I have been using my planner I made for about a month now and while it hasn't changed too much I am using it a lot differently than I thought I would. It also has a more finished feel and I solved a lot of problems that came up while using it. The largest difference since the last post is color!
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I started using shaded areas for weekends and other background areas similar to the planner I had before. It made it very easy to see my month at a glance. I also have week sheets now that were INSANELY difficult to figure out how to print! I am using regular 8.5 x 11 paper cut in half, and to make my margins even the pages had to be printed with the inside margins on the outside. It was a nightmare and I am glad I don't have to deal with it again until March!
I also solved a problem I have always had with ALL of my previous planners. You have a whole section of used pages you will probably never look at again in the front and another whole section of yet to be used pages in the back. I don't want to carry around all those pages that I am not using! My solution!
Only print out the months ahead not the weeks. It is the same information twice so I printed out the rest of the months of the year. Every new month I will print out the following month's week pages. BAM! No extra future pages to lugg around!
As for the past, it gets stapled and filed away.
I am really happy with it because it has everything I want and if I find that something is missing, I can add it in!
Here are a few things I can't live without in my planner:
-A color key to decode my week at a glance!
-Blog Month Planning pages
-Various list pages
-Sticker and tab area
-"This Week" to do list
This is basically a list of all the stuff I didn't get done the week before and don't want to forget about.
I draw a smiley face if I get everything done!
-A place to put my weekly and monthly goals
-Meal Planning pages
and LOTS of space for notes!
I am thinking of selling a customized PDF download version on an Etsy shop if there is any interest so let me know and I can see what I can do! I could easily do mini and full page with what I have so far!
See you next week!