Planner Addict… Not Looking to Reform

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I am a planner addict. I  love planners. If they are done right everything has a spot, and you can empty your brain into it – and breathe. But if the planner doesn’t fit me I am left feeling like I have failed at life. I have a nice little pity party just me and a Twix bar, mourning the loss of all my productivity dreams.

In the past 6 years I have designed no less than 400 custom planner pages.

I did tell you guys that I was a graphic designer for a while right?

So add the fact that I love to design pretty pages to my ADD and what do you have?  I will tell you what I had… a husband who asked me if we needed to add a planner supplies and ink section to our budget. So after I realized how much ink, paper, and cutting blades had cost me I decided to stop printing a year at a time.

I printed a month at a time – 1 month and daily or weekly pages for only that month. I carried a notebook around with me for any future planning needs. As I was trying out layouts I was also trying out planner sizes. So once I found a template I liked I would print at different sizes until it clicked. This took me years. But like any true planner addict I persevered.

I did not realize that as a fairly reasonable human being I could fall in love with a pile of paper.

Oh my! When it clicked. I did not realize that as a fairly reasonable human being I could fall in love with a pile of paper. It really makes no sense whatsoever. But here she is. My beauty. My love. My mutt. She is a Filofax Cross look alike, and I have done DIY templates the size of Franklin Covey’s Compact size.

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Inside My Planner

She may not be the most professional, or the prettiest but she’s mine.

I had found some washi tape that had the days of the week on it and used those.

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This is probably my favorite feature of my planner. I made a dashboard with scrap book paper, stickers, and laminated it to fit in my planner. I use a sticky pad for my To Do Lists. It keeps me from adding more to my list than I can handle.

DSCN0196My husband works on computers. We have 10+ people in and out of our house on a normal week with a computer, phone or tablet on the fritz. I use these pages to record information on each client so I don’t have to keep asking them who they are or what device we have of theirs.

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So here is one of my favorite pages. I got the idea some time ago, but unfortunately I was not blogging at the time and didn’t think to save the link/site that I got it from. Anyway using an idea I found I created this page. I pick one of my yearly goals and do basically a hyper focus on developing that goal. I also use it for my Create a Habit/Break a Habit thing I do each month. If anyone knows of a template like this one send me the link. I would love to give credit where it is due!

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I have briefly mentioned that I homeschool. This is where I keep up with that. I am so much better with check boxes. I have other planners with lesson plans and ideas etc. But this is where I make sure I get it done each day. It is not the prettiest one I have ever designed or used – but for me and my ADD it is the most effective.

Planner Addict in Full Force

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Horrid, blurry pictures I know. I will do much better in the future. I promise! I made the tabs by printing from a template onto scrapbook paper. Cutting them out and folding them in half. I then laminated them. Last step was to run them through a sticker maker.

 

So there you are. One of my 4 planners. Yes I said 4. Like I said planner addict, and I love them all! I will show you another one soon!

 

Are you a planner addict? Do you have multiple planners? If so how many and why?

 

 

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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4 thoughts on “Planner Addict… Not Looking to Reform

  1. From time to time, I come across the misconception that planners are supposed to be picture-perfect with all sorts of fancy goodies inside. In my opinion, planners that look like they’re working hard and just as frazzled as it’s owner are more appealing to me than those that look too pretty and perfect to touch.

    I’m not a pretty planner person. I put mine through the ringer. It’s my mobile office, my personal assistant and my therapist all in one! It’s a working planner – not a work of art. As long as your inserts (whether purchased or hand drawn on plain paper) work for you and get you through your day successfully, then that’s all that matters!

  2. The love of paper can be so strong! But it’s a useful love, when done right. Paper has so many possibilities, and I love that the most about it, I think.
    Planners can be pretty and they can be functional. They can be both at the same time, nor not. The important part, though, is functional. I like all of the colored pages you have in your planner, it’s a great way of making things pretty, while still leaving plenty of room for function!

  3. Great planner, I love reading how others use their ringbound organizers. The daily habit tracking template reminds me of the ones in the Spark Notebook, hope that helps.

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