How My Planning System Has Evolved


I’ve been using a planner since I got married, 33 years ago.  My first planner was simply a 3x5 week-at-a-glance calendar.  I really didn’t have much to write down so it worked fine.  And back then, there weren’t very many planner options that I was even aware of. I was at the office supply store one day for work and saw a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 3-ring notebook.  The cover was red vinyl.  There were no … [Read more...]

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Franklin Planner Studio Planner

FC Studio Planner

  Franklin Planner recently introduced a new planner – the Studio Wire-Bound Weekly Planner with a start date of July 1, 2014.  This planner is a bit different than Franklin’s usual fare.  It’s designed for the person who wants to be organized but also wants room for inspiration and memories.  The Planner sells for $69.95 with a cover that can be customized in several different ways.  … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Use My Planner as a Wallet

Planner and wallet

My daughter combined her planner and wallet a while back.  It’s working great for her.  I’ve read about other people who combine their planner and wallet.  I find it interesting but I’ve never been tempted to do it. Here’s why: I leave my planner out on my desk or my kitchen cabinet ALL the time.  I don’t want my personal information (driver’s license, debit card, credit cards) out, … [Read more...]

A Creative Solution to a Planner Emergency


Have you ever gone into your planner stash for next week’s pages only to find that you didn’t have any?!  That happened to my daughter-in-law, Ashley, a couple of weeks ago.  She had been happily using the Lime Tree Fruits daily/weekly pages this year but suddenly realized she didn’t have any more pages printed out.  Unfortunately her printer isn’t working so just printing out some more pages … [Read more...]

Planner Help:  When You Feel Like You Need a Different Format Everyday!


Let’s face it.  We all go through times where life is different every single day and our planner format just doesn’t always cut it.  In fact, sometimes we feel like we need a completely different format every day! You know what I’m talking about. Day 1:  A rare quiet day at home so you need a nice, long, detailed list so you don’t waste the day. Day 2:  So much to do that you’re not sure you … [Read more...]

My Love/Hate Relationship With DIY Fish Life Mapping Inserts

DIY Fish Inserts

Since I caught my first glimpse of DIY Fish Life Mapping inserts, I’ve had a love hate relationship with them.  I still remember the first time I saw them – I was COMPLETELY overwhelmed and didn’t even give them a second look.  After that, every time I saw them in someone’s planner, I kept right on going.  But then my curiosity got the better of me and I watched a couple of videos.  I was REALLY … [Read more...]

If you Can’t Decide on a Planner . . .

planner choices

There are SO many planner choices out there these days that it makes it really hard to decide which one to choose.  And even after you choose, you’re still drawn to other options . . . in case it’s THE ONE. I stuck pretty faithfully (not perfectly) with my Franklin Covey Compact for years but then I hit a wall and wanted something different.  I played around with different options until it made … [Read more...]