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.