So You’re Ready to Get a Planner . . .


If you’ve never used a planner, or haven’t for a very long time, it can be overwhelming to get started.  But it doesn’t have to be.  There are a few simple steps you can take to figure out what you need.  So let’s get started. Keep it simple. At the beginning, it’s best to keep it as simple as possible.  Some of the planning systems are pretty streamlined but others are very complicated.  If … [Read more...]

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

I’m a piddler.  I come from a long line of piddlers and I’ve learned from the best.  Because I’m so good at it, if I don’t have a daily plan, I get very little accomplished. What do I consider a daily plan?  A daily plan for me is a page in my planner on which I’ve recorded my appointments and my tasks.  Sometimes I even plan when I’m going to do the tasks.  I also include things I need to … [Read more...]

Why I Use a Monthly Calendar AND Daily Pages

Why I Use a Monthly Calendar AND Daily Pages

I haven’t always seen the need for a monthly calendar (I had one but didn’t use it much) but I’m certainly a believer now and have been for a long time.  Here are 5 reasons I can’t live without my monthly calendar. A monthly calendar helps me see the big picture. I can’t see the big picture on daily pages.  It’s a little easier on weekly pages but it’s still not a big enough picture.  Seeing … [Read more...]

Pen Color Matters on your Planner Pages

Pen Color Matters on your Planner Pages.

I love ah ha moments and I had one recently regarding the pen color I use in my planner. I'll admit up front that I am not a pen connoisseur.  I used a 4-color Bic for years, and my current favorite is a Papermate Profile (black or blue) I get at Wal-mart. A while back, I was at Target and found a 4-color pen that was pastel colors:  pink, teal, lime green and purple.  It was so … [Read more...]

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

Yes, I’m trying something new.  After analyzing my schedule, my needs and my preferences, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need something different. I’ve been cycling back and forth between the same systems, hoping each time that something would change and they would work for me.  I blamed myself thinking I wasn’t committed enough or disciplined enough.  But I finally realized that at this … [Read more...]

Webster’s Color Crush Planners

Webster's Color Crush Planner

by Ashley Gardner I've been a diehard Filofax user for quite some time now. But I get bored, and with Filofaxes being pricey, and because Filofax's current selection leaves a lot to be desired, I was delighted to see Webster's Color Crush planners come across my Facebook newsfeed. Resembling the Filofax Original, they come in all sorts of colors and even some different designs; and the … [Read more...]

Planner Use: It’s Okay to Break the Rules

planner rules

There’s no handbook on the right or wrong way to use a planner.  There are a few good books about time management that discuss planner use, but it’s mostly all about experimentation and making it work for you. That means – there are NO rules!   You can do whatever works for you and nobody can tell you you’re doing it wrong.  That being said, here are a few things I do that could be considered … [Read more...]