How I’m Using A Personal Filofax in 2016

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

Today I wanted to share with you the planner that I am using for 2016 – a personal sized Filofax. Working a day job, having a house renovation and a life to live, along side running Butterfly Crafts as a business, I need to keep organised. I have always been a to-do list maker but this year I am really starting to use a planner as my “command centre” for want of a better expression – it’s helping me side hustle and stay organised whilst doing so.

I have a separate Erin Condren journal which I am using for my business planning, noting down goals and such like, but my day to day planner is my personal sized Filofax. I have had this Filofax for a number of years but this year I am stepping up my game in using it and making it more ‘mine’ – you can see a post I wrote about making your own dividers to personalise your planner even more.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

The inside cover of the Filofax is great as it has a few pockets which I use for page markers and post it notes, my KikkiK ‘Top 3″ post its, a small stencil, and my stickers. I have created a dashboard with decorative acetate and a motivational KikkiK sticker.

I have my Filofax divided up into six sections – a diary, to do list, blogging, notes, money and addresses. The address section is fairly self explanatory and money is where I keep a track of various targets and shopping.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

In previous years I have used the standard Filofax inserts but this year I opted for something far more pretty! These printed inserts are from Poetic Soup Designs on Etsy, they are a perpetual calendar in that they don’t have dates printed on, but space to write your own. Each day is in a vertical format which much smaller boxes for the weekend. I have a small stencil, it was actually a gift in a Christmas cracker, and I use this to make checkboxes as my to do list on each day. I sit down each Sunday evening and plan out my week.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

At the bottom of the pages is a To Do list and I have chosen to use this as a social media to do list to check that I interact with people daily. At the bottom of the right page is a water intake tracker and a menu list, I meal plan separately so have chosen to use some narrow washi tape and instead keep a list of cleaning for that week.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

Notes I use to keep track of family birthdays (along with this printable birthdays calendar) but also my cleaning system. I have started to read up on the Fly Lady system of cleaning and house management. I have the different zones written down and what is involved so that each week I can bullet point into my ‘zone’ section for the week. I love the KikkiK magnetic page markers so I can jump right to the information.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

I have a separate notebook which I use for blog planning and I also use a wall planner but I have started to use a month spread in my Filofax to plan out blog posts for the month Рthis is really useful to have in one place so that if I am having a planning session out of home or have a little bit of time on my hands to brain storm I have information all in one place. These pages are a printable I purchased from Organise With Katie on Etsy.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

I have tried to use a planner before but have never really stuck to it, maybe I didn’t have enough to plan! Something that I am finding is helping me use my Filofax in a better way in 2016 is stickers! I mean, who doesn’t need a reason to buy stickers!?!? You can search online for planner layouts and planner inspiration and you can see amazing layouts for planners which REALLY use stickers. I haven’t used stickers to that extent, mine are more functional and I love it! Any excuse to have a search on Etsy or Instagram for planner supplies! My favourite so far is definitely Stickers Washi and More on Etsy which is where I picked up these lovely stickers.

How I'm Setting Up My Personal Filofax Planner in 2016 by Butterfly Crafts Handmade Emporium

Are you using a planner or a Filofax this year? I would love to hear how you use yours or if you have any recommendations for places to buy stickers!

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