Wednesday, April 20, 2016

3 Things I Use the Most in my Planner

Dashboard:  Ask 3 different people what a planner dashboard looks like and you might get 3 different answers.  I consider the very first page of my planner my dashboard.  I've used thick card stock covered in stickies as a dashboard, graph paper only, and even my first divider.  Currently I am using a clear, zipper pouch as my dashboard.  I have a couple of pics of my boys inside, and sometimes I thrown in various things, such as a check that needs depositing or even a hair tie to pull my hair up.  I often use sticky notes on the outside for various reminders - something I need to see when I open my planner.

Weekly Pages:  When I first started using a planner, I had a week-at-a-glance page (on one page) inside but I never used it.  I didn't see the need when I had a monthly calendar - but then I began learning how to use a planner - now it's my most used section.

Homeschool Lesson Plans:  For the past 8 years or so, I have kept my lesson plans in a letter-sized binder.  When I started using a planner in 2014, I experimented with using an 8.5 x 5.5 planner (but not my planner) to keep my lesson plans.  I liked it okay but I found I didn't like keeping two separate planners.  This year I culled my planner and made room to host my lesson plans along with all my other everyday calendars and lists.

I love it.  Every few weeks I pull out the previous plans archive them in another planner/binder and this works well.  It just makes sense keeping up with dates and appointments, both home and homeschool together.

A Close Fourth would be my monthly pages.  I don't refer to them daily but several times a week.  At the first of the month I put all my monthly items into my weekly pages.  If something needs to be added in the middle of the month, I add it to both my monthly and weekly pages so nothing gets missed.

What is you number one, most used section of your planner?

1 comment:

  1. #1 most used section of my planner would have to be my weekly pages. That is where all my appointments, to dos, and reminders go. I keep a dashboard at the very front of hte planner for quick reference, but weekly is where it is at.