As you may have read, I’ve recently returned to using a paper planner after many years of using Google Calendar and my iPhone to schedule my life. I’m still in the process of figuring out what format will work best for me now that I’m a stay at home mom of 2 young boys. At the moment I don’t have a whole lot of appointments. A doctor’s appointment now and then, a playdate every few days and that about sums up my commitments. Honestly, our dry erase family fridge calendar works perfectly to keep me scheduled
After a few weeks of trying to use a weekly format planner, I’ve decided to go to a daily format. I don’t need little boxes with exact time increments, what I need is a lot of room to write my daily to do list in the morning and space for a bit of evening journaling about all the amazing things the boys do every day. Like pee into the potty standing up or rock back and forth on their knees. I’m afraid high expectations aren’t a problem in this household.
I do, however, still need to know what day of the week it is, so I’ve decided to use a simple monthly reference calendar as the divider page for each month. I scoured the internet, looking for something stunning that someone else had spent hours making and was now giving away for free. I found quite a few, but decided to go with this gorgeous monthly desktop calendar from The Ink Nest. Here and here are a few others that were very close contenders.
I paid for the calendar with a tweet, feeling terribly guilty, knowing that all 200 of my twitter followers were fast asleep, and got to reformatting the calendar so that it would fit in my half letter sized planner. In hindsight, the best way to do this would probably be to crop each page to size 8.5″x5.5″ and then print two to a page on the heaviest card stock your printer can handle. I would do this in PSE, since I own it, but you can do it on any number of free picture editors such as Pic Monkey.
I finished the dividers by making tabs with my 1 inch circle punch and some number stickers. I simply punched the circles out of some coordinating scrap paper, cut them in half and stapled them to each monthly divider, staggered of course for visibility. My favorite finishing touch however is the Dear Lizzy date stamp I purchased to mark each day.
I’m loving how the daily format is now working for me. This planner is now more of a diary and task master than a scheduling tool, but it’s the prettiest task master I ever did see.