Planner Peek: Emma
I love the newest installment in the Planner Peek series! I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE being able to sneak a peek inside other people’s planners. I love to see how they use them, how they decorate them, what type of planner they use, etc. I have asked my readers to submit photos of their planners and to tell us a bit about how they use their planning system. (You can submit your planner by filling out this really short and easy form. If you’re selected, you’ll get a free copy of the digital Sweet Life Planner worth $35!) All of the Planner Peeks in this series have been so fun to see.
Emma is new to using planners and writes, “I have just started using a planner, largely inspired by this series! I purchased a junior sized ARC planner and some of the pre made ARC pages. My planner is still in the planning stages so I am using post it notes to try out sections before I commit to real tabs.”
Emma has made a really simple printable in Word so each month she can write down important dates, a to do list, a list of goals, and a blank spaces for inspiration. she created a simple 2 page calendar page, followed by a monthly summary of what she accomplished, what she didn't get done and what she needs to improve on.Emma hopes this will help her reflect each month and keep herself on track. I think it is a great idea and will definitely keep her organized.
Emma really wants to start a blog of her own this year so organizing her life and finding time to do that is important to her! And, Emma has a very thoughtful husband who supports her plans. Emma says, “My husband can detect my enthusiasm for my new planner, so for Christmas he gave me the ARC zipper pockets, washi tape and a pack of colorful pens!!” This makes me smile.
Emma's five-year old daughter loves to sit down with her mom when she is working on planning and she likes to use the punch. So, Emma has a few drawings she has added, they make her smile as she flips through during the day. I hope one day to be able to do the same thing with my newly born daughter, Savannah!
Emma adds, “I'm still adding and rearranging, your blog has helped me so much!” I love it when people find my blog helpful in organizing their lives. Emma says she plans to “upgrade” to a larger letter-sized planner for a more permanent planner and wants to keep her smaller junior sized planner in her purse for on the go things like grocery lists and things that pop into her head during the day.
I just love taking these planner peek tours and was so happy to learn that Emma got her inspiration for making her ARC Planner from this Planner Peek series. For even more inspiration with your planner, check out all the Planner Peeks in this series.
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Leave a comment and let us know how you liked the planner peek and how it’s inspired you.
This is why I don’t label my tabs in my planner – I still don’t know if I want to leave everything where it is or not! I’ve only been in my Finsbury for about tow months now, and I’ve already moved things around a few times! Needs change, life changes, but planner tabs with labels can be hard to fix. I’ve just learned where everything is, and can adjust when I move things around. (That, and I just like flipping through the thing in case I do forget!!)
Becky Johns Says
I love the idea of writing down what you have accomplished! In the past I have sometimes written what I accomplished on my week-at-a-glance calendar when the day is over (in the empty spaces left after filling in appointments). It gives you a double use for the calendar, and I found I felt much more productive, because I often did many things not on my to-do list that just seemed convenient to fit it or I was in the mood to do…but then my to do list loomed UNDONE making me feel incompetent. Plus, with children…I put them first and often didn’t get to the list.
I have since decided a running to do list is best, and give myself the whole week to fit it in. I usually get it done sometime in the week. I work much better if I am in the mood to do something…like cleaning out drawers. If I am on a roll, I want to continue to push on rather than be tied to a to do list I made earlier. It is like making four menus but being able to decide what you want to eat on a particular day from the four options. It is planned but not “scheduled”.
I am a creative person, rather than a numbers person and I have had to experiment then analyze systems that will work for me and not make me feel too “hemmed in”. Are there any others out there like this? I have been told I am very organized and productive by other people, but I have had to try different methods to find one that feels good to me.
Janèya Flores Says
I live Emma’s idea of not committing to tabs. I’ve just started my planner and I haven’t committed to tabs either. I love the “the things kids do/say”! My kids are always doing/saying the darnest things. ☺ I also like the monthly reflections.
Good luck Emma with your planner journey.
I just bought an ARC planner also. Been playing around with it and adding ideas as I go. Still a work in progress. I love Emmas ideas of the monthly summary. I also have a “running to do list”, I call my brain dump list. I write it down just have to transfer it to the right spot. It gets it off my mind and helps me be more creative.