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:
- Projects (includes my Future Pages)
- Weekly Pages
- Monthly Pages
- 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.