10 Unique Ways You May Love Using Your Planner

Lady T is sharing more great tips and ideas to inspire you for using your planners in new ways.  Make sure to grab your free planner inserts at the end of the post!

Discover these 10 unique ways you may love using your planner. Also, grab your FREE printable blog planner kit with stickers & inserts!

10 Unique Ways You May Love Using Your Planner

1.  Track your Mood

Tracking your mood daily.  With a simple emoticon, like a happy face, sad face, grumpy face, pissy face.  So, when your family says “You’ve been crabby lately,” you can flip open your planner, point out those happy faces, and reply, “Nope, I don’t thiiiiiiink so!”

 

2.  Gratitude 

I fail here a lot.  It’s not that I’m not thankful, but I need to be more disciplined in taking note of it. Go back over your past weeks and find what you were thankful for. Set a reminder for the next week ahead to send a card, email, or call someone just to thank them. It will go a long way for both of you.

 

3.  Health & Symptoms

I have Hashimotos and complicated migraines.  I can tell when my levels are off,  just by glancing in my planner.  Track your meds and symptoms. No, this has nothing to do with tracking my mood…grumble…see happy faces in my planner…(sticking out tongue).

 

4.  Volunteer Work & Donations

Everyone can help a little more. You’ve been meaning to…well, write it dow! Plan it. If you plan it, you will do it.  I have a monthly plan to donate things around the house.  I need to continually downsize and it’s a perfect time to share clothes, appliances, and toys not being used.

 

5.  Memories

Go back and note memories of the day in empty spaces in your planner. Those little tid bits that made you smile. This turns your planner into more than a planner.  It’s like a brief history of life’s little journeys. So, when your child asks, “Can we get a kitten?” and you reply, “I’m allergic, we can’t be in the same house.” and they reply back, “That’s ok you can sleep outside.” Yeah…priceless.

 

6.  Yard, Garden, & Indoor Plants

Time to spray? Water? Yep, it’s all in my planner! My cactus truly believed it lived in a desert until I started to water regularly.

 

7.  Household maintenance 

We know you schedule your cleaning and laundry, but how about changing air filters, washing outside windows, air-conditioning/heater maintenance, and cleaning out those house vents?  You can actually save your families lives by scheduling to clean your dryer vents and to change fire alarm batteries to help to prevent potential fires.

 

8.  Crafts 

I could collect Pinterest pictures until the cows come home but I’m on craft picture overload. I list the projects I plan to do, the materials required, and check them off the list. Typically, I will use the sidebar in my planner for this if I only plan one project for the week.  Yeah right!  Insert more sidebars here;)

 

9.  No Spend Goals

Do you find yourself a collector of crafting supplies, an Amazon junkie or a Target $1 bin dumpster diver? Me too. I have a huge tendency to overspend. Putting spend limits in my planner or no spend weekly goals in my calendar helps me keep some control.  Except when buying stickers from Planner Squad…it’s ok to get stickers from Planner Squad…I’m just saying…some things just shouldn’t be banned…

 

10.  Blog Stats, Posts, & Social Media

Are you a blogger, a pinner, or a socialite spinner? Use your planner for Blog stats,  Blog Posts, and Social media posts!  I have started using my Blog Planner Insert—designed especially for my planner for blog tracking.  It’s a tad easier if you track it in your planner or better yet if you try the Blog Planner Inserts  because there is more room for writing and tracking your posts.

The Blog Planner Insert set comes with adorable tracking stickers and a dashboard, too! You can punch and add them anywhere you want into your planner.

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Discover 10 unique ways you may love using your planner. Plus, grab these free blog planner inserts and stickers.

 

Thanks for dropping in and again. This is LadyT, for Planner Squad. Let us know what you think Squadettes. Will this free blog planner kit help you?

 

 

 

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How To Use a Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

Planner Squad loves to have our Squadettes share how they are using their planners.  It can be extremely helpful to discover how other planner girls creatively use their planners for function and fun.

Mayghan shares how her Happy Planner has helped her deal with some mental health and physical concerns.  Discover how she is using her planner to journal for therapy.  We greatly appreciate her willingness to allow us a sneak peak at her life and how planning has been a tremendous benefit to her overall well-being.

 

You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.

 

I have to preface this post by saying that I have never done a blog post, but I shall do my best. I apologize for how personal this post may be compared to the ones that you normally read about all things planner related. But, this journal template came about due to a personal situation, so I thought it best to give it it’s due.

Due to some crazy life experiences, I attended some therapy sessions this past summer. I’ve lived in Fort McMurray, Alberta since 2012, and was evacuated with 88,000 other people this summer during “The Beast” of a wildfire that swept through our city. The company I work for encouraged every Fort McMurray employee to go to therapy if they needed it, and they would cover 4 sessions.

I still didn’t know if my home was standing or not (it turned out to be fine, there wasn’t even any smoke damage).  Also, I’ve had a chronic pain issue (pelvic floor injury) for 9 years and residual issues from an unprovoked bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism on Christmas of 2014.  I figured it would be a good time to “check under the hood” so to speak. 

 

Find out how you can use customized inserts in your Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

Using My Happy Planner to Journal for Therapy

The first thing the therapist wanted me to do was to begin keeping a journal. She wanted to track my:

  • Emotional State
  • Mental State
  • Physical Activity
  • Pain Levels

I love the IDEA of journaling l for therapy but have never been able to make the habit stick.

I went back to my boss’s house (where I was staying during the evacuation) and sat down and thought. I had just recently purchased my first Mambi Happy Planner and was loving it, and I had seen templates online. But, nothing seemed to fit what I was looking for. 

So, I decided to make one for myself. I turned it into a nice little 8-page booklet using 2 8 ½” x 11” pieces of paper, printed them on both sides, and folded them in half. I even made a cover page, so I could keep track of which week it belonged to. And after I used my Mambi hole punch, it easily slipped into place in my planner.

 

Check out how to use a Happy Planner to journal for therapy.

 

I think I really surprised the therapist the next week when I returned. But, she loved it and encouraged me to continue the way that I was going.

My goal is that once I have several months worth of entries, I will take each category and put it into a spreadsheet to see the pattern. (If there is any interest in learning more about how to do this, let us know in the comments below!)

My activity and stress levels always increase my pain, so it will be interesting to see how that correlates on a graph. It will also be interesting to see how my emotional state corresponds with it. 

 

Learn about using a customized insert to journal for therapy in your Happy Planner by Mambi.

 

What made this more fun for me is that I have had several people love it, but asked me to tweak it to suit their needs. One friend of mine asked me to remove the Pain section and replace it with a Meals of the Day section. It’s so easy to change the titles to whatever you want to track. 

For the first time in my life, I’m actually consistently using a journal. I don’t feel pressure to write paragraph upon paragraph anymore. Just a few quick sentences and I’m good until the next day! 

You can download this as a pdf if you wish, but it’s probably best to download it in a word file so you can change the titles to something that works for you. If you don’t like the emotion labels that I put in, change them! 

Don’t like the colour? Easy to change! I just chose purple because it’s my favourite colour. 

 

You can use customized inserts to help you journal for therapy in your Happy Planner.

 

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How would you benefit from using a journal for therapy?  

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Why Every Tomboy Needs A Planner

Find out why every tomboy needs a planner! Planners don't have to be girly or cute. Includes an awesome FREE printable pack of Tomboy-themed planner resources!

Planner Squad is happy to share this contribution from Lady T, an artist and graphic design specialist.  Find out why Lady T believes every tomboy needs a planner and check out these awesome free planner printables.


Hi! I am honored to share some insight with you today.  A planner is the perfect addition to every female’s life even if she can be found at a local bar, watching Monday Night Football with her brothers.

But, planners are dumb, right? It’s just a glorified diary, isn’t it? Only girly girls keep a diary! As a girl who likes to live life on the fly, forgets everything including her own

As a girl who likes to live life on the fly, forgets everything including her own birthday, and barely has time to slide mules on her UN-manicured feet while flying out the door…how can a planner help her?

Why Every Tomboy Needs A Planner

1. Planners come in fun designs to fit HER personality.

First, let’s start with the fact that there are so many planners out there! There is bound to be one that will fit the Tomboy personality. No PINK  and FLOWERS here, please!  Thanks to the

Thanks to the ever-growing planner craze, planners are available in so many patterns, colors, sizes and shapes. One type of planner will surely appeal to our tree climbing hero. Even Wonder Woman wears lipstick!

If you do not like the covers on your planners, make one yourself and change it. Yes, you can do that!

There are not enough Tomboy and masculine-themed Planner stickers out there. To remedy that situation, you will find a free Tomboy Hero printable pack that includes a planner sticker set and a new cover.

Just print the covers, place them back to back, laminate, trim and punch for your specific planner. This free Tomboy Hero printable pack works for a variety of planner types and sizes. More information is included with the set for printing options.

2. You can deck your planner out with stickers!

Remember the days of decorating your locker, three ring binder, and textbooks? Decorating my planner takes me back to my middle school days. I put hundreds of stickers on the cover! I would then take a marker and trace around them several thousand times. Oh and doodling! The Tomboy can do all of that if she wishes! Nothing like stepping back in time to childhood and making the planner process fun and inviting to use. Go crazy let your inner Garbage Pail Kid out! There is no wrong or right way to decorate your planner. It’s not a diary per se-more like a detailed journey of your life or a time capsule, if you will.

3.  Secretly you have been dying to get control of your life.

One day, this Tomboy even beat up a male classmate who was picking on her brother. Though she became more “girly” in college, buying makeup, jewelry, and an occasional dress (where is that anyway?), she grew up and continually tried to put organizational practices in place to no avail.

That was until she came upon a planner that had places for notes, birthdays, a week view, a month view, and structure. It was editable, it was fun, and it was supported by a community of amazing and passionate people—where life could be shared one sticker at a time.

Set aside ten minutes a day to use your planner.  In a busy Tomboy’s life, this small amount of time will help you learn to organize a little bit better and a little bit smarter.

How do I know using a planner can help you if you are a Tomboy? Because I am a one and I can’t live without it! Try it!

Check out these awesome Tomboy-themed resources for your planner!

Don’t miss these awesome FREE printable Tomboy resources for your planner!

Click on HERE or on the image above to check out these printable Tomboy planner resources.  Lady T provides instructions on how to size these printables to meet your needs.  You will find printable covers for Erin Condren and Happy Planner, as well as free printable planner stickers.  Subscribe to Planner Squad for exclusive access to these resources and all our freebies!


Find out more about Lady T!

Lady TPowers of Dunans, ( LadyT) is a college graduate with a Degree in Graphic Design as well as a self-taught artist of Cherokee and Irish descent. Born in the Chicagoland area―titled by land ownership in Scotland, she took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. Throughout her childhood, she developed an appreciation for her majestic surroundings. “I would often sit in trees for hours with pencils and pad, or sit in a meadow with watercolor and canvas.”  Years of artistic expression made it clear that LadyT’s life would be centered upon her passion for art.  After high school;  where she participated in three years of extensive extracurricular graphic-design programs, she attended Graphic Art College where she got her degree and discovered more advanced graphics, illustration, writing and printmaking.

Much of her work is influenced with her native descent, however, this artist is extremely versatile in that she can accomplish most styles that she puts her hand to. A rare talent or a serious case of ADD or both! She has self-proclaimed herself a Bohemian artist.

Lady T is a professional artist full-time while dealing with disabilities. These disabilities are unfortunately many and consist of a brain Aneurysm,  IH, Fibromialgia, Complicated Migraines, Venous Angioma, Apnea, Asthma, Thyroid (Hashimotos) with two lumps, short term memory loss, vision and hearing loss, Arthritis, Double Carpel Tunnel, Tennis Elbow and the list goes on. She had a shunt placed in her spine over a three years ago to relieve the swelling in her brain to assist in relieving pressure placed on the eyes, ears and brain itself.  She was in danger of losing her eye sight permanently.  Why does she share this with you?  Because though she has under gone extensive medical and mental issues she daily finds new ways to cope and stay positive. She says she attributes this to the amazing people she surrounds herself with and the internal desire to make each day a new beginning.

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Planner Girl 101: What is the Best Planner for You?

 

Are you wondering what the best planner for you may be? Looking to find out more about the planning world or just love reading about your favorite hobby? Check out our Planner Girl 101 series! In this segment, find out more about different types of planners and how to pick the best one for you.

Hey hey!  I hope this Planner Girl 101 series has helped you gain a better understanding of what planning can do for you.  Planning can be such a beneficial practice for all areas of your life.

So far in our Planner Girl 101 series, we have explored:

Next stop on our planner girl train is determining what is the best planner for you!  All aboard!  WooHoo!

Important Considerations for Finding the Best Planner

  1.  Revisit Planner Squad’s What is Planning? post. Look at each type of planning.  Is there one type that resonates with you?  That really sticks out and interests you?
  2. How much time do you realistically have?  Like it or not, some types of planning require a lot more time than others.
  3. What is your planning budget?  There are some absolutely stunning planners out there!  Plus, so many gorgeous colors, styles, and brands!  Don’t forget when considering the best planner for you that you will want accessories-budget those goodies in, too!
  4. How will you be using your planner(s)?  What is the proposed purpose of the planner?  This step can be helpful but I will caution that I have bought planners with one purpose in mind, only to change how I use after a bit of use.  Nonetheless, this consideration is important when looking to find the best planner.
  5. What is your personality type?  How you function and take in information can be a huge impact on what type of planner will work best for you!  I will be touching upon this topic very soon and would love your help in a research project!  (Stay tuned for details!)

Take time to seriously consider all of these suggestions.  As awesomely fun as planning is, it can get expensive and a tad overwhelming.

Once you have narrowed down what type of planner girl you may be (and it is okay to dabble in a few!), you will want to learn all that you can about the different planners available in each category.

Again, please do not let yourself get overwhelmed and jump ship before even starting!  Planning is so worth it!  Hang in there!  With a little help from my friends (Squadettes!), here is a list of popular planners for each type of planning:)

Most Popular Planners for Each Type of Planning

Functional Planners

Bullet Journals are super popular for functional planning.  In fact, they are so popular that I created its own category (see below).

Traveler’s Notebooks are also great for a functional planner.

Webster's Pages Color Crush Faux Leather Travelers' Planner - 5.75Webster’s Pages Color Crush Faux Leather Travelers’ Planner – 5.75Midori Traveler's Notebook Journal Passport Size - BrownMidori Traveler’s Notebook Journal Passport Size – BrownPASSION Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Travelers Journals Diary geniune leather notebook diary notepad notebook handmade Traveler's Notebook travels (12*21cm)PASSION Vintage Handmade Refillable Leather Travelers Journals Diary geniune leather notebook diary notepad notebook handmade Traveler’s Notebook travels (12*21cm)

 

 

Glam Planners


Create 365 Happy Planner - Botanical Garden
Create 365 Happy Planner – Botanical Garden
NEW! Create 365 Happy Planner Planner Box Kit - Best YearNEW! Create 365 Happy Planner Planner Box Kit – Best YearNEW! Create 365 The Happy Planner - Classic 12 Month - Get FitNEW! Create 365 The Happy Planner – Classic 12 Month – Get FitErin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner-Floral InkErin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner-Floral InkErin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Blossom- Midnight Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 06)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Blossom- Midnight Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 06)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Midcentury Circles-Colorful Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 12)Erin Condren 12 Month 2017 Lifeplanner, Midcentury Circles-Colorful Hourly, Neutral Interior (AMA-12M 2017 12)

Bullet Journals

Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook - Dotted Pages - BlackLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Dotted Pages – BlackLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Plain Pages, Emerald ColorLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Plain Pages, Emerald ColorLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Notebook, Squared Pages, NavyLeuchtturm1917 Medium Size A5 Notebook, Squared Pages, NavyMoleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Plain, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook, Large, Dotted, Underwater Blue, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25)Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook, Large, Dotted, Underwater Blue, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25)

 

Art/Junk Journals

Canson Montval All Media Journal - All Media JournalCanson Montval All Media Journal – All Media JournalRanger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-InchRanger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-InchPentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8Pentalic Art Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch Book, 8Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 PagesStrathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 Pages

 

Faith Journals

NEW! Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter KitNEW! Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Starter KitBella Blvd Illustrated Faith Book - Basics - PraiseBella Blvd Illustrated Faith Book – Basics – Praise

 

Digital Planners

I am not a digital planner girl but know quite a few friends who swear by it.  They recommend Cozi and Asana.  Jenn has started to use Asana to keep us organized for Planner Squad and gives it rave reviews.   I Heart Planners has a great review of The Very Best Digital Planning Apps.

 

Based on the above information and resources (and your own experiences),
which planner would work best for you?

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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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