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Why I Use Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Layouts

Why I Use Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Layouts

Many of you have asked, and I’m finally answering!

For the way I plan, I need all three of these layouts; they work together in the same fashion that I approach projects.

The monthly view shows me an overview of several weeks and how the events that fall in those weeks fit together (or how I’ll have to force them to work together).

The weekly view shows me just the current week without any distractions from the prior or upcoming weeks. My weekly view has more detail than my monthly view.

The daily view zooms in even close to just the current day — no distractions from the prior or upcoming days and far more detail than my weekly view.

Here’s the video where I explain perhaps more clearly than I’m doing in writing (the allergies are melting my brain):


Planner How-To: Switching Sizes

Planner How-To: Switching Sizes

I usually switch planner sizes several times throughout the year. Sometimes I switch because I need more space, or less space, or, frankly, because I’m itching to use a certain leather and I only have it in one size.

Switching sizes so many times has taught me a few little tips that can make the change back and forth a bit easier on both your sanity and your wallet.

  1. I buy undated, trial sets, or one-month-only inserts for the main “guts” of my planning (my Monthly, Weekly, and Daily).
  2. When buying the inserts that I absolutely know I will use all year (like my forward planning calendar from Marsia Bramucci), I always purchase a Personal size for a ringed binder; those inserts stay in that binder on my desk.
  3. When I leave one size of notebook for another, I leave the original notebook set up. I only copy pertinent information into the new size. Then, when I switch back into the original size, all of the original info (lists, for example) is already there and I only have to copy over any info added since I left that particular size.


May 2017 Planner Setup

May 2017 Planner Setup

Happy Spring, everybody! (I will continue to say it regardless of how much the pollen is trying to kill me.)

Here’s what is going on in my planner right now… a planner that is, by the way, utterly delicious. I’m currently in an A6 Pemberley Angel from Chic Sparrow, and it is amazing. Just… amazing.

All of the links to all of the goodies are below the video! Enjoy!


Here it is! All of the links to all of the goodies are below and on my website!

Chic Sparrow A6 Pemberley in Angel

Insert Covers (Dashboards) from the You’re My Lil’ Girl kit by Digital Designs by Jodi and Made By Keuntje on Etsy

Folder from Onica Hanby on Etsy

Charms from Pick Up Sticks Jewelry

Stickers from PlannerKate on Etsy

Inserts from Plannerpedia on Etsy:
Project Plan
Foldout Monthly
Undated Weekly Boxes with Tracker
Undated Daily (Two Pages per Day)

Muji A6 Blank Notebooks

Muji A6 Grid Notebooks

Bullet Journal site (the icons I’m currently using)

How I Make My Tiny Tabs

Things I Plan Digitally | Collaboration with HowToGYST

Things I Plan Digitally | Collaboration with HowToGYST

Laura at HowToGYST and I had so much fun doing our last collaboration that we thought we’d do another one!

Last time, Laura shared her Top Ten Reasons for Preferring Digital Planning, and I shared my Top Ten Reasons for Preferring Paper Planning.

So, why not turn the tables?!


To see Laura’s use of paper in her planning repertoire, have a look at her video!

Go right now to all of these places to find and follow and learn from Laura!

The HowToGYST Website is slam-full of useful information:

The HowToGYST YouTube Channel. Go Subscribe Now!

HowToGYST on Twitter

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Links to the apps I discuss in this video:






Making the Most of a Tiny TN

Making the Most of a Tiny TN

A few years ago, if you’d told me that I’d end up doing my main planning in a Pocket TN, I wouldn’t have believed you. No way. Yet here I am, content as can be. Here’s how I make planning in a small book work for me:

  • Only the things I want with me when on-the-go are in my Tiny TN; everything else (financial info, reference info, household info) stays in my Filofax or Van der Spek on my desk.
  • I stopped treating every insert in my Tiny TN like a divider in my ringed binder.
  • A lot of my inserts are dual-purpose; I use the front half of an insert for one “topic” and the back half for a different one.
  • I put two inserts onto one elastic by putting one insert inside of another. This works especially well if the “inner” insert is a thin insert. “Piggybacking” a rather thin insert can cause it to bend because it doesn’t have enough pages to withstand the pull of the band at its spine. Putting that thin insert inside of another insert means I can still have two inserts on one band without piggybacking them. (Also, when paired with #3 above, this can create four “topics” all on one elastic!) For example, I put the Appointment Tracker insert from Annie Plans Printables, which I use to track communications, inside of my Notes notebook; they both contain information that works together, so it’s perfect!
  • Use inserts for things other than their indicated purpose. If the framework of an insert is helpful to you, cover up what you don’t need (dates, text, etc.) and use the framework however you see fit. If it’s a printable from Etsy, a lot of Etsy sellers are more than happy to create a custom order for you… just ask nicely! 🙂 I use the Undated Daily Grid from Annie Plans Printables for my Lists because the layout is perfect for it!
  • When writing notes that are too long for a sticky note but I know I won’t need to carry with me for long, I write them in the center of an unbound/unstapled notebook. That way, when I no longer need that note, I can just remove those center pages without disturbing the rest of the notebook. (Also… removing unused center pages from several notebooks and putting them together to make a new notebook saves paper!)
  • If you’re considering changing notebook sizes, regardless of whether you’re thinking about going bigger or smaller, make an insert or two out of scratch paper (I use old school worksheets when the kids are done with them for the quarter or semester). Seeing and feeling the actual dimensions of an insert and trying out some layouts on the new paper size can make the decision to change sizes (or not) much easier.

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