I recently did a video (click here) reviewing some recent changes that I have made to make my planner my functional.
Highlights from the video:
*I keep temporary tabs in my planner for currently, but not usually, active pages.
*Grocery list includes a checklist of shopping/coupon prep.
*I double-hole punch pages so they can go in the right or left hand sides of my planner.
*I use a project index to make project pages easy to locate.
*I keep the YMCA workout schedule in my planner.
*I use one number to indicate a date, where the month and year are already obvious.
*My Christmas list is simple, with complicated notes kept separately in my planner. That way, I don't miss anyone because the visual is clean.
*Extra tabs are usually on the top of the planner, but work better on as side tabs in the Calendar section only.
*I keep a cheat list of daily events/appointments in my monthly spread.
*Must dos go in a different column than should dos.
*I use context codes (like home = H or computer = C) for tasks.
*A sticky note contains a list of things borrowed to or from me on my weekly spread.
*A daily page works for busy days only. No need to have one every single day.
*A recurring task (circled to indicate recurring) reminds me to do my daily chores.
*Once I make a daily page, I mark out the monthly and weekly entries for that date so that I never miss anything or double book.
*I highlight daily chores and monthly goals as they are done or met.
*My budget planner is a simple subtracting checkbook register-type entry.
*I staple extra weeks in my undated pages so that I never accidentally use them.
*Coming soon: Future Pages video!