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Planner Setups for the New Year – Part 1 of 4

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and welcome back to my blog. As mentioned in the previous post, my blog has a new ‘home’ so make sure to update any old bookmarks and check out my updated posting schedule for 2016—it’s going to be an exciting year! 🙂 Speaking of New Year, anyone feeling both excited and anxious about what planner setup to use? Should you use one or more planners? What size planner? Which page layout? Which company/brand? Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!

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Color Coding – Planner Friend or Foe?

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One of the most popular planning techniques used in the planner community today is ‘color coding’. Color coding involves using a pen/marker/pencil in a specific color for a specific task, person, or area of your life. For example, I use a specific color to identify a specific project in my work planner and a specific color for each member of my immediate family–including the pets–in my personal planner. As a visual person, I find this extremely helpful because I can quickly scan a page and immediately find the information I’m looking for. Sounds great, so what’s the downside? Well, it could create a portability nightmare depending on how many colors you choose.

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Monthly Index Logs

With all the planner and page inserts available today, it’s getting more and more difficult to avoid the temptation of something new and change your setup midway–or several times!–throughout the year. I’ve fallen victim to this many times in the last couple years so I had to come up with a way to maintain something constant thru all the changes in order to avoid losing valuable information. This ‘constant’ is my one critical tool for storing vital information captured throughout the year: a monthly index.

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Using Color Coding at the Office

Back in the early ’90s, I used a Daytimer system as both my work and personal planner. It wasn’t very pretty but it was very functional in keeping track of my hectic schedule at the time. Over the last decade, I’ve split my planning system into two so there was one planner dedicated solely to work and another for everything else in my personal life. It was around this time that I discovered ‘pretty planning’ which includes one of my favorite methods for keeping track of various things in my personal life: color coding. I have one color dedicated to each member of the family, one for all the pets, red for anything important, and blue for anything work-related that might cross over to ‘off-hours’. My work planner, however, stayed as plain as it always.

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