Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Planner Community: An Often Untapped Resource [Guest Blog]

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you have heard me mention Giftie Etcetera as my favorite planner blog. I was so fortunate to have found her blog shortly after I began using a planner in 2014; and am so excited to start 2015 off with a guest post from Kristy.


When Becky asked me to guest blog today, I was thrilled at the opportunity. Even though I blog about planning and organizing almost daily at, I learn something new and useful virtually every day from my fellow bloggers, planner Facebook groups, and friends who plan and organize.

Some of the best tips that I have learned from the planner community include:

* there is no right or wrong way to plan, whether paper, ring bound, spiral bound, or even electronic planning;

* no matter how limited the space, there are ways to minimize the need for more space or to use the space to maximum benefit;

* making an A-Z file at the end of a planner for portable, needed-on-the-go information, using the address index that comes with the planner;

* using future pages to minimize how many months have to reside in a planner at once;

* finding homemade or free internet pages for every need, including client contact log, menu planner, or exercise journal;

* understanding the difference between planners, including sizing and hole-punching;

* comprehending the true value of writing things down in handwriting for remembering and organizing information; and

* using a checklist, thin page marker, or sticky note for repeating tasks.

So get on-line and get involved in the planner community. Read blogs and comment on them. Watch YouTube videos. Join Facebook groups that speak to you about planners. (Be careful with that last one. You learn a lot more from being selective about your groups and really involved than you do just joining everything.)

And make some planner friends, like Becky at Planner Fun, Laurie at Plannerisms, Steve at Philofaxy, Patti at Homemakers Daily, or me. I'm Kristy at Giftie Etcetera, and I am thrilled to meet you.


  1. What size paper do I print on? 8.5x11?

  2. You didn't put 2015 under Jan. Was that intentional?

  3. So should I print them landscape?

  4. No, cut your 8.5 x 11 paper in half to make it 8.5 x 5.5 and print them on that.

  5. How will that help? I'd have to set the printer to 8.5x5.5 and that is not an option?? Confused sorry.

  6. I'm sorry - the pages are formatted to print on that size so you can easily print back to back. You can't print on different sizes of paper?

  7. I've never had to print on different sizes of paper. Always 8.5 x 11. Your size will have to be a custom size I guess. I'll try that. Thanks.

  8. Yes I can print front and back. I've just never printed calendar pages before. Came across your blog and found it fascinating!!!