I guess y'all have heard the term, "planner peace", right? Even though I have been known to switch out my inserts often (I have to test out the inserts I design!), I have always considered myself to have that peace.
The past couple of weeks have found me not being totally happy with my planner. I think maybe it has to do with a major (at least for me) change around here - my oldest is starting high school...and I'm the teacher! There's lots of planning to be done but I have been putting it off. Maybe it's because I don't want my "little boy" to start high school. Maybe I'm overwhelmed with all the things running through my brain that I have to do! Regardless, that's what's going on.
We hope to start school at the end of the week, so this past Saturday I took some time to work with my planner and ended up making a few changes. My system and my inserts are staying exactly the same - I just moved things around.
I removed the dashboard
First of all, I removed the dashboard with the stickies. I didn't need as many as I had on the board, but I do like having them with me, I put 2 pads in the pockets inside my planner: a "regular" size and a smaller sized pad. I also stuck a longer lined pad inside a pocket as well. The majority of my planning is done while I am on my chaise lounge, and I have a table next to it with my planner supplies, so I can reach any size sticky I need; therefore I think just two pads are enough.
The dashboard is replaced with daily and/or note pages (graph paper behind the daily pages). I wanted the page to be the first thing I see when I open my planner so I will see at a glance what I need to do around the house, what I need (supplies) for school, or errands my husbands my husband might need me to take care of.
I removed the dividers
The major change is that I removed my full page dividers! This might be temporary, I'll see how I like it. I have a "today" bookmark inside my weekly pages but I also stuck a small pink tab that will also get me to my pages (it just seemed more convenient). Following that is a second tab that leads me to my current monthly pages. I bought these tabs at the Dollar Tree and have a good supply of them. They're easy to use over or, if they loose their sticky, I just replace them. The green tab at the top takes me to my future pages.
Behind the Future Pages are the A-Z pages. The blue tab on the bottom right takes me to the index if I need it, otherwise I can easily see the A-Z dividers.
I can't explain why I like it better, but for right now, I do. I reserve the right to change my mind at any time!