Over the years, I tried pretty much every format out there. Every size. Every arrangement of pages. One-page-a-day, two-page-a-day, one week on two pages etc. etc. etc. I've just never been 100% satisfied. I finally decided it's because that is not the way my brain works. My brain works in a list format. So after MUCH searching for the perfect format, I finally stumbled upon do-it-yourself planners.
And now I have a new obsession with the Arc planner/ notebook system from Staples. Here's my 1st go. It's the junior size planner, with lots of plastic dividers- from both the ARC line and from the Martha Stewart line (also at staples - and yes they are interchangeable). I bought all the flags and tabs and page markers, and some Martha Stewart to-do list packs (that's the first little short page you see in the pic below). And lots of blank paper in various formats. I learned very quickly that I needed the 2 things I did NOT buy on my first trip to Staples - the hole punch and the upgraded size discs.
Sidenote: Jason rode with me on my first trip to Staples, which is a little over 20 miles away in Pascagoula, MS. We counted 52 rabbits on the trip. See here the article about bunny counting. http://www.sunherald.com/2013/07/05/4778978/bunny-counting-contest-is-hoppin.html
So today, Mom was here and we had some time to run around before going to see KES once she woke up from her nap, and I convinced her to ride back to Staples with me. We counted only 17 rabbits, but it was about 2pm which is not their prime-time.
These new discs look huge, but I know I will expand into them. I have already made sections in the planner for Gardening, Blogging, Home, Secret Codes, Books, Doodling, and yes, WORK. However, I did something new in this planner. I put the work sections in the very back, because I am trying to remind myself every time I open this planner that although my job is very important to me, I need to stop letting it always be the top priority all the time.
After all my internet searching I still never found a planner page format I really liked, so I decided to make my own! With my hubby's help (he's a photoshop wiz), we used one of my own doodles and modified a free downloadable blog planner I found from www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com. It's simple and easy, and it really all I think I need. It has space right after the date for any appointments I have, the space next to that is for me to record my time each day for my time report, the 8 little circles on each day are for me to mark that I drank the water I'm supposed to drink, and the W on each day is for me to mark that I WALKED (or rode my bike or whatever).
I am super sure that this will go through 100 iterations through time, but I so VERY happy with the way my first attempt turned out! I feel more organized and clear-headed already. Can't wait to really start using this new tool!