Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Planning Small: How I Use My Passport Size Traveler's Notebook

When I first got into the planner scene 4 years ago, personal size was perfect for me.  Not too big, but not too small.  But then Little Dude came along, and suddenly, space in my bag was at a premium.  I needed a smaller planner for my everyday carry, and it was about that time that I discovered Seaweed Kisses on YouTube.  I fell in love with her passport size Traveler's Company Notebook in Camel.  The color of the leather was beautiful, and the size seemed just right.  So I scoured the internet for a good deal, and ordered one.  And ever since then, I've had planner peace.

In terms of size, most of the inserts for it are roughly 5 x 3 1/2 inches.  Not huge, obviously, but I'm able to keep three notebook inserts, three Foxy Fix dashboards, a pagemarker that I DIY-ed from scrap laminate, and a fold out sticker insert that I cut out of a Project Life pocket page.  Not bad for a planner isn't much larger than my hand!

My first insert is the blank monthly insert from Traveler's Company.  I don't do any in-depth planning with these pages; I only track events that are out of normal routine, like holidays, birthdays, doctor's appointments, etc.  I also add in paydays, so that I can see them at a glance when I'm working on the household budget.  I do some decorating, but nothing too crazy.  Usually just two strips of washi and a few decorative stickers.

My second insert- a blank weekly- is also from Traveler's Company.  This is where I get a little more detailed and breakdown my week.  It has 4 days on one page, and 3 days and a notes section on the opposite page.  It's just enough room for me to write down appointments, work schedules, and tasks that I want to accomplish for each day.  Sometimes I will add bigger goals that I want to accomplish by the end of the week on the notes section, sometimes I don't.  It just depends on how much is going on that week.  On very rare occasions, if it's a super-crazy week, I will add in a sticky note for a longer to-do list.

The last insert that I have is a blank notebook from Heidi Swapp.  I use this to sort and organize my sticky notes and important lists.  Yes, I know, it sounds silly to use a notebook just for holding pages of sticky notes, but it's a system that works for me.  Like I have one page for brainstorming ideas for Little Dude's first birthday.  Once his birthday is over, I can pull that out, throw it away, and add in another sticky note with my next project.

So will I be in this planner forever?  More than likely, no.  I may very well go back to my Malden in the future, but for this season of life, this works for me.