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.
Do you ever feel like you are on an endless search for a planning system, that will meet all of your needs? I used to feel this way constantly, but I believe I have finally found a planner that works for me. Today, I am going to be reviewing the Passion Planner and explaining why it has become my all time favorite planner. Everyone has different needs, when it comes to planning, but hopefully I can help you make an informed decision, on whether or not the Passion Planner is for you.
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 people! It has been awhile since I shared an update on my planning setup and y’all know it has changed up since my post, in February, right? Of course! Actually, I have been using a Pocket Filofax since late in March. I told myself that if I could stick it out with a pocket, till our trip to the U.K. (and France!) in June, that I could buy more pocket-sized planners on our trip. The thought of seeing all of the shelves full of Filofaxes still makes me happy! I can’t wait! As of now, I have been in this setup for two months and it has worked fabulously.
Awhile back, I posted about the pros and cons of Personal and Pocket size. That was when I was really trying to decide which I liked more. It’s hard to give up the paper real estate of a Personal size planner, but portability and functionality won out and I picked the Pocket!Read More
Hey y’all! How is March treating you so far? I am ready for Spring weather and short sleeves, but being in Tennessee means we have a lot of back and forth until we get a consistent warm up. It shouldn’t be much longer though!
Today, I wanted to share the setup of my faith journal/planner. It’s something that I haven’t always used regularly, but recently I have been writing in it daily. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed me posting about it, more frequently. As Justin and I have been dealing with our infertility issues, I have been trying to take my concerns to God. My faith has been a huge part of my life and it’s important for me to be able to express myself emotionally and creatively with it. That is why having this faith journal has been so great for me. I definitely consider it a form of therapy for my soul.
Currently, I am using a traveler’s notebook for my faith journal setup. It works perfectly for this purpose. It’s a personal size notebook in the color Rum, from Mystic Little Gifts. I love the color and texture of the leather! The processing time was quick, compared to most handmade leather notebook shops and if you follow her Facebook group, she is awesome about posting updates on shipping.
I requested more elastics in the middle, so that I could stuff it full of whatever I wanted. Right now, I have five books and a pencil case housed inside. The zipper pencil pouch is from Kikki-K and I keep it at the very front of the notebook. It holds a few highlighters, some washi, and a few journaling cards. The pouch was designed to fit a 6-ring personal planner, but I used a small binder clip to attach the edge to one of the elastics. It works great and the binder clip stays hidden behind all of the books.
Next, I have three books that I bought from Michael’s. They are all from the American Crafts, Bible Journal product line. I have the Bible Study, Prayer List, and Sermon Notes inserts. The Bible Study book is a great way to take notes on any study you may be a part of, whether it’s personal or with a group. The Prayer List book has a gratitude space, as well as spaces to write down people to pray for and your own personal prayers. Finally, the Sermon Notes book, is for exactly what the name suggests. The left side has enough space to record notes, while the right side has boxes for the scripture that was studied and any prayer concerns that may have come up in the service.
The last two inserts I keep in this faith journal, are from May Designs. I have a prayer and gratitude journal that I try to use daily. I start by writing a verse that was used in my devotional, then I list one or two things I am grateful for that day and finally, I will write out a prayer. When I start the day this way, I know it makes a difference in my attitude. The last May Book is simply ruled paper. It’s one that I got at Go Wild 2017 and Micah May signed it for me! I haven’t started using it yet, but it’s going to be for writing out prayers as well.
This system has been working really well for me, so far. I don’t see it changing very much in the future. My Faith Journal sits at my kitchen table and it’s the first thing I look at, after I get up and get ready in the mornings. As I sip on a coffee, I do my morning devotional and journal. It really is a great way to start the day!
Do you have a faith journal or planner that you use daily? 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 girls! I’m really excited to share this post with you today! It’s all about The Happy Planner Girl Trendsetter! The reason I’m so excited is because it took me FOREVER to get my hands on this baby. I went to several stores in my area looking for it and ended up ordering it on Joanns website, to be picked up at a store that was a little further away. They only had two in stock! I know this particular line of Happy Planners and accessories has been hard to come by in the past couple of months, but from what I have seen online, they are now making an appearance at some Hobby Lobby stores.
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.