It’s DAY 6 of my planner series, and I’m talking all about the most recent addition to my planning regime. Days 4 and 5 were dedicated to an in-depth look into the Erin Condren Life Planner. For years, that was the only planner I used. While it is definitely my favorite planner, I sometimes felt that there just wasn’t enough room for my daily lists. I found myself reaching for notepads often to jot down my to dos. All my problems were solved when Erin Condren introduced the planner folio system, which includes the daily petite planner. I added this planner system to my routine in January, and I AM HOOKED!
The Folio System
This system is designed to be used with the leather bound folio, which comes in a variety of colors. You fill the folio with up to 4 petite planners that fit your lifestyle. There are so many to choose from. They offer a daily planner, monthly planner, wellness journal, meal planner, plain notebooks, journals and so much more. I like this system because it is great for on-the-go planning. The books are small enough to toss in your purse individually or you can take them all in the folio.
Daily Petite Planner
The daily petit planners are quarterly books; each one includes three months of the year. I use this planner for my day-to-day productivity. The great thing about this planner is that it is so versatile. On one side of the page, there is a designated checklist. The other side is lined and is divided into three subsections. I love that you can make this your own. I personally use the three sections as my daily habits that I try to complete in the morning, day and evening. There are many other ways to use these sections. You can label them home, work and personal, or you can designated a section to yourself, your kids, and your job. I’ve also seen people write out the hours of the day down the side and turn it into a makeshift hourly planner. Here is a picture of how I like to use my planner. A quick search on Instagram will give you tons of other ways to use this planner (#dailypetiteplanner.)
I don’t do much decorating in my daily planner. Every now and then I pop in a motivational quote sticker for inspiration, but for the most part I keep it simple. To set it up each week, all I do is put in the headers (morning, today, and evening) from Planner Kate and these checklists from Fern Creek Stickers. I then write in my daily habits, which stay the same for the entire week. Each night before bed, I fill in the my to do list for the next day. I transfer over anything that didn’t get completed that day and then add anything new tasks I need to work on. This system has done wonders for increasing my productivity. There is something about getting to check off off the tasks I complete that keeps me extra motivated!
Now you have gotten a really in-depth look into my entire planning routing. From preplanning, to planning my months and weeks, to organizing my days, this is how I keep my life in order and my stress level low. Come back tomorrow for the FINAL DAY of my planner series that will include a BIG SURPRISE! Also, if you missed any of the previous post from this week, you can find them below: