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I wrote my original planner review piece about a month ago. I truly enjoyed using my Franklin Covey Sierra and it is still set up, but a few days ago I couldn’t shake this reoccurring thought every time I picked it up to use it: I wish I could bend it back like a spiral notebook.

After internally arguing with myself over this first world problem, I sought counsel from one of the many planner-centered Facebook groups I am a member of. Another member essentially gave me the permission I was looking for: “If you don’t love it, you won’t use it. So use what you love.”

That was a very liberating message to receive.

I listed out what I absolutely knew I wanted in my new set up: Project Manager section, Expense Tracker, At A Glance Calendars, Weekly layouts (Wo2pgs), and my address book. I removed the Writing section since I have a separate notebook for that. I will be putting a blog posting list in my Project Manager section though.

Crafts by Cori has had its own binder for years. The planner section was just a handy area for notes and reminders. In my Project Manager section, I’m keeping this year’s BEP (Break Even Point list), To Do list, and raw materials notes.

So I got through my first week in my new set up, and I’m still pleased with my self-designed inserts.

Each day has my work To Dos on one side, and each box becomes a separate sectional To Do list with lots of room. Very very pleased! *happy dance* My notebook is full of wonderfulness!

Here are some pictures to help illustrate:

Pen Band (1)

The Pen Band that holds all my pens that I use in my planner.

 

Planner Redux (1)

I’ve had the magenta one the longest, so it became my planner.

Planner Redux (2)

I took the inspirational page out of my Writing notebook (which is now a Green Flex Binder).

Planner Redux (3)

The Flex Binders come with 2 plastic dividers and 3 page protectors. Here’s what one looks like.

Planner Redux (4)

This the beginning of my Project Manager section. I’m currently trying to figure out what to do for Christmas this year.

Planner Redux (6)

Here’s a blank expense tracker insert that I made. It’s designed for a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 binder, but I’m keeping it uncut for my bigger planner.

Planner Redux (7)

This is a January print out I got from MS Word. Nothing special.

Planner Redux (8)

Here is a blank weekly layout.

Planner Redux (9)

And here’s my weekly layout when I have all my To Do lists filled out. The right side columns with the black ink are all work notes. I have started highlighting my work hours, and don’t put anything work related down after 4 pm.

Planner Redux (10)

Address tabs. I may redo my address section, but I’m not sure yet.

© Cori Large January 16-19, 2015

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[part 2 of the Cori Planner Pieces series]

I use three main items to stay organized: my jotter notepad, my Franklin Covey planner, and my Mead Flex Binder notebook.

3 piece org. system

Jotter Notepad:

I’m always coming up with ideas and need to take notes on one thing or another. Jotter isn’t a brand (or at least that I know of), just a term I use to refer to any notepad I can stuff into my back pocket and carry around. (There will be a separate post just on my jotters.)

Mead Flex Binder:

If you’ve never used one of these items, I recommend getting one. A combination of binder and spiral notebook. I use mine for my writing—fiction, nonfiction, spotlights, blog posts. It is organized in the Bullet Journaling style. (I’m planning separate, more in-depth blog posts about both the flex binder and bullet journaling later.)

Franklin Covey  planner:

I recently upgraded from a DayTimer Avalon desk size planner to a Franklin Covey Sierra planner. I say upgraded, meaning I got the storage space I wanted, even when I decreased the size of the planner. The reason I switched is because DayTimer didn’t have a larger ring option for the compact size, but FC did. Also, the 7 ring system in a desk size planner just made punching papers for it difficult. (I’ll go more into that in another post.)

The FC Sierra doesn’t have as many pockets as my DayTimer Avalon did, but I don’t mind. It suits my purposes wonderfully.

So there are my top 3 organizational items. Each will have its own post later on with more pictures.

Quick addition:

I use three different colors pens: blue, black, and red in my systems.

Blue: preferred ink color; comes from the notion that I’d always be able to tell an original from a copy.

Black: my backup if I can’t find my blue pen or if the blue pen runs out and I haven’t gotten/found another one; don’t use it for underlining though

Red: during the year, anything related to my outside-the-home job gets written in red; also used for finishing notes and underlining. Finishing notes are marking a written piece with the date written, typed, and posted to blog.

© Cori Large December 12-13, 2014

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