Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Use Plannerisms planners Weekly pages


The Plannerisms planner's weekly pages are very flexible to use any way you like. You can even use them differently week after week. It’s easy to customize the page to fit your needs.  Here are some suggestions for use:

Use the column on the left before Monday to list your daily goals, then check them off in the day spaces as you complete them. This way you don’t have to write “Exercise” or “Take vitamins” every day.  The checkmarks are a great visual indicator of whether you are meeting your daily goals. The goals written in the column are a daily prompt to remind you of what you want to accomplish each day.
When you record your completed daily goals, you don't have to take up an entire line for each thing. You can just write a checkmark to indicate you have completed that goal for the day. It helps to color-code and correspond the check to the goals. This works well for tracking your water or fruit/ veg intake too.

Alternatively, you can write the names of your family members in the left column, then in the daily columns you can write each person’s activities for each day so you know who is where and when.

Another option is to divide the daily columns into Appointments/ Tasks/ Reminders, or Work/ Home/ Personal, or anything else you like.
In the daily columns, write in appointment times and circle or highlight them to stand out. Write in tasks to do that day.  Arrow over undone tasks to the next day. Too many arrows means you are procrastinating!

Use the bottom of the daily columns for menu planning, daily totals, or any other notes for that day.


The space below the daily columns can be used in endless ways.  Here are some ideas:

Use the space below the days for To Do lists. It helps to categorize lists. You can write a list of Things That Must Get Done This Week and another list of Non-Urgent Tasks. You can categorize your lists into Work/ Home/ School/ Family. Or, you can create lists by project. Experiment to see what works best for you.

This open space is also a great place to capture phone numbers, notes and reminders that otherwise would get scribbled on a scrap of paper and lost.

What I love about the weekly pages is they are so adaptable, I can use them any way I need to! And the flexible format easily adapts to my needs even when they change week to week.

I've had great feedback from customers on how they are using their Plannerisms planners. Customers have told me they are using their Plannerisms planners as a teacher's lesson planner, as a household maintenance and chores tracker for the whole family, as a goals workbook, in conjunction with their Filofax, and more!  Click here to see different ways people use this flexible format!

22 comments:

  1. To do list - order Plannerisms planner!

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    1. Yay! Let me know what you think of it when you get it!

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  2. The adaptability of this planner makes it so much more usable. For example, I love the ideas of the Woman's Success Planner but much of it would be wasted space as many of the printed lists are unnecessary for me. I will use your planner similar to your last photo, with appointments and reminders at the top of columns, daily to do list below, tracking of various items on bottom line. The space to the left of columns will be to do this week and the space at the bottom for notes such as phone call tracking or order confirmation numbers. This is essentially what I do now--but your planner adds a way to incorporate goals!! Those have, sadly, not been getting transferred over from another list.

    I have been offline, but Wednesday I had a voicemail from Collin Debden that the planner I ordered (apparently thanks to a glitch) will ship after they receive stock next week. Yay!

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    1. Yeah that glitch was me jumping the gun. When they sent me the ordering link, I thought it was ready to roll. But they just meant for me to check it. I placed a couple of orders myself! But they will get their inventory next week and then the planners will ship! Hooray!

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  3. If Carlsberg made planners.... they would make this one...

    Carlsberg possibly the best lager.... in the world.

    A lot of other planner/organiser manufacturers could learn a lot from the approach you have taken Laurie... showing people and giving them some initial ideas on how it was intended to be used makes a lot of sense to me.... why don't more of them do this??????

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  4. Fantastic job, Laurie. The flexibility is what makes this so usable. I love that you're not trying to impose a rigid 'system' on people. This deserves to do very well indeed.

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  5. I'm dying here! Can't wait until the US order link is up. :)

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  6. Okay, Laurie, you're killing me here!
    I want to order one SO BAD!
    Do you know how soon the order link will be active? Also, do you know an approximate cost on shipping?
    PM

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  7. Ooops, shipping to the US, that is=)

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  8. Thanks everyone!

    The planners are in transit to Collins UK right now, and as soon as they receive them next week they will let me know when the website is ready to take orders. I will post a big announcement when they are ready to order!

    Cost will be the equivalent of $19.99 USD. Shipping to the US will be the equivalent of $11, which at first I thought was high until I realized I've spent more than $8 in the past to ship a planner just within the US, so that's actually not bad for international shipping.

    Thanks for all your excellent feedback everyone!

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  9. Great tips, Laurie. I especially like the one about tracking your goals with checkmarks. That's a great idea and I'm going to start doing it.

    Thanks.

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  10. Laurie,
    On your introduction to your planners, you said you could fit a Moleskine cashier in the back pocket of this planner.
    Would you be willing to take a photo of that, both with the planner opened to the cashier and closed? I'd like to see how snug it fits together.
    Sure can't wait to get the order link up and going=)
    PM

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    1. Hi PM, I don't have a Moleskine cahier, but I do have a Moleskine Volant notebook which is a little thicker but still fits nicely in the back of the planner so I know a thinner cahier would fit no problem. You can see how I fit the volant into the planner from 6:30 in this video I did:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHD_LDpvaig&feature=plcp

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  12. Fantastic Laurie - really fab. I will be doing an article on my blog about them. So much thought has gone into them by a foremost expert on planners (you) who also listened to peoples' wishes and needs (Filofax should take note). I will be ordering one as soon as they arrive in the UK. Like you, I am crazy about purple!

    Particularly love the soothing blue-cream-grey colour combo on the pages. Much better than stark white and black and still easy to read.

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    1. Thanks Janet!

      I'm extremely happy to report that the Collins UK site is ready to take orders!

      http://www.collinsdebden.co.uk/Diaries/2013-Personal-and-Fashion-Diaries/NEW-Plannerisms-Going-Places-Planners/Plannerisms-2013-Going-Places-Planner-HP-4400/

      And I agree, the cream and blue pages are very soothing to look at and easy on the eyes.

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  13. Oh My gosh! I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog today! I am looking for something to replace my Planner Pad. I have been very disappointed with their customer service recently regarding a return and I'm just all around bummed about the whole thing! I LOVED their concept, but I refuse to buy another one after the rude email exchange. I was looking for something "like planner pads" and found your blog. Are these planners you are writing about YOUR OWN business?!?! I love to support small business! Where are they available to buy! Thanks again for your blog!

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    1. Thanks Tiffany!

      The Plannerisms planners are my design, printed and sold by Collins. You can buy them on the Collins UK website for deliver to the US, UK and Europe:

      http://www.collinsdebden.co.uk/Diaries/2013-Personal-and-Fashion-Diaries/NEW-Plannerisms-Going-Places-Planners/Plannerisms-2013-Going-Places-Planner-HP-4400/

      People in Australia can buy them on the Collins Australia website, and people in Singapore can buy them in bookstores. Here is my post with all the ordering links and details, and I will add the details to this post too:

      http://www.plannerisms.com/2012/12/plannerisms-planners-now-ready-to-order.html

      I've had lots of great feedback from customers about how they love the innovative format, the super-smooth paper and the soft-feel cover.

      http://www.plannerisms.com/2012/12/plannerisms-planner-customer.html

      I'm really happy with how they turned out and I can hardly wait to start using mine next week!!

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  14. Hi Laurie,
    Collins UK is out of black plannerisms. How could I get one in that coloir?
    Thanking you in advance.
    Andrew

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    1. Hi Andrew, email me at Laurie at Plannerisms dot com and I will put you in touch with the team at the publisher in Singapore, you can order directly from them. Thanks for your interest!

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