My 2017 Planning System

January 25, 2017 Plan With Vi 2

Hi, there!

I have been a VERY BAD blogger, I know, I’m terrible. For shame! Will you believe me when I say I’m going to try to do better?!

One of my resolutions this year was to devote more time and focus on the blog, my online baby, lol. I might discuss this topic in another post, but today we’re going to talk about my planner system for 2017.

If you follow me on social media at all, you might know that I discovered the world of paper planning early last year and quickly became obsessed. I’ve gone from planning in one planner to using like three, with elements of other planning styles, too. My style is still developing and changing over time, but I’ve also found a passion for creating planner inserts and even opened an Etsy shop selling printed inserts for the Mini Happy Planner. Eventually, I want to branch out to inserts of other sizes, as well as dashboards, dividers, and covers, but for now, I’m happy with what I have.

Anyways, I thought I’d jump back into blogging by discussing my planner system, as I said, lol. Let me give you a rundown of what I’m working with, at least for the first quarter of 2017. First off, let me just say that I’ve found planner peace in the form of the disc bound system. I’m going to talk about this binding system more in another post, but suffice it to say, this is the system that works for me.

So, I divided my planner system into a Life Planner, an Online Planner, and an On-the-Go planner. I’m also incorporating elements of the Bullet Journal system, I’m trying my hand at a paper Budget Planner, as well as journaling/handlettering documentation. I’ve been working my own functional inserts into my Mini Happy Planner as well. Basically, I keep the Life, Online, Budget and BuJo bundled together in one Classic-sized Happy Planner. I have the On-the-Go, hand lettering journal, and functional inserts in my Mini Happy Planner.

Let’s take a closer look:

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My Life Planner: This planner deals with anything and everything related to my life and my family. If I have certain tasks or chores that need to get done, it goes here. Any events and such also go here. Also, even though I use my Mini for on-the-go stuff, I like to note it down here first. I then refer to this planner every morning to remind myself of my daily tasks and important events.

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My Online Planner: This planner is dedicated to all of my online projects/outlets. It’s mostly being used for my Youtube channel and my Etsy Shop. I’m trying to use it more for noting blog posts and such as well, but you and I both know how that’s been going, lol. Basically, anything that deals with the internet goes here. I haven’t been focusing too much on social media lately, but if there’s anything related to Facebook or Instagram, such as photo shoots or group admin tasks, it goes here.

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My Bullet Journal: I don’t utilize the complete BuJo system, but there were certainly various collections and aspects of it that I really loved and wanted to incorporate into my planner. I have a full flip-through of My Happy Bujo and it hasn’t changed much since then, although I do have a current Habit Tracker for the month, a new Memorable Quotes page, and a new Reading Log, which you see above.

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My Budget Planner: I’ve been budgeting using a Google spreadsheet for the longest time and it’s what has worked best for me, but I wanted to give this paper planner a try. So far, it’s not bad. I started this back in November and there are elements that work best for me, which I brought into the new year, and others that I left out. I did a full review of it on my channel, where I discuss this planner in detail.

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My On-the-Go Planner: I have completely fallen in love with the Mini Happy Planner. The size is perfect for portability and with the customization of the disc system, it’s definitely my favorite planner. Of course, I need a classic-sized planner to meet the needs of my life, but this is the planner that I carry with me wherever I go. Here, I’ve created vertical layout inserts, since this is how I’m used to planning nowadays, and that’s where I mark my daily to-do’s. I use the monthly spreads to note any and all appointments I have. I actually started using the Mini Daily inserts this week, and I’m loving them so far, so I might be switching back and forth.

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My Hand Lettering Journal: My handwriting is the worst! Another one of my resolutions this year was to get better at that. Since I wouldn’t use the horizontal inserts for anything else, I initially wanted to use them to journal in. That quickly fell by the wayside, because I’m just too busy/exhausted by the end of the day to really do much journaling. Also, I’m already using one of my monthly spreads in the Classic Happy Planner as my “Highlight of the Day” kind of journal, so I didn’t want to be redundant. So, I just turned this into a daily hand lettering practice journal. It’s been a few weeks of this now and my handwriting still sucks, but at least I’m using the inserts!

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Functional Inserts: I divided my Mini Happy Planner into a few sections, and you can see a flip-thru on my channel, so there’s a section in it for all of my functional inserts. I’ve always been a list person and over the past year, it’s kind of reinforced that making lists is my kind of style. I had to create an insert just for to-do lists and I love it. I also have one for shopping, too. The rest of the inserts in my Mini Happy Planner are dot grid or graph paper sheets, but I also keep my Savings Tracker in there, because I have quite a few things I’m saving up for this year, an Expense Tracker, and a new insert (not yet in the shop) that I use to reference sizes for my family. For a full list of my functional inserts, be sure to check out PlanWithVi on Etsy.

It’s been quite a change going from one planner to well, more than one. I’m going to reevaluate this system at the end of March, before the next quarter of the year starts, to really think about what worked for me, what didn’t, and how I want to change things for the following months. Stay tuned for that update and for more blog posts. Yay!

I hope you guys enjoyed this and thank you so much for reading!

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2 Responses to “My 2017 Planning System”

  1. Rowena

    Great post! I’m a new follower (found you on YT, followed you to IG and now your blog) and I just recently became addicted and completely obsessed with all things paper planner. My preferred planner is the Happy Planner and I’m working out of two planners right now. A mini (my on the go planner) and a classic for everything else. So far, I’m really loving it. Like you, I did bring some bullet journaling goodness to my classic planner and so far, that seems to be working as well.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how your planning goes on your blog. Good luck! 🙂

    • Vi

      Thank you so much for all your support, Rowena. I truly appreciate it. I love that we’re like-minded and use both a mini and classic HP. And as you can tell, I’m just as obsessed, lol.

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