Plans is a sub category that I used a lot when I was in college and University, it was similar to a to-do list but more specifically orientated around things I wanted to do rather than things that needed to be done in a certain time frame, for example, things like watch xyz tv show, rent out movie to watch one weekend, visit museum, etc. I started a Plans section so I could group all these random wants together as a sort of brain dump and ideas page for when I was bored or in need of inspiration. I don’t have a Plans section any more which I thought was a good thing, I use my week on 2 pages and post its to write things down on but I loose ideas and things I want to do/watch/visit/look at/read/make within those pages and forget to flick back through to obtain the data I want. Perhaps it is time to bring the Plans pages back?
Do you record your plans separately? What do your pages look like? Mine were always a jumble of different colored pens and scrawled writing and crossing out
Lists seem to be popping up all over the place in my Filofax, from daily lists consisting of household chores, weekly lists of things to remember (like collecting my medicine prescription…), shopping lists that happen mainly on fridays and sundays, books to read, films to watch, tv shows to catch up on, and lists of things to do/not forget that happen sporadically, it seems my life is run by lists!
At the moment I don’t really have a set place for lists of things (unless you count my ‘notes’ section which I use for shopping lists!) and day to day these little notes written in the day section of my planner are ok I do tend to struggle with finding that book or tv series/film recommendation further down the line. I have been looking at Bullet Journals on instagram and am inspired to create a section in my planner for lists of things like Books, TV, Film, campsites and other lists that would get lost on my weekly pages but would be things that I want to refer to at times and add to when needed. I am currently looking at papers to use for this – I like the idea of lined paper but feel that it could restrict me and look messy if I wanted to add extra columns in the future to accommodate my lists expanding, I am swaying towards dot grid paper but sourcing this as ready made inserts may be a problem as I have looked before but not come up with much. I am thinking that I could make inserts to fit by purchasing a dot grid note pad and cutting it to size, punching and adding to my planner instead.
What kind of lists do you make in your planner? What is your list style?
In today’s “Other Inserts” series post I will be talking about Record Inserts and what you can use them for in your planner but first I want to talk about what a record is and why it is different to a tracker.
A record is something that has happened and will continue to stay the same no matter how many minutes, hours, days or years have passed. It is a factual piece of information that is finite. A tracker is designed to record something that can change over time and can differ from day to day (like the weather, moods, how much water you have drunk etc). So, a record can be a book you have read, grades you have obtained, jobs you have done, savings you have made, these things will be the same regardless of the time frame that passes.
Personally, I don’t use a record at the moment, but I am in the process of setting one up so I can record the books I read, what genre they fall under and giving them a scoring system so I can see, at a glance, whether I should get the latest book by a certain author based on my enjoyment of previous books.
Do you use a record in your planner? What do you record?
This is another new addition to my blog 🙂 “Other Inserts” focuses on any insert that you can get which is not diary based, the first in this series looks at the Information sheet that is usually included with shop bought diary inserts and looks a bit like this
This is one of the first things I fill in when I am setting up my planner for the year, usually with a new pen and my best handwriting, I like the newness of the page and being able to update information that may otherwise have expired, been crossed out or written over. I think this is one of the most important sheets to fill in as well, it makes the diary and planner truly yours and identifies it as having an owner and belonging.
The Information (or Important Information as it is sometimes referred to) is really useful for you to see at a glance, and be able to find easily, numbers you may need in an emergency, or numbers and data that people may need if you are caught up in an emergency. I have not yet filled in this sheet (I’m still using last years Information sheet) but am going to be filling it in soon, laminating and punching it before placing it at the front of my planner, behind the dashboard. I totally recommend laminating this page as it will get a fair bit of battering over the year and placing it toward the front of your planner just so that it is easy to find in an emergency.
If you don’t have one of these sheets then you can type or write up your own version and add it to your planner.
Have you made your own Improtant Information sheets? What does it look like?
The next episode of Other Inserts will be up on my blog on 6th Feb! catch you then