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How I have set up my 2019 Planner

Its the time of year for sharing planner set ups, so I thought I might as well. I find it very interesting to read and watch videos on other peoples set ups. Mine is very practical and functional and works for me. It may not suit you, but thats ok, and I may tweak and change things as the year progresses, but thats fine too.. its one of the things I love about planning on paper and especially Travelers Notebooks.

I use a personal sized Prima Planner TN, its my everyday carry and wallet, this baby goes everywhere with me!!! I sell them in my shop, as well as inserts for travelers notebooks. But this size doesn’t come with preprinted daily/weekly/monthly inserts like the standard size, so last year I used blank insert books and drew my own lines etc, I use a bullet journal style so it worked perfectly for daily planning as some days I’d use a whole page and other days only some so I could start the next day underneath. No waste and it worked perfectly. This year I decided to use printables. Just to see how I got on and so I could answer any of my customers questions about them. I used Annie Plan Printables for everything, kept it simple. So what do I have.

I work from back to front, at the back my first book is my annual calendar with all my future planning, special dates, appointment etc and I also have my projects in that book too (jump banded together) Projects are any of my to do’s and projects that have more than one step, so I have everything from photobooks, garden stuff, passport renewal, decor ideas, etc in here.

Next book is my first quarter, Jan to March weekly pages, where I have pulled the relevant info from my calendar, and I’d have more details on activities, to dos that need to be done by specific dates. There is also a tracker for each monthly where I track health stuff like exercise, medication, etc and where I track my daily and zone cleaning, ie if I did it or not.

The next book is my daily planning pages, that’s where I jot down the night before what I can do the next day (pull from the weekly pages, projects and my lists), I’d fill in my set school runs, kids activities, work stuff in first and then figure out what I can do around that… some days its not much more.

Last book is my lists, I have everything from errands I need to do in town, stuff I need to do at my work desk, my 5 minute list (fave list where there’s stuff I need to look up etc and I’d have 5 minutes while waiting to pick up someone, at an appointment etc), I have pages for each of my kids with their PPS number, shoe size and last date measured, gift ideas (they might mention something in passing), things I’d need to buy them etc, list of books I want to read, places I want to go, free places to go with the kids, wish list for myself, various work lists, etc

And that’s it, its a buster, but I have everything I need and I’m dipping in and out of it all day. But it keeps me sane and helps me get stuff done. I’ve added a few free printables from cocoa daisey and some carpe diem stickers for functional reasons and a little colour.. all optional of course.

Next week, I’ll look at menu planning, and the best healthy buys you can find in aldi… we all make the effort in January.

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What are travelers notebooks?

So what is a travelers notebook?

Travelers notebook or travelers journal, depending on the brand is a book like cover containing a number of elastics that can hold individual notebooks or inserts.  As the name suggests they were originally designed to protect these notebooks/inserts during travel, which means they are perfect for carrying and popping into a handbag etc.  Instead of having ONE planner, I can have 4-6 different notebooks inside each cover that all contain something different.  They are customisable to your needs, which can be a little overwhelming at the start. but here’s some ideas to get you going.

Weekly/Monthly Spread.

At the end of the day, your travelers notebook is a planner, so having a weekly and/or monthly spread is a good idea.  You can keep it as simple and as fancy as you like.  But just find out what works for you.

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I have a very simple weekly calendar in one of my books, working on my fancy writing.

other ideas and image from by creative_rose, xomiamoore and christina77star.net.

Daily Spread.

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I like to use it as a reminder first thing what I need to get done that day, but unlike a conventional pre-printed diary I just enter my new day underneath, so if I end up using one full page, a half page or even two pages there is no waste.  What you include in your daily pages is up to you.

Images by decade thirty, boho berry and buzzfeed.

Meal Planner.

Why not have your meal planning and grocery list in one place.  It makes tracking spending easier.

Pictures by Em Schwartz, boho berry and @gothamhau

 

Event Planner.

These can be birthdays, holidays, Christmas, starting school, etc  In one handy notebook have all your events for the year, adding gift ideas, adding to packing lists, things you need to buy in advance as you go and have them with you when you are in a position to buy.

Images by letter it write,  penpapersoul and Evieandsarah.com.

 

Budget Planner.

Track your spending and budget during the month.  Travelers noteboks are idea for this they are designed to be carried around.  There are lots of layout options out there.

Images by wonderfulydiy.com, boho berry and written.intentions.

Other ideas for notebooks.

  • Fitness or weight loss journal.
  • Travel journal (the obvious one, details of trips, where you ate, postcards, stickers, tickets etc).
  • Recipes, new ideas you pick up.
  • Gratitude journal.
  • Memory journal (pictures, tickets, activities, funny things kids said, etc)
  • Lists (books to read, places to go, films to watch, net flicks series to watch, items to buy).
  • Project management.
  • Work ideas.
  • Wish list, inspiration.
  • Family diary (tracking everyone else).
  • Sports/Activities diary.

 

I love planning with pen and paper, so I’m finding the traveler’s notebook system is one that really works well for me.

I have a work one, and my everyday home one which is doubling as my wallet, it really means it goes everywhere with me.

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Next week, I’ll go into a little more detail about bullet journals, and if there is anything you would like to know about ask away.

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