Above is my Personal Planner that either stays on my dining table downstairs which now acts as my work desk too, which was bought by my husband as a Christmas gift last year from Whsmiths.
I have really enjoyed using this planner, but I still managed to forget a few things using this diary, so now with the art of technology as I forget that Henry could have come in his own sports gear last Friday but forgot, now put any important school dates such as dress down days onto my Google Calendar and my desk planner in my bedroom which is on my cube unit by my bed.
I do still like writing things down though and I do take this planner out and about with me, however the planner/diary section is quite small and so I tend to highlight the most important items with a few other items if I have space and use a separate notebook or planner for other items to be done on specific days too.
Inside my Personal Planner as you open it up there is a section to put any important bank size cards inside and large inserted area for bigger items. I tend to store my work details, a photo of my son and a piece of card to help keep the inside of the Planner in good condition as they can wear very easily.
I also keep important letters, any birthday invitations for my son that he often gets from his school friends and make sure I have a regular clear out, which I did just before typing this blog, of what I still need to keep inside the planner and what can be put away or disposed of.
Planners of any size can often get clogged up with paper work, cards and the inserts can often begin to wear and tare aswell, so if you have tabs that are interchangeable and separated then you can changes these up and there are lots of varieties for inserts on stores like Etsy and Ebay.
The other option is to make your own. I have done this in the passed for my A5 planner on occasions but I found that you have to make a lot of time as I am not naturally creative in this area to make these.
This Planner comes with a little booklet rather than individual separated pages, and so far have stayed in tiptop condition, unlike a normal Filofax and is refillable. I have already purchased my booklet to reuse my personal planner for 2020 and the refills are available from Whsmiths aswell, but is expensive. Advice if you are coming up to a birthday of your own, someone else's or want a new insert for your planner like this one from stores such as Whsmiths ask for a gift card.
Sometimes Whsmiths will do vouchers when you buy something, but these can exclude certain items.
I do find Whsmiths to be a little pricey, not sure if you can buy the little inserted booklet as it seems to be stores own brand, but I am sure if you shop around you could possibly because planners are now so popular that there is bound to be others out there that are similar.
When first turning the pages of the little booklet you will come to a Personal Notes page, where you can put your name, address, telephone number, mobile, email and a emergency contact name, with an area to put down your doctor's details, however I don't tend to use this section in any of my planners.
Then on the next few pages you come to a 2019 year to a page calendar and a 2020 year to a page calendar. The next pages you have Notable dates such as valentines day, Good Friday, spring holiday, Christmas holidays etc, with Religious Festival details on the next page.
Then you have International Information, which is currency, dial code and time zone information.
Next page there is International Public holiday details, which I feel can be important if you are someone who travels a lot but want to avoid such holidays, as the prices of travel to those countries can often go up and be extra busy, especially if there are theme parks and plenty of beaches.
On the next pages are details of when you will see Sunrise and Sunset in 2019 in the different months, dates and times of the year. Conversion Factors of different lengths, Area, Volume, Mass and Capacity. Useful if you run or walk as I like to keep account when I do my exercise of how far I have done and if you are decorating or giving a room a makeover as often when buying furniture or new interiors for a home I have forgotten to measure and have found out that the item was the wrong size. Plus stores measure things in different ways, so helps to convert any measurements if need be.
After these pages you come to the Diary section and each section has a tab with the month separated. I like this because I do find it easier to quickly get to the date or week I want, and was why I changed from using my Personalized Filofax to this one because of that factor.
With all my planners I try to get one as I do use different ones for my blogs and writing for example and for my finance details, with similar month by month tabs now. It just makes life a lot easier and planning too.
On each month to month tab which is also another set of pages with a tab on it that has on the front the whole lot of dates of that month and a line to write anything down. Not great if you have a whole load of events or appointments in one day, but I have used this page to list important school events, charity events, birthdays, when Henry breaks up for half term and Christmas holidays, etc and then on the other side of each month to month tab you have an area to put a list of To do's for the month, which I haven't really used.
After the diary section you have another tab which is the 2019 planner which is basically one long inserted page, which you pull out and has a full month to month view of each month of the year with the date, which again is great for putting holidays, appointments and events in. I didn't use this part but I will probably do so with the one I will be inserting into this planner for next year. You don't get much space but one way I am thinking of using this page is to have coloured dot stickers to mark special dates down in this section for next year.
Then after the Planner page you have a notes page and on the other side of this you have an area to put any expenses for each month which is followed by another tab with Expenses on it. Again I didn't use this because I have a separate financial planner but thinking of using it because keeping tabs of what I spent whilst out and about, each week and month I do find useful, and my financial planner is kept upstairs and indoors. Its a bit big and heavy to carry around unlike this planner. After this you have another tab for Addresses and then the last one is a tab for more Notes, which I have used for confidential details, but you can use this for anything you want to keep notes for.
To mark the note pages I have used I have used a sticker on each of these pages, to help highlight that there is information here that I may need to refer to.
The section for addresses I haven't used because I like to keep other peoples information separate for myself and their safety, and use a separate address book for such information which is kept indoors or sometimes we put it in the car when we travel.
Like I shared at the beginning of this blog, I have really enjoyed using this planner and have decorated it with stickers on each page. I haven't gone overboard with stickers, but would like to decorate it more next year as I do enjoy that, but I still want to make sure that the most important information I need to take around with me is listed at all times, and thinking of a way I can doing that, that will help me refer and check the diary information more frequently and have important school dates so I don't forget highlighted in a better way just in case I can't refer to my Google Calendar. I always think like with all technology, it is okay to go digital, but for me you can't rely on that too much, because all technology can breakdown and so I still think you can't bit the good old fashion paper form as a back up just in case, that you can still check for upcoming important information.
The stickers I have used this year is from these booklets purchased from Amazon, which I has been so useful and once I use this up, will definitely be buying another. If you go on sites like Etsy then thee are loads of people selling planner stickers, but always check delivery price because this can mount up the cost, and I found using a booklet form to be more cost effective.
Alternative like I have done also, I have purchased many stickers from stores such as Poundland, Wilko and other stationary and local craft stores.
You can get planners like this one in different colours and sizes from Whsmiths, but do check out stores such as Paperchase aswell, because yes their diaries and planners prices can mount up too, but often they do better deals on planners, diaries and Filofaxes, and if you have a Paperchase card this can also get you further discounts on products. items.
Wilko also now have a Filofax opened dated type of planner and this year for next year I bought one from Poundland, which is again opened dated and plan for this to be my Work Planner (where I plan my blogs and writing my books) and yes it is for kids but that doesn't bother me at all.
I will post more about my planners this year in more blogs as we move towards 2020, along with other stickers I have bought to use aswell for next year.
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Planning my weeks ahead, months and year, helps to maintain a good level of wellness, so I don't become overwhelmed and remember important dates.