Do you use a planner? If so, what kind? I’ve tried Filofax, Franklin Planner and, eventually, settled on designing my own to suit my needs and not that of someone who has to show up at the office and dance to someone else’s tune. In all cases, my planners must have a zipper both to stuff full and to keep stuff inside.
This is a Filofax mini-planner and designed to be both planner and bill fold. The front zipper container has a place for business cards, small note paper, holder for pen
and on the back side a zipper change purse and two sides with an envelope for bills.
The middle planner is is a much larger planner by Franklin Planner and has a zipper on the inside left that holds money, personal notes and things of the sort. The slots hold business cards and the plastic sleeve holds paper clips, stamps and other things that help make life easier. Behind the plastic are note paper, calendar, sticky notes and a pen holder on the far right. If you use a Franklin Planner, click here for sale items.
Filofax and Franklin Planners have six rings while my current has three and I always buy replacement pages with six rings so they’ll fit both six ring and three ring planners. The mini planner has it’s own smaller pages and must be purchased separately.
I switch between all three and am currently using a three ring leather book that I’ve had more than 25 years and is hardly broken in. On the left side are business card holders, pen holder and a sleeve where I tuck sticky notes. The cardboard is to provide a barrier to protect the inside of the notebook.
The plastic sleeve holds an eraser, pins, mechanical pencil, small ruler, stamps, envelope and paper clips. Probably a few other things as well as I find necessary.
The first page is a six year calendar and the page on the right side has birthdays and anniversary’s noted. It’s the only way I can nudge myself to send cards, letters and notes.
On the left, the plastic sheet holds eight business cards and on the right, plastic sleeves hold my coupons. Don’t you hate getting to the store and realize you’ve left your coupons at home? This prevents that from happening.
On the right, two questions that guide my days as well as a couple of quotes. The two questions: What can I do today to further the Gospel and What can I do today to make my life better? The first can be something as simple as doing a kindness and the second something as simple as updating my planner. No pun intended, but frequently, during these cold, hard winter days, updating my planner takes more out of me than I’ve got to give.
The two verses: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty but those of everyone who is hasty surely to poverty” from Proverbs 21:5 and The Lord will work out His plans for my life” from Psalm 138:8.
One grouping is a Health & Fitness Tracker that reminds me to work out, eat healthfully and, very important, drink seventy-four ounces of water daily.
Behind the Tracker is this blank page is where I write my To-Do lists that seem to grow, rather than shrink, daily.
Here’s where I list oil changes, tag renewals, insurance, etc. for vehicles, both personal and farm.
Book sections include blog posts (where I keep ideas for blog posts and have far more ideas than time to write about); finances (need to re-write my will and living trust; studio (a list of projects both to start and to finish); TCC (Thistle Cove Cottage with a list of projects, important dates, reminder to send rental agreements and a tag showing a sham I need to purchase); TCF (Thistle Cove Farm with paint chips, a list of house and farm chores for me and hired help);
The goal section is saved for four or five projects that need constant attention to keep me on track. I am so easily de-railed, especially in this cold weather it seems all I do is either feed animals or recover from feeding animals so I can return to feeding animals. Right now, around 7:30 Saturday evening, it’s 8 degrees above zero and supposed to dip below zero. The wood stove is hot and two loads of wood inside so I have no need to go outside before day break and I’m struggling to stay awake. (If this post makes no sense, put it down to fatigue.)
The last two sections are writing and new home/farm and, yes, this notebook is heavy but is kept in a leather satchel, readily at hand. Those little bits and pieces of paper drive me mad and having a planner keeps my life in some semblance of order.
Do you use a planner? What kind and what do you both like and dislike about it?
Blessings ~ planners ~ wood stove ~ load of wood~
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