Don’t you just love January? The year is all shiny and new and full of possibilities. And you know what else a new year means…a new calendar!
I don’t know about you, but I find it incredibly satisfying to cross my “to do’s” off of a written list. Even though I use my smartphone to keep track of work meetings and other tasks, I really like to have a paper planner for day-to-day use. I’ve been working on creating the perfect planner for 2013 – and I think I’m almost there!
First of all, I purchased this notebook from the M by Staples line (from…duh…Staples):
I really like these notebooks! Not only is this one a beautiful pink leather, but it is totally customizable, as the pages pop in and out easily and can be moved around as you like. And, as you’ll see, I discovered that this notebook is compatible with the Martha Stewart line of planner products, also sold at Staples! (Note: I changed out the 1/2″ discs on the original notebook, and purchased the 1″ size instead so that my notebook could hold more pages)
I added a zipper pocket to the front, which holds sticky notes and tabs from the Martha Stewart line:
Now for the calendar: I purchased Martha Stewart’s discbound notebook calendar insert for 2013, which includes both a weekly and monthly format.
I use the monthly pages to keep track of appointments and things that I want to get done during the month:
And I use the weekly pages to keep track of my meetings and appointments in more detail:
Here are a couple of things I really like about my weekly calendar pages:
- Each day is broken up into morning, afternoon, and evening
- There are also two empty boxes at the bottom of each day. One row is where I write down our meal plan for the week. On the second row, I use these removable stickers to keep track of what things I want to get done around the house each day. I dunno, I feel like if it’s on a colorful sticker, I’m more likely to complete the task
- I’m not sure if you can see this, but I use a sheet from this task pad daily to write down any “to do’s” and my meal plan for the day. The task pad sheets also act as a page marker.
And finally, I use my tabs to separate the section of the notebook pages that I inserted behind the calendar. I have reference pages, home-related pages, lists, blog ideas, health-related pages, and my to do list for work. The Martha Stewart calendar does not have anything to separate each month, so I also added a couple of tabs to the monthly calendar pages.
I love how everything is conveniently in one small notebook that I can easily throw in my bag every morning! I hope this post gives you a few good ideas, in case you want to create one of these notebooks for yourself.
Do you use a paper daily planner system? Or do you prefer a digital calendar?