3 Unique Ways to Use Your Monthly Planner Pages

Are you maximizing the use of all pages in your planner?  You probably use the daily or weekly planner pages well, but what about the monthly planner pages?

 If you are like me, you might write your schedule and goals on the daily and weekly planner pages, but you might not be using the monthly planner pages effectively.  Here are 3 ways to make better use those monthly planner pages.

Most planners provide a few different planning layouts within the same planner (for example weekly, daily and monthly pages).   You might also have goal pages and future planning pages.  Many times, only the daily or weekly pages are used and the monthly pages are skipped.  Let’s not overlook the monthly pages, as they can be useful in our planning.

Monthly Planner pages | How to use Monthly planner pages

3 Ways to Use Your Monthly Planner Pages

 1.  Track Your Special Dates and Appointments – See the big picture

Special days like birthdays and anniversaries are dates you don’t want to forget.

One effective way to use the monthly planner pages is to track birthdays, holidays, no school days, vacation days, anniversaries, appointments and all the important dates you want to remember each month.  

By keeping all your birthday reminders and anniversaries on one page, you can see at the beginning of the month if you need to pick up any gifts.  You won’t need to rush or scramble at the last minute for a gift or card.

You will also see the big picture for your month.  Writing these dates and appointments for the month makes you more likely to remember them.  With a monthly view, you are less likely to schedule two appointments for the same day and time.

2.  Record Special Memories

If you don’t use the monthly pages in your calendar for tracking important dates, you could use it to record special memories.  If you are like me and save years of old planners, your planner becomes a yearly journal of special memories.

For example, if you take a trip or do something special on a vacation, each day you could write a sentence or two about the highlight of that day to help you remember it.  Then, years later as you read through your planner, you will know the exact dates you visited places or special events that happened in your life on those dates.

You can also take time each day and write down a special moment or funny quote from your kids.  These little notes will make wonderful memories to share in years to come.

Your planner could also be used for a gratitude journal.  One simple word or sentence of gratitude each day make a big difference in our attitude.  As you look over each month, you will see how many wonderful things you have in your life.

3.  Goal Setting

One of the most practical uses for the monthly section of your planner is goal setting.  The monthly pages can help you set and track your goals for months and weeks in advance.

If you are planning a large project or goal that has smaller deadlines or requirements, the monthly planner pages are a great way to be focused on these important deadlines and stay on target with your goals.

As the months and weeks go by, you will see how much progress you have made.  When you look back later in the year, you will probably be surprised at your success and accomplishments.

As you use your planner this year, don’t skip the monthly pages.  They can be useful for you.

How do you use your monthly pages?  If you are not using your monthly pages,
how will you start using them?

 

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Planner Girl 101: What Is Planning?

Part 1 of Planner Girl 101, a series to educate, encourage, & empower. Get answers to the question What is Planning?, as well as learn about the types of planning & their benefits.

 

Hey hey!  Are you ready to get started with (or dive deeper into) with being a planner girl?

In case you missed it, I shared the start of our new series, Planner Girl 101: Informative Series to Educate, Encourage, and Empower.

With this series, I will be addressing planning from A-Z, fro tiny details to big ideas.  Along the way, encouragement and support will be given to help you reach your planner girl potential (and beyond!).

Part 1 will address:

  • What is planning?
  • Benefits of planning
  • Types of planning
  • How each type of planning can work for you

What Is Planning?

To me, planning is the act of organizing activities, goals, and other important areas in your life.  Planning is a practice that provides numerous benefits, such as time and stress management.  It also serves a purpose to the planner girl.

What is planning for?  Planning can be for anything!  Here is a short list of what a planner girl might use her planners for:

  • appointments
  • schedule
  • finances
  • goal tracking
  • health & fitness
  • spiritual
  • artistic expression
  • journal
  • scrapbook
  • meal planning
  • work
  • home
  • volunteer hours

Benefits of Planning

If there is one thing I ask you to promise me, never ever let someone else make you feel like planning is fluffy and pointless.  I am a woman who adheres to nonviolence standards but I will come and Jersey throat punch that person in the wink of an eye!  I want you to look them directly in the eye and say in a calm tone, “You, my friend, obviously have no experience with the fine world of planning.”  Then, walk away with one or more of your planners under your arm and a big ol’ smile on your face.

Now that I got that off my shoulders, let me share with you a few of the many benefits of planning.  (Feel free to quote me to those nonbelievers!)

  • stress management with reduced anxiety
  • time management
  • goal setting & tracking
  • financial perks (track when bills are due, spending habits, and more!)
  • creative expression
  • personal growth
  • hobby
  • community
  • preservation of memories

These benefits are often associated with a planner girl’s purpose.  They may not be intentional but more of a positive side effect from the joys of planning.

Types of Planning

There are several types of planning.  Some planner girls are purists and stick to only one type.  Other planner girls opt for a more eclectic approach, combining planner types in one planner or even using multiple planners.

1.  Functional

Functional planning is all about function.  It is streamlined and focused.  Not too much frou-frou.  More about getting the job done.

2.  Glam Planning

Glam is shortened from glamorous.  This type of planning is more decorative, with lots of stickers, washi tape, and different color pens.  Planner embellishment like charms and clips are often used in glam planning.  Glam planning can be a lot of fun and provide hours of entertainment (plus look really pretty when you carry the around!).

3.  Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling (bujo for short) is a type of functional planning with a unique system of layouts and tracking.  A variety of activities and goals can be tracked in one bullet journal.  Highly customizable, bullet journals often include sections with brain dumps and mind maps.

4.  Art or Junk Journal

An art or junk journal is typically maintained as a form of artistic expression, as well as the preservation of memories.  Junk journals are great for recycling and using what you have.

5.  Faith-Based

Faith-based planning may involve Bible and/or scripture journaling.  It is a method of growing deeper in one’s faith.

6.  Digital

The use of digital planners, either on a computer or via an app, is planning.  (I can’t tell you how any times a digital planner girl has told me she is not a planner girl.  Say what?!?!?  Do you plan?  With a purpose?  Then, you are a planner girl-just maybe not in a traditional sense.)

7.  Eclectic

Planner girls that like to mix it up in their planners would fall under this category.  Often owning multiple planners, they may even use these planners with more than one purpose.

 

I hope Part 1 has helped you better understand what is planning.  Are there other types of planning that you would add to this list?

Part 2 will take a closer look at specific planners within each category of planning.

In the meantime, continue to ask questions in the comment section.  I truly want to help all planner girls grow and flourish.

Oh, and I would LOVE to read YOUR definition of planning!

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Squadette Show on Facebook Live: Updates & Planner Fun!

Join our planner fun on Facebook Live in Planner Squad Facebook group. Great place to share planner hauls, goodies, & more!

 

Hey Squadettes!  Are you looking for a fun way to find out the latest and greatest in the planning world?  Want a way to connect with other planner lovers?  Interested in finding a nightly show that is dedicated to one of your favorite things in the whole world-planners?

Well, Planner Squad has come to the rescue!

Planner Squad proudly presents….(drum roll, please!) the Squadette Show!

We have now updated the Squadette Show to best meet the needs of our favorite people-Squadettes!  Read on to learn about how these new changes will be fun for all.

What Is the Squadette Show?

The Squadette Show was dreamed up by Jenn and Amy to bring our most favorite planner gals together via live streaming broadcast.  We love chatting with our Squadettes every day in our Planner Squad Facebook group.

Both Jenn and I love to watch and do live social broadcasts.  Such a fun way to connect with other planner girls!  You can often find us sharing great planner hauls, deals, and more.

We love to get to know other planner gals-newbies, wannabes, and addicts (like us).  Since we can’t all live near each other for planner meet-ups (boo!), Facebook Live is a fantastic opportunity to share, connect, and update about the planner goodies in our lives.

Squadette Show Is For You & Me!

Planner Squad wants the Squadette Show to be a place where planner girls can come together and chat about planners.  Here is a breakdown on the Squadette Show:

  • Jenn or Amy will host Friday night Squadette Shows (around 8 pm CT) to give Planner Squad and show updates, as well as to highlight featured planner shops and deals
  • All Squadette Show Facebook Lives are done in the group.  We do not permit you to share a Facebook Live that you recorded on your own page or group.
  • Squadettes are invited to host the Squadette Show other days & times!
  • Topics may include:   Share your planners.  Show us your planner hauls.  Let’s see your spreads.  Show us great deals on your planner site.

It is basically going to be a planner party all week long!  We are so pumped up to start this new adventure for Planner Squad!

If you are interested in hosting a Squadette Show, we ask that you contact Jodie to confirm your show topic.  We want to have an idea of what Squadettes are sharing-plus, help promote your show:)

If you are not comfortable in front of the camera, you can still do Facebook Live!!  You can keep the camera flipped around on the planner goodies you want to share.

The Squadette Show is such a fabulous way to get to know each other, give encouragement, and share planner love.  If you have any questions about how to do a Facebook Live, please email us at plannersquad@gmail.com and we will be happy to help.

 

 

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Ultimate List of Free Valentine’s Day Planner Printables

Check out this Ultimate List of Free Valentine’s Day Planner Printables to make your planner lovely.  Includes links to gorgeous free printables that will make your planner shine with love!

Use the Ultimate List of FREE Valentine's Day Planner Printables to make your planner lovely.

 

Love is in the air!  Get your planners ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these FREE printable planner stickers.  You will find a variety of styles, colors, and Valentine’s Day themes.

Free Valentine’s Day Printable Planner Stickers

Valentine’s Day Happy Planner Printable Sticker Sampler (MintFox Stationery)

Valentine’s Day Planner Stickers: Free Printable (Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes)

Planner Stickers for Valentine’s Day { Free Printable } (CuteDaisy)

Valentine’s Day Rustic Stickers for Planners (CuteDaisy)

Have Some Valentine Fun with Valentine’s Day Planner Printables (Scattered Squirrel)

First Valentine’s Day Freebie (Keturah Design)

2 Free Valentine’s Day Planner Sticker Printables (Planner Pickett)

Love/Valentine’s day planner stickers weekly kit –Free printable and cut file (Lovely Planner)

Free Valentine’s Day Print & Cut File (Wendaful Designs)

Freebie Friday: Printable Planner Stickers with adorable shades of pinks & hearts! (rather be reading ya)

Valentine’s Day Freebies (Miss Write)

Pretty in Pink Planner Stickers – Free Printable (Vintage Glam studio)

Heart Attack by Traci Reed + Free Planner Stickers (Traci Reed Design)

Free Printable Download – Pink Hearts Journaling Elements (Vintage Glam studio)

Printable Valentine’s Day Planner Stickers to Organize Your Week (Weigh to Maintain)

Love Kit and Free Printable Planner Stickers (Bible Journal Love)

Free Valentine’s Planner Stickers (Amber Downs)

Almost Valentine’s Day + Free Printables (Lucki Charms)

Vintage Valentine Planner Printable (Victoria Thatcher)

 Use this ultimate list of FREE Valentine's Day planner printables to make your planner lovely for the holiday.

More Planner Fun with These Free Printables

These gorgeous free printables would be great for dashboards or decorative cards in your planners.

Free Valentine Printable {Because we LOVE you!} (Webster’s Pages)

Free Glamorous Valentine’s Day Printables (bella storia)

Free Valentines Day Printables (Soho Sonnet)

Do YOU have a favorite Free Valentine’s Day Printable that’s not listed here?
Leave the link in the comments below & it will get added to this list!

Which one of these printables is your favorite?

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Free Goal Setting Printable Worksheet For Your Planner

Check out this awesome free goal setting printable worksheet for your planner. Get your free printable plus access to exclusive subscriber freebies at Planner Squad.

Who can quite believe that it’s almost mid-December? December for me screams goal setting. So, I have designed for you, yes you’ve guessed it, a Goal Setting Worksheet to help you plan and set your goals in 2017.

Setting goals….

Last year was the first year that I set some personal goals. Most of my goal setting up to that point revolved around my corporate job in Compliance. Last December, whilst on maternity leave and recovering from a C-section, I was reflecting on my life over the past few years.

At the age of 31, I was left wondering what I had achieved in life so far and what was next. I knew I wasn’t happy working my 9-5. I knew I wanted to spend more time with my children. I knew wholeheartedly that both myself and my newborn were both lucky to be in this world after an extremely complicated pregnancy and even more complicated birth. I knew it was time to change the things in life that I wasn’t happy with and so I set myself some life changing goals.

In short, my goals for 2016 were to quit my corporate 9-5 job and run my planner business from home whilst I looked after my children. Of course, those goals were broken down into many other much smaller goals, action points, and strategies which took a lot of time to plan.

There is something about writing your goals down. I personally enjoy goal setting. I love achieving the goals I’ve set. It makes me feel good about myself and is a great confidence booster. Additionally, research shows that individuals who write their goals down are more likely to achieve them.

In December 2015, I was barely half the person I once was. I was suffering from a huge amount of anxiety, low self-esteem, and little confidence in myself.  My corporate job and the workplace bullying that I had been subjected to had worn me thin. I looked at my goals every single day and worked hard to reach them. Some days, I felt like I wanted to quit but I kept pushing through.

I tell you this not for sympathy, but to inspire you, because in April 2016 I walked into my workplace with my head held high and handed them my resignation. It was the most amazing feeling to leave on my own terms and know that my life was back on track.

Set yourself some goals for 2017….

Life is so short and the days pass by so quickly! I encourage every single one of you to live life to fullest and follow your dreams. A dream is only a dream without a plan and that is why I am sharing this free Goal Setting Worksheet with you. If you have a dream, no matter how big or small, write it down and start working towards your dreams.

I have a two quotes that I live my life by now:

  • “ If you don’t build your own dreams, someone will hire you to help them build theirs” – Tony Gaskin
  • “Dream big, start small but most of all start” – author unknown

I truly believe that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Have faith, be courageous, and be true to yourself and your dreams.

SMART goal setting….

I have written here in the past about SMART Goal Setting. In fact, it was the subject of my very first Planner Squad blog post. The SMART Goal Setting principle is amazing and it will help you to set realistic goals that you can work towards achieving. The free SMART Goals Assessment booklet that I designed for the Planner Squad talks about how to set SMART goals. I recommend reading that blog post and downloading the free workbook so you can be confident in setting SMART goals.

Free Goal Setting Printable Worksheet For Your Planner

The free Goal Setting Worksheet….

As always, the free printable Goal Setting Worksheet is available in both A5 and personal size. The personal size worksheet has been designed to be printed booklet style and comes with crop marks reading for cropping down to the correct size.

Inspire and be inspired by sharing your goals below. What goals will you be sharing in 2017?

To get your FREE printable goal setting worksheet plus access to all Planner Squad exclusive subscriber freebies, click on the image below!

Get free planner printables at Planner Squad. Subscribers get awesome planner inserts, stickers, & more-like these July monthly layouts for Happy Planner.

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