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 Y’all! I’m super excited about today’s post, because I am combining two of my passions: travel and stationery! If you happen to check out any of my non-travel related posts, you may already know that I am a planner girl and a stationery addict. In the U.S. (especially Nashville), we are very limited on brick and mortar stationery stores. That’s why I always make sure to research the best spots for planners and other stationery supplies, whenever we travel. Today, I’m going to share about the stationery stores, that I visited in London.
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.
I’m back, today, with a really fun post! If you have read some of my previous posts or seen me mention it on Instagram, then you know that I am about to head out on a big trip to England, France, and Ireland, for two weeks. We are getting SO excited! As a planner girl, you know I have to be fully prepared for anything, and big trips like this are no exception. We have been counting down the days and I needed a way to plan, but also a fun way to pass the time as we have been anxiously waiting. That’s why I have been using my bullet journal a lot more, recently. It’s a creative outlet, vision board, blog planner, goal keeper, and an all-around enjoyable time. Now, I am also adding travel journal/planner to that list!
I am going to be sharing my five favorite spreads that I have done, leading up to this trip. Maybe, they will inspire you to create your own!
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 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 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!