There are so many different ways to incorporate a Birthday/Occasions Reminder into your planner the list is almost endless and, even in its most basic form, can be adapted to any planning style or any planner size! This post will help you with setting up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder in several different ways.
The first way is probably the most basic and one I have used previously – the pull out Year Calendar
You can purchase this kind of calendar from Filofax online or some stores that carry the Filofax line of inserts. I really like the ease of use with this style of insert for the purpose of Occasion Reminder, you can see the whole year at a glance and see when certain events fall. The downfall of this for me was that once it was filled in, unless I had something else to add it wasn’t something I was checking on a day to day/week to week basis.
You can use sheets of paper titled with the month, dates listed in a margin and then write in the occasions you want, if you leave the pages without a year on them they can be carried from one year to the next. Month on a page inserts would be perfect for this if you decided that you would rather purchase than make inserts! These could then be placed in its own section in your planner or at the start of each new month in your planner.
I really like the idea of having a monthly overview at the start of the month so you can see in detail what is happening that month and be prepared for the days ahead. I am currently using these dividers in my Filofax to separate out the months and write down all my Occasions on. The dividers are set so that the beginning part of January is on one divider, the second part is on the second divider which has part of February on the reverse, the second part of February has the first part of march on it etc…and it is the only thing I think I would probably change – I’d have half of Jan n the front of the first divider and the remaining part on the reverse etc, so that each month is on one divider rather than 2. But, that aside, this system is working for me so far!
I have seen other monthly view dividers, from gridded layouts (like in the Happy Planner) to laminated designs, if you have a search on instagram (#montlyoverview is a good starting point) you will find lots of inspiration!
What sort of Occasions Reminder will you be using?