organization and time management

New Paperblanks Dot Grid Planners for Bullet Journaling

Paperblanks Introduces Special Notebooks for the Bullet Journaling Community

One of the most talked about ways of  getting organized is the bullet journal, which uses symbols and shorthand to quickly reference ideas, goals and to do lists. A bullet journal should lay flat and have a strong binding. Inspired by Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal community Paperblanks incorporated some bullet journal essential features such as a strong lay flat binding, dot grid paper, page numbers and 3 page markers for easy reference and added a few features of their own such as high quality 100 gsm paper and a specially designed stencil. Paperblanks paper handles different media such as pens, pencils, gel pens and markers with ease and the Paperblanks Bullet Journaling stencil makes it easier to use color and drawings and symbols when laying out a bullet journal.

Now you can bullet journal with the beautiful book covers and impeccable craftsmanship  that are the hallmarks of every Paperblanks Dot-Grid Planner.

 

Paperblanks Kikka Dot-Grid Planners

Paperblanks New Dot Grid Planner for Bullet Journaling

Paperblanks Bullet Journal Layout with stencil

Paperblanks Dot Grid Layout with Stencil

Product Features:

  • Hard Cover 7 x 9 Inch (18 x 23 cm)
  • 240 dot-grid pages (5 mm dot pattern)
  • Smyth-sewn binding-book opens flat.
  • Acid free sustainable forest paper
  • Elastic Closure
  • Memento pouch on the inside back cover
  • 3 Ribbon markers
  • Stencil
  • Book Edge printing

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Write a Summer Journal, Suggestions for Different Types of Journals

Summer Journal Ideas and Suggestions

Writing a Summer Journal

The long days of summer are here and to many of us summer offers an opportunity to slow down and reflect. Summers afford us time to read a book during long daylight hours and write down ideas, meaningful thoughts and moments. Summer is a great time to start a journal, write stuff down and start a journey of the mind.

The benefits of writing a journal have received a lot of attention in the last few years thanks to psychologists, researchers, business titans and religious leaders. In this blog post we will list our recommendations for the different types of journals we are most frequently asked about.

One of the most talked about ways of  getting organized is the bullet journal, which uses symbols and shorthand to quickly reference ideas, goals and to do lists. A bullet journal should lay flat and have a strong binding. Most customers pick a size of 5 x 7 inch or larger, because it can be hard to get organized in a pocket sized journal. Look for a paper quality, that handles different media such as pens, pencils, gel pens and markers well, this will make it easier to use color and drawings in addition to symbols when laying out a bullet journal. The Leuchtturm Bullet Journal, has everything you need to get started, such as an index, instructions and suggestions on proven bullet journaling techniques and hacks. The Leuchtturm Bullet Journal has two page markers for easy reference. If you are confident you have bullet journaling down to a system that works for you, but still would like some support like dot grid pages, two page markers, numbered pages and an index we recommend the Leuchtturm dot grid journal as it will save you some money. For those bullet journal writers,  that  enjoy creating their own look and layout, page numbering and index we suggest a blank A5 Paper-Oh notebook.

To evaluate and keep track of goals and life experiences over a longer period of time Paperblanks created a 5 year journal, which makes for a perfect companion for major life transitions like courtship and marriage, college, pregnancy and birth of a child and early childhood and keeping your head on straight when starting a major venture like a business.

Summertime is a great time to catch up on reading. Creating a literary log or book journal to keep track of what you have read and more importantly why a particular book was meaningful to you can be great fun. A book journal can provide a great jumping of point during discussions at a reading circle or book club. We suggest that you number the pages of your journal and create an index or choose a journal, that already provides these features like a Leuchtturm1917 journal. Our customers find great joy in picking a journal, that is inspired by a great artist like the Paperblanks Embellished Journals Series, which feature great writers and artists like Bram Stoker, L.M Montgomery and Lewis Carroll. A journal, that looks like an old manuscript out of one of the worlds great libraries like the Paperblanks Aurelia Notebooks also makes a popular choice.

Summer and travel go together. For many travel journal writers the Italian brand Moleskine will come to mind. Moleskine was marketed by identifying with the travel journals of famed travel writer Bruce Chatwin and Ernest Hemmingway.  The Moleskine Pocket Journal started a whole rebirth of elastic banded simple journals and still makes a good reliable choice for travelers, who want an unfussy and practical journal. When traveling decide if you need to be able to keep a small journal at hand and in your pants or breast pocket or travel with a decent size bag and do most of your writing at a table. For small true pocket size journals our favorite is the German brand Troika Liliput (spelled wrong on purpose) journal, it has dot grid paper,  a pen loop and even a small pen  to ensure that both pen and paper are always at hand. If you are able to sit down and write and carry your journal in a bag we recommend a slightly larger size. Paperblanks Midi Journals offer a wide range of cover designs and quality bindings in a compact 5 x 7 inch format.

In summer when we slow down we often long to reconnect with our spiritual side. Writing a journal can be a great way to connect with spiritual questions, faith and religious books either by yourself or in a group setting. There is really no wrong way to go, but most of our customers will select a lined journal with a strong and attractive binding that can be brought along in a bag. Leuchtturm1917 journals with page numbers and an index in the front and plain non distracting cover are a popular choice for a bible group journal and include stickers to mark cover and spine. Paperblanks offers journals inspired by the famous medieval Lindau Gospels and Iron and Twine, which was inspired by 18th century Christian prayer book and journals that are inspired by Buddhist art, and Islamic art for those looking to make a more specific connection between their journal and their faith.

When children return to school, their first assignment is often to write about the summer. For many children this feels like a chore. Family summer journals are created as the summer happens, collecting funny anecdotes, photo’s, clippings, drawings and more turning a chore into fun. A family journal comes out when waiting for food, a flight or ferry and when reminiscing after trips. Some tips, do not pick a journal that is too small, it is bound to get to lost and maybe hard to handle for small hands. Strong journals with blank sturdy pages work best. For smaller children the blank Stacy Walker Journals work well with bright colors and simple attractive designs. Paperblanks landscape format guest books also make a great choice with 120gsm paper they are a nice scrapbook/journal/sketchbook hybrid. Pick one of the renaissance covers to give the book a magical air.

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Customizing your Paper-Oh Journal to get Organized

Paper-Oh the wonderful modern Paper Journal creations by German book binding and paper artist Nadine Werner are ideally suited for further personalizing and customizing. This friendly Canadian at the Paper-Oh Office explains the possibilities and gets you started and organized.

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New Paperblanks Journal for Valentines

Hello Ten Design Rollerball Pen Meet the Paperblanks Lace Journal

Match made in heaven, A Paperblanks Journal and Ten Design Rollerball Pen

Love and writing go together like … a beautiful journal and a terrific Pen. Introducing Paperblanks new Lace Allure Journals: Black Lace on a Red Back Ground is called The Paperblanks Rouge Boudoir series and has a little bit of a dark side. Available in Midi 5 x 7 inch , Slim 3-1/2 x 7  inch and Mini 3-3/4 x 5-1/2 inch. We pared a Midi with a Ten Design Roller Stylus in Gold, with a Schneider Topball 850 rollerball refill fine point. This Pen won the Newsweek informal office survey of most comfortable rollerball thanks to its six sided barrel. Ten Design Rollerball Pen-Stylus is also available in silver and black.

Paperblanks Lace Allure also has a white lace on a black background design, which Paperblanks named Ivory Veil. Paperblanks Ivory Veil Journals are available in three sizes: Ultra Format 7 x 9 inch, Midi 5 x 7 inch and Mini 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2  inch

Perfect Wedding Organizer

Paperblanks Lace Allure Accordion Organizer is perfect for all the Paperwork that comes with planning a wedding

Lace Allure Guestbook is works great for a wedding

Lace Allure Guestbook is works great for a wedding

Paperblanks Lace Allure also has what we feel makes a great wedding set. A Guest book 9 x 7″ landscape format and an accordion storage box which is perfect for all the loose papers photos mementos and yes invoices and agreements that come with celebrating and organizing a wedding.

 

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Paperblanks 2016 Day-planners are in stock

2016 Paperblanks Dayplanners on the beach

Get organized with a paperblanks 2016 Planner

School has started summer is in the rear view mirror the perfect time to take a deep breath and prepare for…2016 Paperblanks, the maker of finely crafted journals and day-planners in gorgeous covers, has you well covered. Paperblanks offers 60 Day planners divided over its usual sizes; Grande 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″, Ultra 7″ x 9″, Maxi 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ Midi 5″ x7″, Mini 4′ x 5 1/2″ and its slim model which measures 3 1/2″ by 7″.

In Layouts There is the vertical weekly layout with the days in vertical columns with half hour increments Monday through Thursday on the left page and Friday through Sunday and a column for notes on the right page. This layout is ideal for professionals that use their planners to set appointments and is available in Grande and Ultra size.

Paperblanks also offers the traditional horizontal weekly format 2016 Planner with Monday through Thursday on the left and Friday and Weekend on the right allows for a more free-style use of the Day planner and has proven to be the most popular layout for Paperblanks. This lay-out is available in the Maxi, Midi, Mini and Slim size.

For those of us who need some serious room to write there is the Day-at-a-time layout with a full page to write each weekday and a split page for the weekend. Paperblanks 2016 Planners available in this layout are the Midi and the Mini size.

All 2016 Paperblanks planners have additional features that make them even more useful. Things like two page markers, to allow for quick referencing, think of it as an analog toggle, a storage pocket on the inside back cover and depending on the model an elastic band or magnetic flap closure.

Based on our customer feedback the clear layout of the monthly planner in the front of each Paperblanks Day-planner is also much appreciated. This year fabulous array of choices is complemented by six brand new covers. In short a wealth of choices to get 2016 started right.

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Writing to Remember

I am a visual learner, which means I remember things better when I write them down or see a picture. I have a feeling that many of us who love to write and sketch in notebooks are visual types.

For years I’ve kept journals in an effort to remember certain times in my life. When each of my kids was born, I started a designated journal to record all the wonderful and amazing things they did and said as they were growing up. Now that they are older, they love to hear all the funny things they did when they were very small. When they are grown, I hope their children enjoy hearing what their parents were like as little kids.

The thing about writing to preserve memories over a lifetime (or longer) is that you can’t use just any notebook. You must use an archival quality book to make sure what you’ve written is preserved for all time and won’t fade after a few years.

This is what I love about Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks. Leuchtturm has been making archival storage systems for coin and stamp collectors for nearly 100 years, so they know a lot about archiving.

Leuchtturm notebooks are designed to allow you to easily access your writings for decades to come. The pages are numbered, and there’s an index in the front of the book so you can reference any page easily. Included with the book are stickers to label the spine and cover, so you can find the correct book easily on your shelf. The archival paper will preserve your writing and sketches for generations.

For those of us who write to remember, it’s important to use the right tools so that decades later we can relive those memories that have shaped our lives.

Post by Laurie from Plannerisms.com

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Paperblanks 18-month Academic Dayplanners available now

Paperblanks Academic Planners are sure to get you organized.

2016PBAcademic planners are created for college students and teachers and they run a full 18 Months starting with the Academic year on the first of July. We have discovered through feed-back from our customers, that academic planners work great for many people not just the college student. Academic Planners are great for procrastinators; did you mean to by a planner, that started January first, but never got around to it? An academic planner will get you off to a fresh start this summer. For the frugal saver the academic planner is a great opportunity to get 18 months of organization for a price not very different from a 12 month planner. Academic planners are also the perfect gift for the new graduate. As new graduates enter the world of work, they are most likely to do so in July and being organized, while searching for or starting a new job, increases the chance of success.

Paperblanks Academic planners are offered in 3 sizes, regardless what size they all have hard covers, are smythe-sewn, which makes them strong and open flat, have two page markers for easy reference and a pocket on the inside back cover. Finish is as expected, which Paperblanks fans know means impeccable. Paperblanks paper handles roller balls, ballpoints and fountain pens well:

Paperblanks Maxi Academic Planner

First size up, the Maxi, measures 5.5″ wide by 8.25″ tall with 208 pages and is available in a vertical layout over two pages; a column for each work/school day starting at 8am and running until 8pm in half hour increments and one column for the weekend. At the bottom of each page is a handy monthly calendar with the current week indicated with a line around it. Each maxi size planner has an elastic band closure. There are 4 cover designs in the Paperblanks Maxi size to choose from.

PB29519 Paperblanks Grolier Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Grolier

PB29526 Paperblanks Foiled Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Foiled

PB29533 Paperblanks Flutterbeyes Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Flutterbyes

PB29540 Paperblanks Shiraz Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Shiraz

Paperblanks 18-Month Planner

Vertical Layout Paperblanks Maxi 18 Month Planner


Paperblanks Midi Academic Planner

Next size down in the Paperblanks Academic planners is the Midi, which measures 5″ x 7″, also has 208 pages and is available in a horizontal layout over two pages and 6 different cover designs all with elastic band closure.

 

Paperblanks Planner layout horizontal for Midi and Mini

Paperblanks Horizontal Layout for Midi and Mini

Paperblanks Ocean Song 18-Month Planner

Ocean Song Midi

Paperblanks Silver Filigree Blush Pink 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Blush Pink Midi

Paperblanks Laulima 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Laulima Midi

Paperblanks Carmine Midi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Carmine midi

Paperblanks Black Moroccan 18-Month Planner

Black Moroccan Midi

Paperblanks Fili?gree Floral Ebony 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Fiigree Midi


Paperblanks Mini Academic Planners

The smallest size in the Paperblanks Academic 18 month planners is the Mini, which measures 4″ x 5.5″ and also has 208 pages. The mini has a horizontal layout, week over two pages, same as the Midi size. The Paperblanks Mini is available in 8 cover designs, all with elastic band closure, except for the Darwin Tree of life, which has the classic Paperblanks magnetic flap closure.

Paperblanks Foiled Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Foiled Mini

Paperblanks Black Moroccan Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Black Moroccan Mini

Paperblanks Hummingbird Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Hummingbird Mini

Paperblanks Safavid Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Safavid Mini

Paperblanks Maya Blue Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Maya Blue Mini

Paperblanks Mini Blue Cats 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Blue Cats and Butterflies Mini

Paperblanks Mini Darwin 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Mini Darwin, Tree of life

Paperblanks Filigree Floral  IvoryMini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Filigree Floral Mini


Paperblanks Academic Planner -great features, that get you organized.

Regardless of the size or layout of the Paperblanks Academic planner, they all have a great deal of features, that will help you plan your (school) time better. Besides the expected world holidays, measurements, dialing codes and world time zones we really love the 6 different planning tools: Full year planner, extra room for notes, monthly Planner, weekly schedule planner, travel planner and full year calendar for 2016 and 2017. To sum up, quality, 3 different sizes, two different lay-outs and 18 cover designs, the new Paperblanks Academic planners are easy on the eyes and sure to get you better organized, whether attending college or already enrolled in the school of life.

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Full year Planner

Full Year planner

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Additional room for notes

Room for notes

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Monthly planning pages

Monthly Planner pages

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Scheduler

Class Schedule pages

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Travel Planner

Travel Planner

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Full Year Calendar for both 2016-2017

Full year Calendar for 2016 and 2017

 

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Connect to the world in 2015 with a Paperblanks planner

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It’s no secret, that at lovenotebooks.com we are big fans of Paperblanks, the thoughtful and carefully crafted journals and  planners by the Vancouver Canada based publisher Hartley and Marks. This time of year, with the long summer holiday behind us and the kids back in school;  shorter days and a change in weather reminds us, that a new year is not far off. In our warehouse we receive lots of planners and we start to think  about the possibilities a new year has to offer.  A planner is a fantastic tool for capitalizing on those opportunities, luck favors the prepared!  A 2015 Paperblanks datebook makes planning ahead easy and is a wonderful way to look back on years past.  As you fill your planner, you are creating a shorthand diary of your families life at the same time, without any extra effort.

The Silver Filigree collection is a great example of the cultural inspiration that Paperblanks uses for their covers. This design is available in a number of sizes.

The Silver Filigree collection is a great example of the cultural inspiration that Paperblanks uses for their covers. This design is available in a number of sizes.

Paperblanks Planners are pretty, tactile and well made. Paperblanks uses recycled binder boards, paper made from sustainable pulp and uses ethical practices at its factories. All planners are thread bound, which makes the binding more durable and ensures the planner will lay flat. Paperblanks is most famous for its covers, which are imprinted and embossed to look like works of art and ancient book covers, that represent our worlds cultural heritage. The year of the planner is printed on the bottom of the spine, that way it does not interfere with the beautiful cover art and when you store your Paperblanks planner away on the shelf spine out, you can see the year at a glance.

For 2015 Paperblank offers about 70 different planner styles divided over six sizes; Grande, a desk planner 8 1/4″ wide x 11 3/4″ tall, Ultra,   7″ wide x 9″ tall, Maxi, 5 1/2″ wide x 81/4″ tall, Midi 5″ wide x 7″ tall, Slim 3 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall and the Mini 4″ wide x 5 1/2″ tall.

There are three layouts: Horizontal weekly layout with the week over two pages, Vertical Layout with 8 columns over two pages, one for each day of the week and one for notes and a Daily Layout with a full page for each day.

When picking your Paperblanks planner there are a few things to keep in mind. The Grande and the Ultra Format are only available in the vertical layout and the Maxi and the Slim format only in the horizontal weekly layout. The Midi and the Mini are available in the Horizontal Weekly Layout and the Daily page a day layout. Last thing to keep in mind is whether you prefer a magnetic closure or a rubber band closure. The Slim and the Maxi size only come with rubber band closure, all other sizes offer great choices in both elastic band or magnetic band closure.

This Paperblanks Hummingbirds 2015 planner, inspired by Laurel Burch, is available in multiple siszes

We find that when picking it works best in this order:

1.Pick Layout first, because that is what you will have to live with every day.

2. Size; based on where you will use the Planner, how large you write, how much information it should hold and how you plan to carry it around

3. Pick cover design .

If you have read this blog post this far,  details matter to you. Below you will find more specs on the Paperblanks Planners and images of the various layouts and extra pages.

Paperblanks planners features that you will appreciate all year long are: Thread bound, opens flat, acid free/sustainable forest paper, hi-opaque paper lessens ink show through, memento pouch, two! ribbon place markers, lots of supplemental pages and a removable address book insert. If you are shopping for a Planner the Paperblanks 2015 planners deserve to be on your short list.

Paperblanks Vertical Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Vertical Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Horizontal Weekly Layout

Paperblanks 2015  Horizontal Weekly Layout

 

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Daily Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Daily Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Planner supplemental pages 2016 calendar

Paperblanks 2015 Planner supplemental pages 2016 calendar

Paperblanks Planner Supplemental Pages 2017 Calendar

Paperblanks Planner Supplemental Pages 2017 Calendar

Paperblanks 2015 planner supplemental pages 2015 Calendar

Paperblanks 2015 planner supplemental pages 2015 Calendar

Planner supplemental pages - yearly planning tool

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – yearly planning tool

Paperblanks 2015 Planner - World Time Zones Chart

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – World Time Zones Chart

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - Travel Planning & Birthdays & Important Dates Memo Page

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – Important Dates Memo Page

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - Monthly Calendar 2015

Paperblanks 2015 Planner  – Monthly Calendar 2015

Paperblanks  2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - International Holidays & Celebrations Summary for 2016

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – International Holidays for 2016

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - International Holidays & Celebrations Summary for 2015

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – International Holidays for 2015

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - International Dialling Codes

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – International Dialling Codes

Paperblanks 2015 12-Month Dayplanner Supplemental Pages - Extra Note Pages

Paperblanks 2015 Planner-Extra Note Pages

Paperblanks 2015 12-Month Dayplanner Supplemental Pages - Conversions Chart

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – Conversions Chart

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Top 10 reasons to use a Leuchtturm planner in 2015


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No cords, no hard-drives to backup or software updates to install, no batteries to charge. In the midst of this high-tech world, we find something wonderful about paper planners. Simply open the cover and you have access to everything you need, every time, guaranteed. As the years pass, there are no required upgrades or renewals, you can slide past planners onto a shelf or into a keepsake box and forever have access to the events and memories of all your years.
As we upgrade our phones and back-up our computers we bask in the simple beauty of putting pen to paper, with the added bonus that writing is scientifically proven to help us remember more.

German brand Leuchtturm 1917 makes outstanding planners that are high quality, versatile and a joy to own. With that being said, here is a list of the top 10 reasons why we think you should use a Leuchtturm planner in 2015, enjoy!

1. Quality. Their motto says it all, “details make all the difference”. Leuchtturm has designed their notebooks with careful consideration, from the strong cover that is easily cleaned, the thread bound binding to all of the little extras (think, a rainbow of colors, styles and stickers…yes, stickers).
2. Selection. Planners come in both daily and weekly formats and in 4 different layouts;

  • horizontal – week over two pages Monday – Wednesday on the left page, and Thursday – Sunday on the right page
  • vertical – week over two pages one vertical column for each weekday and one column for the weekend
  • verso – 7 days on the left page, full page for notes on the right page
  • daily – an entire page for each working day
2015 Leuchtturm planners, available in daily & weekly and 4 layouts; horizontal, verso, vertical and daily

2015 Leuchtturm planners, available in daily & weekly and 4 layouts; horizontal, verso, vertical and daily

 

3. Sizes. Leuchtturm offers three sizes (master, large and pocket) in both daily and weekly formats and all 4 of the layouts.

Master, large and pocket

Master, large and pocket

 

 

4. Colors. Life is colorful; your planner should be too. These planners are available in up to 16 colors.

Leuchtturm 1917 planners are available in up to 16 colors for 2015

Leuchtturm 1917 planners are available in up to 16 colors for 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Paper quality. The beautiful, muted white paper is both acid free (so your writing won’t fade years from now) and bleed free.
6. Perforated pages. Ever needed to write something down and give it to someone, but hate ruining the paper in your planner? Leuchtturm provides 8 perforated pages in the back that allow you to remove notes without damaging your planner.

8 perforated pages in the back

8 perforated pages in the back

 

7. Pagination. A unique trait of notebooks and planners by Leuchtturm is their pagination. The planner pages are marked by the week of the year, another great way to keep track of time.

Pages are marked with the corresponding week of the year

Pages are marked with the corresponding week of the year

 

8. Stickers. Provided to help you customize, organize and archive a year of activities, lists and memories. They are designed to label the spine and front cover of your planner. And who doesn’t love stickers?

Stickers for labeling the front/back and spine of the planner

Stickers for labeling the front/back and spine of the planner

 

9. Pocket. Receipts, business cards, coupons; even in this high-tech world we still manage to end up with loose paper. The sturdy folder on the inside of each planner’s back cover provides the perfect place to make sure you don’t misplace any of them.

Study pocket in the back provides the perfect storage for all the loose paper you can accumulate

Study pocket in the back provides the perfect storage for all the loose paper you can accumulate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Page marker. A ribbon page marker makes finding your week simple, plus they’re pretty.

Ribbon page marker

Ribbon page marker

 

 

 

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Alternative uses for planners

Anyone who knows me knows I love planners. I’m always thinking of ways to use planners beyond simple appointment scheduling.  Here are some ideas I’ve come up with for using planners in unconventional ways. How many more ways can you come up with?

Your planner can help you get there.  Something that I like to incorporate into my planner is goal-setting. I find it very useful to track my goals in my planner because I look at my planner several times per day, and seeing my goals often keeps them at the forefront of my mind. And beyond just writing my goals, my planner helps me see where I’m going to fit those goal tasks into my day. Whether it’s working out to achieve my fitness goals, writing a blog post to reach my personal goals, or cleaning out the storage room to fulfill my household goals, my planner gets me where I’m going.

Your planner can tell you where you’ve been.  Rather than strictly for planning, planners can also be used to record your day as a logbook, or for tracking specific aspects of your life such as a food journal, exercise diary or expenditures record. Parents enjoy writing milestones and cute things their kids said and did in their planner as a wonderful record of their kids growing up. Many people use a planner as a gratitude journal to help them appreciate each day.

Your planner can help you make money. Freelancers and contractors have to keep track of billable hours on multiple projects at once. Writing this information into a planner provides a chronological, permanent record of billable time.  I have a friend who is a professional dog walker and she uses a planner to keep track of which dogs she walks each day. At the end of each week she easily totals up billable hours for each client. This type of record can be very useful for budgeting time, and should be kept as a record of hours billed for tax purposes.

Scientific records in planners.  Many scientists use planners to record information as field notes. Separate from the detailed notes written in their field journals, planners can record chronological events in the field. Anthropologists use daily planners to record events in their study villages, which becomes very valuable later to see cause and effect. Ornithologists (professional and amateur) can note in their planners the species of birds observed each day, which helps them notice when birds migrate for the winter and return in the spring. Comparing these dates over a period of years shows patterns such as whether birds are migrating earlier or later than usual. Using a planner for field notes creates a permanent record that is portable in any field bag and never needs batteries when you’re out in the field.

Uses for past-year planners. I had a fascinating conversation with Jeroen of Love Notebooks about some of his customers who buy past-year planners. Love Notebooks has past-year planners available for purchase (click here to see) and it was fascinating to hear what people use these for. He said he often gets authors of books and screenplays who want a planner of the year their story takes place, to write the timeline and to have accurate dates of when things take place within the story.  People also use them as movie and stage props for the year the story takes place. (And you know with HD TV now, you don’t want anyone zooming in on the picture to find the planner prop is of the wrong year!)  Also, lawyers working on a case could find it useful to use a planner from the year the events took place to recreate the chronological sequence of events. It’s so interesting to think of ways to use past-year planners! Of course one option is to keep it and use it later–dates recycle every 7 years so you can keep unused planners until the year when the dates match up with the days again!

As a notebook. I know some people who like to use planners as notebooks, ignoring the dates. Some people do this with past-year planners they didn’t use and don’t want to waste, or they particularly enjoy writing on the paper. Something else to consider is that planners typically have a different number of pages than notebooks. Day-per-page planners usually have more pages than notebooks, which is good for people who write a lot and go through notebooks quickly. A 12-month weekly planner usually has fewer pages than a typical notebook, which often results in a slimmer book than can easily slip into a pocket or bag.

Do you use your planner in an unconventional way? Can you think of more uses for a planner?

Post by guest blogger, and one of the Internets foremost experts on everything planners,   Laurie,  from plannerisms.com

 

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