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Monday, August 25, 2014

Late release for 2015 Plannerisms planners

I heard from my publisher today that production is delayed on the 2015 Plannerisms planners. I don't have a release date yet, but was told it will be late in the year. I had hoped they would be out by now so this news is a disappointment to say the least!

There are no academic-year Plannerisms planners, only January-December ones.

As soon as I get any news on a release date I will let you know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Web Finds - 12 August 2014

Whilst Laurie is taking a break, let me just share a few 'web finds' of the planner variety with you.

I come across these whilst my system is looking for Filofax type posts and because they don't have 'rings' normally they would be 'discarded' so lets do the occasional post here with some planner related posts for you.
  1. Using Moleskine booklets in your Midori Traveler's Notebook - My Life All in One Place
  2. Molang Diary...What's in Mine and a GIVEAWAY!!! - MakeUp'N All
  3. The good and bad side of journalling - Journalling your everyday life - Mrs Brimbles
  4. Day on two pages pocket size with DotDex ^^ - My Last Eureka
  5. Monday Miscellany - In love with journals

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Plannerisms summer vacation

Hi everyone, I'm taking the rest of the summer off from Plannerisms while my kids are out of school.

Have a great summer!

Monday, July 14, 2014

WeekDate 2015 Academic planners

The WeekDate 2014-2015 Academic planners are now shipping!

Huge thanks to WeekDate for sending me this planner to review! I LOVE the color. This cover style is called "Rise And Shine" and is in Radiant Orchid, which is the Pantone Color of the Year. Gorgeous!!

There are several other cover styles and colors to choose from including black "No App For That," peach with white dots "Pop Up" and turquoise and white "What Goes Around." You can see all the cover styles on their ordering page (click here).

The planners have a sturdy coil binding, and a clear plastic cover front and back to keep your planner protected all year. The book measures 8 1/2 inches tall and almost 6 1/2 inches wide (including the spiral binding). It is super slim and extremely light (only 180 g/ 6.4 ounces!) so it can easily go everywhere with you in your bag.

The WeekDate Academic planners have a unique format which allows you to write recurring events only once, and still be able to see them every week. Then if a scheduled event changes, you change it once and you're done! No rewriting, ever! You can see exactly how it works in their excellent video here.

This planner starts the first of August 2014 and goes all the way through September 6, 2015. This academic-year format is great for students, or parents of kids in school so you can plan the entire school year in one book.

Below you can see the WeekDate Academic planner open. The weekly layout has all seven days as full size vertical columns, with a column for lists and notes. Below the weekly pages is the area where you write recurring events. When you turn the weekly pages, the area below stays visible all the time. You can write class and afterschool schedules, carpool, work meetings, household routines, and anything else you don't want to forget every week.
To the far right is a fold-out area for permanent information for quick reference. Or you can put sticky notes here for your task lists and any other temporary information you need to keep visible.

This flap folds in to mark your current week. It has a handy calendar for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Below is a closer look at the weekly format. US holidays are printed on the day spaces. You write your recurring events in the spaces below, then each day you look up and down the column to see everything you need to do each day. Genius!

In the back of the book are monthly calendars for August 2014 through September 2015, with US holidays printed in the day spaces.

Also in the back of the book is a reference calendar for all of 2014:

And a reference calendar for all of 2015:

There are also several pages for notes.

This hugely convenient format simplifies the whole scheduling situation. No more double-booking weeks ahead because you haven't recopied all your weekly events that far in the future yet. No more changing events week after week because a time or day changed. You write everything once, and you're done!

WeekDate also makes January-December planners (in a slightly different format), dry-erase wall planners, and more, click here to see their entire product selection. You can see more at www.WeekDate.com.

Thanks again to WeekDate for giving me the opportunity to review this awesome planner!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brush Dance 2015 Wall Calendars

If you're looking for a wall calendar, check out the Brush Dance wall calendars. They are absolutely gorgeous! They recently sent me two to review, the 2015 Hummingbirds calendar and 2015 Live With Intention calendar. Wow!!

Each calendar measures 12 inches square closed, so when it's open it's nice and big with loads of writing space in the day squares. Each month has a beautiful image and inspiring quote. The weeks begin on Sunday as is the most popular format in the US. Moon phases and holidays for the US, Mexico, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand are printed in the day spaces.

Below is November in the Hummingbirds calendar. The photography is absolutely spectacular! Great close-up shots of these beautiful birds. I especially love the quote this month:

Below is the June page in the Live With Intention calendar. The multimedia art is beautiful and the quotes are positive and uplifting.
In the front of the Live With Intention calendar is a page about the author Renee Locks, her experience with painting and calligraphy, and what inspires her art. Very interesting!

There are loads of themes to choose from in the Brush Dance wall calendar selection, you are sure to find one (or more!) that you love.

There are also smaller versions of their wall calendars, check out their selection.

You can find the entire range of beautiful Brush Dance calendars, weekly planners and datebooks at www.BrushDance.com.

Huge thanks again to Brush Dance for sending me these calendars to review!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Brush Dance 2015 Datebooks: New Feature

I love Brush Dance Datebooks. I have reviewed them several times, cut the pages out to put them into my binder, and generally find them to be inspirational and beautiful.

The Perennial Grace datebooks are probably my favorite because of the nature-themed art and quotes.

The datebooks are approximately A5 in size with a spiral lay-flat binding. The paper is amazing, it's super-thick so you can use your favorite pens (even fountain pens). There is a pocket to hold papers, and tabbed months throughout the book. Each monthly page has beautiful art and inspirational quotes.

There are monthly calendars and a week per page layout.

At the end of each month there are several pages for notes.

In previous years there was a tabbed section at the back of the book for addresses, but the 2015's have a Notes section instead, which I prefer because I like extra notes pages and don't need address pages in my planner.

There are 12 pages (6 leaves) of notes pages in this section. This means you can use a notes page per month, or you can use a page for each month of the next year to have a future-year planner. You can use these pages to track finances, plan birthday parties and holidays, list quick-reference information, or any way you want.

I really like this update of the Brush Dance datebooks!

Brush Dance products are available at www.brushdance.com. They have a great variety of themes for the datebooks, you are sure to find one (or several!) you love.

Many thanks to Brush Dance for sending me this beautiful datebook as a sample to review!

Monday, July 7, 2014

What I write in my planner

The short answer is, everything. I'll tell you what, if I could go back in time and talk to my 20 year old self about my current planner use, I'm sure Past Me would think Current Me was a freak. My life back then was just not complicated, and neither was my planner. But now with kids in activities, pets, a husband whose travel schedule changes all the time, and a home to maintain and run I need all the planner power I can get.

So I'll tell you what I write in my planner. It looks like a lot, and it is, which is further proof of why my planner is so indispensable to me. You might not need to write all this. Or, you might need to write different things than what I write. But hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to use your planner more effectively.

Schedule and appointments. These are the very basics of planner use. Some people use their planner only for scheduled events, but for me it's only the beginning.

Special dates and school holidays. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays all get written into my planner before I start using it. I also write in school holidays and long weekends right away so we can schedule around those. If we are planning to travel or if we are having visitors stay with us, I write those dates in asap to avoid any clashes.

Tasks, on the day or week they need done. I write tasks way in advance. For example, last year my Christmas shopping and preparations crept up on me and took me by surprise. So this year already in my weekly pages I have written reminders of when it's time to finalize gifts, reminders to buy wrapping and cards, and when to deliver gifts to people like my kids' teachers. On any given week, I have a list of things that MUST be done that week, and a list of lower-priority items. I also list my household cleaning tasks so I can check them off when they are done.

Kids' and husband's schedules and events. My kids are in loads of activities, so I write them into my weekly pages so I can avoid double-booking (because despite the fact that I take my kids to them every week, I'm still likely to forget when put on the spot to schedule an event). Also my husband has an erratic and ever-changing travel schedule, so I capture those dates as soon as I know them.

Deadlines and due dates, and reminders. I write in recurring deadlines and due dates as soon as I know them, on this year's planner and into my future year's planning pages so they don't get forgotten. I have loads of these and can't afford any of them to slip through the cracks. Some of these are annual and some are more frequent.

I write reminders for these a few weeks before they are due so I can take the appropriate action. For example I make annual doctor's appointments before they are due in case it takes a couple of weeks to get an appointment time.

Annual things I write into my planner:
  • Insurance renewals (cars, home, life, pet)
  • doctor checkups
  • chimney sweep and boiler maintenance (August)
  • changing the batteries in the smoke and CO2 detectors
  • TV tax
  • dog's annual vaccines
  • car MOT (inspection)
Semi-annual like car tax and dentist appointments twice per year.

Monthly: I still pay some bills by phone or online, so I write reminders each month on which days I have to pay the bills so I don't get charged late fees. Now we have a dog who needs wormer and flea control monthly, so I write those in too, otherwise I'm sure to forget!

Other things need renewed farther in the future like passports, drivers licenses and vaccines, so I write all those in too because I absolutely can't afford to miss those.

So you see, I use my planner at least as much for recurring and future events as I do for day to day planning.

What do you write in your planner that's different from what I write?