Hey y’all! I’ve been wanting to share about my inbox system for awhile now, but I feel like it is always adapting and changing to fit my needs. Every time I think I am ready to tell you about it, I am inspired to do something different. I have finally decided, to go ahead and share what has been working, and if there are significant changes, I will just update you in the future. I have been in a Pocket Filofax for almost 11 months now. That’s right! Almost, an entire year! After, around three years in a personal size, I was ready to change things up.
Hey planner babes!
If you have been following me on Instagram, then you may have noticed that I am back in my pocket Filofax Malden. I have had a severe case of planner FOMO, seeing all of the beautiful, tiny, pocket planners on Instagram and I have been wanting to give it another chance. I know it’s not for everyone, and honestly I have been so addicted to my personal size planners, that I didn’t think I could make it work for me. Only time will tell! Today, I decided to work on a pros and cons list (because planner girls love lists, obviously). If you are on the fence between pocket and personal, then keep reading, and hopefully I can help you make a decision.
Personal Pros and Cons
- More space for writing
- Larger rings that hold more inserts
- A lot of room for stickers and decorating
- A wide range of inserts available
- The more stuffed it is, the heavier it is
- Takes up a lot of room in purses/bags and forget about using a small purse
- Awkward to use as a wallet, due to the size
- The “need” to fill all of the extra space, mostly with non-functional items
Pocket Size Pros and Cons
- Small and lightweight, so it takes up very little space
- Functional and minimalistic planning
- Easy to use as a wallet
- Even if it’s stuffed, it still feels light
- Not as many inserts available (thankfully there is Peanuts Planner Co!)
- Not a lot of room for writing
- Minimal decorating
- Ring size is smaller, so less room for inserts
At the end of the day, it comes down to what you are looking for in a planner and what your specific needs are. What I consider a con, you may not. This list is based on my own personal opinion. However, I know there are many planner girls, like me, that really love the size of the pocket, yet struggle with having less room. Right now, I am trying out a pocket size again, and so far I am loving it. The portability is amazing and I like the fact that I have to be more functional in my planning. I do miss my stickers though and I will be trying to incorporate them more.
What size planner are you currently using? Pocket, Personal, or maybe even larger? Let me know!
Until next time!
Hey y’all! I’m back today with more planner goodness! As you know, I like to swap out my personal Filofaxes often (usually for every month or holiday season). I tend to keep the same general layout, most of the time, but I will update my dividers and dashboard. I realize that not everyone cares to do this, but for me, changing things up a bit helps me to stay consistent with my planning. Some girls change purses on a daily basis, I like to change planners at least once a month.
This month, I knew that I wanted my planner spreads to be full of red, pink, and hearts galore, so I decided to go with my pink Filofax Malden. I love the design of the Malden. The leather is soft and it’s full of card slots and pockets! I use my personal planner as a wallet too, so the card slots make it the perfect option.
My dividers are feeling the love this month. I used some paper from a pack I got at Michael’s, last year. They are pink with hearts, speech bubbles, and cute quotes. Recently, I have been using top tabs more often. I like the fact that they don’t interfere with the pen loop, and I tend to stuff a lot of random things in my planner through the day, so side tabs used to always get bent up easily. This month, I’m using five sections: Calendar, Health, Projects, Lists, and Notes.
You may have seen me mention Jon Acuff’s book, Finish, before. It’s an awesome book, that gives you actionable steps, to make your goals a reality. I was able to preorder it so I got some of the extra gifts that came with it. One of those extras was a card that says “Today I will Finish” (see picture below). I hole-punched it and put it near the front of my planner, so that everyday I can see my goal, front and center!
Another method I am using to work towards my goals is the “Getting Things Done” technique. I loosely follow the book, by David Allen, and got my inspiration from Brandy Michelle Plans on YouTube. The way she incorporates the GTD method into her planner is so functional!
I keep an inbox at the front of my planner to collect things through the week and then every weekend I have a list of tasks that I need to go over as part of my weekly review.
So that’s my basic setup for February, in my personal Filofax. I am still using the SewMuchCrafting week on two pages (with habit tracker) inserts and they are working out great for me so far. I’m going to leave you with one final picture of my last weekly spread. I can’t get enough of the heart washi!
Until next time!
Hey, planner babes!
Today, I am finally ready to show you my January 2018 planner setup. It took me some time to get the kinks worked out, which is why I haven’t shown you much of my planners, until now. At the moment, I have decided on three planners: one for my blog and editorial calendar, one for home management, and one for my personal on-the-go planner. Now, let’s dive into the setup!
If you haven’t read my review of The Happy Planner Girl, Trendsetter, then go check it out here!
I’m not going into details about the planner itself, because I already did that in my review post, but this is the planner I have chosen to keep up with my content schedule, blog-related goals, and social media tracking. The monthly layout is perfect for this. I also love all of the extra todo list and note pages tucked in. I won’t need to open this planner daily, but it will hopefully help me to streamline the times I am focusing on the blog.
I have chosen to use the 2018 Seasonal Happy Planner in classic size, for my home-based planner. I will be using it for a detailed schedule of my days at home. It will include home projects, personal goals, cleaning schedules, workouts, pet care, reading lists, budget, etc. Basically, this is going to be my big planner that tells my life story. I love the Happy Planner disc system for this, because I can easily add and remove things as needed and I can include pocket folders for loose papers as well. I’m still developing all of the ways I will be using this planner, so I’m sure I will have an update on the inserts and setup for this one in the future.
Personal Everyday Carry Planner
This is the planner that I have always had. I can’t live without my personal size Filofax, tucked safely into my purse. It’s not large enough to hold everything that my home planner does, but it serves a necessary function. It’s super portable! That’s why I use it for scheduling appointments, keeping up with errands outside of the home, jotting quick lists or notes, and it also serves as my wallet.
At the front of this planner, I keep a “follow up” tab with a pocket folder and post-it notes. It’s a trick I learned from Brandy Michelle Plans on YouTube. If you haven’t seen her videos, you can check them out here. She uses the Getting Things Done method (from the book, by David Allen), which incorporates an “inbox” that you are supposed to use to catch all of your information throughout the week, so that you can choose one specific day and time to sort through it. When I do my weekly planning, I am able to take those things and file them where they need to go, whether that means writing an appointment on the calendar or storing information in my home planner. It’s a super efficient way to make sure nothing gets missed.
So, those are the three main planners I will be using this year (or at least for now). What planners are you using in 2018? Let me know!
Until next time!
It’s the most beautiful time of year! Fall is in the air. I won’t spend time waxing poetic about it, though. You can see me do that in my Favorite Fall Products post from earlier this season.
Instead, I’m going to jump right in to today’s post. It’s all about my planner setup for Fall.
You may recall, a few weeks ago, I was struggling with planner confusion. Since then I have been trying out a few different systems that I had on hand. For now, I have settled with using a personal ring-bound planner as my work horse and my bullet journal as a creative outlet. My main, weekly scheduling is currently being done in my Malden.
After deciding to go this route, I had a lot of fun decorating for Fall. My dashboard and dividers are from the Target bullseye playground. I just cut down their divider set to fit into a personal planner and then hole-punched them. The paper is sturdy enough that it didn’t need lamination. I recently purchased a Fall-themed paper pack at Joann’s, so I cut some cards out of that and laminated them. The one in the front with our family picture is my favorite!
I love coordinating my clips with the season! These clips are so easy to put together. All you need is a little ribbon, a paper clip, and a dab of hot glue. They add a little more flair to my planner and they come in handy for marking important information that I need to flip to quickly.
I have started trying out the “Getting Things Done” method of using an inbox to gather information throughout the week. If you haven’t heard of this book you can check it out through the link below. I learned this technique from Brandy Michelle Plans on YouTube.
I had this notepad from Target, that I hadn’t used, so I pulled off a few sheets, hole-punched them, and used my MAMBI list stamp to add some check off boxes. I have been using these to jot down quick todo lists.
So that’s my current Fall setup. I plan on adding and changing a few things as I go, but I will be keeping the same basic system and I will be staying in my Malden through Thanksgiving (then it will be time for the winter/Christmas setup).
Be sure to check out my Instagram to keep up with my ever-changing planner!
Until next time!
Currently, I am in what I like to call, “a season of crazy”. I just have a lot of things on my mind, a lot of personal stuff going on, and it seems like I have very little free time to deal with it. Over the past few weeks I haven’t been getting much enjoyment out of planning. (Gasp!) I think we all go though “ruts” like this with our hobbies. It’s nothing unusual and it tends to sort itself out in the end, but if I happen to notice I’m in one of these seasons, I like to try and do my best to ease out of it.
Planning helps keep me sane. It helps me to feel a little control over the chaos. I am a firm believer that God is going to take care of me, but I don’t think He sees anything wrong with me scheduling out my time so that I can be a better servant of His. With that being said, I am at a point where I’m just living day-to-day, trying to make the best of it.
But that isn’t good enough.
I want to be a better steward of my time and I want to get back to the nitty gritty of planning. One of the main things that trips me up, when it comes to planning, is the multitude of choices.
Do I want spiral bound, hard bound, disc bound, ring bound, or strings? Do I need monthly, weekly, or daily layouts? Or maybe all three? Vertical, hourly, or horizontal? Or maybe a bullet journal that I can just freestyle with?
Is your head spinning yet? Because mine sure is!
As I write this blog post, I am actually processing how to fix this situation that I find myself in. Planner confusion. It’s real, y’all.
But here’s the thing: buying ALL the planners is not the solution. Trust me. I have tried that. Now I have a lot of different planners and I am no closer to planner peace than when I just had one personal size, Filofax Original.
I just need a fresh start.
So, let’s break this down together.
Here are a few techniques to help you defeat planner confusion:
1. Use anything and everything that you already own.
This may seem counterproductive, but sometimes the best way to defeat planner confusion is to embrace it with open arms. Let yourself try different sizes and styles. Switch up your inserts. Break out a planner you haven’t used in awhile. I do want to emphasize the importance of using what you already have. Like I said before, you don’t need to buy every planner. If you are a planner newbie there are still great ways to try different styles without breaking the bank. There are free printables all over the internet and there is always bullet journaling, which only requires a blank journal and a pen. I have actually jumped from one planner to another from week to week just to figure out what works best.
2. Narrow down your needs.
Once you have spent some time trying out different planning styles, try to figure out what you need your planner(s) to accomplish for you. Do you need structure or a creative outlet? Do you need portability or a lot of space? Sometimes the answer is both and you may need more than one planner. That’s okay too! One thing that I do encourage is to try not to have information overlap. If you are recording the same thing in more than one place every week that will most likely add to your confusion.
3. Make it work for you.
Customize and personalize your planners. They don’t have to look the same as everyone else’s. You don’t even have to plan the same way every week or month. The whole purpose of a planner is to help you get more accomplished by organizing your life. Don’t feel like you can’t change something up. Our lives don’t always stay the same so why should our planners?
The longer I have been involved in planning and the planner community, the more I have come to realize that planner peace isn’t something that stays the same. It’s the feeling you have when your system is working for you, right in that moment. It might not work for you two months from now, and that’s okay, because you can adapt and find planner peace again.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the options out there. It’s also easy to see pretty pictures on Instagram that make you want to have six different planners. If you are able to make six different planners work for you, then go for it, but if you are like me and it causes you more stress and confusion, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate your situation.
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The time of the year I love most is quickly approaching. In rural Tennessee, there are many signs that the season is about to change. The leaves have started to fall and change colors, there is a crisp, coolness to the air every morning, everyone is sporting their favorite football team’s jersey, and the sweet smell of burning tobacco is filling the countryside.
It’s almost Fall, y’all!
My Must Have Fall Products
When this time of year rolls around, there are some things that I just can’t live without.
1. Ochre Malden Filofax
The touch, the smell, and the beautiful color of the leather all scream Fall to me. I will be switching back to it soon, because to me it isn’t really Fall yet if I’m not carrying around my Malden.
A cute pair of lace up boots are essential to every fall wardrobe. They go great with jeans, dresses, and leggings. They are also easy to style for almost any occasion. I’m never a fan of sacrificing comfort for style so I tend to go with shorter heels, but to each their own.
Obviously if it’s boots season, then it is also leggings season. That’s right ladies! You can put away your shorts and skirts for something a little more comfortable. Whether you are lounging at home or headed for a night out, leggings are a Fall must. You also must have them in multiple colors options, of course!
4. Pumpkin EVERYTHING
Okay, so this is probably a no-brainer, but pumpkins are like Fall’s mascot. Everything from home decor to your morning coffee can be “spiced” with a little pumpkin. The photo above is from my fireplace. I also have smaller pumpkin decorations scattered around the rest of my house. A pumpkin-shaped wax warmer is currently melting a pumpkin-scented block of wax in my living room and let’s not forget the most basic of them all: The Pumpkin Spice Latte. You know you want one.
5. Hot Tea
Given the option I am almost always a coffee drinker. However, there is just something about having a hot cup of tea in the fall, especially a Chai tea. When the temperature outside starts to drop along with the leaves, I switch my afternoon iced coffees for a piping hot, Chai Tea.
I love Spring! The days start to get a little longer, the flowers start to bloom, and the planner accessories get really bright and colorful! Even though March can still be cold and snowy for most of us, we can at least see the light at the end of the winter tunnel.
As you know, I like to change out my planner every month. I usually keep the same, or at least a very similar system in place, but I like to change out the ring binder that I use and also some accessories. Today I would like to share my March planner setup with you.
I recently purchased this beautiful Filofax Domino Soft in the color Duck Egg. Perfect for March!
I like to start the planner switching process by emptying out all the inserts that came with the new binder. If it’s one that I have previously used, then it should already be empty and ready to go. I gather all of my supplies. Clips, Scrapbook paper, Sticky notes, new inserts, etc. Everything I will need to transform my planner for the new month, season, or holiday.
I like to switch out my planners dividers almost every month also. Sometimes I keep the same basic system and just use different scrapbook paper. However, this month I decided to change things up a bit. I wanted a combination of side and top tab dividers and I also wanted to add some new sections that I didn’t have previously.
I usually finish off my planner switch by changing up my charms. Sometimes that just means adding to or taking away from what I already have. This time I added a cute yellow tassel that I found in the Target Bulls eye Playground.
The final product gives me a refreshing new look, that keeps me using my planner on a daily basis. I don’t get bored with it because I know it will only be a few more weeks before I change it up again.
My March Planner
Keep a look out for my April setup! I have been gathering adorable Easter-themed accessories that I can’t wait to use.
Happy Planning, Ladies!
Hey planner babes!
Today I am going to talk a little about my planning style and how you can figure out what works best for you. When I first came to know the wonderful world of planning, I did a lot of research through YouTube and Pinterest. I wanted to know what methods worked best for organizing a ring-bound planner. I heard/read a lot of terms that other planner girls used to describe their planning style. For example: cute, functional, decorated, customized, color-coded, bullet journal, etc. My head was spinning with all of the different possibilities. I decided to take the information I had gained through the great and powerful internet and sit down with my empty planner.
My Personal size, Ocher Malden Filofax.
Where do I start?
When it comes to determining your planning style, the best place to start is from scratch. Do not let any generic inserts or dividers be your starting off point. Now, make a list of what is important for you to have in your planner. Will you be planning by the day, the week, or the month? Maybe it’s all three! That’s okay, too! Do you need to have your planner sectioned off by dividers or would you feel more comfortable using an open and uncategorized format? How do you feel about decorations? Stickers? Washi Tape? Both? Asking yourself these types of questions will help you to start figuring out what style will work best for you.
Personally, I love dividers, but I also don’t need as many sections as some do. My happy place is a personal size planner, with 4 sections: Monthly, Weekly, Goals, Home. I usually make my own dividers using scrapbook paper. If your style is both “cute” and “functional” then the idea of having personalized divider sets probably sounds awesome to you. If you prefer more stickers and washi to actual lists and plans, then you have a more “creative” planning style.
A good way to figure out what suits you best, is by trying it out! Give yourself a trial week. Print off the inserts you have been eyeing online or request some sample pages if its a purchase you aren’t ready to make. Decorate, write out your plans, and just do what comes natural. If you find that you are using it daily and it is accommodating your needs, then congratulations! You found the style that works for you!
My current setup involves a week on one page inserts and a gridded page for lists and habit tracking.
What if it doesn’t last?
So you figured out what you like or at least you thought you had. This is something that I see all of the time in the planner community. Planner burnout. You found the perfect style to suit your needs and it worked wonderfully…for two whole months! Now you find yourself not even using your planner. You can’t even remember the last time you picked it up. Maybe the system that worked for you no longer gets the job done. That is the beautiful thing that I love about ring-bound planners. If something stops working you can dump the whole thing out and start over!
When I get a serious case of planner burnout I don’t just pick and choose sections to remove and “oh maybe I will add this” or “I will take out this last few pages, because I don’t really use those…” No. I start from scratch again. I empty it all out, I write out what is working and what is not working, and I make fresh new dividers. Usually this is the inspiration I need to start using my planner on daily basis again.
In the past my planning style looked like this. However, it is constantly evolving and changing.
At the end of the day, your planner is meant to work for you. It is meant to make your life easier and better. Try not to let any one person’s style greatly influence you. Collect advice and tips from multiple sources and let them guide you towards what style will fit your needs.
Until next time!
My current planning system took awhile to establish. I have been experimenting with different sizes and styles and I think I have finally found a set-up that works great for me. I use three different planners for multiple reasons. I know you are probably thinking, “Why in the world do you need that many?” The truth is that I could condense it into one, but I personally enjoy using three. Let me break it down for you…
The Everyday, Anything, and Everything Planner
This is my Filofax Malden. Will it always be a Malden? Probably not. I switch out binders like I switch out purses. That is one of the many reasons I prefer the ring system of planning. In the past, this planner has been a Filofax patent leather Original, an aquamarine Saffiano, and another Original in patent leather nude. I like to switch my inserts out from one to another, depending on the season, holiday, or just my mood. However, the contents have always remained about the same.
I will be doing a more in depth look at this planner in a future post, but just as an overview, I will say this is my “life” planner. My month view, week view, my goals, my brain dump. It goes almost everywhere with me and it houses a ton of information.
The Wallet and Financial Planner
I like to refer to her simply as Kate. She is my financial planner. I used to carry around a pocket size Filofax Pennybridge, but recently upgraded to a personal/medium size, Kate Spade Wellesley. I keep all of my cards, my driver’s license, and my checkbook here. I use it for keeping up with bills and my bank account status. I typically house my coupons and shopping lists in here as well. This planner is low maintenance. I don’t do any weekly decorating or really intense planning in Kate. At least not for now!
The Busy Day, Home Planner
Last, but not least, is the beautiful, Purposeful Planner. This baby is huge. She is definitely meant for a desk and not for a purse. This is what I use for keeping up with chores, in depth meal planning, and busy days that need to be scheduled out. This is my “get down to business” planner. I don’t use it everyday. I only break her out when I have a lot to get done.
The pages are large and account for every hour of your day from 6 AM to 10 PM.
There are also little sections on spending, water intake, your meal planning for the day, and a prayer or praise item you may have. If you are looking to really structure your time, then this is the planner for you. I know it has helped me to organize my chaos.
So, there you have it! That is my current, 2016 planning system, in a nutshell. Let me know what you think. Do you currently use more than one planner? Have I inspired you take the plunge?
Until next time,