A Glimpse into My Planner

Hello, friends… This post has been in the works for quite a long time! I’ve received so. many. requests. to share my planner with my followers, and I think this is the easiest way to accomplish that! If you’re not a planner fanatic, this post might not be for you. *Sorry!*

I want to say that I believe we are all different, so my way of planning might not work perfectly for you… Don’t get frustrated if you just can’t get it to work! I have watched so many YouTube videos and looked all over Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration in creating my planner. You’ll see through this post that I have tried a few different methods of organization over the last few months, and the last few pictures are of my current method of keeping organized!

I also wanted to mention that all of the printables in this post were created by me, and they are available in my Etsy shop. If you’re interested, swing by and check out what I’ve got listed! I also offer custom work, but I’m limited on what I can do with a newborn in the house. You can email me or convo me on Etsy if you’re interested in custom work. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Alrighty… Let’s get to it, friends!

I have an A5 size DayTimer planner… I’ve gone back and forth between this lovely binder and a simple small, three-ring binder {picture at the bottom of the post}. When I was working, I carried the DayTimer with me… When I became a stay-at-home wife again, I switched to the binder and it sits next to my microwave on my counter. I’m flexible and can easily switch back and forth…

Planner Organization

As you can see, my DayTimer is a seven-ring binder… When Caleb graduated from college, I bought him a Franklin Covey binder and seven-hole punch, so I wanted a seven-ring binder. There are others out there {Filofax is big in the planner-enthusiast world}, but their planners are six-ring binders. I just haven’t bought the punches for them… Maybe as my Etsy shop grows and I add other things to my inventory.

Anyway. This picture was to show you the pencil pouch I use for washi tape… Again, I’ve switched back and forth in the last few months, and the washi tape is currently not in my planner. I loved having it when I was working because I was using it to organize my day {more on that in a bit!}. The pencil pouch is Martha Stewart by Avery {from Staples}, but I’m not sure how long they’ll be carrying it… Maybe Franklin Covey or DayTimer offers a similar one?

Use a pencil pouch to carry your washi tape! {{Planner Organization}}

This is my “dashboard.” I think some planner lovers use a dashboard to hold a few sticky notes, but I created mine and laminated it to protect the first and last pages of my planner…

Planner Organization

The tabs I’ve used in the past are as follows: Monthly, Weekly, Routine, Cleaning and Notes.

Planner Organization

Here’s my monthly planner insert… There is a spot for goals, notes and a short to do list. I’m thinking about adding the option of pre-printed dates in the boxes for next year… Thoughts?

Month on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

I use my week on two pages inserts the most… I carry these inserts in a Sunday-Saturday option {that’s what I use} or a Monday-Sunday option. These inserts are fun to decorate and the extra splash of color makes planning more enjoyable!

Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}
Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}
Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

Here’s a sneak peek at next week’s decor… Doesn’t it just look inviting? Makes me ready to plan out the week!

Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

This is the insert I’ve been most asked about {and most hesitant to share!}… It’s my day on one page insert. I used this a lot more when I was working, but I may go back to it in a few weeks {after Hannah is more predictable}. We’ll see. I was hesitant to share because, yes, it has a very detailed routine. And yes, it might seem silly to have personal hygiene and “normal” chores on my list. BUT I have never been good at my nighttime routine… The item in my shop has blank lines for you to customize, or I can create something custom. I’ve done some custom orders for people to include a meal plan area or financial tracker… It’s really open to your imagination! Also, side note… I’ve actually found an even better way to keep up with my daily routine, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Day on One Page {{Planner Organization}}

As you can see, I’ve gone back and forth between colored pens and washi tape to color code my day… It’s nice to see how my time is being spent at a glance. As you can see here though, I didn’t use this printable every. single. day.

Day on One Page {{Planner Organization}}

I created this cleaning checklist for those daily and weekly tasks that I wanted to be sure were getting done… Some of my daily tasks are sweeping, wiping down the counters before bed, “swish & swipe” in the bathroom each morning, and setting up coffee for my husband. Weekly tasks include dusting, vacuuming, mopping, kitchen prep, and cleaning the bathroom. I print this one with blank lines so I can change it each week as needed… It’s nice to have one place to house all of my chores!

Cleaning Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

Here’s the routine insert I referred to above… Check this out! I haven’t been using my day on one page inserts lately, but I still wanted to keep track of my routine! Here is a place to check off each day for two weeks. And the rainbow makes it so motivational to use! Ha! Actually, I have to be honest. On my daily pages, I marked each task off at the end of the day whether I did it or not. With this insert, I was motivated to complete the task and only mark it off if I completed the task… Again, it may seem silly to have some of these things on a list, but developing a routine takes time {and this is what works for me!}.

Routine Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

Here’s a close-up view of my routine checklist… Doesn’t it just look so inviting?

Routine Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

And one more look… Just because I love how the rainbow looks! Haha!

Routine Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

This insert isn’t in my shop as of now, but I’m thinking about creating a blank version for you to fill in how you please. I’ve gone back and forth with using this little guy… It has my chores broken down by day and makes them more manageable. If I don’t do it on the day it’s “assigned” to be done, I don’t mark it off… It generally gets done the next day. Oh, and the spot on the routine checklist that says “chores” is referring to this… Anyway. This little guy is a bit of a work in progress. Maybe I’ll get rid of the chevron background and use my rainbow pens to mark it off each day? That might be fun… Anyway. Just another piece of inspiration for you lovelies!

Cleaning Schedule {{Planner Organization}}

And my last category is just plain note paper… I do have graph paper in my shop, and I use it at the front of my planner… It’s nice for taking notes or storing lists. This paper is just plain notebook paper by Avery {purchased at Target}. I rounded the corners to keep it uniform with the rest of my pages… Anyway. Just another section of my planner.

Planner Organization

Phew… That was intense! If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! I’ve got just a few more pictures for you…

This is how my planner is currently set up. It’s a smaller-size, three-ring binder {Martha Stewart by Avery} and lives on my kitchen counter…

Planner Organization

I also created a new dashboard to match the planner…

Planner Organization

And here are my current tabs… The routine tab is the biggest difference, and this is where my routine checklist {the pretty rainbow checklist above} lives.

Planner Organization

Yowza! We’ve made it to the end! I hope this answers your questions or inspires you to get organized! I’ve gotta say, if you have a question {and want an answer}, be sure to leave an email address {or make sure your email address is attached to your profile}. I like to reply to comments via email, but I can’t if I don’t have an email address isn’t there… I don’t reply to individual comments here on the blog {but if there are a bunch of questions, I could do a FAQ post!}.

You can find my printables here: Etsy Shop | A5 Printables | Personal Size Printables | Full Size Printables

Your turn: What other planning or organization printables would you like to see? How do you keep your life organized? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear about it!!

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