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.
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.
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.
My 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.
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!
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
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?