Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ideas For Inserts [Part 3] Everyday Life

Other than a week at a glance calendar and a monthly calendar, I couldn't figure out what else I could possibly need in my planner.  Of course this was years ago and now I have an abundance of ideas.  I've had my share of inserts that I never used and knew I wouldn't when I put them in my planner!  After some time, I wanted everything to be relevant and realistic to my life.

An insert to track orders?  I only use that around Christmas but I do find it helpful so I keep that insert on file in my computer and print when I need it.

How about an insert to track TV series, especially when binge watching them on TV?   I made a nice insert for this but never printed one out for myself since Netflix does a pretty good job of keeping up with where I am.

So, what inserts do I use?  What inserts do you need?  Inserts that help you with the tasks of everyday life!  Some of the inserts I make never hit the blog because they are so customized to my life that no one else would find them helpful. The more generic inserts are what you'll find at Planner Fun.

Here are a few ideas of what I use:
 Most people would just get a piece of graph paper and just draw out some of these things but since this is a fun creative outlet for me, they get turned into inserts. What things from your everyday life do you document or track in your planner?  Any ideas for new inserts?

Part 4 will conclude our series next week.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Planner Experience 006 - Link Up

Ready to link your planner posts?  Below you will find the link up for The Planner Experience #006!  thanks to all of you for participating every week as we get this link up going.

Feel free to take the button below for your blog or post.  If you'd like to share more than one post, please go ahead - let's limit it to 3 a week. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Ever Changing Dashboard

I like having some sort of dashboard, but I'm not a big fan of bold prints or photos that might distract me. For some time I've only had a few sheets of paper in front of my planner that I've used as a dashboard. I recently watched Giftie's 2016 Planner Set-up and noticed that she had some sort of plastic insert as her dash and decided to copy the idea.   I've heard it said,

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
(Charles Caleb Colton) 

If this is so, I hope Kristy feels flattered because I love taking her ideas and trying to make them work for me. I riffled through my planner drawer until I found a plastic pouch that would work and put it into my planner.  My sticky notes stay stuck  :)  and I can easily move around to either side of the pouch.  It has the added bonus of holding the latest school picture of my boys, which I like quite a bit and anything else that is flat can be stuck inside

Side note:  the orange sticky note is the schedule we follow every week for "Friday School" (our church homeschool group).  I know the order we do things but can never quite seem to remember the times!

The current grocery list is behind my dashboard and my blank note pages are behind that. I regularly go though any notes I take and discard the ones that are needed and make project pages out of the rest.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Reader Request: Week on 4 Pages [printable]

Samantha recently send me this request: "I love using half size planner pages but can't seem to find any that will accommodate the stickers I have purchased (Erin Condren size), as well as still have a column available for notes and/or checklist stickers. Could you PLEASE create a 'week on 4 pages' spread that would combine all these things into one?"

After exchanging several emails (and a great drawing by Samantha!), this is what I came up with:

There is plenty of space underneath each day of the week to write in the date, as well as room for her weekly checklist, and notes space galore.  Thanks Samantha for sending me photos of the inserts in your planner - it is kind of neat seeing them in a planner other than my own.

You can download the inserts HERE.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Fun: Notepaper for Lists or Journaling [printable]

I made some fun notepaper for you today that you could use to jot down your to do list, send a note to a friend or journal your thoughts for the day.  Click HERE to download the pdf.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ideas for Inserts [Part 2]

My latest surprise for finding insert ideas, both to make and to use in my planner, has come from bullet journals.  Bullet journaling is far more expansive than I ever thought and I discovered that afer only seeing a couple of layouts in a planner group.  That led me to joining a bullet journal Facebook group.  I don't actually use a Bullet Journal, or a BuJo as they like call them, but I stay in the group just to stalk all their layouts.

One of my most successful layouts was inspired from one such layout.  The thing is, they draw their layouts every week!  That may very well be why I don't use a BuJo.  Here are some ideas that I would like to see as inserts:

From Our Escape - click for larger view

From thecursivebird - Instagram

From Stone Soup for Five

Join me next week for Part 3 of Ideas for Inserts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Planner Experience Linky Party 005

Welcome to Week 5 of our Linky Party, The Planner Experience.  Thanks to all of you who have been participating.  Please spread the word!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

4 Things I Track In My Planner

I've learned so much in the past 18 months or so about using a planner.  While I once believed planners were nothing more than a glorified wall calendar, my opinion change after starting and putting my own into use.  I do keep up with appointments but there are many other areas I track as well.

1.  Medical
If you're familiar with my story, you know that in 2008 I went on dialysis and in 2010 I had a kidney transplant.  All of a sudden, especially after the surgery, I had many appointments to go to, many things I had to remember, and a ton of medications to take (at different times) and keep up with refills.  I wish I had been using a planner then!  The appointments are not as frequent but I do keep up with monthly blood work (locally) and tri-annual appointments with my nephrologist at Vanderbilt (3 hours from me).  The medication is never-ending and I rely on my planner to help me keep up with ordering and asking for refills.

2.  Finances
My husband and I both work together to keep up with our bills.  I write the due dates in my monthly calendar every month as well as my weekly spread.  I like to see them there as reminders so nothing is forgotten or looked over.  I pay a large majority of our bills online and keep a list of passwords in my planner in case I forget.  You would think after paying bills monthly I wouldn't forget - but I do.  If you are worried someone will see your passwords, try this hack I learned from Giftie:  write them in code.  If your password is TreeHugger167!, add or subtract a letter:  UsffIvhhf278!  That would be a lot of work to decode!  In my weekly spread, I mark through each paid bill with my highlighter.

3.  Daily Tasks (or To Do List)
Tasks that are day specific goes on my weekly spread, while others go on my to do list.  For instance, I take a Vitamin D pill once a month on the 17th and make a note of it on the day I take it.  Once I have done that, I mark through it with my highlighter.  Other tasks that can be moved to the next week if not finished, go on the to do list.  I am currently using this spread with the weekly calendar on the left and the to do list (and meal plan) on the right.

4.  Homeschooling Events
I started homeschooling in 2006 when my oldest son started Kindergarten, so it has been a huge part of my life ever since.  We are part our church's homeschool group that has been a great source of help, fun, socialization, and great memories.  I use my planner to keep up with weekly meetings (3 Fridays every month), report deadlines family events (Parents Dinner, Family Picnic, etc.), and activities to plan when it is my month to teach. My planner has been invaluable at keeping me organized with all these activities.

In addition to Friday School events, I am now using my planner to document my weekly lesson plans at home.  I've gone back and forth in the last couple of years with my plans.  Shortly after I started using a planner in 2014, I used a separate planner to keep up with my plans.  I didn't like having two different planners and moved it back to my notebook.  I didn't particularly like dealing with the big notebook every day when writing in my plans but it was what I was used to.  Now I am trying something different, I have put my current plans in my planner - right in there with my calendars and projects.  Having everything together works so much better for me, but there is an issue with space.  I have made room by culling out old projects and filing past calendar pages.

What do you track in your planner?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Undated Weekly Two Page Spread [printable]

Can you tell that making two page weekly spreads is my favorite thing to do?  Here is another one that I "whipped" up last night.  I am really liking the idea of the weekly calendar on one side and the to do's on the other (as opposed to writing my tasks on individual days).  You can download this one HERE.

If you blog about planners, please consider linking your post up on Wednesday's linky party, The Planner Experience.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ideas for Inserts or What Can I Put In My Planner? [Part 1]

When I first started using my planner I had a ton of dividers and inserts because I am the Queen of Compartmentalizing.  That's why I've had so many notebooks, and blogs, and dividers, and - well, you get my gist.

Maybe you are a newbie planner and are looking for ideas of what to put in your planner.  Since this is an insert blog, maybe I can help you find ideas or help you come up with your own.  If you get too many things going on in your planner, visit for great advice on how to streamline your planner and keep your thoughts organized.

I get a lot of ideas for inserts from my readers.  I have always encouraged readers to drop me a line telling me what kind of inserts they are looking for.  As often as I can I try to make their ideas come to life.

I also get ideas from members of like-minded Facebook Groups.  Many of the members even share pictures of their inserts and planners to give you an endless number of ideas for your own planner.  go to search in Facebook and enter "planner group"; you will find many.  If you have time to browse, go way back in the "archives" (don't you wish they actually had an archive by month and year?)  You might want to start with this one:  Giftie Etcetera  Planners, Planning, and Organizing.

Coming Soon:  Ideas for Inserts [Part 2]

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Giftie Etc. - Planner Fun February Team Up [printable]

Welcome to the February edition of the Giftie Etcetera - Planner Fun Pair Up where I create a free printable and Kristy shows you alternate ways to use it.  This months insert is called Grids & Lines and, as usual, Kristy has some great ideas.

You can read Kristy's post HERE.

Download the insert here:  Grids & Lines  (Corrected Link)

Do you have a planner blog, or ever post about your planner?  Check out today's link up party, The Planner Experience and add your link!

The Planner Experience Link Up Party 004

Thanks to everyone for sharing your posts on the link up last week!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been writing this week.  Feel free to take the button below for your blog or post.  If you'd like to share more than one post, please go ahead - let's limit it to 3 a week.  Link up 004 begins below

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Last Week in my Planner (Feb 1-7)

This insert is still working very well for me.  A few changes might be made to it (for me) in the future.  I'm finding that I do not use the weekly checklist, and that means either I don't need it or I really do need it!  I'm not sure what I would put there in its place.  The inspiration section?  I wrote down the layers I was planning for my 7 layer dip.  Maybe that should just be another notes section.

Having specific appointments and time specific tasks in the outer columns has been working great and I love the to-list.  So, I will continue to use it another week!

Friday, February 5, 2016

{Corrected Link} Dated Future Pages with Monthly Calendars [printable]

The right and left sides are 0.5" so I can use Giftie's Double Punch Insert Hack.  It's a clever idea - check it out!

Blood Sugar, Insulin and Food Log [printable]

Here is another insert created purely out of necessity.  I've changed my diet in the last couple of months and I'm losing weight - that's the good news.  It has improved my blood sugar to the point that I don't need as much insulin, but getting that adjusted has not been easy.  Waking up in the middle of the night with low blood sugar is not fun!  I decided I needed to document exactly what I'm eating, how much insulin I'm taking and what my blood sugar is as a result.  If I continue to have problems, I'll take this in to my doctor so he can instruct me how to take care of it.

Do you need something similar?  You can download it HERE

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Reader Request: Modify the WO2P PLUS [printable]

A reader requested that the shading be removed from the outside columns of the WO2P PLUS (notice how I say the WO2P PLUS as if it were a big deal?  LOL)

As it turns out, I had already made this modification for my own personal use.  I thought it needed the shading to balance it out - maybe it does, I don't know, but I like it without the shading as well.

Download it HERE.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Planner Experience: Link Up Party #3

Hey Everyone,  I switched days on you! After two weeks I discovered that Fridays were not the best day for me.  I promise I won't move us around again.  I’m so glad you’re here to browse through our link ups or share your own blog posts. We are still a very new link up party but hopefully it will continue to grow over time. Thank you for coming by to share!

  •  Link up a post from your blog that in some way shares about planners:  a tip, your weekly setup, planner inserts that you've made, tools and accessories that you use, etc.
  • You are welcome to share a Linky button on your blog, but it is not necessary.  You can find the code here, or if you would rather, save the one above to your own computer.
  • When you find time, visit the other link ups and tell them your visiting from the linky party.
Let's get started!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Undated WO2P Boxes Plus [printable]

Here's another experiment for you to try out.  Have to have choices, you know? Download HERE

Monday, February 1, 2016

Last Week in my New WO2P PLUS Layout

Let me just say, I am loving the WO2P PLUS layout.  My previous layout had plenty of space and I  recorded both appointments and tasks on my weekly spread.  It has always worked well one drawback was that I was often recopying tasks from day to day. With once central to do list, I didn't have to do this.  I also like just looking to the outside of the pages to see that day's appointments and items that must be done on that day.  Having so many (PLUS) items on one spread eliminates the need for other pages (menu, check list, etc.).  I liked it so well that I am using it again this week.