly
I'm a homeschooling mom and made the decision this year to keep up with all things School in my planner. Who knew I would love it so much, even though my weekly plan sheet is half the size it was? I'll tell you more in the days to come.
Lastly I have my Files and a section for Future dates and planning. There are things in my Files tab that are no longer pressing but things that I need to keep and the Future tab is for dates, you guessed it, in the future - I only have a few monthly sheets in my planner at a time so this is a landing place for things I will need to put in when I add new months.