My New Planning Method: Unstructured

unstructured planning

Your planner should match your life. Structured life, structured planner. Unstructured life, unstructured planner. And that’s why I’ve been playing around with an unstructured planner.  My life is definitely unstructured. I’ve considered an unstructured approach before, but Laurie, from Plannerisms, mentioned it again when I was talking about how crazy my life was and how traditional … [Read more...]

How to Keep Work and Personal in the Same Planner

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...]

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...]

Simple Ideas for Combining Paper & Electronic Planning

Paper & Electronic Planning

I’ve been using a paper planner for at least 30 years and I’m not about to stop now.  However, that being said, there’s a certain appeal to some of the electronic options.  So what’s a person to do?  Paper or electronic?  How about BOTH!!! Both options have benefits and using both paper AND electronic gives you the best of both worlds. Here are a few simple ways I use both paper and … [Read more...]

An Updated Look at My Planner Set-Up

Filofax

I've been enjoying the DIYFish Life Mapping Inserts for the last five months or so and thought it was time to share a planner update. It was more difficult than I expected to leave behind the Franklin Covey system.  I used it for 20 years and it's familiar and comfortable.  I know it backwards and forwards and inside out.  We've been together for 20 YEARS!!!  But I needed (or maybe wanted) a … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Planners

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No, they aren’t all mine, although I do often sit on the couch with three planners on my lap (personal, compact and classic) trying to decide which one to use.  But in this case, that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is how three different people use the same planner but in completely different ways.  Take a look: Rachel Rachel is my daughter.  She’s married and expecting … [Read more...]

How I Use My Planner for Motivation

Planner for Motivation

Motivation is something I struggle with regularly – especially in regard to homemaking tasks.  You might assume, since I have this blog, that I like homemaking and don’t have any trouble getting homemaking tasks done.  But you would be wrong. I like having a clean, peaceful home but I don’t necessarily love doing the tasks that make it that way.  Homemaking tasks tend to be repetitive and … [Read more...]