Have you jumped on the paper planner craze? I’ve used my iPhone for my scheduling for years – iCal and Notes mostly, sometimes Reminders, but honestly? It just wasn’t working for me! I was feeling really overwhelmed at the end of the year and started noodling with the idea of going back to a paper planner. Lo and behold I stumbled on the paper planner communities out there and have been consumed / in love / aghast with all the YouTube videos on planners! Egads!
Welcome to our Make It Monday: “Organization” circle! You may have noticed some of our Monday’s have themes? Well today we’re chatting up organization! And what’s getting me organized these days? My planner! So, here we go…
As much as I’ve been wanting to splurge on the gorgeous gold foil Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP), I am being practical and promised myself I’d see if I could actually stick to using a cheap planner consistently for 2 months before I splurge! I’ve heard it takes 21 days of repeated/consistent behavior to develop a habit? So far, so good!
I bought an inexpensive (on sale for $7) planner at Target the first week of January, and it really is helping me keep organized. I have so many ideas running loose in my head, and this is helping me corral it all into one practical place! What I love about the ECLP is the layout of the week, with days laid out in a vertical format. The one I bought is NOT laid out that way, but I customized it by adding washi tape down the center to create a “time scheduled” block and a “to do” block for each day.
That was where I started. Then I decided I wanted to add some sort of a checkmark system for the “to do” section, and although I found some adorable stamps that I really want at Studio L2E, I’m again committed to being frugal. So I searched my
mountain of stamps for an open square to create a cute checkbox, but knew I had to use the heart I found instead – it was a perfect fit!
Once I complete a task, I fill in the heart 🙂 I’m just a goofy dork that way! I should mention I’m loving the erasable Frixion pens. They’re super duper amazing!
So that’s got me moving in the right direction. That alone has helped me organize my days with time commitments and to do’s for the week. So nice to not have to worry about forgetting something because it’s rolling around in my head with a million other to do’s instead of nicely planned in my planner 😉 Of course there are the occasional slip ups, but it really is helping me plan out my days.
Every night before I go to bed, I review my planner and see what I have going on the next day as far as scheduled obligations, what “to do’s” I may have not completed that day, and what needs to be done the next day. Then I review it again first thing in the morning. It’s really helping me get my day started on the right foot and certainly end the night feeling more accomplished than I started the day!
The other areas I needed to get a grip on included: 1). my creative team responsibilities at Capture Your 365; 2). an editorial calendar for my Make It Monday blog circle with a group of fabulous creatives (who are also my inspiring creative friends!); and 3). projects that I wanted to get to, but didn’t have an actual deadline.
Too many times I feel like my dog chasing my tail. We all know how easy it is to jump on the computer and get sidetracked. You jump on to pay a bill and an hour later you’ve forgotten about the bill but caught up on Instagram, answered a couple emails, and checked in with a couple of Facebook groups. Yup, easy to do. Unfortunately, I tend to do that with a lot of my life, and have a lot of half-baked crafty, bloggy and photo projects. Having my tasks written down is helping me keep focused…yay!
When I bought the planner in January, it came with November and December 2014 month views (2-page spreads) that I wasn’t going to use. I figured these pages were perfect for a “Project Ideas” page, so I covered up the month and days using washi tape, creating a grid to write in projects. Then, I realized the removable stickers we used to use when we had our retail businesses would be great to use for these projects so I could move around the projects! I add them to my evolving list and once the project is complete, I move it to the date or week I completed it.
I color coded my projects based on my Etsy store, Society6 store, Craft Ideas for the Blog, Planner/Organization, YouTube and more!
Somewhere I saw Washi wrapped around playing cards and thought that was a great idea instead of carrying a ton of rolls of Washi! I have a great assortment without lugging them all around! I have these secured to the inside of the front cover. I added Washi to the bottom as well so the cards don’t move around.
The last piece of organizing I’ll share with you is my grocery list and meal planning. Remember how I said I used Notes on my iPhone? I would usually write my grocery list on there, so I had quite a few to go back to reference. I made a master grocery list in Excel and print 3 weeks worth on one sheet. Before I head to the grocery store, I get my meals planned for the week and cross out the items I don’t need to purchase. I use more removable stickers to plan our dinner menu for the week, and can move them around as needed. I use some crafting markers to customize the round and rectangular removable stickers. I
like love color and coding this way helps me keep it pretty AND organized!
So I’m sharing all these ideas with you in case you’ve had any of the same hiccups I’ve hit along the way. Maybe my grocery list and meal planning idea will help you develop a more efficient system for you and your family! Perhaps my Editorial Calendar format will help you organize your creative projects a little better. One project I haven’t made yet has been inspired by my sweet friend Cara at the Hooting Pirate – she created a pen holder with Duct Tape and a bullfrog clip. Super cute! Be sure to check it out here!
And the last piece I’ll share is a little love note I found in my planner from my 8-yr old. Color me happy and lucky in love ❤ I decided to use some of the washi tape to draw attention to that sweetness!
Ready to continue to Make It Monday fun? Gotta run? Melissa at Digital Scrapbooking HQ shows you how to keep a collection of photos together to scrap later with Photoshop Elements Organizer Check out Melissa’s post – her tips and tricks are amazing and I always leave her site with a great and easily usable nugget of knowledge!
As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!
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22 responses to “Make It Monday // Planner Craze on the Cheap”
I love your planner. I used to do something like this when I was younger, and this year I bought a paper calender for the first time since iPhone came. But your calender is really something. Thank you for sharing ❤
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As you found, the biggest thing with a planner is finding a system you’ll actually use! I’ve been using Dayrunner (similar to Franklin Covey) for about 25 years. I scribble up notes constantly in there. For something that isn’t resolved quickly, I had a paper copy into my files and / or a scanned copy into Evernote to find later. Pen is so much faster and easier to use, especially when you’re talking with someone!
Hi. I love your blog! Would you mind checking out my blog,too? Thanks! : D
Thank you for stopping by and your sweet words! You’re off to a great start on your blog! I know how hard it is to get started, so good for you for jumping in!
One of the most important components to a blog (in addition to your words and message, of course!) are the photos! Be sure to get great photo of your recipes and crafts – it’ll make a significant impact on your messaging. Here are a few of my posts on getting great photos of food & crafts:
Hope you find these helpful! Good luck and I look forward to seeing more from you!
❤ this post!!! I ❤ looking at different planners and decorations for them! I'm so inspire after going through this to decorate one now 🙂
Awesome! So happy to hear it Beauty By Starlet! Thanks for the love!
I have been pondering buying a fancy planner. Now you’ve inspired me to grab a cheapie! 🙂
There are so many new ones coming out in the next month or so. Starting with a cheapie will also help you figure out what you want and will use in a planner 🙂
This is awesome and I love how detailed your blog post was. Great blog! I love it!!!! My favorite part was when you said, “have been consumed / in love / aghast with all the YouTube videos on planners!” That made me LOL! I’ve been looking for some little round removable stickers like you have at the end. Where’d you get ’em? Thanks!!
Thanks so much Tracie! I feel like I could go on and on and on with so many fun planner details, lol! Truly happy you enjoyed my post 🙂 And isn’t it crazy true on the YT videos?! Keeps bouncing around from mind blowing to mind boggling! Ha!
I bought the round Avery stickers at Staples, but paid way too much compared to the Amazon prices! I also bought the white rectangles – love both sizes for different needs. Both are removable, which makes it great when moving goodies around. And custom color coding using markers on hand makes my heart happy! Hello rainbow!
Thanks again for stopping by! Love your podcast and am actually halfway through the planner episode 🙂 Can’t wait to see your gold planner!
That’s so sweet she left a note for you ❤ I love what you've done with your planner. Filling in those hearts as you do things on your list is too cute!
Thanks so much for your kind words! Finding my 8-yr olds sweet note made my day! Still puts a smile on my face every time I read it ❤
Loved this post! Def smart and inexpensive way to make great use of your planner! Def will be using done of these tips! Thank you!
Thanks Teshia Nicole! Glad to hear you found the tips helpful! I’ll be sharing more planner posts in the future!
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I absolutely love planners! When I started using mine, it made me feel so much more in control of my life. This is a great post! 🙂
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Thank you Courtney! It really does help gain perspective and control 🙂 Any great tips you’d like to share on how you’ve customized yours to work best for you? I’d love to hear! Thanks for stopping by!
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Like you said, color coding works wonders! I’m always looking for new tips, and I will definitely get some of those stickers you mentioned!
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You are an organizing inspiration! I am using a planner from Simple Scrapper, but much of what you offer could be tailored into that. I’ll NEVER be that organized in reality, but a planner helps.
Ha! Thanks Libby! Too many things fall through the cracks when I’m not organized! I’m trying to get away from what’s become my normal 3am bedtime trying to do too much last minute! So far, so good! What do you love about your SS planner?
I’ve started using a paper planner as well! Definitley helping get me through To Do lists.
Glad to hear it’s helping you get through your To Do’s! Especially as crafters, we have more ideas than we have time in the day to complete! Thanks for stopping by ❤
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