Monday, February 17, 2014

A Peek Inside

I've been using my latest planner since way back in the summer, so I thought it would be fun to give you a little peek inside and share a little bit about how I use it.  I used the full-size planning pages for a long time, but I found that I wanted something that was a little more portable and durable for meetings and planning sessions.  I designed my 5.5 x 8.5 pages with this portability in mind, and I used them for a while before I came up with a system that makes it possible for others to easily print them back to back at home.

I headed to Staples (we don't have one in our town) because I had seen a lot of people using the Martha Stewart 3-ring binders.  I liked that they seemed very sturdy, and they came in the smaller size I wanted.  Once I was at Staples, I discovered the awesome discbound notebooks, and I fell in love with the red one.  It is less bulky than a binder, but I can still move pages around unlike my spiral bound planners in the past.  There are two colors in the Martha Stewart line, but the Arc line has some other fun colors like the red.  I grabbed the red notebook, a punch, some note pages, MS dividers (because they coordinate so well with my printables!), poly zip pockets, a pack of MS planner pockets, and some expansion disks.  This is what I ended up with, and I've pretty much been using my planner this way since July.

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I love keeping my calendar on my iPhone since it means I can easily sync it with my husband's calendar to see everything all at once.  That also makes it super easy to record important dates on the go as they are given to us.  We usually try to set aside time to talk through the coming weeks at least once a month, so this is usually where my monthly pages come in.  I make notes about things that are on the calendar and things that we'd like to get on the calendar.  It serves as sort of a visual map for me because I'm such a visual person.

I usually sit down with my weekly pages at the beginning of the week to think through what has to happen each day and where I can put the things that are flexible.  I try to come up with a general meal plan for dinner taking into consideration what our schedule looks like each day. It might seem a little redundant, but it's more about the process for me.  I like to add sticky notes with checklists and other helpful things to these weekly pages, so I have everything at my fingertips.

These are the only printables I generally use in my actual planner with the exception of my "Do the Next Thing" page sometimes.  All of my other forms go in a binder for now, but I'm thinking about changing to one of these Arc books for some of those as well.  The other dividers in the back of this planner have sermon notes, notes from meetings, checklists for projects, and extra lined, graph, and blank pages.  I love that with all the accessories (I even saw some new ones when I was gathering links!) there are endless possibilities for creating a planner that works for me.

Disclosure:  I received no compensation for sharing my opinion about the Staples Arc products.  I bought my supplies with my own hard-earned money, and I just happen to love how they have worked out for me.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Brilliant. Just the sort of details I appreciate and I need. I have double-booked myself this weekend. I registered for a class several months ago, had it on my paper calendar and then scheduled something else for the same weekend (on my mobile calendar). I am looking for help because it helps all too often.

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