I have lots of new ideas for the New Year, involving planners and beyond, that I am excited about. Now that I am organized and/or know how to stay organized, keeping up with all these ideas should be fairly easy - except I have a problem. My planner is only so big and although I don't mind carrying around a stuffed planner, not everything will actually fit.
Since getting into the Planner Scene, I have wondered how/why people owner more than one planner. Did they buy them like purses to switch out when they got bored or did they wear them out really quickly. I love the idea of keeping everything in one place but sometimes that does not work (like the time I tried to keep all of my homeschooling records in my planner) and when I switch out the word "notebook" for "planner" I don't feel like I'm going planner crazy, LOL!
So, to my main planner (8.5 x 5.5 Daytimer and my homeschool notebook (8.5 x 5.5 former Vera Bradley planner), now add my everything else planner. It's the leather planner with a zipper (an older Daytimer) that I was using before I got my new one for Christmas. I did NOT want a gazillion dividers so I am incorporating Giftie's index hack (somewhat modified) to keep up with everything.
I have an index page at the very beginning of my planner; since I am not keeping up with appointments or schedules, I don't need a to-do list, calendar or anything else - the index page is it. Following that is a set of A-Z tabs that came with my new planner. Now I am adding everything I didn't want to keep in my everyday planner - mostly things that would fall under one main category (such as food) but needs a method for keeping up with more than one section (such as menu planning pages, food ideas from a facebook group, etc.)
This would work well with an online app such as Evernote, but I am finding more and more I like having hard copies of things close at hand that I can access quickly. I have even put a few blank copies of different inserts that I have printed but don't need yet (such as a blank index page).
I have some aspirations (I hate the word resolutions) that I want to accomplish in the coming year so I will be adding ideas and project pages as I go along.
This is what is working for me. The ideas of the 'how and what' were swirling in my brain and now that I have a plan for all this extra information, now fondly dubbed the Everything Else Planner, I can relax going into the New Year.