Friday, February 27, 2015

Tweaking The Pages [printable]

Earlier this month, I created a week on 2 pages insert that was inspired by Giftie Etcetera's weekly pages.  I have been loving them and I use them, I think of ways I would like to tweak them.

I added faint lines for each day and water check off boxes.  I also replaced the notes section on the second page with a weekly checklist to check off common tasks such as "Blog", "feed the dog", and "meal prep".  I don't really miss the notes section because I find that the spaces for each day are roomy with plenty of room to write down whatever I need.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Don't Change Tried & True

I have blogged about my planner dividers and how I started with a gazillion of them and ended with about 5 after studying what sections Giftie uses.  I added a money and food section but, after time, realized that those sections didn't include enough information to be used as dividers - the dividers actually functioned as bookmarks - so I filed my past menu plans in my files section and my "bills checklist" in my projects section.

I am using the dividers from the Vera Bradley 2014 Calendar and used my label maker to cover the months -
I just didn't cover the back side yet.

So, I am back to those main five sections:  calendar, future, projects, tasks and files.  Actually, I divided the calendar section in to weekly and monthly and again, that is mostly a bookmark issue; it just makes it easier for me to get to what I need to.

I have found having a future section is brilliant.  Before reading about that, I would have tried to include an entire year's worth of calendars.  I have 2 sheets, back and front, inside this section and have divided the page and listed 3 months on each.  This week I traveled to Vanderbilt for a regular (every 4 months) appointment with my kidney doctor.  With my 5 year (new) kidney anniversary approaching, new tests were scheduled for June.

I had a number of appointments for my mom and I (she is 6 years post transplant) that I am keeping up with.  I turned to my Future section, found June and could see when I would be available for my appointments - it works so nicely.  We have 2 appointments each that I wrote in.  I wrote on a small post-it that we could eat but it needed to be something light, 4 hours before the appointment - I'll transfer that small post it and another note to my weekly pages the closer we get to June.

Since the holidays have passed, my projects section has gotten slimmer  a basketball schedule, a tracker for online purchases, my bills checklist and a couple of other items that I am wanting to pursue that needed a landing place.

The tasks section has remained empty but I have ideas and plans, such as a master packing list for road trips, a quest for the perfect cleaning/chores system and a list of things to do that don't have a specific due date.

My Files section is full and I am okay with that!  I keep and index of the contents but instead of using sticky page tabs to locate them, I decided to buy A-Z tabbed dividers to use.

My weekly pages (format) change often as well as my planner dashboard but these sections/files will probably always stay the same just because they work - and they work well.

Friday, February 20, 2015

My DWN List [tips & hacks]

Today I want to share a tip with you I have recently implemented that has been a huge help to me.  Our family moved 20 minutes out of town a couple of years ago making it more difficult to "just jump in the car and go" when we needed something from the store.

My husband helps by calling before he heads home from work and asking if we need anything.  I keep a running list, and that helps a lot, but I am not always informed of everything when we run out.

That's where my trusty Post-it notes come in.  I made a list of our most-frequently used items - the ones you don't want to run out of and put in on my inside planner cover (left).

Now when I get his call, I tell him if anything is on my grocery list and then I glance over my "Do We Need" note.  It's not 100% fool-proof, but we are running out of things less and less.

Which reminds me, I need a refill picked up at the pharmacy...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Half-Size Self-Birthday Planning Sheet [printable]

There's a silly little story behind this printable!  I'm not sure I want to go into it but let me tell you this before I go on:  your husband (boyfriend, child, etc) can NOT read your mind.  Seriously, they don't already know what you want.  You must tell them - ask me how I know!

This insert is all about your special day.  I added the special sections that I would like to have:  ways I wanted to celebrate, special indulgences (like sleeping in and/or maybe a special dessert), what kind of dinner plans I want to make and even places to write a special wish for the future and my thoughts about the day.  Make sure you put it in a prominent place so your hubby can see it and, if necessary, you might even have to point it out!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Today is the Day - A Daily Docket [printable]

I only use daily pages on very busy days so I like the idea of documenting weather to help plan the day ahead.

Today's printable is another daily docket with space for a busy schedule, to do lists and an area for notes.

You can download the link below.  Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Use Your Planner to Remember Things

I love posts that tell me different ways to use my planner.  Posts like this:  7 Things That You Aren't Writing Down and like this:  A Planner Idea List - Or, Creative Uses for Using Multiple Planners.  This morning I was watching the last episode of a show on Netflix and found out that plans for a new season of that show were up in the air but that a decision would be available in Autumn 2015.  Seriously, I'm 48 (do you know how OLD that sounds to me??) and my memory is definitely NOT what it used to be.  Will I even remember this show in the Fall?  I knew I could document it in my planner somehow and without much thinking at all, I turned to my future pages and wrote the name of the show with a "?" under September.  Done!

Another quick idea I had was to how to keep up with free Redbox codes.  Truly, the code is always with me, on my phone, but many times it doesn't occur to me to pick up a Redbox DVD because there is no other reminder other than the text with the code.  Now I just jot down the code number on my weekly page in red.  As I go about my day, I see the code and am reminded I have a free one available.  I don't always go get one just because I have a code but I am more likely to at least remember I have a code!

Do you have any favorite reminder tips?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Updated - EverydayMatters Daily Docket - Now in 5 Sizes [printable]

This update includes a new size - Compact. I've also changed up the columns a little so the first one includes the "MUST DO!" heading, followed by "Should Do" and "Could Do".

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

EveryDay Matters Daily Docket [printable]

I'm not happy with my graphic today but I ran out of time so, there it is.

I made this Daily Docket insert in four different sizes. I hope you like it!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week on Two Pages [printable]

Note:  The image below shows that I added three Tuesdays.  What!?  Just wanted you to know that I corrected the error but I am too lazy to re-create the image - or tired - I've been working on this for too long!  :)

If you haven't heard me mention it before, my favorite planner blog is Giftie Etcetera.  My love for paper and desktop publishing drew me in to planning and although the Washi tape and colorful pages caught my eye, I knew after a month that I was definitely a functional planner as opposed to being a decorative planner. Kristy's daily blog posts have taught me how to use a planner for optimal productivity.  I shamelessly copy her way of planning - so why not her planner forms.  Be sure to read Kristy's post for today:  How to Get Everything Done: Taming Tasks in a Planner and, if you are so inclined, download this layout that was inspired by her weekly pages.