Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Planner is Still Evolving

Long time no see!  My life is crazy and I have become a part-time blogger (and even that is stretching the truth).  My teens have started back to school and as their teacher, so have I!

This past summer has been 3 years since I started using a planner and this blog. See a few pictures of my beginning on this blog post that was written by Laura at I Heart Planners.  My planner now is very different.  I learned early on that I was more of a functional planner than a decorative planner and my blog has been pared down considerably.

A big change occurred last night after a light bulb moment (of sorts).  Every day as we are going through our school work, I find myself going back and forth between my everyday planner and my homeschool planner.  There's not a lot of space, so shuffling them around was becoming a pain.

My Filofax has larger ring than my last planner so I began to consider the idea of merging my homeschool planner with my everyday planner.  It was going to be a tight fit despite the larger rings but I decided that if I got rid of some clutter, there would be room.

So, I used my homeschool binder and began to transfer the clutter there and called it an archive  ::wink::  I have fewer tabs for my everyday planner: weekly, monthly, future, CFS (Calvary Fellowship School, our homeschool co-op), and files.  The files tab contain various bits of information that, once upon a time, I would have probably made countless tabs for; now I just file the information alphabetically.

I pulled out the numbered tabs that came with the Filofax and used them for my homeschool tabs.  All my pages are 8.5 x 5.5 but the tabs are A5, which means they stick out farther - which is perfect for my homeschool plans and makes it easier to get to them.
  1. Lesson Plans for William
  2. Lesson Plans for Jonathan
  3. Attendance
  4. Grades
  5. Online Class Information (through the local high school, required for homeschoolers to play sports.
It seems like I can never go wrong when I decided to consolidate and simplify.  Getting to the information quickly, for me, is key.

Have any ideas or new inserts for this blog?  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below.

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