Planning Out My Week in My Planner

Planning for the next week, in my planner, begins the week before. It’s daunting when you have an empty page staring up at you. This is how I get started.

The first thing that I determine is the colors that I will be using in my layout. I talked about that here. I decided to use yellow, green and blue for the week.

Future appointments are kept track of in my planner by using a sticky note. When I plan, I swap out the sticky note with a color coordinated sticker.

I also add a weekend sticker and smaller stickers for phone calls, emails, and deliveries that I am expecting.

I then add a hydrate sticker, for the week so that I can keep track of my water consumption. Other fun stickers are added to the pages that match the colors that I am using for the week.

I like to add a to-do sticker at the beginning of the week, and often add the same things to it such as cleaning and laundry. It makes me feel accomplished when I check the items off after they are completed.

The stickers that I use are part of the Happy Planner sticker packs or were purchased on Etsy.

Until next time,

The Storage I Use For My Planner Items

With the new planners comes the new planner items to go with it. I try to be vigilant in what I purchase. I certainly do not need all of the things. So, what did I purchase and how do I store the items that I have?

The storage I would use for the items is always one of the first things that I think about when purchasing additional planner supplies. I was able to make this happen by using items that I already had and only had to purchase a few additional storage items.

Planner Storage

As I mentioned in previous blog posts here, and here, I store my planners in a clear file box that is within arm’s reach and contains them nicely.

The two, black books are photo albums that contain sheets of stickers. One is 8 1/2 x 10, and the other is 4 x 6. I can flip through them to find what I want.

sticker storage

Next to the file box with my planners, I have a card storage box that I use to store my stickers and other items for my planners.

I created sticker books with the Happy Planner stickers and large discs. Again, I can flip through them to find what I want to use. They fit perfectly, in the card holder, when I’m not using them.

The stickers that I have printed off and cut up are stored in a container that has adjustable compartments. It makes them neat and easy to access.

paper and card storage

In the card storage box, I also store the extra pocket folders and pocket pages for my mini Happy Planner and my classic Happy Planner.

Pocket pages cards are also stored in the card keeper, as well. With the dividers, I can keep things separate.

stamp storage

The Happy Planner website has rolling stamps that have different sayings. I purchased all three, and they are stored in a drawer along with the ink pads that I use with them.

The planner checklist stamp is stored in a Christmas card box with the stackable icon stamps. I found them on clearance at Michaels. The other piece in the box is a corner rounder punch.

More planner love will be coming your way this week.

Until next time,

Friday Favorites – 1.13.17

Happy Friday! These are the items or ideas that I found interesting or inspiring during the week.

  1. I continue to work on my planners. Each week is a new opportunity to make my planners pretty. So much fun! I have saved some inspiration on my Pinterest board for the Happy Planner. Since these are my personal planners, I have removed some personal information from the pictures.


2. I saw several ideas for this online and added different sizes of sticky notes to my planner dashboard. This way, I don’t have to worry about needing them if I’m not at home to access my stash. I attached the sticky notes to the dashboard with double-sided tape and added my word of 2017 to the bottom.

3. I received a beautiful, floral arrangement just before Christmas. I didn’t have the heart to put the container away just yet. If you’ve read my blog for any period, you know my love for candles. I added a candle so I could enjoy it for a little while longer before I put it away until Christmas this year.

Until next time,

Using the Big Happy Planner

The big Happy Planner was a Christmas gift and, I chose to use it as a memory planner to chronicle our year. This past year, I have spent more time journaling, and this planner allows for that to happen each day. Memory planning includes writing down things that I’ve done and reflections that I have.  I also include pictures relevant to that week. I look forward to working on it this year and looking over the memories that we have made.

Again, when planning, I use three colors for each layout like someone would while decorating a room in their home. I have done this in each of the layouts that I have done, in all of my planners,  with positive results.

**Since these are my personal planners, I removed some personal information from the pictures.**

 

Until next time,

Using the Classic Happy Planner

The classic happy planner

The classic size Happy Planner is my main, go-to planner. I use it for planning out each day with everything that I need to keep track of. It also includes my to-do lists for each week.

There are three, vertical boxes, for each day, in the planner that  I chose to use this year. I use the top box for things that are happening that day, I use the middle box for things that I need to do, and the bottom box is used for additional items. In the pictures below, you will see that I implemented the bottom box for my word of the year, goals, and upcoming blog post plans.

You will also see that I have added embellishments to make my planner more visually appealing for me. I look at myself as a functional planner, but I have to admit that it’s fun to pretty it up.

**Since these are my personal planners, I have removed some personal information from the pictures.**

 

My 2017 Word for the year

I also wanted to showcase the word I chose, for 2017, in my planner. I adapted an idea that I saw on Instagram. In a word processing application, I added the word at the top in a script I liked. Underneath the word, I added the definition, a Bible verse that related to it, and pictures of my loved ones. I laminated it and added it to my planner. It will be a visual reminder each day.

Until next time,

Using the Mini Happy Planner

My search for the perfect planner had eluded me, until recently. I came across the Happy Planner online while I was looking for a new planner for 2017.

There is a large planning community. In looking online, I am amazed at the beauty that planners add to their everyday plans. While I am by no means that talented, I have infused a few things to make my planner pretty.

I opted to use three planners for this year. While it may seem like that’s too many, I am going through each one this week to explain how I will use it. Today, I am starting with the mini size.

The mini is the perfect size to fit into my purse and take with me. I use it to keep track of appointments, meetings, and to-dos while I am on the go. I add a few embellishments to make it pop.

When planning, I use three colors for each layout like someone would while decorating a room in their home. In my first spread, I used red, green, and light blue. I have done this in each of the layouts that I have done with positive results.

**Since these are my personal planners, I have removed some personal information from the pictures.**

The second week, I chose pink, mint green, and light blue for my layout. I use the space on the left to list appointments and the space on the right to list to-dos. I noticed this in some online layouts and liked the look of it.

Week three is just starting. I add a few items to get started. I will then continue to fill in and embellish as the week continues. For the third week, I have chosen pink, green, and light blue for the layout. I am excited to see how it turns out.

Until next time,

Choosing a Planner That Works for Me

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Okay, I’ll admit it, I am lost without my planner. As much as I use technology during my daily life, I cannot make the shift to an online calendar. I am a paper planner girl all the way. My planner is in a constant state of evolution. Settling on the perfect planner for myself has been an arduous journey, to say the least. I’ve previously written about my planner saga here, here, and here.

Over the years, I have used purchased planners, planner printables from online sources, and even created my own planner pages. The binding has varied from spiral bound, three-ring binder, and discbound. I knew what I was looking for in a planner but hadn’t found exactly what I’m needing.

What I look for in a Planner

The features that I was looking for in a planner are:

  • adequate planning space for home, to-dos, work, and other plans
  • a space for gratitude
  • a place to write birthdays and passwords
  • storage pockets for loose items

enter, the happy planner

So, after much looking around, I found The Happy Planner. It has plenty of space for planning and is adequately priced. The Happy Planner is a disc-bound planner that comes in three sizes, the big, the classic, and the mini. They can be purchased at

The Happy Planner can be purchased at Michael’s or online at the Mambi (Me and My Big Ideas) website. I picked up the mini and classic sizes, on sale at Michaels, and asked for the big size as a Christmas gift.

The discs allow you to add and remove pages and other items. It has adequate space for planning, and a monthly page for goals, notes, and birthdays. I am also able to add the storage pockets that I need. Perfect!

Three planners for 2017

Three planners for 2017. Yes, you read that right. I am using three planners for this year.

The mini is the perfect size to fit into my purse and take with me. I use it to keep track of appointments, meetings, and to-dos while I am on the go.

The classic size is my main, go-to planner. It is used for planning out each day with everything that I need to keep track of. It also includes my to-do lists for each week.

I received the big planner as a Christmas gift and, it is being used as a memory planner to chronicle our year. I have spent more time journaling this last year, and this planner allows for that to happen each day. Memory planning includes writing down things that I’ve done and reflections that I have.  I also include pictures relevant to that week. I look forward to working on it this year and looking over the memories that we have made.

I’m using a clear file box to store my planners and journals. It is within arm’s reach and contains them nicely. I wrote about my file box storage here. During the next few weeks, I will be sharing the inside of each of my planners. Let’s just say that planning this year has taken on a whole, new look.

Until next time,

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Word of the Year 2017

A new year brings new opportunities. I’m not one to make new year’s resolutions. Instead, I sit down and make a list of items that I would accomplish during the year. For example, instead of saying that I am going to be more organized, I focus on the areas of our home that need organization and create a plan of attack.

Each year, I also choose a word that I focus on for the year. I’ve not blogged about it before, but I thought that this year was a good time to start sharing.

My word for last year was, simplify. Simplifying was something that I diligently worked toward throughout the course of the year. I looked at ways to simplify my life at both home and work.

At home, I went through each room of our house and purged items that were no longer of use. I rearranged my studio office and streamlined it to meet my needs. I sorted through our storage room, and we donated all of the home decor and items that we no longer use. It is easy to hang onto things with the idea of maybe using them later. It is freeing to let some of those items go.

At school, I purged the items in my classroom. If I was no longer using them, I gave them to someone that could. I also spent my summer planning for the school year which included preparing lessons, units, quizzes, and tests. It definitely helped me with getting the new school year up and going.

The word that I chose for this year was faith. Last year, brought its share of challenges. I need a daily reminder to have faith that things will work out.

The picture above is from my personal planner for 2017. I am a paper planner girl all the way. I will be sharing more about how I plan in an upcoming post.

Until next time,

The Top 3 Posts of 2016

Hello, and happy 2017. I have been off for the past two weeks taking care of a few things and spending time with my family. It’s hard to believe that a new year has begun. I have planned some new blog posts that include my word of the year, my planner, and of course organizing. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

Before I share the new posts for this year, I wanted to review the top 3 posts of 2016. What interested you the most?

  1. A Tour of My Studio Office was the post that garnered the most views. I shared photos of each area of my space. It is definitely an area that I spend a lot of time in. I change it out for each season. My studio office is constantly evolving.
  2. 10 Facts About the Teacher – I shared a little bit about myself and my family. I mentioned our two pups, Tucker and Cooper. One of our pups has his sixth birthday today. Of course, he’s not a puppy anymore. He’s our sweetheart and definitely spoiled. 
  3. Blogging Goal and a Free Printable – I shared my goal and a  Blog Post Planner printable that I use to plan my posts. It helps me keep track of, and plan ideas to share with you.

This year marks three years of blogging at Organizing My Teaching Life. I look forward to bringing you more posts in 2017.

Until next time,