I’m so excited to be starting a new series today!
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!)
Today’s planner is from Natasha who blogs at My Written Life. First off, Natasha uses an Arc discbound system from Staples. That’s one of my favorite notebook systems as well. If you’re not familiar with discbound systems, you can read my post or watch my video about how they work.
Natasha says she was very inspired by my own planner set up, and she was able to recreate it for herself on a budget. She just used the paper that comes with the Arc notebook, and used a good old fashioned pen and ruler to draw all her own pages. I love how she just used what she had to create her planner.
She starts with her annual goals broken down by month:
Next up, she has her quarterly goals:
Then she has her quarterly planning broken down by week:
Then she has a layout for each week:
Looks familiar, doesn’t it?
Last, she has a page for Saturday, and she added a weekly summary. The weekly summary is something I don’t have in my planner, and I really love the idea. I think it’s so important to reflect back over the week, so we can learn and improve. It would also be a useful tool in planning for the next week.
Here’s exactly what Natasha had to say about using her planner in her words:
“I use my planner to record annual goals, quarterly goals, plan my quarters, check out my month at a glance, check each week at a glance, and I have daily pages. Using Martha Stewart's discbound task pads, I also create daily checklists for each daily page. Purchasing my first Arc notebook wiped out my budget for organization tools, so I had to resort to hand creating each page Laura showed of her planner. I only made a few personal modifications. I loved the setup of Laura's pages, and I've been using my planner every day since.”
Woohoo! She’s been using her planner every day since. How inspiring! It’s wonderful to find a planning system that really works, and it’s so rewarding to stick with it.
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