How To Create And Organize Your Own Custom Designed Day Planner

I don’t buy a new day planner every year for several reasons. I can’t seem to find one that fits by daily schedule and activities or one that matches how I like to plan. I also find they are quite expensive.
Might I also add that I have an iPad and iPhone that I use as back-ups for planning. I tried just solely using the tech versions but I found I prefer using my binder, paper and pen system.
So several years ago I decided to create my own. It consists of an Avery® Mini Durable Binder, lined pages, one package of dividers for each month, plastic dividers and plastic pockets. The cost was around $20.00 by the time I bought all of the pieces. But my only cost now will be replacing the lined pages.
At the front of my planner I have a section for my to-dos. I have one page for each category such as errands, appointments, blog tasks and projects. This is also where I keep my grocery lists.
The next section is for my day plans. I write two dates per page. I also underline each date with a pencil crayon using a ruler. I use a colour coding system to help keep me organized. I use green to indicate days off, pink for weekdays, blue for important dates and purple for special celebrations.
A handy tip is to cut the corners of each day as it has passed. This makes it easy to flip immediately to the current day.
I use the plastic pouches at the back of the binder to hold things like notes, cheques, stamps and coupons. I have extra dividers at the back of the binder just in case I need to use them to make a new section.
This day planner system is perfect because it is perpetual! I can plan ahead as far as I want to. It is also an inexpensive planner design and system that helps me stay organized.
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Take Care,

Time With Thea
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  • Linda Hayes Linda Hayes on Jan 20, 2015
    Great idea. I also added a pocket in the back for anything relating to taxes.
  • 2.m3152982 2.m3152982 on Jan 07, 2016
    I like the old Avery system 2 but got a bound one this yr. You have another post that reminds me to use what planner I've got. so I'm working on getting all the information into it.
    • Time With Thea Time With Thea on Jan 09, 2016
      @2.mary.ebert That is awesome. It is all about creating a system with products that work for you> Glad this and the other post were helpful.