Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My Favorite Planner Hacks

You've heard me mention over the years how much I've learned about planning from Giftie Etcetera, and a lot of my favorite planner hacks come from her.  I use a ring bound planner, which I love, but despise writing on the left side of the planner.  The double hole punch hack takes care of that pesky problem.  I had to get rid of my perfectionist tendency to use it, but once I did, it was very freeing!  Below is Giftie's video describing the hack.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Franklin Covey Inspired Daily Page

In case I don't get to editing the dates and printing out my daily pages, I modified a made a copy and edited the page to make it an undated, one-page spread.

The left column has an empty block to write in the date, with a few context items below it. The rest of the column looks very similar to a normal Franklin Covey daily page.

On the right side of the page, I have 6 lines to write in any appointments that I have. The rest of the column is dedicated to notes.

I like fussing and tweaking my page regularly, but when I don't have the time, I like having something I can write in the day and get to planning.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Currently in my Planner [new download]

I love watching the planner set up videos of other planners, but YouTube is definitely not my medium!  Instead, I took pictures of the main parts of my planner and I will share with you how I use each one.

My Filofax came with a plastic flyleaf and I use that for some tab stickers and a couple of Post-It notes that I use the most frequently.

I rarely use daily pages, but recently I thought I would try out using a daily page and notes section.  This a big stretch for me going from no daily page, to a daily page AND a notes section.  I like the notes section - I use it for all sorts of things:  my menu plan on Friday night (groceries on Saturday), questions I want to ask when I have to make a call, even notes on my health or question to ask the doctor.  The only thing I don't like about a daily spread is leaving a blank page if I have a time I don't use the daily page.  My plan for that is to use undated pages.  I made the insert above, and as you can see I copied the Franklin Covey daily page fairly closely.  I printed about a weeks worth of dated pages, after that I will use a version that isn't dated.

This is a tweaked version of my Week on 2 Pages Boxes Plus.  I write the date in beside the day of the week and right above the dinner plan, I write in the date for the week.  I like this layout a lot!  Important dates go on the outside columns and there is a large section for to dos for the week.  Everything I really need to know for the week is in one spot.  Often I will write out my goals for the week in the notes section, and in the bottom right box I write out reminders for the next week, such as an event that is coming up.

I also upgraded my pages and made the boxes larger with a graph paper background.  I love having more space to write in.  I shared those on the blog last week.

For several years I've had a "projects" section and a "files" section that both act the same, except the files section is an archive and the projects are for things more current.  I had so few projects going on that I decided to combine them.  I use A-Z tabs to keep it all organized and I often use a colored tab on pages that I access the most often.  I put short, miscellaneous information on the inside of the A-Z tabs, such as, on the "L" divider I wrote in my library number.  The "A" tab has the size of our a/c filters.  It's important to add a note - I often write a number or code and then have no idea what it means or that it is for!

The list section is brand new in my planner and I'm not sure I will keep it - those same items could easily fit in my files section.  I forgot to mention above that I have an index at the beginning of the files section and also in the list section.  I cross out items if I remove them and when the index starts looking too messy or I run out of space, I recopy it onto a new sheet.

There's a blank tab that will probably be used as a financial section, and I keep blank notepaper behind the last tab.

...and that's it!!  I try to keep things as minimal as possibly.  I love the pretty planners, and would love to do it if I had time and money to devote to it, but for now, a simple planner helps me to get things done without being distracted by stickers, stamps, and such.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FREE Insert: Busy Day Daily Page

I'm a cheapskate when it comes to printing with color ink - it is so expensive!!  However, last week I decided to bite the bullet and buy ink that wasn't the same brand as my printer.  I normally pay about $17 for one black, but the ink I bought was $11 and for it I got 2 black and 3 colors.  Wow, what a savings, but does it work!?  Well, so far so good!

So, I have decided that I am going to start adding a little color into my life!  This busy day page actually has two options - the first page is in color, the second in black and white.

You can download them here.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Simple Planning

In 2014 when I started using a planner, I went out and bought washi tape, colored pencils and pens, clips, sticky notes and more.  Since creating printables was sort of my thing, I also made all of my calendars and inserts.  I spent hours on Pinterest, Facebook groups and the web looking at all the colorful planners.

After a while, I stumbled across the Giftie Etcetera blog and everything changed for me.  I like all the colors and the pretty, but apparently, I am a functional planner at heart. At that time, I went from having a dozen tabs in my planner and a gazillion inserts to having about 5 tabs and fewer inserts.  Since then, my style has changed a little, but I always go back to the core system I learned from Giftie (aka Kristy). Here's what I include in my planner:

Weekly Section:  I use a week on 2 pages layout to keep up with all the things that are going on in my week.  I almost always use these inserts (download link included).  It's definitely my workspace because on it I jot down my menu, my day specific tasks, bills due, and sometimes daily tracking (such as water or exercise).  I also put appointments in my weekly section, but they go on my monthly calendar first.

Monthly section:  there's not much explanation needed here. I put all my appointments here as well as due dates for bills, and prescription refills.

Projects:  getting rid of extra tabs made my system work better for me; Instead of a "holiday" tab, I create a project page {wish list, family party prep, etc}.  Before putting something in your planner, ask yourself if you need a dedicated tab or if a single project page will do.  Here's a lot more on the subject.

Future Planning:  I don't have a year's worth of monthly pages in my planner at one time and I certainly don't have next years pages.  Future pages give me a way to record events that will happen in the future.  At the first of the month, or when I put new monthly pages in my planner, I check my future pages for items to transfer to my monthly pages.  For me, it is usually homeschool events that are planned a year ahead of time, bills that are due every 3 or 6 months (like insurance), and I have been known to write down the premiere of a television show I am following.  Here's a link to undated future pages.

My future pages in 2015

Files:   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 have a to z tabs in this section since there is so much information.  The tabs I use are actually for an address book so the back of them have lines.  I keep up with little bits of information here and it has been so helpful.  For example:  behind A I have my Amazon pin number and my Air filter size.  Under H, I have my hair color name and number.  On my M tab I have a sticky note with a diagram of which way we turned our mattress last.  Cool.

Simple Planning

Does this sound simple to you?  It has worked well for me.  Lately, my planner has become more simple.  Currently I'm not using my favorite week on 2 pages, but the inserts that came with my new Filofax.  I will go back to them but for now I am content just scribbling down the information I need.  I also haven't printed out my Future pages for the year.  Instead, I wrote the months, 3 to each side, on two sheets of paper.  It really helps me get things done instead of being enslaved to my perfectionist (only with paper) tendencies.

I looked back at some of my early writing to write this blog post.  It was fun seeing how I had changed, and it also made me want to try somethings again.  Check out the archives!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Felicities 2.0

  1. The hint of warmer weather. 
  2. Setting up a new blog. 
  3. Watching kittens play.
  4. Waiting for babies to come into the world.
  5. Makingjust to help me get organized.
What makes you happy? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Free Weekly Planner Insert

I love planners.  I love creating printables.  I love creating printables for my planner!  Yep, it's true; I change up my planner layouts fairly often because I love using something new and I love the challenge of creating something I see from somewhere else.  The inspiration for this insert came from Pinterest.

This insert is 8½ by 5½ and can be downloaded here.  Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more freebies like this.  Check out my archived blog, Planner Fun, for tons of free inserts for your planner in a variety of sizes.

Four Little Girls

This is a picture of me and my 3 sisters. I was using the picture to compare sizes for my new blog and had intended on deleting it, but just look at those little girls!  I had to keep it up.  We were so cute!  If I had to guess, I would say the year was 1970.  A lot has changed and happened in those 40+ years.