Use Your Planner: Tips for Making it Easier

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Do you ever neglect your planner because it seems like too much trouble? There are things you can do to make it easier to use. 1.      Take it with you as much as possible.  Keep it in your purse or bag or hand, but take it with you.  If it isn’t with you, you can’t use it.  If you don’t want to take it into stores or people’s homes, leave it in the car.  You can always go get it if you need … [Read more...]

5 More Food Journals for Your Planner

Food Journal

The only way to know for SURE what you’re eating is to write it down!  These five food journals can help. Food Journal 1 This food journal is especially helpful if you like to plan ahead what you’ll be eating.  It gives you space for the plan and space for what you actually ate.  You don’t have to re-write like I did – you could use some sort of symbol or other technique.  Food Journal 1 … [Read more...]

Planner Pages: More Than Just Appointments & To-Do’s

Planner Tips

Don’t just write appointments and to-do’s on your planner pages.  Those things are extremely important but there are a lot of other things you could be recording, like . . . 1.       Special events for other people you might want to follow-up on; like surgery, a medical test, a possible promotion, an academic test.  Make a note somewhere on your calendar page to remind you so you can … [Read more...]

Ashley’s 2014 Planner Set-Up

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Ashley is my daughter-in-law and writes occasionally for the blog.  She wasn’t ever really interested in the traditional planners she’d seen in the past – they looked too corporate for her.  But everything changed when she discovered Filofax.  She loved the colorful Filofax binders.  And then she discovered washi tape.  Being able to purchase a colorful binder and then decorate the pages to her … [Read more...]

Planner Set-Up for 2014


This is probably going to be the strangest planner set-up article you’ve ever read.  But maybe the most interesting, too?  Well, it’ll definitely be an experience.  I just hope that when you’re done you don’t think I’m a nut case. Many of you know that I used a Franklin Covey Compact two pages per day for 20 years. The first 15 years I didn’t realize there were other options so I stuck … [Read more...]

Changing Planner Formats: The Right Way & Wrong Way


I was watching a video by Carie Harlin of Dispatches From The Frat House and had an ah ha moment.  Carie was talking about all the different planner formats she used last year, and I suddenly realized that it’s okay to change your format as often as you want – as long as you do it the right way. My life has changed significantly over the last several years and I’ve been trying hard to figure … [Read more...]

5 Ways Your Planner Can Help you ACT Instead of React


Do you act or react?  “Acting" is definitely a less stressful way to live but most people spend their life RE-acting. What is reacting? Being late to an appointment because you’re gathering the stuff you need at the last minute. Being late to an appointment because you can’t find your keys or bag or items you need to take. Paying fines on library books because you forgot they … [Read more...]