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In my soon to be posted piece about Mead Flex Binders, I go on and on about their versatility. But I always wished for a smaller version. Well, playing around on the Mead website, I stumbled across the Mead Shopping Organizher.

I’m not gonna lie. I FREAKED! Yes, it was a two-ring binder, but I didn’t care about that. I had finally found what I wanted. My wonderful husband, when I was jumping up and down, handed me the credit card and said, “Order it.” Music to my ears.

When it finally arrived, my friend, Melanie, agreed to shoot the unboxing video.

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Mead Shopping Organizher

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Compared to the regular size Mead Flex Binder

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“How to Use this Shopping List” Cardboard insert (that I’ll be using as a dashboard)

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Pockets on both dividers

 

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 Blank Shopping list sheets (30 in total)

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Coupon dividers (removed all of them, except for the divider)

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Website/Blog Username & Password log; Clear zipper pocket; Business Card sheet

 

I immediately tore it apart and reorganized it. I’m keeping the “how to use the shopping list” cardboard insert to use as a dashboard. I moved the card holder and zipper pouch to the front as well.

The Shopping List tab is staying the same, but I only kept three shopping list pages and the blog/website pages in this section.

The Coupons tab has been turned into a notes section. I removed the extra pocket dividers to make room for more paper. I already had a bunch of paper to fit this size notebook.

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Moved the clear pockets to the front, behind the cardboard insert that is now a dashboard.

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Moved the Website/Blog sheets to the Shopping List section

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Added more paper. I had to washi tape the side and repunch them.

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Current thickness of my refillable notebook.

A really nice discovery was that the two rings line up with the top and middle rings on a regular size Flex Binder. So what does this mean? I don’t need to buy a special hole punch!!! A standard size 3 hole punch will work just fine.

YES!!! Very happy! *happy dance*

© Cori Large February 10, 2015

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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:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Here is a blank weekly layout.

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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.

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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 5b of Cori’s Planner Pieces series]

In my last piece, I mentioned that I use a similar concept to Bullet Journaling to organize my writing notebook.

Writing Notebook (1)I use a Mead Flex Binder for my Writing notebook. I love these binders and will show how they help keep me organized in another post.

When you open my Writing Notebook, the first thing you see if a page I tore out of a magazine. It’s a woman running along a street, and the fall leaves are all around here. I love autumn and I thought this picture was lovely. Then I read the little box and knew I had to acquire this page. Writing Notebook (2)

The box says: MAKE YOUR ESCAPE. You are not your to-do list. You are not your have-tos or must-dos. You are not your job. Although your first waking thoughts likely focus on the needs of others and all the things you want to accomplish, you are, most important, yourself. Take time every day to remember than—even if it means running away from everyone and everything you love so you come back refreshed and recharged. The world can wait. You shouldn’t have to.

That message resonated with me, and a read it every time I open my notebook to write in. I encourage everyone to find a message that speaks to you and keep it close by for when you need it most.

After the message, I have a Topic Page at the beginning, where I list out the blog piece I plan on writing in the future. In the left hand margin, I list the color of the Post It flag I’ve assigned to it. Once the flag color has been assigned, I add the blog piece title to a blank page, any quick notes for the piece, and add the flag on the next line down to create a divider.

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I’ve been rolling this organizational system around in my head for a while now. I used to write all fiction and nonfiction pieces in bound journals. Learning about the Bullet Journaling system pushed me to go ahead and set up this binder. I’m soooo happy I did it. One of the main reasons I like this setup so much is that I can add more paper to each piece if I need it. Also, the bound journals were becoming expensive.

I’ve gotten more written in the last 2-3 weeks since I’ve started this binder than I have in the past six months.

I’ll be starting another binder to keep the completed and typed pieces in. They’ll be organized in a similar fashion: Table of Contents and pieces filed in the order in which they were completed.

© Cori Large December 23, 2014

 

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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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