Organizing with a Day Planner
Hi, I have had a stressful thing just happen. Okay, it’s not that bad, but still an inconvenience. Last spring my computer of approx. 7 years went ka-put. My photographs were fine. I use external drives to store photographs on and even backup to disk (well the majority of them anyways). This is the first time I had a computer crash on me and I’ve only had three- this includes the newest I bought to replace #2. I never thought to back up my personal files- like duh.
I lost my most basic daily organizing files. For the past several years I’ve really gotten into the tech world and have collected the smart phone, tablet and even the smart watch. So as you can see, I love to be organized. Well, at least appear to be. I keep a list of birthday dates, anniversaries, appointments, you get the idea. Okay- so you say, those can all be synced to the electronics. However, have you ever had one of your electronics batteries get low and then suddenly quit, forgetting to charge it up the night before? Sometimes it’s nice to utilize the old fashioned way to organize with a planner.
It’s been awhile since I have used an actual planner organizer. I have several saved from past times. This time I wanted something that I could carry my tablet in as well. The tablet is 8 inches tall. I found this Franklin Covey case that works well with my tablet. The price was a deciding factor too.
The filler paper to choose from was not to my liking. Plus it seemed a bit pricey. I decided to try and make my own inserts. The Franklin Covey came with a starter pack that would work for now. So the Google search was on! I found several websites that had already made inserts- for a price. Those prices were just about the same as the store. Still I found no real instructions. Using my own software- total of four; I created my own monthly calendar and weekly calendar. This is what I came up with:
The planner is the classic style (5.5 x 8.5) size. The designs above will be printed on 8.5×11 standard paper and cut in half. Using a 7 hole paper punch I will punch each half cut page. The inserts were designed to print at home and cut myself.
The monthly calendar is July 2017 thru July 2018. You may download it here.
The weekly insert is not dated. Print as many copies as needed to insert between the monthly calendar. You may download it here.
The two software programs used for the calendar were: Calendar Creator and my all time favorite Lumapix Fotofusion. I am sure after creating your calendar using Calendar Creator you would be able to print the pages without using Lumapix Fotofusion. I just absolutely LOVE my Fotofusion!
Fotofusion is where I create two to a standard page for printing. And I can add other designing elements in places the Calendar Creator will not allow me to do so.
For the blank weekly inserts I used Microsoft Excel for the blank line grid, exporting as a pdf. I then had to open in Photoshop to save the file as a jpg. Last I used Fotofusion to insert the jpg into an 8.5×11 page. The page had two image holders where the jpg was placed adding the days of the week and week of text.
I know this sounds a bit confusing, but it worked for me. I am sure there is a more simplified way using simple programs like Microsoft Excel or just plain old Photoshop.
Let me know which programs you have used to create your planner inserts. If you downloaded the ones above, let me know how they worked for you.
I will be working on other inserts- next in line will be a meal planner and grocery list.
Take care and best wishes!