I can not exactly tell you when I first started using planners, or what I called diaries, I think it was at High school or Varsity. It was always on my Christmas wish list and I loved filling it all out for the new year......a bit like starting over, a fresh new year ...well I think that's why I loved it...thinking of all the possibilities and adventures that were coming that year. Now we have "life planners", "goal planners" basically whatever planner you want. They are ohhhh so much more than just the basic yearly diary, they are great for getting you and your life organised. And the choice.... oh the choice, its endless plus there is the fun of making them all pretty by jazzing them up with stickers and custom tabs and washi tap.....limited only by your imagination.
As it is January and my traditional time of the year for my new year planner , I thought I would take you through my personal planner set up for 2017....excited cos I am!
The planner itself is from Kikki k which I got as a Christmas present at the end of 2015. I absolutely love using it. It's not only functional but allows me to personalise it. I alway starts with the functional aspect then jazz it up, making it all pretttttyyyy ...so every time I open it I am filled with joy....wiggle bum!!!! Guys this is probably your equivalent to getting all the sports settings set up properly on your TV/Streaming device ..one stop shop for everything.
Planner set up
For the inserts you can get the pre printed packs from Kikki K, however I can never find ones that has exactly what I want, so I go online. As there are soooo many planning choices out there on line, I'd suggest to use Pinterest to narrow the search.
This year I have purchased some planning printable bundles from the website Strange & Charmed. Aka 'Miss Trenchcoat' , she provides tools and resources to help online entrepreneurs succeed and she has great functional planning resources.
As I purchased and downloaded the inserts I was able to use them for both my personal and business planner, so it is certainly a cheaper option (even including the printing). The great thing this year was that she provided them in A5 and A4 size, perfect for me.
Once I got all the inserts downloaded and printed, I was able to set up my planner in the following categories;
- Task list
Each category is in its own section and separated by a divider, which I have personalised...sooo much fun.....and I love the look I achieved this year.
My monthly and weekly view are on two pages, this just means when I open it out it is over two pages. This gives me plenty of space to write.
The rest are all on one page with the exception of the reflection pages, which are actually from Kikki K.
If you are a planner then you know that it takes a while to get the right system that works for you.
The way I use my planner, essentially is based on a month by month view. All events, birthdays and appointments are noted firstly in the monthly view. Therefore at the start of each month I review what is coming up for the month, add in any additional appointments, events etc.
Every Sunday morning I plan up the week ahead, this means that I can see easily what is planned for the week and what I need to get done. I also run a task list, or a "to do" list, so I review this list at the same time and essentially divide up the tasks over the week depending on the priority and the time. One thing that I do slightly differently is that I have a daily view for the weekends, one day on a page where I can time block . I actually find these really helpful for planning out things to get done in the weekend. I don`t know about you but I always have 101 things to get done in the weekend, so this works perfectly for me and ensures I get the important things done.
Last year I started doing a weekly reflection, it is not really something that I thought I would get into ... a bit fluffy for me...however I actually found it really useful. So this year I am continuing do this.
Prettize the planner
Is there such a word? No suspect not but hey I have made it one now. This is where I have fun with my planner, as an FYI, planner embellishment is big business as is Planners in general. In short this is Scrapbooking for diaries. And yes I am a Scrapbooker from way back so it's a given that I got into planners.
I actually make my own dividers. I take the original dividers that came with the planner and each year I cover them with updated card stock. My colour theme is gold and teal/turquoise or acqua or whatever colour you call it. Each divider has a tab , this year I have gone all out and tried something different, just used a gold letter rather than the word on the tab, i.e m for monthly (actually it was an w upside down as I didn`t have any m`s left). I have to say I am in love with the look!!
So there you have it my planner for 2017. I hope this has inspired you to consider starting to use a planner....you never know it might change your life.
If you are keen to learn more about using a planner and functional planning let me know, am happy to share the love!
Have a fantastic and productive week