I love my planner. Within it lies just about everything I need to plan my days, record events, and keep track of to-do’s. Sure, there’s an app for everything, and I’ve tried using apps to organize my life but they have never seemed to do the trick. I do use my cell phone to set alarms, but I’m a visual person… calendars that are out of sight are out of mind! There’s something about having a hard copy, about physically writing things out that helps me to get things done and remember important dates.
The style of planner I use is called a Traveler’s Notebook. Midori is the official brand of the Traveler’s Notebook, but there are also a lot of artisans on Etsy who make and sell Fauxdoris. It is basically a durable, attractive cover that you can fill and customize with inserts. I purchased my Fauxdori on Etsy at this shop, which sells adorable planner goodies.
Even before I had my Traveler’s Notebook, I was using the inserts. If you don’t have a TN, the inserts are still awesome little helpers. They are a great size to take on the go. All of the printable inserts I’m currently using are from this blogger’s shop.
The first insert I use is my monthly planner. I record birthdays, events and appointments here (I also use a magnetic calendar on my fridge, to keep the whole family in the loop). When I printed the planner, I had no idea how to print a double-sided booklet. I ended up printing it all one-sided, and then taping the pages together with a little bit of colour added to help quickly find the months. I actually really like it, as it prevents my felt pens from bleeding through to the next page.
The second insert is my bullet journal, which I made by printing double-sided graph paper. Bullet journaling has changed my world! I do a very simple version, which is a daily to-do list and any other notes I need to jot down. (Almost) every evening, I sit down and check the monthly planner for any appointments or events coming up. I then record those under the next day’s date in my bullet journal, followed by any other tasks I need to remember. I put a little circle in front of each task, and as they’re completed the circle gets X’d off and I pat myself of the back. Anything that doesn’t get completed that day is moved to the next day as needed. Some people get super-fancy with their bujos, and mine may get more intricate with time, but for now it’s basic and does the job! The best part for me is that I can miss a day… or days… and there are no blank pages to make me feel like a failure.
I also have a second graph paper insert in there, which I use as an inspirational scrapbook. It has little glued-in magazine clippings, and other random bits of fun.
My other inserts are an expense tracker (which I should really use more often), a blog planner, and a meal planner. So much greatness in a portable package!
I added a binder clip to hold my pen, and a DIY pocket folder made from this YouTube tutorial using a legal-sized file. It holds my stickers and receipts nicely, with room for so much more!
What do you use to plan your days? Comment below and let me know what works (or what’s not working) for you!