Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free Dated Calendar

Yes, I know it is May already, but I happen to like to change things up every once in awhile.  As a result, I'm sharing these inserts with you.  I printed them on 8.5 x 5.5 paper - I know nothing about double sided printing, nor have I even figured out how to print odds and then evens!  I just print one, turn it over, and print the other side.  I like this layout because there is lots of room to write in the squares, and it has a graph paper background.  If you are interested in giving them a try, download them here.

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 10, 2017

Dated Daily Pages for April

Last week a reader asked me if I was going to share the 2017 version of my favorite daily page.  Since I change my inserts often, I don't print out many at one time but thought I would work on these pages for the month of April.  To be honest, I worked a few hours on these for the entire year but when I opened my program this morning - there they were - April only!!  So, this is what I have so far.  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 web looking at all the colorful planners.

After awhile, 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 work space 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!