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Planning Mechanics | One Book July 2022

Planning Mechanics | One Book July 2022

I know I go on and on about having a planning system that works with your brain. The planning mechanics are the subsystems and parts that make a planning system work.

— A place for everything, and everything in its place.

— Be creative with your page real estate.

— Sticky Notes!

— Incorporate printables! This applies to all planners, including bound books. Don’t hesitate to glue in or tip-in a printable ( ). We are incredibly lucky to have access to a wealth of printable inserts. Don’t skip using them just because you’re in a bound book! If it works for your brain, throw it in there! If it saves space (hello to my A6 and smaller planner people!), throw it in there! I use yearly foldouts for my husband’s game schedule for work; finances; large, multi-part, long-term projects (home improvements, specifically); and project index. It makes way more sense for me to keep all of that info on a one-page foldout for each item rather than using three or four spreads in my pocket Moleskine otherwise. That also allows for one spread to be dedicated to that “topic,” so the pages of the bound book that surround that tip-in can hold sticky notes or permanent notes that belong there as well… all of the pertinent information in one spread. Also, gluing in monthly calendars instead of having to draw them in every month guarantees that I’ll stay in a book longer… by about the third month of drawing in monthlies, I’m way over it.

— Pre-decorate for dailies, notes at the end of those pages. I am genuinely shocked that having different “page types” interspersed with each other doesn’t bother me; a few years ago, it would’ve bothered me to no end. I know that this is the best use of space in this small, bound format, and I know this setup and size are what I need right now, so having dailies/notes/journaling all interspersed isn’t bothering me at all.

— Quick curation: do I need this long-term (more than a month)? If not (a short/term, small project), I use a sticky note in the Project section or a page or two in the Daily notebook. If yes, at least a sticky note in the monthly or projects, or a spread or two in the Projects section. If not sure, then sticky note on the Weekly until I decide. Quick curating comes with being familiar with and comfortable in your system. I don’t want to think about where I should put something. I don’t want to think about where I might find a specific something when I need it. If I have to put too much thought into either placement or retrieval, I’ll constantly think about that instead of leaving that mental energy open for more important things. I don’t want to spend mental energy thinking about the mechanics. I need the mechanics to just work.

— Abbreviate when necessary, don’t worry about taking up space when I need it. I need space for school notes (formulas I need to memorize, steps involved in solving certain types of problems)… the stuff I need to commit to memory so well that little to no effort goes into retrieving it from my brain when I need it. This goes into curation. And sticky notes. If I’m not sure, sticky note on the Weekly. I can always dedicate a page or spread to it in a day or two if necessary.

— Section Linking! Information flows from one section to the next and back again. Projects and all of their steps go in the Projects section. Projects get listed on the Weekly (just the “title”, no specific steps), specific tasks for that project go on Dailies. There, I’ve linked three separate sections of my planner. This ties in to using page real estate (and time) wisely. I don’t need to list every step for a project on my Weekly because those steps are already listed in the Projects section. I just need the Project title/name on the Weekly so I remember to make some headway on it. When I’m setting up my day the night before, I look at my Weekly, see that project name listed, flip to it in my Project section, and add any tasks I want to finish from that project just in the next day. This also keeps my mental clutter at a minimum; I put my mental energy and time into the project steps that are on the Daily. The rest is in the Project section; I don’t have to worry about forgetting it or losing it.

— Timed things. A timeline, a list, what does your brain like? What looks the least distracting or confusing? I struggle with things that happen at :15, :20, and :45 because I have a lot of them and they don’t fit nicely into regular timeline inserts (usually). So I did what my brain defaults to anyway right now: a list.

— Yearlies act like a filter, (monthly) info I want to see without the noise of the other things in the same calendar.

LINKS

Tons of free printables and great information at Philofaxy

— Beautiful, free printables from NeverPaperLand

— If you’d like to see the full set-up of this planner, it’s .

July 2021 Planner Setup – Pocket TN – One Book July

July 2021 Planner Setup – Pocket TN – One Book July

I’ve moved back into a Pocket TN for the summer! I needed something comfortable to carry with me, and this is perfect! All of the links are below the video!

— Atomic Habits by James Clear: https://amzn.to/3x8EFc6

— ChicSparrow Pocket Cascade Morgan: https://chicsparrow.com/search?type=article%2Cpage%2Cproduct&q=morgan*

— SouthernBellePlans on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/southernbelleplans/?hl=en

— JournalingHome on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/journalinghome

— GTD Mind Sweep Trigger List from Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/869649855/printable-gtd-mind-sweep-trigger-list?ref=shop_home_active_17

— Sakura Pigma Micron 005 Pen: https://amzn.to/3jzXiBS

— Field Notes Grid Notebooks: https://fieldnotesbrand.com/

— Vean Ima on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vean_ima/?hl=en

— Midori Index Clips: https://thestationery.life/

— Washi & Stickers from PaperMintyStudio on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperMintyStudio

— She The Spy Instagram Story Frames: https://www.shethespy.com/shop/story-frames

— Zipper Pouch and Card Holder: https://amzn.to/3jw75ZC

— The Neutral Planner Pride & Prejudice Collection: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheNeutralPlanner

— Cloth & Paper Page Flags: https://clothandpaper.com/

— PinkPlannerGirl on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pink_planner_girl/?hl=en

— WO1P with Grid from AnthologyNotes on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnthologyNotes

— Transparent Dots from AGlitteryLifePlans: https://aglitterylifeplans.com/

— Washi from Sterling Ink: https://sterling-ink.com/

— Watercolor Floral Images from OPIA Design Studio on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/opiadesignstudio

— Lined Month on 2 Pages from Marsia Bramucci on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarsiaBramucci

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.
April 2017 Planner Setup

April 2017 Planner Setup

Just a few changes since the March set-up…

Chic Sparrow Outlander

DigitalDesignsbyJodi

Stickers from PlannerKate

Tomoe River paper Grid Notebook from Goulet Pens

vCarie from DIYFish

v3s2 from DIYFish

AnniePlansPrintables Pocket TN size April 2017 Month-Week-Daily Timed

Semikolon Page Flags

Field Notes Grid Notebook

AnniePlansPrintables Pocket TN Appointment Tracker

AnniePlansPrintables Pocket TN Undated Daily Grid

Fold Out Yearly Calendar from AnniePlansPrintables

 

Weekly Setup Process

Weekly Setup Process

Now that you’ve seen my monthly calendar setup process, it’s time for the weekly setup process!

 

And the applicable links:

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