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Friday, May 15, 2015

Planner Tabs: The Case for Less Than a Handful

Planner tabs are used to divide a paper planner into sections. My planner only has four tabs now.

I know that number comes as a shock to a lot of planner people. It's crazy low, right?



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It works, though, because I select the tabs so carefully.

I use no tab for my dashboard (consisting of sticky notes and blank paper).

After that, I put my projects section (not pictured). I used to have my master task list after that, but since I rarely use it except as a dumping ground, I made that list one of my active projects!

(That's a little bit brilliant. Don't you agree?)

Then I have calendar, future, and notes.

I still use tons of post-it tabs, to mark project sections or notes sections. But having only four permanent tabs means a lighter, thinner profile for my planner. It also mean, ironically, that I get to things more quickly when I have fewer options.

How many tabs do you have? What are they labeled as?

Etcetera.

5 comments:

Carla P. said...

This go around, I'm down to 2. FOCUS and FILES. The combined dashboard and inbox, plastic folder with pockets, then blank papers and stickies, does not get a tab. In the Focus section are my Contacts, Prayers, Quotes, and Goals (all the stuff/tools to help keep me centered.) Also there, is the calendar which needs no sub-tab because it's on the larger FC Compact. Tab #2 is the Files section, A-Z tabs for reference only. Daily notes become part of a file. Streamlined process, but that file section makes my binder kinda thick. When in diet mode, this goes, or seriously gets cut.

Debbie said...

I am not using tabs that much lately because I am in the process of going paper free. I still want to keep my kitchen inventory list and goals on paper for accountability. All the rest needs to go away though.

muzsi said...

hard to say, because I have more then one planner it would be a cheat. I have a planner for calendar, one for projects, one for infos, one for 17 dividers (future planning).
In my main planner I have 5
lists - with subcategories
yearly overview
planning section
adresses
very important infos (as the pin code to all family members phone)

littleangel4523 said...

currently I do not use tabs. I use a daily planner for most everything, but I keep a monthly on my desk for some future planning. I normally use a weekly, but I seem to be doing well with the daily planner.

mrandisg said...

I don't use tabs at the moment, either. Mine is a spiral-bound monthly/weekly Family Plus planner by DayTimer. I use a clip-in bookmark from my old work planner to mark the current week--well, I guess you could count that as my "tab." lol

I have made custom planners in the past, and I've been thinking about making one again. Using a few carefully chosen tabs does sound like a good idea. I'll keep that in mind if I decide to go that route. :)