There’s only a little over a month remaining until we hit another new year. I am hopeful that 2014 will be better than 2013 was. I am looking forward. So is my planner. I am all set for 2014, with inserts updated and ready to go.
Back in August I bought the 2014 Day Per Page calendar inserts. Soon after I received them, I added all pertinent information such as birthdays and anniversaries, paydays, holidays, and anything else that I might have noted for 2014.
Also back in August, I bought a Thirty-one Gifts Keep-It Caddy specifically to keep and carry all of my Filofax gear. This made it much easier for me to gather my supplies when preparing for 2014 (more on my entire Thirty-one collection forthcoming).
I gathered my archive binder, my insert binder (more on this to come), my compact binder (I was using the Calipso at the time), my label maker, my 2014 inserts, and my bag of pens.
Usually I keep other planning supplies in the caddy, such as my paper cutter and scrapbooking tape.
But for the purposes of getting ready for 2014, I swapped out the supplies inside. Once I had the above supplies gathered and packed, I grabbed the caddy and headed downstairs to organize and plan while watching a movie.
Just the other day I added my January inserts to my compact (since the compact is small and can only hold so much, I rotate my monthly inserts).
My biggest beef with the day per page inserts is that Saturday and Sunday share a page.
I really don’t understand why Filofax does this. Most people—at least the ones I’ve heard from on the subject—have more to do on the weekends than they do during the week, or at the very least, the same amount of tasks. Not less. So why less space, I haven’t a clue. But that’s what it is.
Currently I’m using a mash-up of the day per page and the two pages per day so right now, I do have Saturday and Sunday on their own pages. I started out 2013 with the 2PPD and ended up with the DPP so I had both on hand. This year I didn’t want to spend the extra money on an entire extra set of inserts only to use just a handful of the pages. That would have been a waste.
To compensate I will probably put all of my weekend tasks on a sticky to-do sheet (I use Russell + Hazel’s sheets—they are the perfect size for the personal planner). In most cases, I can complete tasks on either Saturday or Sunday, so long as they get done at some point during the weekend. So that should work.
I am a little leery about the rest of it, however. You can see how much information I tend to record in a day:
There isn’t a ton of room for this on the DPP weekend sheets. We will see how it goes—if it’s too cramped, I may end up moving my food journal into a separate binder or notebook (perhaps another use for another Midori). But I’d rather not do that for the simple fact that I’d have to carry around a second notebook. But we shall see how it all plays out.
So that’s where I’m at for 2014. Thanksgiving arrives later this week (along with a possible storm). And since it’s so late this year, we will probably start decorating for Christmas early this week—we usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but for all the work we do, we want to be able to enjoy it for a full month, so this year will get an early start.
Are you ready for the New Year?
*Note: I am in no way affiliated with any of the products or companies mentioned above. All opinions are my own.