Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Guest Posts & Other Blog News

Planner Fun is my hobby.  Even though I like hits and comments and mentions, I'm strictly in this for the fun.  I'm not into it to make money, that's why all my printables are free (who knows if they would even sell! ::grin:: ).  Being able to write about planners and (hopefully) offering something someone can use has made this lots of fun for me.

I don't get a lot of comments, and although I would love to continue my geekiness through interaction - I understand why it is that way.  We're all busy and when we can snatch a few minutes to ourselves, we plow through the blogs we want to read and don't find much extra time to comment.  I'm okay with that but here is my only deal:  I desire to make things that people want and could find useful - I really need the feedback!

So, if you find yourself wishing I would make a certain type of printable, I do wish you would drop me a line and tell me.  I've gone through all the arguments of not asking myself:  I don't want to bother her with my request.  She's offering them for free so I don't feel right about asking for something.  She's world famous, she would never consider my request.  Wait!  I think I slipped into fantasy land on that one!

You get the drift though - please ask!!

Another thing - Guest Posts!  A lot of you out there have a lot to say about planning and organizing - want to guest post?  I could pay you with - free printables?  Heh, heh!  Okay, they're already free.  How about traffic?  I get a decent amount of traffic (from what I can tell) so I'm betting you'll get some hits on your site!!

I personally would love to have one or two guest posts a week.  I'll keep looking into this.  If you've guest posted before and would like to do it again, let's do it!!  OK, Giftie is the only guest post I have had thus far but who wouldn't want to hear from her regularly?  I know, I know, she's busy and she has her own blog - a plannerd can dream though!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Week on 2 Pages Update [printable]

I like getting low on weekly pages because it gives me an opportunity to create a new one or tweak the ones I am currently using.  I like the weekly pages I am using now so much that I decided to just add and delete a few things.

I added faint check boxes to each day to check off tasks as I complete them.  The boxes are so faint that I write right over them if I am not recording a task.  The last line on each day has a faint dollar sign where I add bills that are due.  Again, if no bills are due I can still use that line by writing over the dollar sign.

The only thing that I deleted from the original version was the weekly checklist at the bottom of the second page.  I found that I wasn't using it as much as I thought I might.  I added a small section to write in the menu for the week - the rest of the space is used for notes.




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Oaty-Cheeze Recipe [Personal Blog Sunday]

[Sunday's are reserved for personal blogs - posts that generally have nothing to do with planners.]

I have tried many different versions of "cheeze" sauce since going plant-based.  Most of them have been tasty with only one or two of them getting a thumbs down from me or my guys.

Last week I happened upon one that I hadn't tried.  What pulled me in was the fact that it didn't have a gazillion ingredients and it didn't use beans for the base, but oatmeal instead.  Oh my goodness - it is SO delicious!!  I won't say it tastes like exactly like cheese (because it isn't) but I might say it tastes better!  It is definitely my favorite so far!

Oaty Cheeze Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups water
1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimento
1 pound macaroni (if you want to make Mac and Cheeze)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place all ingredients except macaroni in a blender and process several
minutes until very smooth and well blended. Pour into a saucepan, cook and stir until thickened.

Cook macaroni until just tender. Drain and mix in sauce thoroughly. Bake covered for 30 minutes.

We eat ours over pasta, rice or potatoes.  We've eaten it with baked tortilla chips as a cheeze dip.  Last week I spread some sauce, that had cooled over night, onto my veggie burger - so good!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Car Accident Preparedness [printable]

I thought to make a car accident checklist (after my own fender bender on Monday) and was researching the different information that would be needed on such a list.

I found the insert to your left and it was perfect for what I wanted.  Why make a new one when it has everything you need?

You can download this check list, by GJEL’s Car Accident Attorneys, HERE.

Coming Next Week: Personal Blog Sunday

I have been blogging since my 14 year old son was 5 months on - so basically, 14 years!  During this time I have had numerous blogs with different platforms, styles and subjects.  Sometimes I would have more than one going on at one time and sometimes I would decide to try to consolidate them.  Planner Fun should be separate from a personal blog, I believe that.  I have had a lot of fun with it - so much that I haven't really wanted to (or very rarely) blog anywhere else.

My new idea is to write personal blogs whenever the desire arises and pre-schedule them to post on only on Sundays - they should be pretty easy to ignore if you are only interested in planner inserts and posts.  We'll see how it goes!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, Tuesday...

Yesterday after the meeting and groceries I blogged about, my sons and I were in a car accident.  No one was hurt, but oh what a mess!  Tow trucks, rental cars, etc.  Today I am taking another day off.

I'm also having troubles with my RSS feeds.  If you are having trouble subscribing, I encourage you to try again in a few days after I have had a chance to work on it.  In the meantime, you can subscribe by email or stop by to see what's new

Sorry for the interruption in my routine!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, Monday...

Today is not an extremely busy day, per se, but I have a meeting this morning that I am a little anxious about and I also have to get groceries before I come home. My mind is going in all different directions and I'm relying on my planner to get me to the next thing. 

Tomorrow is Mom's Night Out where I will be leading a discussion on how to (I) use my planner. I was also asked to throw in some time management and organizing tips and I'm not sure where to go with that because I'm not the best manager of my time! I will be working on that tomorrow morning, first things first!  Any tips you would like to leave in the comments would be very welcome!

I am hoping that I'll be able to post a new printable tomorrow. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

How to Make PDF's for Free

I've mentioned before that I use a free desktop publishing program that I downloaded from the internet.  It's a great program but the free version does not offer an option to convert documents to PDF's, which I need in order to offer printables on my blog.  Today I want to share with you how I've been making PDF's for several years now.

The first thing I did was go to http://pdf995.com and downloaded the printer driver and free converter.  Follow the directions to install it to your computer.  I have used this program for several years with several computers and have never had any problems with it.

To create PDF files, simply select the "print" command from any application or program. Look for the printer selection - your current printer will most likely be chosen.  Click to choose "PDF995" and click print.


You will now see a screen (below) that will show you two things:  one is an ad from PDF995 - I just click out of it.  The other will be a popup - I choose "continue using the sponsored version".


 Now you are to the screen where you save your PDF.  Pick a name for your file and save.  Your PDF is ready.  This program doesn't actually print a physical copy of your file - it converts your file to a PDF.


Tip:  Every time I use my printer, I make sure that the correct printer is chosen.  I can't tell you the number of times I have forgotten to choose PDF995 when making a PDF and end up printing out physical copies - and vice versa:  creating PDF's when I meant to print copies.

Of course there are options to upgrade this program so you don't see the ad.  If that ever became bothersome to me (and after years of using it I don't think it would), I would probably upgrade my desktop publishing program instead.  Not only would I be able to convert my documents to PDF but it would also unlock other capabilities.  I do have one other desktop program that converts to PDF but I have not had to learn the overall program so I've been sticking to what I already know.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Reader Requested Simple Checkbook Register [printable]

This checkbook register is for half size planners.  It prints two to a page - flip it end-to-end and print the other side.  You can download it here.

New:  You can download the portrait orientation version HERE.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dated Daily Pages for March 29 - April 4, 2015 [printable]


Next week's daily pages are ready!  Included is one undated page that can be used for extra space on incredibly busy days (seriously, one day I used two!), or it can be used for projects and/or note taking.  I'd love to know, in the comments, if you guys find these useful.

If you would like to see dated daily pages on a regular basis, I need to know - would you rather print them on 8.5 x 5.5 sized paper so you can print them back to back?  I print mine occasionally and only on one side which is what you will see in the file below.  Let me know the best format that will work for you.

March 29 - April 4

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Planner Fun Is Now A Dot Com!

You can now find us more easily at our new domain:  PlannerFun.com

Reader Designed Daily Page [printable]

Michelle and I are members of a Facebook group where she commented, "When spent hours of searching for right daily, sometimes it's easier to just write it."

Another member responded with " I think everyone should do this. I notice so many people complaining about not having planner peace but when you ask them what they need, they can't tell you. Drawing it out would force people to think about what they need."

I agreed with both of them!  After knowing what she wanted, it was easy for me to create her design as a printable.  THIS is how I like to make printables.  Tell me what you need!

Michelle's Daily Page has a space to include her top 3 MIT's (Most Important Tasks) and other areas for notes, schedules and to-do lists.  Wondering what that gap is in the lines with the check boxes (circles)?  Michelle likes to note the time she finishes her tasks.  I think it is a great idea and I'm sure we could find several different ways to use that extra line.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mom's Night Out: A Planner Discussion

My homeschool group has asked me to help lead a discussion on Planners for our next Mom's Night Out, later this month.  I've been thinking and thinking what to say without getting long-winded - it's hard to condense everything you might want to say into a discussion, right?

I have decided that I am going to make it simple and share how I use a planner.  I'll start with my divider sections and tell how I use each.  What else would a beginner need to know?

Monthly:  only items with a specific due date (appointments, bills, meetings, etc.)
Weekly:  my one week on 2 pages spread - where most of the planning takes place.

Future:  two sheets of paper (back and front) with all the months of 2015 spaced between them; also a sheet of paper for 2016 events (scheduled yearly physical, a wedding save-the-date, dog's vaccination, etc.)

Projects: notes on current things that are going on - for me:  a monthly review check list, weight loss tracking, birthday dinner planning, etc.)

Tasks:  any housecleaning routines I want to track, specific lists for specific things (packing for vacation, moving checklist, etc.)

Files/Notes:  previous projects that I want to keep handy, such as a blog post I've wanted to write forever, blank grocery lists, a list of my OTC meds I am allowed to take, etc.

I'm thinking that maybe I won't go too long with that.  Maybe I'l just give them a handout and let the conversation go for there.

What inserts do you think I should share?  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Could You Use Some Dated Dailies? [printable]


This morning instead of printing out blank daily pages to use, I made some dated ones to last me for the next couple of weeks and thought I would share them with you.  Both files also include blank pages.  I hope you can use them.

March 16 - 21

March 23 - 28

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saturday Repost: Week on One page - COLORS [printable]

Here's a flashback from November.  It combines my love for simplicity and graph paper with a little pop of color.  These half-size pages are available in 5 different colors.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Know When to Say "When"

There's only so much a planner can do.  Maybe that should read "there is only so much that you can do"

Seriously.

We are women and superheroes but we really CAN'T do everything.  We will probably still try (and that's okay), but also try to say no when you have to.

Today I pulled out a daily sheet to try to make sense of all the things I needed to do today for school, for errands and for planning a birthday dinner and a weekend road trip.  It was crazy!  My husband then asked me if I would mind doing something for him.

I told him I could but I also showed him my list and pointed out the various sections I had to do for this and that and told him, "I'm a bit overwhelmed."  My husband, being the wonderful man that he is, took my pen and marked through a whole section and said, "don't worry about doing these."  After thanking him for making it possible for me to release myself from some of my tasks, I told him that in the future it was probably not a good idea to write on  my  list [grin] but in this case it was totally okay.

So, those tasks were marked through and moved to a future date.  They'll be waiting for me next week and I don't have to worry about forgetting any of them because they're tucked away nicely in my planner.  Don't you just love having a planner?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pinterest Planner Potpourri for March 2015


How much time do you spend looking at planners on Pinterest?  C'mon, you know you do!  Today I want to share with you some of my favorite Pinterest finds.  Check back next Wednesday for more adds to my March finds.

Follow Becky's board Pinterest Planner Potpourri for March 2015 on Pinterest.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Personal Size Spring To Do List [printable]

The freezing temps are easing off and everyone around my house is ready for spring!  That's what inspired today's Personal Size To Do List.  Click the flowers to download!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Planning for a Busy Week

It's the beginning of a new week and I when I opened up my planner this morning to get a glimpse of what is ahead, I saw a page full of things to do.  At first glance it might appear overwhelming but remember, I have a plan!

We have a busy school week that is full of tasks, appointments and meetings, plus I am planning a birthday dinner on Thursday and preparing for a weekend in Atlanta to celebrate my husband's birthday with his mom.  It seems like every moment I think of something new that I need to write down.  My planner stays open on my weekly page and I am also using my supplemental page this week.

Since my week is filling up with normal things, it seems like a good time to start a projects page to keep all the birthday planning and doings (dinner plus the trip) in one place.  This will help me organize better and save space on my weekly pages for my everyday tasks.



A simple sheet of paper would work just fine for this project page but I have decided to use this daily page because it has lots of lines and blocks and even a small time table/schedule to use.  Everything trip-related will go on this page so I can concentrate on getting everything else accomplished before we leave.  For more on project pages, I recommend Giftie's post:  Unplanned Ouchie: Beginnings of a Project Page

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Perks of an Organized Planner

When your planner is set up, you might find you are ready for most anything, even if you decide to not get out of bed!  I did not get to sleep till after 2:30 this morning so I'm not really ready to get up and start my day.  This is where my planner comes in and I'm still able to be somewhat productive, even though I'm "sleeping in".

Saturday is grocery shopping day at my house and while I ideally I like to have the menu and list ready to go on Saturday morning, it did not happen that way this week. Since my planner stays on the bedside table at night, I grabbed it, confident that my grocery list template and menu sheet were ready to go. 

So, even though I am cruising Facebook and checking mail, I am also pursuing recipes, with my planner open beside me. Just a little thing really, but it is one of the things that makes my life a little smoother. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Plan for Incoming Information

Do you want to know what helps me succeed in keeping a planner?  It's by having a plan for every piece of information that I want to remember, or track.    It also helps me not to have a gazillion places to store information; that's why I try to keep only a few, tried and true dividers in my planner.



Here's My Plan:
  • I put appointments on the monthly pages.  ALL appointments.  If you make an appointment today to have your hair done this afternoon, you can put it on your weekly page if you want, but I still recommend you still put it on your monthly page.
  • Bill due dates are also put on the monthly pages.  From there I transfer the current week's bills to my weekly pages and track them from there.
  • Instead of one to-do list", I write tasks on my weekly pages such as "call the pharmacy", "fill med box", or "transfer money to savings".  I check off these tasks as I complete them and mark them out with a highlighter.  The highlighter makes the uncompleted tasks stand out if I didn't get to them on the intended day.
  • Dates or appointments 2 months out are kept on future pages.  This is one of my favorite tips from Giftie.  I don't have to make my planner bulky with all 12 months, instead I keep 2 months and every month I transfer that month's dates from the future section.
  • My DWN (Do Wee Need) post-it solved the problem of forgetting items at the grocery store.
  • I keep a grocery list template behind my dashboard in the front of my planner.  You can't just say you're out of something, you have to write it down.
  • Track misc, unrelated pages under projects.  This is another Giftie favorite.  It keeps everything in its place.
  • I also track future reminders in my planner and sometimes for my husband (last week I wrote in my weekly pages a couple of weeks out to remind him to call a client).  As mentioned above, I use future pages to remind me of future events but I also use it for some reminders on small post-it's.  For example, I put on a Post-It: "Eat light, such as a bagel, around 6a; June 30"
I'm still working on the perfect housecleaning plan/schedule to put in my tasks section.  I'm believing that someday that might happen.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Currently This Month Bookmark Insert [printable]

I have a fun bookmark insert for you today.  I saw a similar list on a full-size planner page and thought it was something fun that I would like to do myself.  Like the WO2P Supplement List I made this week, this is also printed four on one page.  Print it out, cut in half twice and you're ready to go.  I didn't print it on both side, although you could, because I am slipping my list between my monthly page.

If you like to journal and/or record pieces of your life, I think you might like including this insert in your planner.

Click on the link below to download.

Download

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Now & Then

I'm a reflector and I like looking back to see how things have change.  I love the Timehop App that tells me what I was doing 1, 2, 3 years ago and more.  5 years ago today my health was failing and I was on my way out, yet 5 years on the 28th I had a kidney transplant!  It's good to see where  you were and how far you've come!

Anyway, here is how my planner looks now, streamlined and simple.


This is how my planner looked 9 months ago when I first started using a planner "full time"  lots of color, lots of dividers and even more inserts than I truly needed.  I've found my planner peace and it is working well for me.   


Do you have then and now pictures?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week on 2 Pages Supplemental [printable]


2015 Printables -  January  ::  February

This one might take some explaining?  In the picture above you will see my planner (8.5 x 5.5) opened up to my week on 2 pages.  The insert that I am sharing today is half the size of an 8.5 x 5.5 page.  It kind of disappears in the image above so I edged it in a small strip of washi tape (yes, I actually have some and it will probably last forever), so you can see what I'm talking about.

You can see on the color image how I am using it.  On Monday I wrote on my regular planner page "order meds"; and on the supplemental page for Monday I listed the ones I needed.  The same with Tuesday and laundry, on the supp page I made a list of which loads I needed to finish.

I like the faint check boxes for the tasks I mentioned above.  You can also jot down your menu on this sheet, track daily chores, fitness goals for the day, food journal - whatever you want!

This insert has 2 pages - I created it 4 to a full-size page; M-Th on one side and Fri-Sun on the other.  Print page one, flip it, and then print the second page.  I folded the page in half and cut down the middle and then cut those 2 pages in half as well:  four weeks worth on one page!

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW! Planner Fun Facebook Group - Let's Talk!



I've started a Planner Fun Facebook group - here's the description:

"The planner group fun is an extension of my Planner Fun blog at http://plannerfun.blogspot.com. Here we can talk about the planner inserts on the blog, how you would change or add to them and what other inserts you would like to see added. Of course we can just talk about planners, too!"

Come join us!!