Following on from my research post (here) I have been busy designing some monthly inserts for people to print out at home.
I have focused, so far, on A5 sized inserts as my research showed that A5 was one of the most popular sizes of planners and lots of people seem to own one. I came up with the following layouts…
Notes with Appointments section to the right.
This is how the page will look in the planner and is one of the layouts that I use in mine. I find having appointments to the right makes it easy for me to glance at and schedule items in easily, and having a notes section to the left is handy for writing down all manner of things. I use the notes section to jot down reminders, things I need to do, phone numbers, information I may only need once (but may come in handy in the future!), shopping lists, a doodle page, day-to-day notes, as a traditional diary page and to write down any ideas I may have! There are so many uses for this page and it is good for those who have lots of things going on and whose routine is different from day-to-day and may not fit into regimented sections.
Notes, Tasks, Appointments and Meal Planner/Food Log.
This set of inserts was designed with the busy person in mind! As above this is how the page will look in the planner, appointments and meal planner/food log to the right and notes and tasks to the left. I decided to place the meal planner/food log to the right as it can be seen easily. I chose to include a meal planner/food log as I know from experience, being busy can impact on food and meals, this section gives the user the opportunity to plan meals in advance, so they can see from day-to-day what they are going to be eating, helping them to plan what items they need to buy and acts to save time of an evening thinking about what to eat. This section can also be used as a daily food log, for those that are conscious of what they are eating and how many calories they consume in a day, which could help with weight management and health. I included a notes section as having space to write information down is always handy and often, you don’t want to clog up the appointments section with notes making appointments less likely to be seen. I also included a tasks section as I have found it handy to have a space to jot down tasks as they pop up, whether they be work, college, uni or home related, it is useful to write these down so you can act upon them as needed and they are then not forgotten.
I designed this insert (as above, this is how it will look in the planner) with busy families in mind. I kept the appointments section and added a column for parents and children which the user can then divide down further depending on how many children they have, so that items such as swimming, parents evening, other activities can be recorded and seen at a glance. I placed a birthday’s reminder at the top, as it can be easy to forget friends, and children’s friends upcoming birthdays, I felt that by having it at the top of the page, above the date, that it can be seen more clearly. I also kept in the meal planner and calories section as it is a useful tool for parents to utilize. I also kept in the tasks section, moving it to the top of the left hand page, as again, I feel that it is useful in day-to-day life. I also added a Don’t Forget section at the bottom of the page, useful for writing down things like shopping that needs to be bought, packing up the children’s PE kits for the next day, writing a reminder to book the car in for MOT or to call the doctor to book an appointment, anything that may need to be done but doesn’t fall into any other category.
All of these inserts are now available to buy in my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PlannerSpirit in May to December 2015 at a cost of £12 and also in monthly bundles for £2.00 per month, so you can try a different layout each month if you wish, or just try them for a month to see if you like them!
The inserts all need to be printed on A4 paper, double-sided, then cut in half and punched according to your binder ring spacing. I use an old insert to line my holes up for punching! This means that all my inserts will fit your binder, regardless of make, so long as it is A5 in size!
The inserts are all available with black text but I can customize the text color to match your planner, just drop me a message on my store and I shall change it for you at no extra cost!