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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 5a of Cori’s Planner Pieces series]

I recently heard the term Bullet Journaling on one of the many Planner Facebook groups. I educated myself on this concept and discovered that I use a similar system for my writing notebook. My writing notebook set up will be in another post.

A website that outlines and explains the Bullet Journaling concept is: www.bulletjournaling.com

There is also a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfRf43JTqY4 starring Ryder Carroll. He does a really good job explaining setting up a bullet journal.

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and give you the instructions on how to create your own bullet journal.

I only have a few additional comments I’d like to make to Ryder’s bullet journal instructions:

  • You don’t have to call the Index page, the Index page. I prefer Table of Contents, but you can also call this page whatever you want.
  • If you’re not a regular calendar user, this is a great way for sporadic organization.
  • This organizational system could be very handy for short term projects at work or as a general project manager set up.
  • For students, a new bullet journal each semester could be made up and it would allow you to just focus on the semester. Class notes, project notes, reading notes, etc.

I recommend going to the website and watching the video.

© Cori Large December 23, 2014.

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[part 3 of the Cori Planner Pieces series]

To my knowledge, no one else uses the term Jotter. A jotter is any notepad or notebook that can be carried around in the pants pocket so one can jot down anything they need to immediately. No random pieces of paper floating around, risking getting lost. Now all random thoughts, To Dos, lists, important information, etc. is all contained in a single (sometimes more than one) notebook.

Here are the ones I’m currently using:

Cori's Jotters (1) Cori's Jotters (2) Cori's Jotters (3)

As you can see from the inside peeks, sometimes my writing is neat and organized, and other times I’m writing very hastily so I don’t lose a thought.

When a jotter is filled, I go back through it, cross off anything that’s been taken care of, transfer any important notes to their respective places, and add anything remaining to The Master To Do List. Yes, that includes everything that is left undone in the Jotter.

(The Master To Do List will have its own blog post later.)

Now, here’s a picture of my Waiting in the Wings Jotters:

Cori's Jotters (4)

From the left:

  • Cori's Jotters (5)Sanderson box set: 2 lined and 2 plain paper notebooks; gift from a family friend
  • Cori's Jotters (6)Small spirals: Stonehenge one was bought at the Stonehenge gift shop in Salisbury, England; Mickey’s Philarmagic was a clearance bin find
  • Small bound: Keep Calm & Carry On and the British Stamps notebooks were both bought during a trip to England.
  • Cori's Jotters (7)Small Pads: a set of three I grabbed while out shopping one day. Paper is lined only on one side, so I have a choice of which way I want to use them.
  • Cori's Jotters (8)Larger notebooks: these were cheap and I won’t be using them as proper notebooks but as jotters because the paper quality isn’t that great.
  • Cori's Jotters (9)Smaller booklets: these are the remaining 3 of a set of 5 my husband bought during a trip to the Tower of London when he was kid. They were recently refound during a cleaning out old boxes. So, of course, I appropriated them.
  • Cori's Jotters (10)Even smaller ones: remaining 2 of a set of 4 Jane Austen notebooks I bought in England. I was lacking in notepads to write on, so I had to buy some. The full set was one from Manifield Park, another from Emma, and 2 from Pride and Prejudice.

© Cori Large December 13, 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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[part 1 of Cori’s Planner Pieces Series]

I first stumbled onto Passion Planner via a shared link on Facebook. This piece was not about Passion Planner, just mentioning it because of the kickstarter video was a gateway.

After the kickstarter video, which was hosted on YouTube, recommended videos came up, as they do. One was titled “March 2014 Planner Review” by MyPurpleyLife. I thought to myself “That can’t be about what I think it’s about!” So I clicked on it.

That video spawned more recommendation of other planner review videos. I was in shock over these videos for awhile. I couldn’t believe these videos existed. They were quite informative actually, so if you’re stuck on how to organize or decorate your planner, check ‘em out!

There is a category for these videos: Organizers/Planners/Agendas. As of today (12/22/2014), there are 89 videos in that list. Now this may not be all the videos available on YouTube, just the ones on the list.

Here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMXGTwB_QGgJaEzP-7_rQ_S3uMxIB32hf

I’m slowly working my way through them. It’s wonderful to know I’m not the only one who loves their planner/organizer/agenda.

© Cori Large 12/11/2014

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