I’ve used various styles of planners over the years and can sort them into four distinct planner categories.

I’ve learned a lot over the last several years about what I need in terms of a planner and organizer, a general notebook, and how to work towards my goals. These are the quick links to their respective YouTube Playlists on my channel.

Franklin Covey, DayTimer, and Bullet Journaling are found in the Planner/Organizer YouTube Playlist.

Traveler’s Notebooks YouTube Playlist.

Flex Binders YouTube Playlist.

Passion Planner YouTube Playlist.

If you use a planner, what kind do you use and what’s your system? Please share in the comments!

Other Social Media:

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TFAPCG YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwETw4Z0geZ52u9AErAZJwg

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Crafts by Cori FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crafts-by-Cori-163136173711522/

CBC Products ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

Knitting All the Blankets YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwh5oIhRXL83y___mL2gSQ

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

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Welcome to my May 2018 Goals Update video! Another month has passed, and I’m making more progress! First quarter of the years gone, and we’re coming up on the half-way point for the second quarter. Here’s a look at how I’ve been doing on my goals.

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Goals Playlist 

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TFAPCG YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwETw4Z0geZ52u9AErAZJwg

TFAPCG FB: https://www.facebook.com/talesfromapolkcountygirl/

Crafts by Cori FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crafts-by-Cori-163136173711522/

CBC Products ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

Knitting All the Blankets YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwh5oIhRXL83y___mL2gSQ

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

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This year is the three year anniversary of my first YouTube channel: TalesFromAPolkCountyGirl. The purpose of the channel was to compliment the various posts on this blog.

I’ve learned a lot in the last three years: time management, content management, audience interest, etc. It was because of YouTube I earned my first passive income payment (via Adsense), which was an exciting moment for me.

At the beginning of each year since starting my channel, I’ve posted a list of the Top 10 videos for the previous year. To commemorate this milestone, I’m going to share a list of the Top 10 Most Viewed Videos from the beginning of the channel. I’m very interested to see this list.

  1. Mead Flex Binder Collection Update (October 2015)
  2. New to Me: Chic Sparrow Wide CB
  3. Mead Flex Binder Product Review
  4. Resetting the Cash Envelopes
  5. 2018 Planner Set Up
  6. Chic Sparrow Dr. Jones B6 Regular Traveler’s Notebook
  7. Customizing a Flex Binder
  8. ZLYC Passport Traveler’s Notebook Set Up
  9. Bullet Journal Set Up July 2015
  10. Passion Planner March 2017 Flip Thru

Other Social Media Links:

TFAPCG FB: https://www.facebook.com/talesfromapolkcountygirl/

Crafts by Cori FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crafts-by-Cori-163136173711522/

CBC Products ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

Knitting All the Blankets YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwh5oIhRXL83y___mL2gSQ

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

 

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At the beginning of 2017, I decided to try out the planner that lead me down the Planner Addict rabbit hole 3 years ago: the Passion Planner (PP). I printed off the Classic size (8.5” x 11”) from the website (after completing their social media requirement to get to the PDF), hole punched it, and put it in a Flex Binder.

I used this planner solidly for the first 4 ½ months of the year. What changed? I couldn’t handle lugging around the full-size planner anymore. Even with a backpack to carry stuff to and from work, I didn’t want to bring it out of the house. And that’s a major problem when it comes to using a planner.

In the meantime, I re-purposed some old planner inserts from another brand, and made my own planner–a more portable one. And in September, I decided to try the Compact size (printed off the whole month from the PDF), and sadly realized neither of the Passion Planner’s offered sizes worked for me.

But!!! Just because the sizes didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean I didn’t learn some valuable lessons from the planner. So what did I learn?

1. Brain Bombing / Mind Mapping is Awesome!

When I started using the Classic size 2017 Passion Planner, I waited a few days before doing my Passion Road Map. If you’re in any of the PP Facebook groups, this isn’t an unusual occurrence. Actually putting down on paper, which REAL deadlines, triggered something in me. Leading to…

2. Goals are Achievable

Since I was a child, 4 years old to be exact, I knew I wanted to publish a book. I’ve written about a dozen books in the last 15 years, but the novel I wrote in 2016 is the first one I’ve ever actively worked towards publication on. As of writing this post, I’ve completed my editing, the novel’s been alpha and beta read, and I’m querying publishers. The farthest I’ve ever gotten with one of my novels is typing it up and running spell check (I wrote the initial draft longhand). Wish me luck!

3. Self-care and Personal To Do’s are Important

I saw a meme or something on the internet once (maybe off Pinterest?) that said: You can’t refill everyone else’s cup, if you don’t take time to refill your own. I love the Personal To Do list on the PP weekly layout, and how Angelia’s (sp?) purpose for that we need to remember to do things for ourselves.

The saying “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” comes to mind as well. I’ve been making more of an effort to make sure I take my vitamins, do some yoga and basic exercises, journaling, writing, reading, and knitting. All things that help my physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

4. Time slots are optional!

Not literally. Every version of the planner has the time slots. But I saw a picture on the Passion Planner Facebook page where they showed how to use the daily columns for To Do lists, and ignore the time slots! I LOVE THAT!

5. Reflecting is a Wonderful Thing

I’m a fan of journaling prompts, especially ones that force you to look back over a period of time and gauge how you’ve grown as a person. I appreciate that there are reflection questions at the end of each month and the year, to help you focus on the positive and learn from the negative. Over the years, the reflection questions have changed, with the initial lists having a dozen questions or so, and current set ups have half that. Taking the time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, learned, and would do differently in the future helps you to grow as a person.

6. What Works for Some, Doesn’t for Others

As I’ve started in previous posts and videos, I love the concept of the Passion Planner, but the sizes just don’t work for me. I love seeing how others use their PPs, decorated or not, to achieve their goals and all that. Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to print the PDF in a way that I still have the guts of a planner, but the size is more what I need it to be. OR Angelia may develop an in-between size! One can hope, right?

Corporate & Social Media Pages

Passion Planner website

Passion Planner YouTube channel

Various Facebook Groups

Passion Planner Chat Forum

We Love Passion Planner

Passion Planner Squad

Passion Planner for College Students

Author PashFam

My Previous Blog Posts about the Passion Planner (in chronological order)

Goal Setting & Mind Mapping

What I Like about the Passion Planner

Passion Planner Set Up

Passion Planner Roadmap & January Set Up

Passion Planner Monthly Reflection

Passion Planner Walk Thru February 2017

March 2017 Passion Planner Flip Thru

Passion Planner May 2017 Walk Thru

June Goals in Passion Planner Compact (supposed to be Classic, oops!)

Passion Planner June 2017 Walk Thru

Passion Planner July 2017 Walk Thru

September Passion Planner Experiment

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I’ve revamped my goals for 2018. For those that have followed me for the last couple of years, I used to have very detailed monthly target lists to help me work towards my goals. 2017 was the year of the Passion Planner (okay, not a full year), and it helped me focus on ONE goal and make the most progress on.

So, for 2018, I have revamped and rethought about what I really want to achieve in my life. I’ve split my goals into 5 main areas, and what I want to achieve in those areas.

I am still using the Passion Planner Roadmap format to help me get organized.

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TFAPCG YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwETw4Z0geZ52u9AErAZJwg

TFAPCG FB: https://www.facebook.com/talesfromapolkcountygirl/

Crafts by Cori FB: https://www.facebook.com/Crafts-by-Cori-163136173711522/

CBC Products ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CBCproducts

Knitting All the Blankets YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwh5oIhRXL83y___mL2gSQ

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

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Here’s list (with links) for the top 10 most popular videos on my Tales From a Polk County Girl YouTube channel:

  1. Mead Flex Binder Collection Update (October 2015) (1,927 views)
  2. Mead Flex Binder Product Review (1,157 views)
  3. New to Me: Chic Sparrow Wide Creme Brulee (1,026 views)
  4. Chic Sparrow Dr. Jones B6 Regular Traveler’s Notebook (906 views)
  5. Passion Planner March 2017 Flip Thru (695 views)
  6. Everything Binder Set Up (539 views)
  7. Sept 2017 Passion Planner Compact (456 views)
  8. Customizing a Flex Binder (450 views)
  9. How to Make a Progress Keeper or a Planner Charm (385 views)
  10. Passion Planner April 2017 Flip Thru (381 views)

Other Interesting YT 2017 stats:

Total watch time: 43, 173 minutes.

Total views: 17, 576 views.

Total Likes: 283.

Total Dislikes: 20.

Total Comments: 94.

Total Shares: 80.

# Playlist saves: 313.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my YouTube channel, check it out! I film videos about the different planner systems I try out, Flex binders, books I read, and generally anything I feel like talking about.

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Reasons for leaving & changing various planner systems:

Day-Timer Desk size Verona 3 ring zipper: rings were too small for what I needed to carry with me.

Day-Timer Folio size Verona 7 ring zipper: 7 rings was ridiculous to deal with. It should have been a standard 3 ring set up. The punch was ridiculous expensive as well.

Franklin Covey Classic size Sierra 7 ring zipper: I wanted to try other planner set ups. I do miss this one sometimes. The rings were HUGE! I carried the world in that book.

Regular size Flex Binder: I was playing around and experimenting. Stopped using it when I found the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion (aka Mini Flex).

Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion aka  the Mini Flex: decided to use as a refillable notebook.

Various bullet journal notebooks: I filled them up.

Day-Timer Portable size Malibu in Rose Gold: Like I said in the narrative, I was pressured into trying Traveler’s Notebooks. I really loved this planner. I love the color, and still drool over it. I used this planner for 7 months straight, considering the journey I’ve been on this is Amazing!

ZLYC Standard size Traveler’s Notebook: I received a bigger standard/narrow traveler’s notebook (the CS Maverick) and it could hold more inserts.

Chic Sparrow Narrow Maverick: Used mainly for #onebookJuly2016, but it was sooooo heavy!

Foxy Fix Marina: Decided to give the Passion Planner a go to see if it really would help me with my goals.

Passion Planner Classic size: Too big and bulky to carry around with me. It stays at home.

Passion Planner Compact size: It was an experiment to see if I could have used this size. I could made it work, but I like the wider columns of the Franklin Covey vertical WO2P more.

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