Hey planner girl! I see you there, struggling to keep all of the facets of your life running smoothly. It’s not always easy to do, am I right?! This is definitely something I struggle with and even though I use a paper planner (usually more than one), I still find myself getting frazzled and stressed at times. If this is something you have experienced, then keep reading, because today I am going to share a few planner tips that I have learned, that help me to maintain a more organized life.
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 there, planner babes! I’m back today to talk a little about my favorite planner accessories. We all have our favorite planners (or three), but sometimes it’s hard to choose what to use with them. If you are struggling to decide on stickers, inserts, or writing tools, then look no further! I have compiled a list of my must have items.
My absolute favorite pen is the TUL 0.5 mm needle point fine tip! It writes so smoothly with minimal to no shadowing and it doesn’t give me any issue with smearing. I have gone through a lot of pens, on this planner journey, but now that I have found TUL there is no going back!
I’ve never been a fan of the harsh, neon color of most highlighters, but after discovering Pilot Frixion Highlighters in soft pastel colors, I fell in love. They come in set of six different colors. I haven’t had a problem with bleed through and I use these for daily planning and also highlighting in my Bible.
I recently started trying to work on my hand lettering more and I found the perfect marker to help me with it. The Tombow Dual Tip Brush pens are amazing! At first, I wasn’t sure about the price, but after using them for a bit, it’s safe to say they are worth it. If you have any interest in creative hand lettering in your planner or journal, then you will love these.
I don’t always use stickers, but when I do, I like a combination of function al decorative. I am not a fan of the “no white space” planning with kits, but I enjoy sticking some flowers and hearts in the corners of my pages. The majority of my stickers have come from a few different Etsy shops and Michael’s. My favorite line of stickers is from The Happy Planner. Their stickers books are stuffed full of awesome stickers!
I also have a few Etsy Shops that I love:
This shop has colorful, functional stickers, that work well with multiple planner types. I especially love here divider labels!
This shop has so many different options! You can find stickers for personal care and beauty, home, work, kids, and much more.
I love the size and style of the stickers this shops carries. I do most of my planning in a personal size planner, and smaller stickers are a must!
I’m not sure if inserts really count as “accessories,” but for the purpose of this post I am going to say that they are. If you are like me and use a ring-bound planner or travelers notebook, then inserts are definitely something you need. If you use a hardbound or spiral bound planner, then you can probably skip or over this section (or just come over to the dark side with me, we have planner stickers…)
My favorite inserts are from Sew Much Crafting on Etsy. I have used her inserts for years, and I never get tired of them. They are all printed, cut, shipped, and ready to put in your planner, as soon as you get them! Also, the paper quality is amazing.
I’m also a big fan of Peanuts Planner Co. Her shop sells digital, print-at-home, inserts. There are so many different options and if you are a pocket planner, then you definitely need to check her out. She has more pocket size inserts than I have ever seen in one place!
Annie Plans Printables isn’t on Etsy, anymore, but I couldn’t leave her shop out. If you plan with a Traveler’s Notebook, then you really need to see what she has to offer. She also has a good selection of printables for ring-bound planners.
Pouches and Punches
If you are going to have a lot of stickers, pens, highlighters, and other miscellaneous supplies, then you obviously need a place to keep these items. You can keep them on a desk or bookshelf, of course, but what about when you need to plan on the go? I like to bring at least some of my supplies with me.
That’s where a pouch or case comes in handy. Recently, I have been using the one pictured above. It’s a deluxe clutch from Erin Condren. She has several other great options for storing your planner stuff, also!
If you are printing your own inserts, or you just want to add some extra stuff to your ring-bound planner, then a 6-hole punch is definitely a must have item. I use one by Rapesco, that can be adjusted to punch insterts for Pocket, Personal, and A5 size planners.
Every item that I have mentioned, I used on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Without these planning accessories, there is no planning for me.
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!
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!
I enjoy planning for multiple reasons. I love the feeling and security of having physical, written reminders of what I need to accomplish each day. There is nothing more rewarding than having a completed to do list every evening. In the past I have focused mainly on appointments and tasks. It wasn’t until recently, after discovering bullet journaling, that I wanted to take my planning a step further. Instead of just having a daily “to do list” and my schedule of appointments each week, now I keep up with my daily habits as well. These are things that I really need to do for my mental, physical, and spiritual health. They include, but are not limited too: daily devotional, medications, water consumption, work outs, and calorie monitoring.
What format works best for me?
Daily Page Tracking
When it comes to habit tracking, there are a few different methods you can use. If you use daily inserts that have a large amount of extra space you can track your habits each individual day. If you plan more by the week, but do not have very many habits to track, you can include them on your week-on-one-page or week-on-two-pages inserts. I used to simply include a couple items each day on my weekly inserts as shown below.
This may work for some, but it didn’t last long for me. I was crowding up my daily to do lists, with routine tasks that should really be done every single day anyway. There is nothing wrong with this method, but I personally found that I wasn’t accomplishing anything else that needed to be done because I was so focused on the habits that should be done automatically. Now, I like to save my daily to do list for items that are not necessarily a daily routine, but they need to be accomplished on that specific day. Items such as: home tasks, bills that are due, and business/blog related tasks.
Dedicated Tracking Page by the Month.
I decided to switch my habit tracking to it’s own dedicated page in my planner. I stuck it in under my “Goals” divider, which I thought was fitting since my mini goal is to accomplish these particular habits on a daily basis. Each month got it’s own tracker:
While this method was much better than what I had been using, I still found that I wasn’t accomplishing these habits like I should have been. Not only that, but I would also forget about the tracker completely and sometimes not even document when I had done something on the list.
Dedicated Tracking Page for Week.
This is what has led me to condense down to weekly habit tracking. I still have a designated page and it is still listed under my “Goals” divider. However, now I fill out a new tracker every single week. It’s easy to keep up with, because I just do it at the same time I do my weekly planning. Also, it keeps the tracker fresh on my mind so that I don’t forget to use it daily. I’ve also added more items and I am much better about accomplishing my tasks.
I keep a cute little clip attached to this page, so that I can flip right to it when I’m ready. I am much better about tracking my habits, using this method.
Now, let me know how you track your daily habits! Comment below or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget to check out my Instagram for more planner goodness. You can find me @plan.adventure.live.