I am so glad to introduce a new friend on my Friday Feature! This is Cori from http://talesfromapolkcountygirl.com
She has some great ideas on planners and home management. I've poked around her cite a bit and it was very informative! Go check it out!
1. What kind of planner do you use?
I am currently experimenting with bullet journaling, and have been using it for exactly one week. So far I'm enjoying it. This will be my third journal go 'round this year (I know!). I started 2015 with a Franklin Covey Sierra ring bound planner with Blooms vertical column inserts. It was beautiful, but the one thing I really wanted was the ability to bend my planner back like a spiral notebook. I then moved to creating my own inserts and putting them in Mead Flex binder, which I was really enjoying using except for the size. The Flex binder is a full size binder and doesn't fit in my purse.
2. Have you always used planners and what got you using them?
My first memory of having a planner was first grade when my mom gave me her old one and I wrote "I <3 JTT" all over it! (JTT = Jonathan Taylor Thomas for those who weren't a part of that craze.) The private school I went to encouraged us to have Assignment books to write our homework in. These were very simple "planner" of the undated variety. In middle school, we were no longer required to use them, but I still asked my mom to get me one. In high school, I graduated to a simple At A Glance planner from Walmart. I used these throughout high school and most of college. When I got a full time job, I decided I needed to upgrade to something more professional. With the go big or go home mindset, I got a Desk size DayTimer Avalon, 7 ring. I used it for about a year, but those 7 rings were a hindrance. Also the size was a mistake. So I downsized to a Franklin Covey Sierra Classic size (5.5x8.5). LOVED IT! Until my desire for being able to bend it back like a spiral notebook became to great.
3. Do you use accessories for your planner? If so what do you use?
Yes, I do use accessories, stickers and washi tape mainly. I like using them in the diary section and write around them. I do use different color pens, but I don't consider that an accessory. The pens I use are Sharpie No Bleed pens.
4. Would you be willing to try out other planners or are you satisfied with your planner? How often do you change planners?
Ha Ha I believe my first two answers will answer this question. I'm really enjoying the bullet journal process right now, especially since my set up is a bullet journal/diary combo. I plan on carrying this on. Wish me luck! I am getting tired of hoping around. The quest to find Planner Peace is a long one with a lot of trial and error.
5. How do you organize your planner? In other words would you be willing to explain your system?
I'm going to answer this question with how I've set up my bullet journal. I started it as an experiment so it is in my current diary. (Also, I don't care for graph paper, so my bullet journal is one lined paper.)
1. Monthly chart: mine spans two pages, and the extra space is where I write upcoming events in the next month and reminders for month (like buying birthday presents).
2. Weekly slips: I bought one of those magnetic calendars with the tear off sheets at Walmart. It is The Big Bang Theory themed. These are glued in and double as decoration.
3. Daily charts: I created these little charts where I can check off daily things like exercising. These are also glued in.
4. After the calendars, come my categorized To Do lists: Personal, Crafts by Cori (side business), Writing/Blog, YouTube Channel, House list. Each list is assigned 1-2 pages.
5. After all of these, are my diary pages. And since I do one month at a time, I'm not limited on how many diary pages I need.
Because this set up was started in the middle of a diary, it will change when I start a new diary. I'm thinking about putting the To Do lists at the very beginning and giving them about 5-6 pages each to last the entire length of usage. I'm halfway through my current diary, so I have some time to thing about this.
6. Any advice on using planners or finding the right one?
Take a few minutes and write out what you're really looking for in a planner. What are you going to organize? How to you want to organize? Are there any format functions that the planner MUST have (zipper closure, multiple pen loops, ability to add and take stuff out at will, bend back like a spiral)? How much are you will to spend? Are you happy to spend money on what's already out there or is nothing speaking to you and you need to make up your own combination.
Thank you Cori for joining us today!
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