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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – this 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.
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.
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!