My New 2016 Planner Set Up

You might be thinking…2016 planner set up now? It’s March 2016, why such a late start to planning? My philosophy is that it is never too late to get organized and be a better planner. When organized, you work to your fullest potential and having a personal assistant like a planner can help achieve that. Now, I personally always had some planner from my digital calendar in outlook or a simple handheld planner from places like OfficeMax. But after many years of learning more about myself and what motivates or get me excited to drive goals I decided to create a system that works for me.

I LOVE crafting! So I wanted to create a planner where I pull together fun colors and ideas into one place with stickers and quotes to get me excited each day. After getting inspired by tons of Instagram and Pinterest planner ideas, I decided it was time to treat myself to a planner that fits my style in 2016.

Back in February, I decided to order my very 1st Filofax Domino planner. I decided to order the gorgeous hot pink color that you see in the photo below. I love how smooth and durable this planner is. However, a transformation was in the making for this beauty. So let’s break down my planner set up!

Brand– I am using the Filofax Domino a5 Planner This planner has a vinyl exterior which makes it easy to clean and is also a great shield against water spills too. You may notice the cute tassel, right? I found that beauty at my local Michaels Arts and Crafts for $4.00? I think? But not over $5.00.

Size– All Filofax organizers features a six ring binder, 16 index, assorted notepaper, a ruler/page marker, to-do lists, a section for contacts and addresses and a 2016 weekly planner. The Domino measures 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.8 inches. It’s the perfect size for me because I like to write relatively large and it leaves room for me to add all of my inserts and stickers when I begin to plan out each week. In addition to that this planner fits perfectly in my tote that I carry with me on the go!

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Inside-When you open up my planner you will see a pocket folder where I keep my Project life quote cards by becky higgins. Sometimes I need a quote or staying to boost me up for the month or the day. Sometimes finding a quote that inspires me will set the tone for the day for me and how I interact with people. You may notice on the very 1st page on the right I have a quote that says “Be the Change you wish to see in the World.” I adore this quote!!

Moving on, to the top of the folder I found some cute post-its by Fiddle stick sticky notes for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby. I always like to keep these handy for quick reminders throughout my week. At the bottom, I have some cute Clip rite solid clip tabs I found at OfficeMax for 3.29 that I decided to label with my p-touch machine and embellish with my Heidi Swapp clips for $3.50. I use these for call outs to essential tasks that need my attention.

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Inserts– Even though this planner came with necessary inserts I wanted to have some colorful ones. As a result of my Etsy searches, I decided to download Madeincratadise’s beautiful predated 2-page monthly calendar for only $3.00. In addition to that, I also downloaded A5 2016 Vertical Week on 2 page printable hourly schedule with a Sunday start by Perfectly organized. I love this set up because I need to know what’s going on in my daily schedule. I tend to be a busy mom, wife, and businesswoman so having an hourly breakdown of my day works best for me.

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Tabs– To keep things organized and fun I decided to create my labeled tabs. Since the color theme of my planner is pink, gold and white I decided to use the Be Bold Be Bright foiled sheets by The Paper Studio from my local hobby lobby. The paper came in a pack with 80 foiled sheets for only $19.99.  You can trace the tabs inserts that came with the Filofax planner, cut them out and laminate the finished tab. How pretty!! Then to finish things off, I used my P-touch machine to label each tab! My sections are as follows:

  • Calendar: a Monthly overview
  • Schedule: Weekly view of what’s going on daily and by the hour.
  • Projects: Each tab includes a new project I have going on either for home or my blog. Did you know you can create projects in Microsoft Word and print them out using the A5 setting? S
  • Blog section: for ideas and overall performance
  • Social Media Section: for recording Stats
  • Supplies: for my ruler and a pocket for my washi tapes, my paper studio Celebrate life quote stickers and my 365 the happy planner stickers.

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In the back section, I keep a notepad that I found at OfficeMax. I decided that it was too boring, so I decorated the top of the notepad with my super cool foiled paper in the pink with a gold heart pattern. In LOVE!! Lastly, this Filofax has a place to store my cute pink and gold bead pen that I crafted last month. If you did not see how I created this sparkly piece of joy, then click on “How to Create A Stylish Bead Pen.”

Overall, I had a great time creating a personalized planner set up for this has kept me organized in my home, life, and spirit. I hope that you found this helpful and inspire you to be a master planner of your life and future goals. Until next time I hope that your day is filled with sparkle and shine!!

Natasha Hopkins

Natasha is very down to earth and compassionate person that lives for sharing content as it is relates to making your home life a joyous place to be. She loves sharing home decorating tips & tricks, home decor resources, and yummy recipes to enjoy with your family. Additionally she is very passionate about sharing talented writers that is just as passionate about home life, design and decor and simple living with her audience.

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