Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Filofax Malden Person Calendar Setup 2015 for home, family, work, and school

My calendar set up for my Filofax Malden Personal has evolved into a system that works very well for me.  I am tracking many areas of my life and my family’s life.  I have come to realize that I do not have to have everything crammed into one calendar, but having the calendar systems I am using in one location works better for me.
I first have a yearly calendar, so at a quick glance I am able to access whether or not a particular date is say on a weekend or a weekday.  After the month has occurred, I place a sticker, I am using a flower theme now, to show the months passed.  
The second calendar that I use is a month on two pages.  This provides me with an over look at the upcoming weeks.  On these calendars, I track appointments, family events, work schedules, paydays, and any additional events that may arise. With an overview of the month ahead facilitates my planning and scheduling our engagements.

Calendar number three is the week on two pages.  Here is where I track daily cleaning schedules, project to dos, a breakdown of appointments, plus vlog and blog editing.  This is my most utilized of the calendars.  This is what I depend on to keep myself on track, and not allowing anything to slip through the cracks.  I have included a line in front of my tasks (example:  __10 minute tidy), this allows me a place to check mark for the tasks as I complete them.  I receive a great sense of satisfaction for completing the task and adding an “official” check of completion.  Previously, I was using the cross off method, this made the task hard to read later, and there is something extremely gratifying about using that check mark.
My year at a glance, month on two pages, and week on two pages are from the Handy Forms, http://www.handyforms.com/, I have ordered from this company off Amazon and eBay with great success.  You may select calendars with or without lines.  I prefer with lines, I feel that it improves my handwriting.  My work and school “calendars” I have created myself.  They are on Filofax grid or quadrille graph paper that I ordered from Amazon.  I use a ruler for straight lines, and my sharpie pen fine point.  
For my work calendar I layout Monday through Friday with corresponding dates, on the grid paper.  I am able to add the tasks with a line to check off the completed tasks, as with my personal calendar.  Items that I want to be sure I complete each day, go on this “calendar”.  I also keep a running to do list for work, also on the Filofax grid paper with the same check off design.  I have punched both sides of the to do list, so depending what side on the paper the current week is on, on the calendar, I may move the to do list for ease of access.
The “calendar” I create for my college courses is a scale down version of the work calendar.  On the top of the grid paper, I list the current month and semester.  For example, I will be taking three different classes for Spring I semester. The first line is for the date and day, and then I leave three blank lines, one for each current class, and my check mark line for completion at the beginning of each task.  I find if I do a little work each day on my classes, my week is less stressful, and I do not have long nights finishing an assignment. 
A word about sticky notes, I am a sticky note fan, but you have to use them in a way that supports you and not a way that adds clutter to your world, no one needs additional clutter.  I use 2 by 1.5 inch post it notes in order to jot down something I may not have time to place properly in my calendar, this way I may “post it” later.  I also use post it notes for reminders.  On a page finder/ruler from my previous Franklin Covey planner, I line up post it notes with reminders, do not forget, meals I have on hand, shipments I am expecting, and future planning written on them.  These are brightly colored and pop out at me, but I have one general area for them (on the page finder) so they are not spread throughout my planner and forgotten.
This is what works for me; you have to find what works for you.  I hope I have inspired you; we all need to reduce stress and simplify our lives so we may enjoy the little things.  Good luck on your planning adventure.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Filofax Malden Personal in Black

I had been on the hunt for a Filofax Malden Personal in black.  I thought I had ordered one from the Filofax website, only to be disappointed after several weeks passed and my shipment never arrived.  I contacted the company, they said they did not carry the Filofax Malden Personal in black any longer (why was I able to purchase one from your website: thinking to myself), they refunded my money, and I continued my hunt.

I purchased the Filofax Domino Personal in black.  It is a very nice planner, streamlined, and an affordable option in comparison to the Malden.  My biggest issue is the brads used to hold in the rings are “painted” black on the outside of the spine, within a month the “paint” began to wear away.  I found myself using a sharpie marker to fill in the missing spots, a little thing really, but it irritated me nonetheless.

So while searching on eBay for inserts, I came across the Filofax Malden Personal in black, new, in Europe.  I took chance and it is perfect.  While I did pay just under $100, I love the look and feel on the Malden, and actually, the leather smell as well (yes I smell it, frequently even).  It has a more sophisticated look about it, I am going with the theory “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”, and so I upgrade my Filofax to go along with it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10 Thing To Track In Your Planner

My planner is a source of knowledge; my schedule, my family’s schedules, finance, work, and school are all locate in my planner.  

I make lists for everything, which are categorized in my planner, meals, shopping, orders, and to-dos.

10 Things to track in Your planner:

  • Your schedule
  • Your families’ schedule
  • Your spending
  • Your meal planner
  • Your cleaning schedule
  • Your daily routines (i.e. morning routine, nightly routine)
  • Your want list
  • Your To Do list
  • Your sticky notes
  • Your order tracking

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paper Planners AKA My Filofax Domino Personal

Do you have a paper planner?  I know in todays digital age, who is using a paper planner?  Well, I am, and I am not the only one.

I am very busy, well that is really an understatement, but I am loving every "planned" minute of it.  I use my planner to track the majority of things swirling around our home.  All of our schedules, finances, classes, my work, and other todos.  I tried to go all digital, but that just doesn't work, I can not get the full look scope of things using a digital calendar.  Now, I do track some things on my iPhone 5s, my checkbook is digital, my app that tracks my weight and what I eat, and how many calories I burn when I work out.  All of my store reward cards are also digital, but as far as our schedules I use my Filofax Domino Personal.

Is a planner right for you, well you have to make that call.  There is a world of planners to choose from, and many styles to try.  I have had to try several on my journey to my Filofax, which I am loving.

So if you need to get a hold of things.  If you need a place to stick all those sticky notes, or keep all of your kids school and doctor info, try a planner!  You may be surprised how wonderful paper can be.