“Why do you have more than one planner?”

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I’ve both seen and personally gotten questions like this: “Why do you have more than one planner?” “What do you put in them all?” “Why don’t you just use your phone?” and “How do you keep them all updated?” I know I’m not the only one! Today I thought I would write out a list of the planners I’m using, and what’s actually in them. I hope this post will answer most of these questions!

I had hoped to do this as part of my planner walk-through series, but I think this will be a bit more comprehensive! Be warned, it’s fairly dense!

"Desk" written atop a planner.





Desk Planner
This is an A4 with five tabs:

  • Day
  • Week
    • This is the page that I typically keep this planner open to on my desk – sometimes straying into Day or Month depending on how busy things are!
  • Month
  • To Do
    • Short term tasks that I’m not sure the order of, or whether I’ll be able to squeeze them into a given week.
  • My Tasks
    • Longer goals – typically projects to undertake around the house.

This planner stays open on my desk, and I glance in it constantly during the course of my day.

"Purse" written atop a planner.





Purse Planner
This is another A4 with six tabs:

  • Personal Information
    • This has contact information, and any info that I need when out. (Coupon codes, etc.)
  • Schedule
    • A schedule for busy days. I plan this ahead of time, and list any addresses or phone numbers that I’ll need at a glance when running errands.
    • I also move the week (or two) from my desk planner here to take with me.
  • To Buy
    • A simple shopping list, updated as things run out.
  • To Do
    • A list of errands that I need to run that aren’t urgent and can be done when I’m in a given area.
  • Notes
    • Who doesn’t need a notebook when they’re out?
  • Purchases
    • A multi-purpose section. I jot down purchases here to transfer into my budget software later if they don’t come with a receipt. I also have a pocket for receipts to file, coupons, and giftcards.

This is the planner that goes everywhere with me!

"Home" written atop a planner.





Home Planner
This is an A5 planner that lives in “neutral” territory in the kitchen – that way neither Mr. Martie nor I are digging in each others’ desks for it! It has six sections:

  • Monthly
    • Used to keep each other appraised of various family dinners/shopping trips, etc. We used to use a digital calendar for this, but found it frustrating trying to juggle various operating systems/environments, and our personal and shared appointments.
  • Weekly
    • This is where this planner usually lies open. One page features the days of the week, where we plan out groceries/trips to the gym/errands, and another page is lined sites. There we leave each other notes/suggestions which get copied into our personal planners as we take responsibility for them. We’ll also jot shopping list items there when it’s not convenient to grab our “outside” planners.
    • This section also has, on journaling cards, the chores that we do seasonally. We have four cards for each of the seasons, and they’re distributed throughout the year. These get moved from week to week as we work on the list during that specific season.
  • Chores
    • Our chore charts! The master list of the annual chores resides there, as well as our individual monthly/weekly/daily lists. These get copied into our own planners in whatever way works for us individually.
  • Lists
    • A very multi-purpose section, which includes single pages such as:
      • Answers to Common Household Questions! – “How many cups of water does the ice tea pitcher hold??” “What are the default settings on the rice cooker??” and other silly things that we found ourselves needing to figure out every few weeks.
      • Shared To Dos – things that aren’t exactly chores, but things that we want to do together at some point. Renewing our first aid classes is next on the list!
      • Logins – when we need to look something up and the other isn’t around. A bit of a warning here: this it not recommended for sensitive information! We do not have people walking through our kitchen, and this planner never leaves the house, so we’re fairly comfortable having this out. But if you don’t want your kids’ friends logging into your blog/email/netflix account, you probably don’t want to leave this kind of information in a busy place!
  • Meal Plan
    • Pretty self explanatory! So far this is just a weekly list, including a side list of things that we have that need to get eaten that week so recipe planning is easier, and so when we grab a spontaneous snack it isn’t something that expires in the distant future. I’d like to work on a better system some day!
  • Finances
    • For a bit there I was trying to manage our budget without the use of software, but it got to be a bit too much. Nevertheless, written out here is a list of our expense categories, and how much we expect to spend on each category monthly and annually. There’s also a section where we tuck receipts in as soon as we come home, and I add these every week to the budgeting software.
      I also use this section to keep track of planner box subscriptions and our Chef’s Plate deliveries. Fun!

"Creativity" written atop a planner.





Creativity Planner
Another A5, this is a work in progress and currently only has two sections:

  • Blog
    • Ideas for entries, a schedule that I (fail to) keep to, and a list of goals that I’d like to accomplish on martie.party!
  • Book Review
    • A section to manage book review lists and submission deadlines.

This is a planner I definitely want to expand upon, but it’s taken a back seat (in a very very long car) to some of the other more urgent planners. I want to add my gardening information here, eventually. Basically – this is where I manage my fun!

"Life" written atop a planner.





Life Planner
This A5 planner is a doozy, which now has six tabs. Originally I had tried to put everything related to my life in it – all my tasks and my creative plans and my household projects and my health information and my passwords and my gardening planner and and and it started to get really hard to close. Or even turn the pages.

The current tabs are:

  • Calendar
    • This is not a calendar of events or appointments, but rather it’s for all those things that I need to know such as “when did I last..?” or “when should I next..?” I primarily use it to manage my plants, my kombucha brewing, and my starter yeast feeding. This is on a weekly page layout.
  • Health
    • Summaries of visits to doctors, dentists, and optometrists. Any health information that I want to keep track of.
  • Activities
    • This is primarily lists, and includes things like “Events of the Year” and “Sick Days.” The latter so we know how much time has been taken off work, and the prior being a list of what date we did things such as change the batteries in the smoke detector, when we opened/closed any accounts, when we used a call at CAA, etc. A list of all the little things that don’t quite fit anywhere else, but need to be find-able.
  • Followup
    • This section, when I put it together, was such a wonderful life-changer. This is where I put all the scraps and bits and pieces that I want to follow up on. For example, where previously I had a pile of papers on my desk that included promotional coupons, alumni mailings, stacks of cards from an expo or festival, scrawled URLs, menus, not-yet-registered loyalty cards, now I have a checklist, and a pocket for things I can’t toss.
      Any relevant information gets written into the checklist, and the original paper is tossed. I no longer hold on to alumni newsletters for months because they have all the relevant information about a lecture series I want to attend at the end of the year, and I’m not there in my planner sheets yet. This is a catch-all that has replaced piles of junk and it’s made me so much happier.
  • Homework
    • A tongue in cheek section which holds information about more labour intensive tasks that I need to do, often related to learning goals.
  • Passwords
    • I know, I know. But I figure that having them in a binder on my desk in an office nobody visits is a lot safer than having them saved over a million browser password managers, right?

This exploding planner is, ultimately, why I seem to have wound up with so many planners; the physical limitations of binder rings that don’t magically expand, and the terror that Mr. Martie’s face showed any time I told him “Oh, that’s in my planner, help yourself!” when he asked a question I was too busy to look up.

I think that answers “Why do you have more than one planner?” pretty well! I find planners to be a very useful thing in many aspects of my life, and I’ve found that they decrease paper clutter enormously for me. I love the versatility that the ring bound system offers me especially, because I can move beyond what is typically found in a planner and really customize to suit my individual needs.

I hope reading about the planner sections I have has given you some ideas for your planner – or maybe given you the excuse you need to buy another one! As always, thanks for reading, and let me know what you think!







Planner Tour: Filofax Compact Patent

Planner tour: Filofax Patent Compact

I can’t believe that April is almost over. Where did the month go? I think because May is looking so busy for us, April got caught up in the whirlwind of planning for the future. It’s hard to remember the present sometimes when there’s so much to be done!

This post has been sitting in my drafts for too long though, and I really want to get it up. It’s a tour of my first “real” planner (Do Lisa Frank planners from grade school count??), a Filofax Compact Patent in a lovely lavender colour!

I got this planner around Christmas time, and have my wonderful neighbours to thank for its safe arrival! That day, when I went to get the mail, I found a package that belong to someone a few blocks over in our postbox. A few hours after I’d come home from dropping that neighbour’s mail off, someone from a few blocks in another direction knocked on my door to tell me they’d gotten my mail! With no tracking on the package, I’m really grateful they were kind enough to bring it over.

A planner open to the first page.

I love redesigning the cover pages on my planners, but I’ve stuck with this one for a few months now. It’s a simple bit of scrapbook paper, some glitter tape, and a magnetic bookmark that I move as needed. There normally isn’t anything in the secretarial pockets. My loyalty cards are mostly on my phone, and my credit cards stay in my wallet. I did tuck a journaling card in there to give things a dash of mint, though.

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I made the dividers out of simple transparency paper – and full disclosure, it may even have been off some blister packaging for something. Those things are sturdy! I keep changing what’s in my dividers constantly, so a dash of glitter tape is the only thing I use to differentiate between dividers. Any writing would need to be changed in a month!

A planner divider page featuring a journaling card.

I keep the Filofax year at a glance before the first tab, though I don’t tend to use it that often.

A daily planner page.

The first section is a daily page from arlyna.com (found here, specifically.) I love Arlyna’s printables – neat but colourful and pretty! They’re definitely worth checking out! There are many more on her site.

I use the today pages whenever I have a lot of errands to run. Normally I keep track of my days in a weekly spread in an A5 planner, but whenever a busy day looms, it’s great to write everything out so I don’t forget anything. We live in a large city, and to get to the downtown core takes about an hour’s drive. Not something you want to repeat if you forget to stop somewhere!

The original Filofax pages that came with the planner I gave to my partner to use. I’m not sure if he does, but they were too tiny for me to cram everything into! I don’t know how people who use only a Personal size manage! Tell me your secrets!

A planner divider page featuring a journaling card.

I decorated my transparent dividers with a bit of washi, some punched flowers, and a journaling card each. The colourful dots are more scrapbook paper. I love that I can restick washi – I change those journaling cards out every once in a while.

A list page in a planner.

This section is a printable I designed for myself. It’s a simple three column page that lets me categorize things and check them off. I use this for stores/items to buy, budget category/item bought, or anything else that needs a reference while I’m out and about. Currently I have a list of errands that need to be run, and clothes I need to buy.

This is pretty useful, as I tend to buy clothes purely on aesthetics. And sure, having a million a-line dresses is fun, but not when you don’t have any shoes to go with them!

A planner divider page featuring a journaling card.

An occasional embellishment may sneak in once in a while-!

A monthly spread in a planner.

This next page is pretty self explanatory. I’m not sure at this point where these monthly sheets came from – they’ve been in my stationary drawer for some time. I use these to jot down appointments and any unusual times that I am busy in the month. Makes agreeing to plans a bit less stressful! I do actually use my phone for this, too, but I find that seeing it on paper helps me visualize my time a bit more. Plus, my digital calendar is full of mutli-country holidays, sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, and a whole mess of things that makes it hard to quickly see if I’m free or not!

A planner divider page featuring a journaling card.

Possibly a bit of an exaggeration on this journaling card, because the next section simply is….

Blank note pages in a planner with decorative embellishments.

Blank lined pages! For ideas, scribblings, musings, recommendations, and anything else that comes up. I’ve always carried a notepad with me, and having it in a planner keeps my purse a bit neater.

A planner divider page featuring a journaling card.

Again a bit of cheekiness with the message on this card, (“Sometimes that thing you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all” in case the gloss makes it hard to read), because this next section is where I am constantly looking.

A two pocket page in a planner.

A double-pocket page I made which I use incessantly. Receipts, notes, parking slips, and any other ephemera I accrue while out goes in here, to be properly sorted when I come home.

A planner divider page featuring a journaling card.

The pocket page probably doesn’t need it’s own divider, but I love this card combined with those colours of flower and so have separated the next section off anyway!

Planner pockets holding store giftcards.

Here I have a card page, and a zipped pocket. Coupons and giftcards go in here. I love that it’s in the back, because I can easily flip to it when I’m standing in line at the checkout without holding anyone up. Usually the zip pocket is crammed full of Michael’s deals….

A journaling card with contact information peeks out of a planner pocket.

And in the back I keep the Filofax registration number, as well as my contact information on a journaling card. I also keep a sample A5 page in there in case I quickly need to measure something in stores. (It came in very handy when I was buying a box to store my spare A5 printables in!)

A pink bunny charm rests on a paper gold-embossed embellishment.

And, of course, what planner is complete without a little charm hanging off it?

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’d love to hear if any of you have multiple planners, and if you carry any around! I was pretty torn about having one for my purse and desk, but it’s working out for me! What about you?