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This past December I decided to give my RG a break and use my Raika for awhile. I switched over to my Raika. I used it the week of Christmas. Here are some thoughts I jotted down while using the Raika for the first time:

  • The Raika doesn’t hold as many pens as my RG. Two pens vs. four.
  • The RG has more storage space and pockets, even when you take into account the half-sheet sleeve in the back of the Raika.
  • The Raika does have the half-sheet pocket that the RG doesn’t have.
  • The RG is mushier and nicer to feel than the all leather Raika.
  • Raika’s Bone color just doesn’t POP, compared to the Rose Gold color.
  • The rings are the same size.
  • Three days in (12-22-2015) and I really wish I had my RG back. Not enjoying this Containment Unit. And no it’s not because I’m still getting used to it. May sell it.
  • The evening we got back from our Christmas trip I switched back into my RG.

As of this post going live (2-8-2016), it is up for sale in several Planner Facebook groups.

YouTube video link:

© Cori Large 1-5-2016

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FC Sierra

It hit me the other day that one year ago, I was using a Franklin Covey Sierra Classic Size with 1.5 inch rings. Since then my planner journey has been all over the place. After discovering the Planner Addict World on YouTube and Facebook, I tried making my own inserts for the Sierra because I wasn’t happy with the Blooms WO2P inserts I had gotten for 2015. I then made some Folio size inserts (8.5” x 11”) and tried using one of my flex binders as a planner. You can read about that here and watch the YouTube video here. This one was actually pretty nice. If I ever decide to go back to a full size planner, I think I’ll use my own creation. These posts and several other early related blog posts can be read in the Planner Pieces Series here.

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Then I found the Mini Flex (aka the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook). I tried using that as a planner and then as a bullet journal. Then I tried Bullet Journaling in bound notebooks on and off from April to July. I really liked the Bullet Journaling system over the summer, when I have less going on.

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When the school year gearing up in August, I switched back to a ringed planner. I purchased a Day-Timer portable size Rose Gold Malibu and have been using it ever since.

During the year, I have acquired and resold different types of planner containment units. All in the hope of finding that elusive Planner Peace. I won’t say I’ve achieved it and haven’t given up either, but I’m not in such a rush to trade out containment units as I was.

I would not have guessed this is where I would be planner-wise a year ago. If anyone’s interested, the YouTube video that started it all was My Purpley Life’s video. Jennifer started it all. My decent into madness!

If you’re a member of the planner addict world, how has your journey gone? Please share in the comments.


Figuring Out Your Ideal Planner

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If you’ve ever looked up planner video on YouTube or are a member of any of the planner Facebook groups, you have no doubt felt overwhelmed by all the options out there—and I’m just talking about the containment unit itself; not stickers, pens, inserts, washi tape, etc. There are many blog posts and YouTube videos to help get you started.

There are brands from all over the world and at a variety of price ranges: Filofax, Kikki K, Erin Condrin, Kate Spade, Day-Timer, Day Runner, Franklin Covey, At a Glance, Bullet Journaling, Midori Traveler’s Notebook, Fauxdori’s, homemade & DIY, and many more.

In my opinion, the easiest place to start is deciding whether or not you want a planner that you can add and move stuff around in OR something that is bound together. A move stuff around planner would be a ring one, disc bound, and arguably traveler’s notebooks. A bound together planner would be a bound book or spiral/coil bound book.

Personally, I like being able to change the guts of my planner around as I please, so I use a ring bound planner.

The next thing to do is figure out what you want your planner to do for you. Calendar? To Do lists? Notes? Projects? Address book? What do you want from your planner? And how will you need it to function.

Your answer needs to be more than “I want to get organized.” Let’s start with a relatively simply example: calendars. Monthly, weekly, daily, or some combination of 2 or all 3? If you take each section and really think about what you want from it, eventually the planner you need, as well as the one you want, will come together.

Other examples:

To Do lists>>>brain dump/catch all’s or categorized? (You can have both! I do!)

Projects>>>work or personal. A page for each project with notes, timelines, etc. Alphabetical or by deadline?

A to Z file>>>also known as the Address book. There is a trend to store quick reference notes here, like clothing sizes or book titles or important notes you don’t know where to keep.

The thing to remember is that just because a planner comes with certain sections and inserts, doesn’t mean you are stuck with them.

If all of this information was overwhelming, I apologize. The planner world can, ironically, be overwhelming. How about something simpler? Get a cheap planner from the dollar store. Start using it. As you go along, if you find yourself wanting something different, like wanting to be able to move stuff, make a note of it in your planner. What do you like, what don’t you like? Write it all down.

There is no one right formula to figuring out what planning system works for you. A system that works for one person won’t work for someone else. It’s all about finding out what works for you.

This is a process that can take some time and it came be frustrating. But eventually, you’ll figure it out.

© Cori Large April-December 2015


The Lost Filofaxes, part 2

So there was a silver lining to the end of the Lost Filofaxes story. A few days later, my MIL comes in from doing more sorting in the Bonus Room and hands me:






It may not be her original Filofax, but it was still cool. It isn’t a full planner, but she used it as a notepad.

My husband remembers it always sitting on a table by the front door when he was a boy.

It is now part of my planner/refillable notebook collection. It has the 6 ring, 3-3 format, which matches my Raika and DayTimer Rose Gold planners. This is nice because it will allow me flexibility between the three of them.

There is another part that I only found out a couple of weeks ago. But some background or reminders first: MIL stopped using her Filofax when they came to American for several reasons: (1) she didn’t think she could get inserts over her for it and (2) planners were falling out of fashion.

Okay, new part of the story: She found a barely used Franklin Covey 365 Classic size planner at her local thrift shop for $1.99!!! What a fantastic find! And because she now knows a couple of planner users (me and my mom), she’s been re-corrupted!

I sent her some blank dated calendar inserts I wasn’t using for August through December, so she’ll be able to get back into planning.

© Cori Large August 25, 2015

New to Me Planner: RAIKA 6 ring wallet planner

I participate in a planner swap group, and recently found a planner I was ready to trade for. It was a RAIKA 6 ring wallet planner. The planner I traded for this beauty was my DayTimer Avalon in the desk size.

Some facts about my RAIKA:

  • 6 rings, in the 3-3 format
  • Color: Bone
  • Cash envelope sleeve that runs along the back
  • Dual secretarial pockets, back & front
  • Insert size: 3.75 x 6.75 or Size 3
  • Zipper pocket in front
  • Credit card slots

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It came with inserts, that I have since decorated (fall leaves & woodland creatures, and Lisa Frank). I’m using the To Do inserts for keeping track of blog posts, and the Project inserts for some book ideas.

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The zipper pocket contains washi tape samples and the note from the person I swapped with.The original plan for this style of planner was to make it into a cash envelope wallet, but received another wallet for my birthday [this is an upcoming post]. So I carried it around with me and waiting for it to speak to me. (Fellow planner addicts will understand what I’m talking about.)

What I’m using it for is holding my blog posting chart and calendar, book ideas, and I do have calendar inserts in here for advanced planning.

The company website where you can find this planner is:

If you’d like to join the Secret Sister Planner Swap Group, follow this link:

And if you’d like to watch my YouTube video about this planner, follow this link:

© Cori Large June 1, 2015

My Journey to Find Planner Peace

*This is a long one!*

This post is about the journey I’ve taken to find Planner Peace. And what is Planner Peace? It is a term I first heard when I discovered a Facebook group by the same name. The group’s description states: “What we are: a place to discuss in depth what is working and what is not, with respect to ‘planner peace.’”

I have been a sort of Planner Crisis for about two years now. If you recall in my post Cori’s Planner Review, I switched things up quite a bit trying to figure out what I truly wanted.

Well, I started jotted down what I thought I would like and during 2015 made notes about what I wanted out of my planner.

Here is my journey:

December 27, 2014

(Okay, my journey started before 2015.)

  • Definitely need month at a glance.
  • Maybe get undated week at a glance pages for really busy weeks.
  • Want more a Project Management book, but without the big binder; maybe one of those smaller three ring binders.
  • I like the idea of daily tasks chart Weekly Layout 1
  • If I want to design my own inserts, use Philip’s AutoCAD program

January 7, 2015

Went a little nutso and printed out two of the weekly layouts I had made up, as well as manipulated the free Passion Planner ® pdf to do what I wanted.

Set up all of them for this week (Jan 5-11) to see which one I liked more. Passion Planner ® started to win out, but after chatting with a friend about my craziness, I calmed down. Passion Planner ® isn’t off the table completely. I fell in love with the concept in November 2014, but I had already bought my 2015 inserts.

After only a week of using the Franklin Covey ® Blooms columnar inserts, I was becoming frustrated by the small spaces in the Daily Tasks columns. While chatting with the same friend as before, I came up with two solutions:

  • Use the Sharpie pens, because they have fine point tips.
  • White out the Daily Tasks headings and write my own headings.

Calm has been restored for the time being.

January 12, 2015

Calm only lasts so long before my mind starts going a million miles an hour again. I’ve actually been journaling for the past four days, and have had some very introspective entries. The latest of which reflected that I’ve been trying to reinvent the wheel and wasting money doing it. In reality, the only containment unit I am truly content with is the Mead ® Flex binder. I believe my true problem has been my dissatisfaction with inserts. So I started designing my own inserts. Being summoned to bed, I’ll explain more later.

January 15, 2015

So two nights ago I sat down and turned my pink Mead Flex binder into a planner. Actually it’s more of a project manager with my calendar in it. I’m really hoping this one sticks. My FC Sierra is still set up, but I’m not using it for the time being. I have a whole other blog post ready to be written about it. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Calm has been restored for the time being.

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January 31, 2015

Still loving my set up. Even fixed up another flex binder for work! I think the only thing that could be any better is if there was a small one that took 5 ½” x 8 ½” paper.

February 3, 2015

While I was perusing the Mead website, I came across the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. IT’S A SMALLER VERSION OF THE FLEX BINDER!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! But it only has two rings. I ordered one of course, and it’ll be here in 7-10 days. Philip is very spatially minded and he believes that the rings are spaced the same way the top two rings are on a full size Flex binder. I’ll know more when it arrives. I’m very excited!!! At this moment, I have no plans to downsize again because I like having lots of writing room. I’m more excited about finally having a smaller REFILLABLE notebook.

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March 6, 2015

So I had this crazy notion that I should turn the mini flex (Mead Shopping OrganizHer) into my planner by putting my Franklin Covey Blooms monthly inserts into it. But I’d have to washi tape over the holes and repunch them.

I have since moved past this feeling and realized that I need the big weekly layout for work in one area and my other To Do lists. My biggest thing to remember is that I shouldn’t fill up each square like I did this week. Loving my color coding system.

March 11, 2015

Yeah, so that didn’t last. Surprise. Surprise. I’m currently experimenting with the bullet journal concepts in my current diary. Set this up Friday, March 6, in the afternoon. I started with the monthly list and my segregated to do lists (personal, CBC, writing/blog, YouTube, house). I’m still using it as a diary. I have added some weekly layout and a daily chart. I’ve drawn up two other potential set up—and just thought of a third—BRB. Okay, now that that’s sketched out…

I’m starting to wonder if my entries in this piece aren’t subconsciously spurring my changing habits just so I’ll have stuff to keep writing about…

May 29, 2015

I thought my journey to planner peace was completed. I found a smaller version of the Mead Flex Binder that I thought only existed in my dreams. But alas, for another planner came along, and all it cost me was shipping my DayTimer desk size Avalon. This new planner, Raika (brand and name I refer to her as), was the result of a swap. She will have her own introduction post soon enough.

I have had Raika for about a week now, and she has become the companion to my mini flex. The mini flex is my primary “planner” in that it fits a bigger calendar insert, is flexible, and acts mainly as my brain dump notebook. So what is Raika’s role? Her’s is the more organized one. I have my blog post chart, my knitting project charts, and book projects in there.

I’m going to end this post now, but I keep changing my mind, but one thing is clear: the Bullet Journal daily layouts work for me.

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© Cori Large December 2014-May 2015