Currently in my Planner [new download]

May 01, 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.

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  1. I love your week on 2 pages layout. It looks really clean and simple, but really effective, too! xx

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  2. This is one if the most well rounded posts on the functional use of a planner that I've seen in a while. So frustrated with seeing 'how I decorated my planner this week' posts. That's all fine, but decorations don't help me be efficient. Thank you for this

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    1. I love, love, love the idea of a pretty planner with stickers and such, but apparently that is not me (no matter how hard I have tried)!

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  3. I really like the the tweaked WO2P too. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. OK the tweaked pages have rocked my world, brilliant!

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  5. Love your WO2P. Is there a way to print it so that it fits a personal sized planner?

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    1. Maybe you could shrink it down, but it seems like it would be very small at that size.

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