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[31 Days #31] Wrapping Up 31 Days of Blogging

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Well, I made it!  I am so glad I decided to participate, even though it was right on the heels of my proclamation that I was going to take a new, relaxed approached to blogging.  As it turned out, I was able to manage my time, get my school work finished, and blog daily (sometimes with the help of scheduling my posts in advance).

It was fun!


It is obvious that I love blogging.  I appreciate the ones of you that took the time and effort to comment on some of my posts.  It is always motivation to bloggers when they get feed back from their followers, and I am pretty sure I speak for the majority of them when I say they welcome your suggestions and even your constructive criticism.

What did I gain from 31 days?

I ended up creating an insert, The Mini Daily Page, that I like a lot and has been quite useful.  That doesn't always happen, so I am happy about that!

I also won a prize!  The host of the 31 Days in October apparently were giving away weekly prizes to random participants and I won a journal.

What did you gain?

If you are new to my blog, did you find something that you absolutely love?  Did you find a new link, tip, idea?  I would love your feedback, and as always, I would love to know your ideas and suggestions for the blog and for new inserts!  Thanks for following along with me in October - I hope you'll come back!

You can find a complete list of all 31 Days here.

[31 Days #30] Planner Links You Should Know About

Friday, October 30, 2015



Philofaxy
(especially Web Finds)




Quo Vadis
 (How to Use a Planner)


What are your favorite planner links?
 Please list them in the comments below.

[31 Days #29] Simple Planner Hack using Binder Clips

Thursday, October 29, 2015
I have a "Today" clear bookmark in my weekly pages but I use it more as a mini-dashboard for post it notes than I do to mark my place.  To go directly to my current weekly spread, I clip all my previous pages (and the left side of my current spread) to my divider.

I used to use a paperclip to do this but recently I received some colorful binder clips as a gift so I am using those.  It has worked out perfectly, and that is the hack part.


Binder clips are perfect for holding your pages together, as mentioned above.

Binder clips are good bookmarks, just flip up one of the side clips. The side clips don't get in the way of writing because you can flip the sides up.

Binder clips can hold extra information, especially if you don't have much pocket space, and this is what got me thinking about all the great uses of using these clips.  Over the weekend I got a letter from my doctor, rescheduling an appointment.  I couldn't process it in my planner at the time so I clipped it to my current spread so I wouldn't lose it.  It worked perfectly!

Binder clips!

(I have heard that some have even used binder clips to hold their pens when a pen loop wasn't available)

[31 Days #28] Don't Forget This - Thanksgiving Daily Page [printable]

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I made this insert last year and because I knew I only needed one, I made one for both 2014 and 2015.  This came in quite handy last year - I was always added to the to-do list and in the time slots I wrote what time to put the turkey in, what time to take it out so I could put the dressing in, etc.  Hope you can use it!

[31 Days #27] Track Everything [printable]

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
You can use this half-size tracker in several ways.  If you only want to track how many days you exercise, write exercise on the line and at the end of the week, write it down again.  Or, if you want to track several different things, it is good for that as well.  Use it as a daily reminder to encourage your child or to take the trash out on Thursdays (circle Thursday with a red pen).  Write all your weekly chores you need to complete.  Be creative!

[31 Days #26] The Daily Mini Page Revisited

Monday, October 26, 2015
Last week I shared a mini-insert that I whipped up to help me manage a list of tasks that were longer than usual. I've mentioned numerous times that I don't use a regular daily page - only when super-busy, but even then I don't need the full insert.  I am finding that this mini page - a little larger than a bookmark - is working very well for me.

As my day started to fill up this past Thursday, I pulled one of Giftie's planner hacks out of the hat and used my highlighter to draw an arrow indicating that the tasks for that day were on a daily page.  I referred to the page often during the morning as I was running my errands, and when I returned home, I had not forgotten one single task.  Thank goodness!

[31 Days #25] Why the Half Size Planner Is My Favorite

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Although I hope to try different sizes in the future, a half size will probably always be my favorite.  It is not so large that I can't carry it with me, nor is it too small to hold the information that I like to have close at hand.  For someone who loves to make her own inserts, a half-size planner is the perfect size because you can always get two inserts on one letter-size page.

I have never been a big purse person; as a matter of fact, when I get a new purse, I often wonder what I can put in it other than a wallet, keys, and lipstick.  Now that I carry a planner, I make sure that it is at least big enough to hold the planner and then .fit the other items around it.  A small planner would not work for me at this time during my life because there are a number of things that I need to keep near.

Probably one of the reasons that I have put off trying any other size planner is the fact that creating the inserts would require more work on my part - namely in the cutting of the pages.  The personal size planner is what I would like to try next.  I have made some inserts for others and have cut them to test them out - it isn't too bad but of course it didn't go as fast as I wanted.

So, room to carry all the things I want is the reason I carry a half-size planner - and let's not forget the fact that half-size inserts allow you to write bigger and more than you would on a smaller size planner - and that's important to me.

[31 Days #24] The Post Where I Express My Love For Planners

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I have long been a fan of paper products, stationary, post it notes, etc.  It is only natural that I would love planners.  Since I am geeky about creating planner inserts (and other printables), it's like I have the best of both worlds.  I get to spend time creating and designing inserts, and then I get to turn around and use them!

As I look at my weekly planner spread, such as the one for this week, pictured above, I feel very content.  Maybe that's because I know there is a plan in place.  As long as I look at my plan, I'm not going to forget that I have an 8am appointment tomorrow or that one of the boys needs to put the trash on the street before Friday morning.

There's appointments on Thursday, Friday school coming up, a wedding on Saturday as well as a trip to the airport and one to see my family.  Those are not big, major deals but there are a lot of details flying around and I have corralled them nicely in my planner.  That is what I call planner peace.

Share with me!  What do you love the most about your planner?

[31 Days #23] It's Back! The One Page Minimalist Thanksgiving Planner [printable]

Friday, October 23, 2015

Last year my One Page Minimalist Thanksgiving Planner was popular with a lot of my readers and since Thanksgiving is pressing in on us, today is the perfect day to share it again with you. Click the picture below to download.

[31 Days #22] Enter to Win a Custom Insert

Thursday, October 22, 2015

[31 Days #21] November Folded Calendar

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
For those of you who print out my fold out monthly calendar, you will be glad to know that I did not forget November!  This file is two pages; I print out the first page, flip it over and print the second page.  Lines have been added to the back of the page for extra notes, if needed.

[31 Days #20] Using Your Planner to Track Your Finances

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
I suppose there are a dozen different ways to use your planner to track your finances but I today I am going to share with you the way my husband and I track ours.

First of all, all of our bills are entered into Google Calendar and are set up to repeat as they are due (weekly, monthly, etc.).  I do this to print out a current calendar for my husband every month so he has his own copy to refer to, and if (heaven forbid) I am every out and about without my planner and I need to know when something is due (sometimes I forget), I almost always have my phone with me and I can refer to my calendar that way.

Not only do I list appointments on my monthly calendars, I always list the bills that are due and pretty much for the same reason:  so I have a dedicated place for them to land.  I guess I am triple-protected because I also have a master list of bills in my project pages.

Every first of the month I transfer appointments and bills due to my weekly pages.  I glance at the week to come and plan accordingly how to pay those bills (automatic withdrawal, online, during errands, etc.)  I like having them on my weekly pages the best, and even though I don't really color code, I often write the bills in red on my weekly pages.  Once they are paid, I highlight them.

Paying the bills is a joint venture in our household and my husband really appreciates the fact that I am so organized with my planner.  It's a worthy tool in his opinion and he even asks me to make notes in it that helps him (such as a reminder to call a client on a specific day later in the week)

Do you use your planner to track finances?

[31 Days #19] Planner Fun is a Winner!

Monday, October 19, 2015
This is my third year participating in the Write 31 Days series.  Have you visited the website to see who else is participating and what they are writing about?  You might find several series you want to follow.

Today I opened my email to find that I was one of the winners in their giveaway for participants.  I didn't even know they were having a giveaway!  Want to know what I won?  A beautiful leather journal.  Here's a picture:


Thank you Write 31 Days and DaySpring!

More planner stuff tomorrow...

[31 Days #18] Pumpkin Notes [printable]

Sunday, October 18, 2015
I almost didn't make it today, did I?  I have been enthralled with all things pumpkin lately - especially Pumpkin Spice Creamer!  Today I made some more note paper for my planner...with pumpkins!

Click the Pumpkin to Download

[31 Days #17] Using Your Planner as a Wallet or to Replace Your Purse

Saturday, October 17, 2015

On any given day you will find these items in my purse:  my planner (always), keys, lip balm, mints ,(sometimes), and a small makeup bag with insulin supplies if I'm eating away from home.  I've heard planners talk about using their planner as a wallet, but what about using it to replace your purse?  I don't carry a lot, so that might work for me but I know some of you can fill a bag up (not mentioning any names of course, Giftie)!

Last week I experimented with doing this as I headed out on an errand.  I carry an 8.5 x 5.5" and it has card slots on both the front and back inside pockets.  I put in my debit card, drivers license, insurance cards and library cards.  Numerous pockets to tuck in some cash - I even popped my phone into one of the oversized pockets.  I often put my keys in my front pocket but this time I looped it through the magnetic strap closure and fastened it.

It worked quite well for me but I think I will feel safer if I carry the keys in my pocket or clip them to my planner rings somehow.  When I need to take my makeup bag, I will probably just put it and my planner into my purse because I don't want to be carrying multiple things in my hands.

I love the idea of using my planner as a wallet.  Someday, I think I would like to experiment with using a personal size, especially since it is about the size of a normal wallet.

Have you ever used your planner as a wallet or to replace your Purse?

[31 Days #16] Mini Daily Page Insert [printable]

Friday, October 16, 2015

Yesterday I needed a daily page but didn't really want a full page so I threw together this mini daily page.  I have to admit up front that I purposefully did not create even margins all around.  The left side is .05" to allow for ing clearance, and because it is half of a half page, I barely have a margin at all on the right side so I have plenty of space to write.  My goal here was function and even though the uneven margins make me a wee bit crazy, I've decided I can live with it!

This insert comes with 4 mini-pages on letter-size paper.  You can download it HERE.

[31 Days 15] Favorite Giftie Posts and Tips

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Before you read on, if you haven't visited Giftie's blog, you need to go there right away and bookmark it or add it to your favorite news reader.  Let's just jump on in:

Write down appointments in one dedicated place.  I write down my appointments on my weekly pages and my monthly pages but my monthly pages is my dedicated to place.  New appointments get written down there first and are then transferred to weekly pages later.  If I don't get through with the transferring, that's okay because I know where I can always find them for sure.

Future Pages are one of my favorite discoveries!  I only keep 3-6 months of monthly pages in my planner - so what if I make an appointment 7 months out?  Future Pages!!  Check out Giftie's YouTube video on this subject.  #Genuis       Handling Future Pages in a Planner

What Can I Put in My Planner?  This is the article you want to read because it has lots of great ideas on the different ways you can use your planner.  Beyond the Calendar - New Ways to Use Your Planner

A to Z files - both the Projects section and the Files or Notes section use the idea of A to Z files.  This is how I finally learned how to not create a new divider for everything I needed to keep in my planner.  Both use an index to show what is included in the section and they are filled alphabetically, which makes them easy to find.

Double Punched Planner Inserts [video] - Another genius idea, in my opinion!  This hack works well with daily pages, future pages, and any other information you always want facing you (right side) when you open your planner.

Seriously, her blog is full of so. many. wonderful tips for your planning process.  It is a must read.

[31 Days #14] The Importance of a System for Successful Planning by Giftie Etcetera

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Peeking at someone else’s planner is a lot like digging through her closet. You see it all – the mess, the chaos, and the shameful “fat clothes” tucked behind the rain boots. So why would anyone invite you in to see her planner?

For me, it’s an acknowledgement that everyone has “fat clothes” - even the skinniest among us. We have something somewhere that is embarrassing and shows our lack of faith in ourselves. By sharing a picture of the insides of my planner (or my closet), I remind others that no one is perfect, but we still survive.

One look at a picture of the inside on my planner will make you question how I even make something so messy and convoluted work for me.


The answer is simple.

I have a system.

The “Giftie System,” as the Planner Fun blog often refers to it, is pretty simple.

The Giftie System

I have a dashboard, projects, a calendar section with a monthly and weekly calendar, a future section, and a notes/ABC files section.

Projects are for active planning, while the notes section is for filed stuff that needs to leave the house with me (like lists of passwords, clothing sizes, or medications).

The monthly calendar is for appointments, while the weekly calendar is for tasks.

Why the Giftie System Works

Beyond the basic bones of my system, my planner can be a beautiful picture of organized information, or a devastating mess of chaos, depending on the week or the day. It doesn’t matter!

Either way, I can always fall back on my system. My system means that I am in control of my planner and always know where to find information. My system is like a good diet of lean proteins, fruits, and veggies combined with regular exercise; it keeps my planner healthy.

You don’t even need to follow my system!

That’s right. Your system can be designed to mirror mine (as the one at Planner Fun is currently done) or can be completely different.

What matters is that you know your own system and you work the system.

Want to use more post-its? Just keep your use consistent with your system. Notice, for example, that my post-its are lists of tasks, so they go in the weekly section of the calendar, along with all other tasks.

Want to brainstorm and draw a mind map? If it’s for a work project that is due in the near future, it goes in projects. If it is a long-term goal list, and inactive and just for reference, it goes in notes.

Take a few minutes, think about how your planner is set-up, and create a system that works for you. If you need help creating your perfect system, feel free to visit me at www.GiftieEtcetera.com for some great ideas!

Once your planner works, it’s like a closet containing only clothes that look good on your body. It’s freedom! It’s no longer being embarrassed if your planner is a mess, because it is a hard-working, effective mess, that leaves you time and space to actually live your life.

A huge thank you to Becky, from Planner Fun, for inviting me to do this guest post.

Etcetera.

Thank you Kristy for another wonderful blog post!  I am so thankful you share your knowledge and ideas with us.

[31 Days #13] Giftie Etcetera (Guest Posts Tomorrow!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Did your heart skip a beat when you saw a series called "31 Days of Planner Fun"?  The first thing I did when I decided to participate in 31 Days was to check out the organization section to see if anyone else was going to blog about planners.

Want to know a secret?  I know where you can get 365 days of planning and organization (give or take a few days because you never know what life is going to throw at you).  Kristy, creator of the Giftie System and the owner of the Giftie Etcetera, writes almost everyday on the topic of planners, systems, organization and order.  Everyday I check my news reader first thing to see if her blog has posted anything new.

When I first got started using a planner, I was somewhat overwhelmed.  I created inserts and dividers (lost of dividers) and posted information that was thrown all over my planner.  I got a peek at the planners that were decorated like scrapbooks and tried to use some washi tape to give my pages some color, but knew right away that wasn't going to be for me.

What to do?  Fortunately I came across Giftie's blog and knew right away that her system would work best for me.  I let go of decorating expectations, and the idea that I needed a divider for all 749 areas of my life.  I read back posts and videos and set up my planner as closely as I could to match Kristy's system.  It's been over a year and I haven't deviated very far from th e plan since that time.

Guess what!?  Tomorrow Kristy is guest blogging on Planner Fun!  The title of her post is, "The Importance of a System for Successful Planning" and it is awesome!  I can't wait for you to read about the basics of her system - and remember you can read about it in detail on her blog!

So be sure to visit Wednesday, and stay tuned on Thursday when I share with you my favorite Giftie Etcetera blog posts and tips.

[31 Days #12] Week on Two Pages Tweak

Monday, October 12, 2015
My week on 2 pages rarely changes unless I want to add a tweak here and there (and I love adding tweaks).  Last week I wanted to make my weekdays just a big larger so I modified my layout to have Monday - Wednesday on one side and Thursday through Sunday on the right side.  Saturday and Sunday share a block whereas they previously had their own.  If you are interested, get the PDF below.

Download Here

[31 Days #11] Feeling Overwhelmed? Try a Daily Plan

Sunday, October 11, 2015

During the school year we have Friday School 3 times a month and those days are quite busy for us. Since I normally only use a weekly spread (on 2 pages), I can end up putting a lot of information on Thursday and Friday - and last week was no exception.

Above you can see how my Thursday was looking.  I started jotting down all the things I wanted to remember to do and buy and ended up with information everywhere.  Even with it written down, it felt like I was going to forget something.

When that happens, it is time to pull out a daily sheet.  I printed two daily pages and started sorting the information into groups:  to do, to buy, appointments, etc.  See the image below to see how it turned out.


Although Friday is the busy day, Thursday is just as busy in terms of preparation.  My daily page for Friday looks like there is nothing going on - but that's because I don't refer to my planner after we leave home for Friday School.  It's an automatic schedule and something I don't need to remember.

[31 Day 10] My Favorite Tool

Saturday, October 10, 2015
I am apparently a snob when it comes to inserts because all the ones I have in my planner were made by me.  I spend lots of time looking at others, but I must be too picky.

So, I have spent a lot of time punching holes.  After almost a year of doing this, I thought asking for a hole punch to fit my half-size pages was a good idea.

I am in love.

Seriously, I have never loved a tool more than my hole punch.  I've punched holes in my calendar pages, warranties, receipts, greeting cards - anything I wanted to tuck away in my planner.

This is the one I bought for my planner (half-size, 7 holes) at Amazon.  For me it was like Dial-up internet:  I was completely satisfied with what I had, until I discovered something that made my life so much easier.

Do you have something like this that you don't want to live without?  My paper cutter is a close second for me.

[31 Days #9} Something I Learned From My Blogging Break

Friday, October 9, 2015
I am a better planner when I am blogging about planners.

School hit in August (remember, I am a homeschooler) and my life got very busy for awhile with school planning and other activities.  I put my blog on the back burner so I wouldn't feel so pressured to accomplish everything by the end of the day as well as try to blog everyday as well.

The pressure was definitely off but then my planning slacked.  I stopped writing everything down.  I quit looking at my planner everyday.  It was a mess.  Apparently, keeping up with what is going on in the planning world was a good thing for me.  I realized this a few days into my 31 Days in October project.

So now here I am planning everyday.  I'm in my planner everyday and am writing things down.  What's the main lesson?  You have to make your planner an important part of your life.  You have to look at it everyday, several times a day.  You have to write things down.  You have to do the things that you have written down.

Your planner is not going to work for you unless you work your planner.

Lesson learned.

[31 Days #8] Tracking TV in Your Planner

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Fall TV is here - do you have any favorite shows?  I am more of a Netflix girl, watching shows at my convenience, but there are a lot of new shows this year and there are a few of them I want to check out.  For those of you who like to ask, "What do you put in your planner?", this is one of the things that I track.

I simply jotted down the ones I want to watch on a piece of graph paper, along with the time and where to find it, and put the list under in my "projects" sections - filed under "TV".  Now it is accessible when I want to find something to write.

Last December, I created an insert for the blog that  is handy for those of you who like to binge watch television shows.  Netflix is good about keeping up with the next episode you want to watch and I rely on it to tell me where I am, but sometimes I need more - especially if I am watching shows on the internet.  Just write in the name of your favorite show and check off the episodes as you watch them.  You can find it here.

[31 Days #7] My Current Menu Planner

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The printable I am sharing with you today is my most favorite meal planner of all times.  It is a basic table with columns and rows, with spaces to write in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals; underneath that is a long column to fill in the ingredients you will need for each day.

After all the ingredients and other needed items are added, I transfer them to my grocery list, which is organized by the store aisles.  It may sound complicated but it's not - it's actually a quick process - which is why it's my favorite planner!

You can download it here.

[31 days #6] 1 Planner - 5 Dividers

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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When I first started planning, I asked a lot of people what sections did they use in their planner.  My first planner had a gazillion dividers because I thought I needed a section for each area of my life.  I had a "celebrations" tab where I put information on birthday parties, Thanksgiving gatherings, etc.  I had a section for passwords, a section for shopping and online orders...the list goes on and on.  No wonder it kind of frustrated me - it had too much stuff in it!

Today I have 5 sections in my planner, in this order:

  1. Projects (includes my Future Pages)
  2. Weekly Pages
  3. Monthly Pages
  4. Tasks
  5. A to Z Notes
1. Projects - the first time I ever saw the "projects" on planner inserts or mentioned in planner articles, I immediately thought they were for corporate executives who had real projects they had to work on.  Now I see them in a whole new light.  My projects file contains items that I currently refer to on a semi-regular basis (a blog to-do list, an info sheet on my kids retainer, etc.), and I use A to Z dividers to keep them organized.

A Note on Future Pages - I learned about Future pages from Giftie, and for a long time I had a whole section devoted to them.  I am currently trying out using them in my project section.  They inserted first behind the "F" tab so I can get to them quickly.  

2. Weekly Pages - My favorite weekly layout is a week on two pages.  I recently made a small tweak to mine - the left page has 3 days, starting with Monday.  On the right side I have Thursday and Friday and at the bottom, Saturday and Sunday are side by side.

3. Monthly Pages - I use a month on two pages for my layout.

4. Tasks - Lists and more lists go here:  a honey- do or project list for my husband, spring cleaning lists, chore lists - that sort of thing.

5. A to Z - this is like an archive for my projects.  I don't refer to these files regularly but I want them nearby when I need them (info on a software program I bought and use regularly, birthday list, etc.)

I haven't labeled my tabs because I'm afraid I will mess them up and not be able to redo them.
As it turns out, with only 5 tabs, I haven't needed the labels.

As you might be able to see already, the info I placed behind the many dividers I created in the beginning, are now often placed in projects or my A to Z file, cutting out the need for those gazillion dividers.  Special bookmarks or clips can be used to call attention to a frequently used page, or one you need to access quickly.

You can find a wide variety of the weekly and monthly pages that I have made by visiting my Freebies Page.

[31 Days #5] A Little Something For You [printable]

Monday, October 5, 2015
I absolutely adore this time of year and if I could pick one season to live in 365 days a year, this would be it.  This is the time of the year that I start thinking of pumpkin spice everything like all the other pumpkin crazies, start looking for the color change of the leaves, and enjoy every minute of cool temps that I can (notice that I said "cool" not "cold!"

One of my favorite things to do is make note paper and to do lists with clipart.  More often than not, I just stick white or graph paper in my planner, but occasionally I will treat myself.   Today I've combine two of my favorites and have made some note paper with this sweet autumn clipart.  Print it on 8.5 x 11 paper (2 to a page).

Download Here

[31 Days #4] My Surprising Confession: I'll Never Use Them All!

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Thank goodness I don't decorate my planner - I would collect and spend a fortune on all the colorful stickers and other embellishments.  How do I know?  Let me tell you about the 3 things that I do collect.  I don't use them for decorations and I have plenty, but I still can't stop buying them!

1. Pens & Highlighters

It must be the color thing that propels me to keep added these to my collection.  In my own defense, I might add that several of these pens and highlighters were "Secret Sister" gifts from some of my homeschool moms.  In my planner I use a Sharpie pen (not marker) to do most of my writing - I occasionally use a red one to write in something I want to stand out.  I use a highlighter to cross through items when they are completed.  To justify the amount of pens and highlighters I use, I often switch out the colors I am using.   <grin>


 2. Clips, clips, and more clips!

Just like above, some of these were gifts as well, but I have purchased several of them myself!  I use these clips to mark pages I want to get to quickly.  For example, I have several pages of weeklies in my planner.  I clip all used pages together to the weekly divider and am able to go right to today's date.  I do the same thing with my monthly pages.  I have used all the styles of these clips at one time or the other in my planner -  love those oversized clips!

3.  Sticky Notes

Ah, well - these things are more like an obsession.  I also have these in several different shapes and I use them all over my planner.  I have more of these than I will ever use but at least I have choices, right?  Some of these have been gifted to me as well.

[31 Days #3] Planner Dashboards

Saturday, October 3, 2015
I've written about planner dashboards more than once in the last year.  As a matter of fact, "Use Your Dashboard!" is one of my more popular posts.  A dashboard is basically what you you see first when you open your planner  Having available what I use most is generally what I like to use as a dashboard  For me, that has often included sticky notes and a place to jot down notes.  I've had many different dashboards and I've posted a few of them below.  Scroll down to see what my dashboard looks like a year later.






My Current Dashboard:


My dashboard has evolved to just a few sheets of notepaper in the front of my planner  This is where I jot down items I need to remember and process for later - with some sticky notes tucked away in the inside pocket of my planner.  As time goes by, things get more and more simple.

[31 Days #2] What Kind of Planner Are You?

Friday, October 2, 2015
I've been using a planner consistently for a little over a year now.  You can read here about my planner use before 2014.  If you are a loyal reader of this blog, you know that I have adopted many of the techniques that Kristy writes about on her blog, Giftie Etcetera, so many of my tips are not original (why reinvent the wheel?) and I will try to always link back to the sources I use.

I refer Kristy's method as a no-nonsense approach - write everything down that needs to be done, processing these items into different areas of the planner in order to take care of them in the most efficient way possible.

Many people like to decorate their planners in varying degrees.  You have, what I call, the scrapbook planners where every day is decorated with tape and stickers and decorative writing.  I loved scrapbooking for a long while but then I had children.  I can't do scrapbooking and planning at the same time - I get waay to distracted.

See the Washi tape in that little drawer (it's about 9 inches wide)?  That's all the tape I have.  I bought the thin, solid color tape probably my first week of planning  Every once in awhile I will use it to put a line of color on one of my pages, but 98% of the pages in my planner have no tape or other decorations.

A person's planner is as unique as they are and what works for one, will not work for all.  Decorating pages does not working for me.  My planner is more like a portable brain and that is what I need it for the most.

What kind of planner are you?  I'd love to get some discussions going this month so if you'd like to join in on the conversation, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

31 Days of Planner Fun 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015
I thought long and hard about whether or not I felt like I could commit to writing another 31 Days series and only decided today, October 1st.  I wrote on the same topic one year ago, shortly after I had begun using a planner.  Lots of ideas flowed and I had no problem filling up the 31 days.

This year?  Well, it might not be as easy but I do have enough ideas to get me going - the main one being how my planner use has changed after one year.  I also want to talk about what kind of impact using a planner has made in my life.

Last year I prescheduled many of my blog posts - I had that much to say!  This year I hope to at least blog on weekdays.  It's all a bit of flying by the seat of my pants.  Feel free to jump on in when you can for posts, links, printables and tips.

Bookmark this page and get all the posts in the series as they happen.  Want to browse 31 Days of Planner Fun, 2014?  Click Here.

Day 1:    31 Days of Planner Fun Introduction
Day 2:    What Kind of Planner Are You?
Day 3:    Planner Dashboards
Day 4:    My Surprising Confession: I'll Never Use Them All!
Day 5:    A Little Something For You
Day 6:    1 Planner - 5 Dividers
Day 7:    My Current Menu Planner
Day 8:    Tracking TV In Your Planner
Day 9:    Something I Learned From My Blogging Break
Day 10:  My Favorite Tool
Day 11:   Feeling Overwhelmed?  Try a Daily Plan
Day 12:   Week on Two Pages Tweak
Day 13:  Giftie Etcetera
Day 14:  The Importance of a System for Successful Planning by Giftie Etcetera
Day 15:  Favorite Giftie Tips and Posts
Day 16:  Mini Daily Page Insert
Day 17:  Using Your Planner as a Wallet or to Replace Your Purse
Day 18:  Pumpkin Notes Printable
Day 19:  Planner Fun is a Winner!
Day 20:  Using Your Planner to Track Your Finances
Day 21:  November Folded Calendar
Day 22:  Enter to Win a Custom Insert
Day 23:  It's Back!  The One Day Minimalist Thanksgiving Planner
Day 24:  The Post Where I Express My Love For Planners
Day 25:  Why The Half Size Planner Is My Favorite
Day 26:  The Daily Mini Page Revisited
Day 27:  Track Everything!
Day 28:  Don't Forget This - Thanksgiving Daily Page
Day 29:  Simple Planner Hack Using Binder Clips
Day 30:
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