Jan 16, 2014

Personalized Planner.

I am SO ridiculously excited about this post.  Like, can't convey it into words excited.

I made my own planner.


Sorry.  I'll try to calm down enough to get through this post.

If you know me, you know I have a slight addiction to planners.  I buy one, use it for a couple of months, then get bored because it's not exactly everything I need it to be, so I go buy another.  Currently, I was carrying around a calendar/planner, a binder for 28th and Hudson orders and a notebook with blog ideas.  It was getting ridiculous.  No one needs to carry around THREE different books to keep up with their life.

One night, I was perusing Pinterest, when I came across a post that literally made me sit up straight.

"Make your own blog planner." This post was a place for a full time blogger to buy a personalized planner.  Post schedule, checklists, pages to keep up with how much money their blog was making them a month.  A lightbulb went off.

Make. My. Own. Planner.  BRILLIANT.

First, I made a list of everything I wanted in a planner.  Big spots to write, a place to plan dinners, spaces for contacts, places for notes and doodles.  Most importantly, I wanted a place that combined my social calendar (I use the term "social" loosely....let's get real.  Other than Avery's monthly playdates, I have no social life), my blog pages and things for my 28th and Hudson business.

Then, I got to work.  I laid the pages out, I added pictures, I added color, I added backgrounds.  Finally, I printed.

After printing 90 (yep.  NINETY) pages, front and back on 28 lb. premium paper (recommended by my local printing experts), I took the entire thing to my Staples store and had them bind it together.  The result quite literally has me giddy with joy (I'm telling you.  The highlight of my life is my very own personalized planner.  I may need an intervention.).

I'm telling you.  I'm in heaven.  My very own planner that is unlike anything else anyone is carrying.  *sigh*  Big spots for each day's activities.  A spot on each day to plan dinner and to write what I need to do to prep for the next night's meal (i.e.  defrost hamburger, get out crockpot).  A place for notes and a "quote of the week."  Pages to write down blog post ideas and checklists to make sure I've posted to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest when I'm done.  Pages to keep up with painting orders....all in one place.  Lists for costs of each painting item.

It has EVERYTHING I've ever wanted in a planner.,

And I haven't even told you the best part.

The entire thing cost me $7.66.

I could die happy right now.


Candice Wilkinson said...

I love this!! I actually have three planners on the go. (Blogging, homeschooling and medical) I need to make my own custom one!! Great idea. What program did you use to make it?

Devan Gaddie said...

I just used Microsoft Publisher and played around with layouts until I found something I was happy with. Good luck!! And thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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