one of my goals this year was to get back to using a planner regularly. i love to organize, in fact the process of organizing is just as fun as the finished product. over the years i’ve used several different planners, giving up after a few weeks or months of use. but why? i really thought about it, and i believe it came down to the planner inserts available at that time. generic monthly calendars, todos, expense inserts, i needed more flexibility.
in order for me to find “planner peace” i was going to have find what i needed via Etsy or simply create my own.
i’m a minimalist when it comes to a planner, don’t get me wrong i still want to add stickers and washi here and there, but i wanted my inserts to be clean and minimal.
…and so the planner adventure began..
i set off to searching pinterest and youtube for planner inspiration and let me tell you, you can find a bunch of it!
after countless youtube videos, blogs, and plenty of time on pinterest i chose a FiloFax Special Edition Gold Saffiano A5 as well as a Filofax Patent Pocket in duck egg. the pocket would be my everyday carry and my A5 would stay home housing all of home and business information.
lets get to it…. my Filofax A5 walkthrough!
i created my ‘hello’ dashboard with scrapbook paper, laminated with my Scotch Thermal Laminator, and cut to size. although i’m keeping the decorating to a minimum in my A5 i also want my planner to make me smile when i open it…my pen is a Cross Beverly Pearl ballpoint pen with a black fine ink refill.
the back side of my dashboard has a simple sticker from Heidi Swapp and some white post it notes.
i utilized the 1-6 tabs that came with the Filofax and created my own index. i also used a scrap piece of a clear laminated sheet and cut it to approximately 3 inches wide and wrapped my favorite gold washi tapes around it, punched it and placed it in front.
the next three inserts i created in microsoft word. they’re minimalistic, yet work perfect for me, easy to edit and adapt to my needs.
i searched and just couldn’t find a cleaning tracker that fit my needs. after all, i just needed a space to write the task, and a checkbox for when the task was completed.
i’ve never used a menu planner before, but i was going to give this a try for the simple fact that i wanted to make less trips to the grocery store throughout the week. secondly it’s nice to have a visual menu for the week so that we can bypass the “what’s for dinner”…each evening.
i created this insert so that the bottom shopping list portion can be cut at the line, popped out and taken to the store.
in the first section i keep my Filofax vertical week on two pages that came included with my Filofax, these inserts give me plenty of space to write throughout the day.
the second section includes information related to my child care business. i use a Filofax full year vertical insert to keep track of my child care attendance, using initials for each child in attendance each day.
i also created a specific insert for child care income, i needed the date, client, payment, check number, and a space to mark when i had entered the data into my accounting program.
within this section i also have each clients information behind this cute number fly leaf i cut to size.
the third section includes information related to my photography business. including a separate Filofax full year vertical insert. here i plan my year in advance, it includes photo shoot dates as well as when i delivered proofs, placed a print order, when i delivered prints, sent a thank you, etc.
within this section i created a separate insert specifically for my other businesses income and expenses.
this section also includes these photo session inserts created by Papier My Day.
this is a photo shoot checklist i found a couple years ago online. all i did was print it in the A5 size. i use this checklist for every photo shoot to be sure that i have the specific equipment needed for each shoot.
the backside of the checklist has a grid, it’s a great tool for visualizing each shoot.
the fourth section has information related to my website design, income, expenses, logins, reseller info, clients, etc.
i created this form for all my login information, again i created this insert with no fluff, only the information i need. you’ll notice i do not include a space for passwords. i keep my passwords in a app on my iPhone that can only be accessed with my fingerprint and is backed up regularly.
i also include my blog post planner insert within this section.
the fifth section includes my finances.
i created this insert to track all my monthly bills, when they are due, how much is due and when i actually paid them. i also included a column for the bank that i paid the bill from as well as how i paid the bill, was it a automatic payment, did i pay it online or send a check.
i found this 52 week savings plan on pinterest and printed to fit the A5 so i can glance at how much we’ve saved according to the week that we are currently in.
also within the finance section i have a list of all our automatic payment due dates, as well as all our charity/volunteer expenses.
the sixth section is still a work in progress, i indexed it as “projects”. it currently includes these awesome camping inserts i purchased via Papier My Day. i love these, my husband and i are always making notes when we visit a campground but we tend to lose those notes and can’t remember what we liked and didn’t like, so these inserts solve that issue and then some!
there are many more inserts included in the camp planning kit, be sure to check it out at Papier My Day.
well there it is in all its golden glory…my current 2016 Filofax Special Edition Saffiano A5 set up, so far, so good, i’m using it daily, and i’m much more productive! so yay!
don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!