So it is now the first week of February and I have finally put together some kind of planner for the year.
I have a problem with not being able to stick to one kind of calendar/to-do list/planner system …. Last year I bought a brand new FranklinCovey planner and used it til May.
I also keep my to-do list in (no exaggeration) about 5 different places/formats.
It’s not all that efficient as you can imagine.
So this year I have MADE my own planner in hopes that I will feel more invested in this particular piece of self-organization.
I started out with a 7″x9″ 3 ring binder from ReBinder (I really like this size) – it’s made of 100% recycled chipboard. And it’s much sturdier than I expected … My new favorite.
I painted the cover (inside and out) with just plain gray acrylic.
My thinking is I can change the color scheme of the paper inside if I want and the gray will be a good neutral base without having to repaint it every year.
I will say though – the painted surface is a bit rough. I might still go find a sealer of some kind to cover the binder. Something to make it a bit smoother and easier to touch.
I used red and gray cardstock to mount the calendar, and just regular ol’ graph paper for my notes.
The calendar pages (month and weeks) are from droplet.etsy.com …. $10 for a big fat pdf file with 3 different sizes/versions of calendar pages. So – if I decide that this version of planner doesn’t work for me I can try one of the other sizes next.
Or – I have the blank calendar pages and can just reprint them as I go.
I love not having to wait til December to buy a new calendar for the next year …
The calendar pages are meant to be printed on 8.5″x11″ paper and then split in half (for either side of the 3 rings)
In order to make sure I had enough room on the calendar itself – as well as act as a divider – I mounted the actual month-calendar pages on cardstock.
I also am using a wide satin ribbon to wrap around the planner – keep it closed and make it pretty…
Here’s a glance at some of the opening pages.
I’m still thinking about making maybe a pen/pencil case to put in the beginning …
Here’s another thought – I printed all the calendar pages on white cardstock – which makes this very thick …. There’s actually only 10 calendar month pages and 6 months of week calendar pages in this.
Next time I may print on normal printer paper instead of cardstock. We’ll see …
I put note paper at the beginning …. to keep track of long-term goal lists and $$ and shopping lists and all …
I’m kind of in love with my new planner and want to come up with all kinds of things to write in it …..
And the GIVEAWAY - I have an extra one of these binders. They are 7×9 inches (perfect size for half of the 8.5″x11″ paper. Heavy chipboard covers and 3-ring binding. They’re awesome! From ReBinder. For a chance to win an un-painted, all natural 7×9″ 3 ring binder, leave a comment below with your system for keeping track of dates …. . Or your best excuse to why it’s February and you don’t yet have a planner! One winner will be chosen via Random.org