I have quite given up on the idea of the perfect planner/set up -- then I realized that what it's all about is really the perfect planner for my current needs. And that's good enough for me.
Backtracking a little bit, I've been working out of this set up since I switched back from a Midori Traveler's Notebook as an everyday planner, back in December, and I've made very few tweaks since. (Barring, of course, re-arranging flyleaves, sticky notes storage, etc., and the switching out between planners).
On to the pictures. (My dog snuck in on some of the photos and fell asleep right away. I didn't have the heart to shoo him.)
The absence of a lot of pockets doesn't stop me from loving it. It just means I have to be choiceful about what I put in it. Currently, I have some Post-it flags, note pads, hole reinforcements and stickers. The dog bookmark is just to remind me of my chihuahua.
The first flyleaf keeps everything together and keeps pages from running under the rings.
A top-loading envelope has an image I love for its color and message. Doesn't hurt to be reminded to "count your blessings" everyday. I also put a pen loop inside the envelope for extra pen storage.
A flyleaf with Post-its to jot down quick notes, followed by the first divider.
Next is a tabbed flyleaf, followed by pages of jottings. I take out these pages after I've done filing them away where they belong, or when they're no longer relevant.
The top bookmark takes me to the 1st blank page.
The Blog section has another Project Life divider scrap.
The 1st page is a list of topics I want to write about, followed by a notes/outline section for each of those topics (left).
The Diary tab follows and I'm still using the Kate Spade planner pages which I still love. A bookmark takes me to the yearly overview and a Project Life divider takes me to the week. (You can go to the link to see how I use it.)
Each monthly overview is tabbed with just cut-up Martha Stewart tabs and I hand-wrote the months. I kind of like the quirky hand-made look. And I need the tabs to find the months quickly.
My color-coded categories are next which follow the system I've been using for years. I'll elaborate on this in a later post. If you want to know anything in particular, shoot me a comment and I'll make sure to answer your concern.
|Flyleaf leads into color-coded tabs|
|Fun sticky notes|
|More sticky notes and stickers|
|Stickers, flags, ruler|
(I tried the DIYfish Life Mapping color-coding system but I'm not sure if I want to continue with that so I'm using it as a page-lifter for now.)
And there's nothing at the back.
To wrap it up, here's why this system is working perfectly for me right now:
- I let it grow organically. I originally had only 3 sections and added the To Do tab when I thought I needed it. Basically, I add and take away as needed.
- I have everything I need in one place on a daily basis. The Home Binder has other, non-daily reference items in it that I don't need tocarry around with me all the time.
- There's a minimum of tabs. I can even reduce it to 2 or 3 if I wanted to.
- The color-coded section makes things easy to find, and I never second-guess myself about where I want to file things away. It's my 'filing cabinet' of sorts.
- The Kate Spade diary is a key contributor to my planner happiness.
- And lastly, I try to manage the thickness by occasionally purging and/or putting written items in their rightful place.
My system makes me happy right now.
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