I love getting new diary inserts and being able to start planning out my year – writing out birthdays, bank holidays, special occasions and other things that happen through the year, however, one of the downfalls that I face sometimes is forgetting the occasion until the week that it falls in. Maybe this is because I use WO2P and only really look at the week I’m in or the next week on, rarely do I flip more than a week ahead which means I can sometimes miss things until they are on top of me so to speak.
I have done a bit of research and reading (well, looking at others planner set ups on facebook and instagram) and having a section set up for all these occasions seems like a good idea, and there are so many ways in which to set up a Birthday/Occasions Reminder so there should be some kind that will fit with everyone’s planning style!
In my next post on “Set Up” I will be taking you through how to set up a few styles of Occasions Reminders!
How do you keep track of Birthdays and Occasions at the moment?
There are so many different ways to personalize your planner but one of the easiest ways to make it truly yours is to start by personalizing the pages that you will probably use most – your diary inserts. It doesn’t matter which format you use or what size but there is something nice about putting your own mark onto your pages. There are lots of different ways of making the pages truly yours form doodling around the edges, color coding your notes, functional stickers to mark bin days and household routines to full blown weekly sticker kits, washi edges or delicate calligraphic writing, the choice (as they say) is yours.
I started out decorating my pages a few years ago, at the time I was using day to a page format in my Personal Pink Filofax Classic, with a washi strip at the top and bottom of the pages, using the same washi for each day of that week before changing to a different washi the following week. I made the mistake of decorating all the pages like this for the year in pretty much one sitting so I didn’t really have anything to think about or look forward to week to week decorating wise. I then switched to an A5 Paperchase planner which had week on 2 pages inserts that I started to decorate with stickers and washi, I loved the space and the format but the planner was a little too big to lug around daily in all honesty.
Now I am in a personal sized Kingfisher Blue Filofax Malden and using WO2P inserts again. I decided to use weekly kits to decorate for this year and have so far loved each week in my planner. I decorate my pages on a Sunday and share the images to my Instagram (@plannermontannah). I find decorating for the week ahead to be really therapeutic and it gives me something to look forward to each week, and there is something really nice about looking through your weeks and seeing how each one changes and differs.
Some planner girls to check out and their pages can be found in the links below –
DIYFish (painting and drawing on pages)
Micah (colour coding)
Megan Dearing (calligraphy and lettering)
Alina (washi and stickers)
Have you personalised your diary pages? If so how?
Today’s post will show you how to set up a tracker for your planner.
You will need paper inserts, whether they are lined, plain or quadrille the choice is up to you, pens, a ruler (possibly) and something to track!
I chose quadrille paper to track my social media and blog posts on and at the top I wrote in the Month and Year. I then decided on my placement for what I was tracking and shortened them down into short form code – PW = Post Written, PS = Post Shared, FB = Facebook, I1/I2/I3 = Instagram Accounts 1,2 &3 (I1 is my planner instagram (@plannermontannah), I2 is my steps Instagram and I3 is my personal instagram). I keep meaning to add 2 further columns PW2 and PS2 (for my other blog that I run) but I haven’t got around to that yet…
If you are using blank paper or lined paper it is worth sketching out your layout on a spare sheet before committing to it permanently – work out your columns and lines and what sort of spacing you need, where your headings and categories are going to be placed and play around until you are happy with the layout, then you can draw it out on the sheets you will be using.
Marking off your data as you complete the item can be done in so many different ways, I mark mine by coloring in the box but you can use stickers, ticks, crosses, emoji’s, whatever you choose. You can include color coding, like in the image below (that I found on pinterest – just search Year In Pixels for other related images) has on her emotions tracker, where certain colors are matched to certain things or, like me (being lazy) opt for one color…
How have you set up your tracker? What sort of things are you tracking?
Welcome back to my planner blog! I have been away from the blog for quite some time, I have been thinking about the direction I want to take the blog in and working on a schedule of posts that I will be sharing through 2017. The way I write my posts has changed and whereas I used to write a post as it popped into my head, I have now devised a calendar that makes sense, meaning that I will be posting more regularly, always have a topic to write about and have some structure to work with. I feel that the way I used to post was a bit hap hazardous and I always seemed to struggle with topics to write about when thinking/writing off the cuff.
2017 will see me returning to blog more regularly, I am aiming to blog here around 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) on various topics and on a Sunday I shall be sharing the following weeks spread. I will be sharing my set-up, loves, products and a whole host of other subjects all planner related!
Even though I have not been blogging regularly I have still been using my planner, recently switching from my personal pink Classic Filofax to a new (Birthday present from the Boy!) Filofax Malden personal in Kingfisher Blue! I have also set up a planner related Instagram where I have been sharing planner related images. You can find my plannergram over at @plannermontannah,
The other TWO, yes, two big things I have worked on are getting this site set up as a dot.com (see the address bar above!!!! J) and I have also set up an etsy store! I have been busy making planner charms, photographing and listing them and they can be viewed over at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Plannermontannah?ref=search_shop_redirect , I will be adding more to the store as time goes on! I have a few plans for things I would like to make and ideas of expanding the selection to include other planner related goodies along with my planner charms!