Today I'm talking about my 2017 planner.
I'm also sharing tips on how to decide what planner is right for you!
Every year, I change and try something new.
When deciding what planner to choose,
I asked myself what I was looking for in a planner.
I wanted a planner that included a place to:
keep track of important dates,
a month at a glance,
a week at a glance,
record what we're having for dinner,
keep my editorial calendar for my blog,
keep my to do list centralized and contained.
I also wanted something cute!
I wrote all of that down and took it to the store with me.
That way when I looked at planners, I knew what I was looking for.
This year, I decided to go with The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas.
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In years past, I have designed my own planner with printables from etsy.
The Happy Planner has space for all of the things I was looking for.
When I open to a new week, the first thing I do is add a strip of washi tape
across the bottom section.
Then I write our weekly meal plan on the tape with a slick writer.
It's a fabulous pen for writing on slick surfaces, without smearing!
Planning dinners ahead of time and writing it in my planner
has made a huge difference to my meal cooking.
After meal planning I write important dates.
I use some stickers made for the planner.
There are a variety of themes and colors.
I also use a variety of labels from the office supply section.
I cut them down to the size that fit my planner.
Planner supplies are very popular right now.
I found these cute stamps in the Target Dollar Spot.
Since my boys are sports players,
I also keep a bunch of sport themed stickers to
remember practices and games.
My MOST favorite pens
(for regular paper surfaces that aren't slick) are
It's the perfect tip width for me!
I love the way it writes.
And I love the way it feels in my hand since it's triangular in shape.
I produce consistent penmanship with these pens.
Love love love them!
I keep all of my supplies on my top drawer of my craft desk.
I used small bowls to contain stamps, adhesive and labels,
and a small jar to contain my pens and pencils.
Here is what a typical week looks like in my planner.
I have started putting my weekly to do list in the notes
section of the weekly spread.
That way I can refer back to it daily to complete the tasks.
It also helps my cluttered mind to get everything down on paper
instead of rattling around in my brain!
I also use this planner as a memory keeper.
So at the end of the day, I try to record things about our day.
For example: funny things my kids said, events we attended, games scores, etc.
Here's my process for using a planner.
After years of 1/2 way committing to a planners,
this process is one that I am able to consistently keep up with it.
Do you have other things you do in your planner?
I'd love to hear about it in the comments!