I am back, finally! Been watching a lot of YouTube and reading blogs and working on my planner and getting stuff done.
Today, I wanted to show you my planner. This will be a pretty long post I think, so I apologize if it seems to go on forever, but I want to show all the parts of it, and some of the previous month's pages and how I am doing it now. So let's jump into it!
This is my current planner binder.
I found an awesome deal on Amazon when it was on sale for $7.49 (seriously!)and even came with a full year of undated inserts. I took those inserts out because I'd already started using the ones I got in my original Day Timer, but since they're undated, I can use them next year. I put them in a box for safe keeping for now. I really love the binder. It has a snap closure, not just a magnet, which is nice. The cover is nice and.. squishy? I don't know how else to describe it. Puffy maybe? I like it. It's held up really well for me, and the best part is that it only has 3 rings, so all my stuff from my mini home management binder fits right in it without any extra hole punching! It's only $10.97 now, so if you're interested, take a look and click the link above, (it's an affiliate link, fyi) thanks!
Then we open the planner...
On the right, in front of my "dashboard" is a Doctor Who bookmark I just left in the plastic cover it came in, and punched holes for it. My original planner had 7 rings, so it has extra holes. I just thought the saying about being bigger on the inside fit my planner very well, because by the end of a month it can be really crammed full of stuff.
Following that, I have several page protectors I got at Staples a while back and had used in my mini home management binder for a while. I cut paper to fit and adhered photos I had printed at Walgreens.
Then we come to the first tab. Routines.
There, you will find my morning, before work, and after work routines, and also the weekly home blessing check list.
The Weekly Home Blessing is from FlyLady.
Then I just had some other cleaning notes and holiday prep ideas scribbled in as well as personal info page I won't show. Then we get to Ideas tab.
This is where I keep paper for jotting down ideas like projects I want to do around the house or things I want to do or places I want to visit, or whatever. I also keep a goal tracker here that I made myself. I saw this idea on someone else's blog or youtube, but I am very sorry, I can't recall where. When I made all these things, I didn't think about blogging (or maybe even vlogging) about it, so I didn't take note.
Then I have a Yearly Reference tab.
Then we finally get into the planner guts, the real pages of the thing. Now I have the inserts that came in my FamilyPlus Daytimer that I got at Walmart. Fortunately, the holes from that planner actually line up perfectly for this Plan Ahead 3 ring planner perfectly.
I wasn't too thrilled with the weekly pages for this set at first, so I gutted a student planner and used the weeks from that in November as I'll show later on, but I have decided I like the original ones better now and will be going back to those in January. So, above, you can see the month of October. I went a little crazy with decorating, but it's kind of become a tradition with my months now, since I don't decorate the weeks much anymore. I have decorated several day pages, but not all. Just whatever I feel like at the time.
I have actually already archived October and November main pages, I took some pics of them anyway to show some examples:
This is what blank ones look like:
So, here's a week in November using the new weekly pages I decided I don't like afterall:
Oh, and take a look at my November and December monthly pages too:
You may notice I have Bible verses written in the dates there. I'm not going to do that in 2015, as I decided to just add a page per month of the verses (I'm doing the read-the-Bible-in-a-year thing) in my bullet journal - which is a whole other blog (so check back for that soon!)
Before I get ahead of myself, I wanted to mention something else. Since I have October and November archived in another place outside my planner, I keep the month-on-two-pages calendar for each month and then a couple pages with an index with 1-2 lines per date of what happened each day, usually just the important stuff, so if I need to look back and figure out when something happened, I can just skim through the index pages. I got this idea (and the way I do a day-on-two-pages) from Patty at Homemakers Daily. So, here's a quick look at my October and November index pages. I covered any info I thought may have been too private or about someone else.
Okay, so on to some of the DAY ON TWO PAGES. These come immediately after the weekly pages. So you have the month calendar, then the weekly pages, then the days begin.
You can see on the left page, I note the weather, list tasks for the day, there's a place for appointments by time (I don't usually use this a lot, as I don't even work outside the home. I work from home, so not lots of meetings or anything during the day (and I usually sleep all day anyway, so these times are mostly useless to me) - so I just usually jot down other notes or reminders.
The right page is for journaling about the day. I try to keep it concise and separate each thing, but lately, it's starting to look like I'm writing a book. I need to ease back a little on my journaling, and keep it so I can find things quickly. Indexing December will not be easy otherwise.
So, here's another day. I like washi tape. :)
The holidays were fun:
I haven't had so much fun with stickers since I was like 10 years old? LOL
I do have my to-do pages I made for the day-before-Thanksgiving though. They are paperclipped into that day.
The day-on-two pages inserts I used for October and November were from a pack I bought from the daytimer site. They were undated pages, 2 months worth for like $7.99. I decided to try that and see if it worked for me. I did like them a lot, and would have just gotten more, but then I saw a video...
I just LOVED her daily pages! I decided to at least give them a try. So I ordered the printable on Etsy from RogueCrusade, which was super cheap, and figured out how to print them, then punched out enough for a month. Printing them on one side only was perfect, because that allowed me to use the back side of the next day as the journaling page. See:
My handwriting is getting neater. I am actively working on it! But yeah these journaling pages are a mess with no division of thoughts. I guess it's because they are unlined pages. I will have to make more of an effort to make sure to space stuff out and divide things or as I said, going back and indexing December will be very hard.
Here's a blank one:
Oh that reminds me, I am sort of doing a "31 days of..." thing. It's the 31 Days of Merriment and Cheer from Alexis at MissTrenchcoat and her Strange & Charmed blog. I'm not doing them in order, because some are kind of specific, like go on an outdoor adventure (I can't do that if it's raining or I have 15 people in my house, etc.). Today I chose, "Drink a hot chocolate". So, I had a big mug of it while I watched Elementary on demand with my husband.
Okay, so after all the daily pages, are the tabs for next year I still have in here. It's just the monthly calendars. I have the weekly pages in storage since they can take up a bit of space, and I don't have much space to give in this planner since I'm doing DOTP.
Then there's A-Z contacts pages, which I do use quite a bit. I have a phone of course, but I like writing letters, and of course we send out Christmas cards etc, so I keep numbers and addresses in here. It's just easier and more reliable than my phone. My phone is crap.
Then I have a Shopping tab.
Behind it, I track online orders and what I have already gotten for people for Christmas (or birthday etc).
Then I have a small financial section where I track how we're doing on our $1000 Emergency Fund (not terribly great since hubby's still unemployed unfortunately), and also the 52 week savings plan...
The next page is this awesome bill schedule.
Organizing Home Life. I sized it to fit in my planner and I have one for the rest of 2014 and a new one ready for 2015. I don't have all our bills on there yet, but it'll all be filled out and ready by Jan 1. It's just a handy quick reference to see if I have paid something or not, and see if we're falling behind on anything or if something is upcoming in case I don't have my big financial binder with me.
Then in the back, I just have a zipper pouch with thank you cards and get well cards etc and some stickers and photos.
My back page lifter is just the back of the student planner I took apart to use the weekly inserts from. just hole punched it to fit, and it works great.
There's a notepad on the inside back cover that lined on both sides and pre-punched, so they can go right into the planner.
And that's it really. This post was probably really chaotic and all over the place, but I hope I got the ideas across. I do want to mention, in addition to this planner, I do also use a bullet journal. This planner is kind of HUGE even when it doesn't have a month of stuff in it. It's just how it is with planners this size. In filofax it would be like an A5. The pages are half the size of a regular sheet of paper, so like 5.5 x 8.5. My bullet journal isn't tiny, but it's small enough I can put it into my purse and grab it quickly if I need to for my grocery list or list of errands or whatever. I have loads to say about bullet journals, so check that post out which should be up soon.
Thanks for coming by my blog today! If you have any questions or comments leave them below! Have a great day!