Personal Planner Setup

I have been a part of the planner community for two years now and I feel that as I am evolving as a person, my planner needs are as well. I love my Happy Planner due the flexibility and the discbound system. I like being able to have in as much or as little as I want at anytime and add to it as I please. In adding a new planner to my rotation, one thing that I needed was the flexibility to do just that, which is why I decided on a binder style planner.

As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

Planner I’m Using

I reviewed the Michaels 6-ring planner in my Planning for 2017 series, but I gave it away in my #ChaoticXmasGiveaway! As I was looking for a compact alternative for day to day use, I knew I had to buy one of my own. The planner is regularly priced at $19.99, and when I purchased it from Michaels, they were 50% off plus an additional 20% for a grand total of $8. It came with three dashboards, line paper, graph paper, and to do lists.

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Did I need another planner? No. I did specifically buy this planner for my new job, but after setting it up it evolved into my on the go planner. I did add additional lined pages from a traveler’s notebook insert I bought on clearance from Michaels. All I did was trim down the paper

My Setup

While I had purchased this planner as a new work planner, I found myself needing a space to jot down personal times and I still needed a planner for monthly expenses. So, I just combined all of that into one since I’d be carrying it on a daily basis. Within those sections I created dashboards to further separate with scrapbook paper and a file folder for durability. My sections:

  • Work
  • Personal
  • Budget

My work section is filled with line, graph paper, and to do lists. I created a calendar section for the remainder of the year. I found a 12 x 12″ piece of scrapbook paper that had an undated calendar. After cutting the calendar I used washi tape to create a flap at the top so that I could flip the calendar up and write in anything that I needed for that month. The next section has to do lists. Wrapping up this section I have the graph paper plus additional lined pages for projects I’m working on.

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My personal section is filled with to do list pages which is just a running to do list. Unlike my Happy Planner where I plan everything out daily, these lists are just general things I need to get done and what I think of getting done while at work. I have a divider within this section that separates lined pages filled with various lists, some more detailed than others.

I am not the best at tracking my expenses and I really need to start saving more instead of being an impulse shopper. One of my goals for this year was to take control of my finances and it’s never to late too start. Having this budget section helps me to track all that I’m spending, bills that need to be paid, and any changes made to my various accounts.

I’ve only been using this planner for a few weeks now, but I am absolutely in love. It’s a central location that I need when I’m on the go without having to constantly transfer information. For links to set up a personal planner (ring-bound) of your own, click the links below!

Ready to plan?

Check out my Planning for 2017 series HERE.

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