For 2017 I am starting a new planner from Me and My Big Ideas. I will again be using their Happy Planner in what is now called the Classic size. (Happy Planners also come in Big and Mini as well.) Mine is called “This is Your Year.”
I have been using Happy Planners for a year and a half now and I love how simple yet functional they are. I love that these planners use the ARC page system so pages can be added, removed, and made with ease. I own a punch which allows me to add whatever I’d like to my planner which makes holding lists, saving, invitations, and other important notes super easy.
One of the first things I do when starting a new planner is to go through my old planner month by month and add any reoccurring events to the new planner. Birthdays and Anniversaries don’t change so you know when they will be. I add items on sticky notes so that I can add it how I want when we get to that month, but the basic information is there so it is not forgotten.
My planner uses a vertical setup and each day has three boxes. I use the top box for my to dos, so this list is added to daily and as the week progresses. Some days will have many tasks, while others will only have a few, it really depends on what else I have going on. What I love about this as opposed to an ongoing list, is that I can say “Hey, I need to do ___” and then look at my week and see where I will have the time to accomplish this task and put it on that day. I find a major problem for those just starting out with planners is that they over schedule to dos which just leads up being upset over not accomplishing goals.
The second box is for scheduling. Here I mark my husband’s schedule for the week, any changes or unusual aspects of my own schedule, and our dinners for the week. I incorporate meal planning into m weekly planning so that I know what I am doing when I go to the grocery store and we actually have something thawed and ready to go each day. We don’t get home from work until 6pm and want to eat by 7pm so having a plan really helps make this happen successfully.
The third box in my planner is used for fun extras such as a short list, motivational stickers, or event information. If we have a party or other social gathering I’d jot the details down here so that we know what is happening and when. This area is also great for fitness tracking, food tracking, or information regarding school for yourself or children. In the past I have used this section for planning out my blog postings however I now use Horizontal Happy Planner pages for that. (more on that later)
When starting a new planner I like to add some of my favorite inserts so I am prepared and ready to go.
A few daily sheets
Lined paper for misc notes
Goal planning sheet
I also fill out the front page and make sure to add a phone number and email address in case the planner is lost.
Pages you may also consider:
Emergency contact information
Medical conditions/ medications
Clothing sizes for family members
Keep in mind that if your planner is lost, all information will be available to the finder. With this in mind, you may want to add a few items about your children and their school/teachers, however adding this information in a more secretive way that would not be obvious to a predator. Consider adding the teacher’s phone numbers or info as contacts without mention of the grade/school they teach at. Make these choices as your own discretion.
So this is the main planner I will be using for 2017 at home. Next week I will be sharing a little bit about my work planner and I use it to organize my day, schedule employees, and keep on task at work.
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