Happy blog post day, everyone! I know this is an odd time of year to be talking about this topic, but… today’s post is about planners. I, personally, struggle to use the same planner for a full year, and right now I am going through the process of finding/ creating my own planner. Part of my “planner struggles” is not being able to justify spending tons of money on a planner that does not include all of the features that I want, especially when those features may change over the year or I may not end up using this planner ALL year.
Right now, I have been looking for a planner that includes:
- Tracking of my water and vitamin intake,
- Blog post planning and reminders,
- Weekly goals,
- Monthly overviews of events before the weeks in a month (most planners have a month section and a weekly section, I would like them combined),
- Daily plans– with enough space to write in my substitute teaching schedule/ information, now that I am starting to substitute,
- And, I would like to have this in a two- page per week format.
Now, when I say that I want a two- page per week format, I do not mean having Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on one page with Thursday, Friday, and the weekend on the other page. I have tried that format and I feel as though there is not enough space around the edges for the other things I would like to have.
SO, now that I have told you what I’m looking for in a planner, you might see why I typically end up creating my own! Lately, I have been using an old composition notebook (I used an Exacto knife to cut out the pages that had been used without messing up the binding) that has a very general weekly overview. This overview includes spaces to write what I would like to work on each week, what I would like the blog topic to be, and I usually have some space to write down a few ideas for things or track some things. However, this composition notebook doesn’t contain everything I would like, and the pages are definitely not able to allow me to use gel pens without ink bleeding through… which means that I continue my quest for my perfect planner.
I went to Walmart, because that is my first place to go when I need ANYTHING. And as I was wandering around, I found a “Mix Media” spiral bound notebook in the art/painting area. This particular notebook says that it works with pencil, pen, marker, acrylic, and watercolors! I decided that $6 for a 5.5 in x 8.5 in notebook, I could at least give it a try. And if nothing else, I will find some other use for it. Once I was finished with my errands for the day, I brought my new notebook home, tore a page out of the back, and tested my various different markers and pens on it, I even tried a couple stamps! I was very pleased to find that the only things that bled through (of what I used) was my darker colored Sharpies! Then I went about deciding how I wanted to lay out my planner pages.
I started with my monthly page, because I wanted that to come first. I decided that since this is a trial planner, I would start on today (April 10) and go through May 28 for the first “Monthly” page. Mainly because I don’t want to keep starting in the middle of the month, but also because I know it is going to take me more than 3 weeks to decide how I feel about this planner. Then I started with my daily plans page. I did this on the next page, and left the back of the monthly page for the weekly overview/ tracking page. Pretty much all I did for this page was section off the page, draw lines, and I made little banners to put the day of the week and the date in. I think this will give me plenty of space to write out my daily plans in these sections. After I made the weekly pages for the next 7 weeks, I started trying to decide what I wanted my weekly overview page to look like. Currently, I have a place to help me track how much water I have drank, if I have taken my vitamins and brushed my teeth, a blog posting topic and reminder area, as well as an area to list out goals and what I would like to work on this week. I am also working on a printable version of this planner to try out next, so at the end of May you’ll be hearing about how this planner trial went as well as seeing the printable version!
I have a question: How do you keep yourself organized? I’d love to know!