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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Care And Upkeep Of The Insides Of A Planner

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If you don't decorate much (and I don't), write things where they are supposed to go (I do), and have a decent system in place (yep), your planner rarely needs a tune-up.

Still, sometimes things just need to be updated. I am not talking about revising a system, but just doing routine upkeep.

For example, my projects index was old and full of scratch-outs and needed to be replaced. I didn't change anything about my index page except to only recopy what was still relevant.



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Note that I only have two projects going right this minute. I have three work projects, actually, but those are in my work planner. Also, I am about to plan a birthday party, but the initial planning session will happen this weekend.

The reason that I don't change the system is that, after all, if a system is working for you, you should probably keep it. If you want to see how I use an ABC file as my Projects Index WITHOUT putting documents in ABC order, click on this link.



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I also updated my budget pages. Yes, I've already spent too much this month.


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I made more of the my "homework sheets" (where I track the kids' homework assignments) and more daily pages.



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Note that I cut the pages slightly smaller than my regular pages. That is intentional. First, it frees me from getting the measurements absolutely perfect. Second, it means I can clip everything together with a Magnetic Page Marker and still see my weekly spread easily.


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I also highlighted (using FriXion Erasable Highlighters, which is important, since I messed up the first time) the annual spread on my Quo Vadis future pages. I do that so that I don't accidentally schedule a conflict. One glance at October 27th, for example, shows a colored in annual spread square. That means to check the future page for October 27th and see what is already booked (my sister's birthday) before booking something else.


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If you think it's time for a tune-up, just flip through your planner, looking for anything that could use some recopying or recutting, list it on a blank piece of paper, and do it. If you care for your planner like this a couple times a year, it will keep working for and taking care of you.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This post is exactly what i needed. Can uou do a video about the project of the birthday party. I understand if its to n personal

Giftie Etcetera said...

Actually, that's what I planned to do the video about as my "planning a project" video. :) I certainly can't do a work project, as I am an attorney and the info is confidential.

Lavender Life UK said...

Oh please. I also want/need a birthday project with all the details. EVERYTHING!! Even when to send invitations. You are the best!