I am really excited to bring you another planner in the Planner Peek series! I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE being able to sneak a peek inside other people’s planners. I love to see how they use them, how they decorate them, what type of planner they use, etc. I have asked my readers to submit photos of their planners and to tell us a bit about how they use their planning system. (You can submit your planner by filling out this really short and easy form. If you’re selected, you’ll get a free copy of the digital Sweet Life Planner worth $35!) All of the Planner Peeks in this series have been so fun to see.
Becky is currently using a 8.5 x 5.5 leather Daytime that she bought before she had kids and when she had no job. Basically, she says, she did not *need* a planner. Now, she uses planner for homeschooling, keeping up with medical appointments (she is a kidney transplant recipient) and homemaking. She also maintains a blog, called Plant Proud Living. Becky says she loves all the colorful planner inserts, both free and paid, that she finds online but she can’t bring myself to use all that colored ink! Hopefully, she continues, sometime that will change but until then she uses simple black and white forms that she creates herself.
The first thing Becky did when deciding to use a planner was to “search out blogs (such as this one!) and groups on FB. I learned about dashboards and how I could use them – and even what I could use as my dashboard. While out shopping at the Dollar Tree, I came upon a small spiral-bound notebook with a colorful cover. I brought it home and carefully cut the cover off and it became my dashboard. I put it on the inside cover of my planner and carefully placed post-it notes, in two sizes, on it. I also added some paper clips.The very first thing you see when you open my planner is my to-do list (it’s about 1/3 the size of an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper). I put everything I need to on that list. I have blank paper underneath my list the top sheet has a post it note that says “Jot it Down” which I move to a new page once that one is filled up. I jot down things I might have forgotten at the grocery store (sometimes I put it on a post it note as well so I can pull it off and hand it to my hubby!), an idea of something to create or think about it, notes from a phone conversation, etc.” I love how organized Becky is and her use of Post-It Notes.
Becky has her Week-at-a-Glance on one page where she can add more details about the week’s events and she has her month on her 2 pages section. Becky had fun discovering that she can brighten up her black and white pages with colored ink, doodling, and bright tape. Next Becky has tabs!! She uses them for just about everything and has found it helpful to have everything in one place. For fun, she likes adding tabs, flags, and bookmarks on the top and bottom of my planner.
Becky says, “I have a ‘Notes’ tab where I have included an index of all my planner contents, and a password reminder page. Under ‘School’ I keep up with schedules and activities from our homeschool covering. I recently started keeping my daily lesson plans in my planner under the…wait for it…’lesson plans’ tab. Then I have the usual homemaking, menus, shopping, blog, and contacts tab. I created my planner a little over a month ago and I am already concerned that I am going to outgrow it – just a good excuse to buy a new one, right?”
I absolutely love Becky’s use of Post-it Notes and Tabs to keep herself well-organized using her Daytime Planner. Becky’s planner just pops with color!
You might want to check out all the Planner Peeks in this series to find even more inspiration.
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