How to Keep Work and Personal in the Same Planner


There have been many discussions about how to keep work information and personal information in the same planner. Some people eliminate the issue altogether by having two separate planners - one for work and one for personal.  But some of us need everything in one place.  I am one of those people.  I don't do well with two planners. Unfortunately, there are some professions that require … [Read more...]

Planner Problems May Be a Symptom of Something Else


If you've fallen out of love with your planner, it may not actually be planner fail - it may be YOU. When our planner stops working or we aren't using it well, we assume there's something wrong with our binder, our pages or our system. But that's not always the case. Sometimes it's something else - something unrelated. If your planner SHOULD work because - You like it; It matches your … [Read more...]

How to Stop Wasting Money on Planners

Planner pages

While buying tons of planner inserts or notebooks is good for the planning industry, it's probably not good for your peace of mind or budget.  But it's hard not to give in and try one more thing! I've told myself many things over the years in an effort to justify just one more planner purchase, including: They're so cool! I think they would make me more willing to use my planner. They … [Read more...]

Two Tricks to Successful Planning

Planner Page

There are different kinds of planner users (by the way, this is not an exhaustive list). Casual Planner.  This person has a planner but doesn't use it much.  They might use it when they feel overwhelmed but otherwise they just rely on their memory. Semi-Serious Planner.  This person carries their planner with them.  They write things down.  But they don't always remember to look at their … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Get as Much Done As I Used To

To-Do List

Things have changed. I've changed. I can't get as much done as I used to and it has frustrated me. I felt like I was doing something wrong and that if I could figure it out I could be super productive again. But after some analysis, I realized I will probably never be as productive as I used to be and there are some really good reasons why.  I'm older. Being older doesn't mean I'm out to … [Read more...]

How to Prepare your Planner for 2015

Prepare your Planner

You can’t just slap your 2015 pages in your planner and call it good.  Well, I guess you can but it won’t work as well for you as if you followed these steps: Look back through last year’s monthly pages and transfer: Birthdays and Anniversaries (I like to also record how old the person will be or how many years they’ve been married.) Tasks you know in advance you’ll need to do – like … [Read more...]

Planner Updates for Ashley & Rachel


Things change and so do planner routines.  Ashley and Rachel have both made some changes and I thought it was time to share them with you. Let’s start with Ashley. Ashley has been using a planner for a couple of years but it took her a few tries to figure out what she wanted and needed.  A few absolutes for her include: Portable size (Filofax personal works well); Colorful pages – she … [Read more...]