*Happy Squeal* Planners are SO fun! But only if you have a system that works for you. There are so many, and I mean SO many extremely cute planners available. I’ve tried ’em all, but none worked for me like I needed them to. Whether they were too bulky, just not very cute, or the wrong size, I was unable to find the perfect fit for me. Enter the PDCD Planner. I’m a graphic designer for goodness sake, why did it take me so long to design my own planner? I would like to think it’s because I didn’t have a system in place that helped me feel organized enough to think to create it… My head is spinning. Anyhow, I’m going to show you how I created the perfect system for me using the Pretty Darn Cute Planner available for purchase in the shop.
Pick A Binder, Any Binder
First things first, I have an infatuation with office supplies. I have binders for days, and no use for them. Which is precisely why I designed my Calendar to fit perfectly in a regular sized binder. So your first step is to find the perfect binder. Cough, Target, cough. My top two choices are both from Target. The first, pink with gold polka dots is the one I use most. The second option is Five Star and has the ability to flip one side under the other like a notebook, pretty neat 🙂 You’ve likely seen these if you follow me on instagram. I often post pictures of my adventure’s at Target.
Next, accessorize! My favorite finds are these Martha Stewart plastic dividers. You can actually write on them with pencil or pen and erase it, but I used some stickers that peel off super easily. All of the products pictured below are from Staples, except for the fun pencils. Those are from Anthropologie, and can be found here.
A 3 hole punch to keep handy in the event you have paperwork to hold onto that you’d like to place in your planner. The aforementioned dividers also have pockets for smaller items and things you do not wish to hole punch. A zipper pouch is helpful for receipts, post it notes, paperclips, pens etc. Another thing I love are these colorful monthly divider tabs that fit within the section dividers perfectly. I giggled a little when I found these, it reminded me of a blog post I wrote a few years ago on MomAndWife.com about creating my own planner. I loved that one too, so fun. This is the beauty of assembling your very own planner, you can make it work for you.
My sections are:
- Calendar (Where I place my PDCD Calendar)
- The Girls (Lists, Playdate info, School Stuff for my Daughters)
- To Do (My MANY lists all in one place)
- Work (Ideas, Reminders, Inspiration, etc.)
- Food Diary (Where I keep track of how many times I eat Chipotle per week – kidding, kinda.).
You can purchase the digital copy of the Pretty Darn Cute Planner and choose to print it however you like, or you can purchase one of the few hard copies I have left which is printed on separate pages so you can insert the weekly view within your month. The monthly divider tabs keep everything separate and you can start your calendar whenever you like because it is blank and ready to go. The monthly divider tabs can be arranged to place your current month in front as well.
Because being organized helps your life run smoothly it’s important you make it something fun you look forward to! My Sister and I have what we call “Planner Parties”, we go purchase tons of cute stickers for holidays, fun pens and accessories, a little wine and go to town while jammin’ to our iPods on shuffle. Intermittent dance parties occur and our planners look something like a scrapbook when we’re finished. I like to keep my previous year Calendar so I can transfer important dates easily and try not to forget anniversaries, birthdays and so on. Have fun and enjoy!