I’m a little crazy about planners.
In 2014, I ordered a personalized weekly planner from Plum Paper Designs. I loved how thick and smooth the paper was, but I ended up finding out I didn’t want to mess it up with scribbles or notes. That’s totally what I want my planner to include.
So for 2015, I decided to make my own weekly planner from a Moleskine. I got the idea from Kyla Roma, and customized it a bit for my own preferences.
I chose an extra large soft cover classic Moleskine. I like extra space in my planner, and the 7.5 x 10″ size seems pretty good. I also found out I hate the hard cover over the bendable soft one.
The classic size has 192 pages (so 95 full spreads). I went a little overboard planning out the pages I needed, but I think it will suit me for the entire year. The beginning of the notebook got three blank spreads for contacts, books I want to read, and movies to watch. There are three more blank spreads in the back of the book.
The monthly monthly spreads are separated throughout the planner. I have a tab on the first four months so far. I don’t think they’ll be very durable, but I like them for now.
On the monthly spreads, I broke the left page into four blocks, and the right page into three blocks, leaving an empty column on the right side for any notes, quotes, or lists. I started on Monday instead of Sunday, even though it might take some getting used to. The weekly pages all start on Monday, and my new Stendig wall calendar also has a Monday start.
Each month is followed by two blank spreads for notes or generic planning space, and then however many weekly spreads I needed for the month. On the weekly spreads, I left 5 squares (2.5 cm) free at the top for the date and any important notes, and 18 squares (9 cm) free at the bottom. There, I plan to make lists of anything relevant throughout the year. I think it will change depending on what I’m working on each week, but for now it will hold menu planning and shopping lists.
Each day is 12 squares (6 cm) wide. The left page holds Monday – Wednesday, and the right page holds Thursday – Sunday, with the weekend sharing one column split across the middle. Right now, I’m planning to use the columns in really loose chronological order, adding in deadlines and appointments loosely where they fall during the day. I plan to add notes and lists wherever they fit. I might list important things to remember at the top, and maybe blog post ideas at the bottom.
I love that it’s so casual and adaptable, and that I can change the plan each week throughout the year. I’m still not sure if I’ll see it through an entire year, but, as always, I love the plan for now.