9 Random Tips for Getting More Out of Your Planner

Planner Tips

1.       Subdivide your to-do list.  Physically divide it into two or three sections to match your life.  For example: Morning, Afternoon, Evening Work, Home, Menu Priorities, Blog, Home Subdividing your list keeps you from having to sort through the list to find the appropriate tasks for what you’re focusing on now. 2.       Color code your notes – but not necessarily … [Read more...]

Why Your To-Do List Might Not Be Getting Done

incomplete to-do list

All of us have untouched tasks on our to-do lists – probably every day.  But if a task stays on the list too long, maybe it’s time to figure out why. I had to do that with my own list today.  I was skimming the list, trying to figure out what to do next and didn’t find anything I was willing to do.  That doesn’t usually happen.  I normally have a lot of variety on my list so there’s always … [Read more...]

It’s Okay to Have Blank Sections in Your Planner

Fish Life Mapping Inserts

Have you ever looked through your planner and noticed blank sections – pages that weren’t being filled in?  And when you saw those blank sections you immediately started thinking about how to fill them?  Or you felt guilty because they weren’t being used?  Or you wondered if maybe your planner was too much since it had unused sections? Here’s a secret: You don’t have to write on every page or … [Read more...]

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...]

Free Download: Grid Paper for your Planner

grid paper for planner

I’ve never been thrilled with the blank paper options available to ringed-planner users.  The paper wasn’t quite what I was looking for and the packages of paper were astronomically expensive!  So a while back I started cutting my own paper – some white and some colored.  That worked reasonably well. Then I noticed a bunch of people using graph paper.  So I got some and made some pages.  I … [Read more...]