Organising a Personal Planner

So what goes hand in hand with your FAMILY CALENDAR?

Why a personal planner of course.

Why have a planner? You aren’t always at home, close to your calendar. There will be time out and about, at school, work, appointments, running errands when you will need to refer to your calendar. The planner also allows you to add more detail each appointment or event, including gift ideas, phone numbers, due dates or prices.

What kind of planner? For me personally I like something no bigger than A5 and fairly lightweight so that I can carry it in my handbag. It also helps if it has divided sections so that I can organise not only appointment times and dates, but to do lists, meal plans and blog schedules. All in the one place.

Where do you keep your planner? At home I keep it in our Organisation Station, right by the phone, computer and calendar. When ever I leave for the day I pop it in my handbag.

Having a planner is great but like the calendar you have to USE it EFFECTIVELY for it to work FOR YOU!

Every year I have experimented with a new planner.  This year it is my very own personalised version from  

I chose it because,

  • It’s a great size (a5) and light enough for my bag (it also comes in even smaller sizes.
  • I could personalise the contents and cover
  • Birthdays and anniversaries are personalised and printed onto the diary! Yes I am not kidding!
  • It includes space for to do lists (with a box to tick)
  • Each page has plenty of room for a whole family of appointments and meal plans AND blog schedule
  • You can lay it flat.
  • YOU CAN PERSONALISE IT!!!  I know I said it twice but that is really what sold it for me.

Personal Planner ~ Weekly View

Here is mine, but remember you can alter the layout to suit yourself!!!

Everything about it is personalised! You can personalise the cover, colour, the contents, the layout, and even add  birthdays and anniversaries.  It is also great for teachers or students and offers sections for assignment due dates. Here is how I use it…
A Close Up View

 My tips for using a planner effectively.

These are almost identical to my tips for using a CALENDAR.

1. Colour Coordinate.  Ok so maybe I am a little OCD when it comes to colour coding but this is something that has always worked for me.  Each member of the family has their own colour. Any events or activities that are for the whole fmaily also have their own colour.  This allows me to see at a glance who has what happening each day.  I use these same colours on my Calendar  as well.  Meals are written in the family colour and blog schedule in my colour.

2. Location, Location, Location.  The planner goes everywhere with me in my handbag.  This way if I need to record anything I have my planner.  It also holds my shopping list (folded up).  When at home I keep my planner in our Organisation Station.  It is near the phone, computer and where all of our bills and mails are kept.  This means as soon as any dates are confirmed they can be scheduled STRAIGHT into my planner.  If I dont do it straight awy or write it on a piece of paper for transferring later, it doesn’t happen!

3. One and Only.  Until now this has been a hard one.  But where possible I stronly support that you have only one planner.  I have had a work planner, blog schedule, meal plan and a personal planner all going at once and it is CRAZY!!!  I still have a meal plan board (for the whole family to see) but for my own reference I also have it in my planner.  I no longer need a work planner! 

4. EVERYTHING GOES IN THE PLANNER.  My planner is a space to include a more detailed entry of each appointment.   This includes medical appointments (Date, time, Dr, cost) Birthday parties (R.S.V.P number and due date, party date time place, gift ideas)  School events (due date of permission note, items required, date, time place transport specifics) EVERYTHING.  

5.  Take the time.  I take the time once a week to update my diary with what is on the calendar.  This gets everything clear in my head for the upcoming week.  I also use this time to look ahead and make plans.  Buying birthday cards or presents, making sure homework or assignments are done with plenty of time, scheduling appointments.  I find if I set the same time every week to do this task (Sunday night) I will actually do it!!!

 Can’t wait to get started?  


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  1. Michelle K says:

    Thanks for the peak inside your planner. Looks great!

  2. Great to know where that came from. Looks Perfect

  3. Lauren Kapper says:

    oh my goodness I love that planner…thanks for sharing and the handy tips 🙂

  4. Anne McCulloch says:

    I just ordered my personal planner! Going to be a long wait for it to arrive! Going to try really hard to enter everything into it.

  5. Oh I’ve been eyeing these off, great to see how they work in practise! I’ve had a different style of organiser but my eldest starts kindy this year and I might need something else….

  6. I’ve never had a planner before but with my son starting prep, I think it might be a good idea. Love the personalisation part too!

  7. Julia Mustac says:

    What a fantastic idea. I’ve found it difficult to find a diary/planner that suits all my needs. I’ll definitely be looking at this site.

  8. Nicole Miller says:

    Thanks for the post I love it and have ordered mine can’t wait for it to arrive.

  9. I have been tossing up whether to order one, but hubby was skeptical of the cost, so I’d love to win one. That way next year I can tell him how worth it buying one really is.

  10. Every year I fun myself trying something new. I have been hoping the iPhone calendar would cut it but I think I am a pen and paper gal!

  11. Definitely that it personalisable! I had one a little while back that was perfect for what I needed as I designed it myself, but I haven’t gotten another since, and I need it!

  12. S Armstrong says:

    Lots of room to write and so well set out

  13. My two favourite features of the Personal Planner is that it is so customisable so I can get exactly what I want and I also love that it is bound so that I can lay it flat or fold it back over itself. I have discovered over the years that this is an important feature for me!

  14. That’s a great planner. Thanks for sharing it!

  15. I won’t forget my medical appointments or hubby & my son. You wouldn’t believe how many we have missed .

  16. Desperate to get properly organised this year for our BUSY BUSY family!!!! This would definitely help!!!! And because it’s so pretty it would help with motivation to use it!!! 🙂

  17. I love that the Personal Planner has room for my menu plan, copious lists as well as daily appointments, AND it fits in my handbag… I think this is what I need for 2013!

  18. Kristie McK says:

    Thx for showing us yours! I love how the birthdays and special dates pop in 🙂

  19. I have different people in the house during the week caring for our 2 children while we are at work, I need everyone to be able to know what is going on in the household, this looks perfect for the job!

  20. Natalie Freeman says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I love this idea!

  21. I keep trying to get more organised (every year I start afresh!) Maybe this year will be the one! Thank you for giving us a sneak peek into your household organisation. 🙂

  22. Caroline Kelly says:

    The colour co-ordinated areas at the bottom of the page makes searching for specific information more convenient.

  23. Jody Kaden says:

    Ohh looks just like what I need to get organised this year, if I can get myself on board shouldn’t be too hard for the hubby to jump in too, should it?? Thanks for such a great blog, Jody

  24. Kaz Purtill-Wright says:

    I love that you can personalise it. That’s a brilliant idea. So many times I go looking at standard planners and there is something, content, layout etc that doesn’t suit my needs.

  25. A great planner. I like that birthdays and events can be incorporated into the format – so when you’re out & about you can be organised, buy cards, presents etc. brilliant!

  26. I can put all my appointments and also comments or anything I like and it’s in an easy to use format . I really do LOVE it!

  27. I love the ability to personalise this planner, especially being able to put in birthdays and special dates. I love the way you have used colour coding, I’m definately going to try that this year.

  28. kerry downey says:

    i love the overall organisation it would be perfect for me to organise my families finances

  29. Jodie Taylor says:

    What don’t I love about the Personal Planner? Nothing! I love everything. With 3 kids and a big house to organize this would be perfect, especially when it can be personalised for my family, because all family’s are different

  30. It’d be so lovely to have a combination planner for my husband & I. We work all the time so it’s hard to sync up what’s going on in eachother’s lives.

  31. I LOVE this idea!! I am so busy organising my family that I never have a chance to be able to organise myself. This year I’d love somehwere to put my workouts, my food diaries and things liek that so I achieve my new eyars resolutions to be around longer for my family.

  32. What a brilliant way to keep track of all the things each week entail. Knew of personal planners for business people but never really considered one for home tasks – brilliant

  33. I am such a planner junkie, but I can never seem to find the ‘right’ system because I have such specific (ok, OCD) wants from it. To be able to personalise a planner to suit me is just the most awesome thing I have ever heard of! With 4 kids, homeschool, activities, university, running a family and home – heck, I have alot to keep track of!

  34. Elizabeth says:

    A planner that is prepared for my hectic life? Perfect!

  35. This looks very organised, and would let us know everything that is happening, what we are going to eat. If only I was that organised in real life

  36. why do I love personal-planner? I never use an organiser for a full year, because I can’t find one to suit my needs..maybe until now.

    We have a super busy year with Miss M turning 4, me turning shhh 40 and Miss M starting kindy and extra activities. I menu plan, have the FB page so i need something to keep me organised and with it all in the one place – colour coded of course!

  37. Jaylene Oreo says:

    I just love the fact that I would be able to personalise it with photos of all my favourite people

  38. Because I would love to be more organised!

  39. Charlotte says:

    I love the idea of having assistance organising my life – it makes me feel like I might actually be able to stay in control to have a life raft in the form of a gorgeous paper product!

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