Monday, May 22, 2017
This insert is very much like the daily page I use here, it's just larger and I'm using the Pupcat font. It's a fun font and I'm finding I'm liking the larger lines. If you are interested, you can download it here. There's also a two on one page that you can download here.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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
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 rot in the day and get to planning.
Monday, May 1, 2017
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.