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When One Planner Is Not Enough

Posted on May 03 2016

I hadn't used a planner in about 10 years when I got my first Limelife planner back in August of 2015. I struggled to balance school, home, work, and keeping up with my two boys and wrote about it here. Thankfully I settled into a system that worked for me rather quickly and I found that I am a purely functional gal.  

Recently, I had a particularly busy week at work and looked down at my legal pad and post-it mess and thought, there has got to be a better way. You would think since I love my spiral 7x9 Limelife Planner so much that a solution would have dawned on me sooner, but it took me a while. As an aside, someone once spelled "don don" as a substitute for "dawned on" to a group of online friends (we kept asking - Don WHO?) and I can't ever type dawned on without thinking of don don. And now you won't either.

Where was I? Yes, my solution! A5! I was worried a little about the investment and knew people outside of the planner world would be unlikely to understand why I had two planners, so I found this inexpensive binder to dip my toe into the proverbial second planner waters. I also found these binders, which are adorable. I'd love a kikki.K or Filofax one day, but for now this will do. 

I ordered monthly planner inserts (Florence style) as my base along with daily inserts in layout 2, the checklist add-on and extra notes, both lined and unlined. Since this is my all-in-one for work, and I already have an electronic calendar, the purpose is for noting large events or deadlines, taking notes, and keeping track of to-do items. Limelife paper has ruined me forever; it's so crisp and buttery I want to write on it always.

Do you like my dish?  It says "The Future is Female"  Yeah it is!

So far, I love this setup. I am left-handed, and I am so thankful to be able to take pages out and write on them. I also love that I can re-arrange a checklist page as items on it may spill over month to month. I don't need a daily sheet every day, but when I need one, boy do I NEED one.

I appreciate that the binder and pages are relatively neutral. My Mandy 7x9 planner is gorgeous, but maybe isn't the best choice for a high profile meeting. The extra notes pages can also double as stationery for thank you notes in a pinch. Now that Limelife sells A5 dashboards, I think I may need one of those, too - they'd be great for reminders up front.

Do you have two planners?  If so, what are each of them for?  Tell me I'm not alone!
This guest blog post was written by Amanda Cahill, mom, friend, and Limelife Planners supporterPlease share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

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1 comment

  • Sierra Rose: May 03, 2016

    This is why I went with an A5! I almost use it more for lists and notes than for calendaring. I got my Filofax around Thanksgiving and I think there was a pretty good sale, so keep your eyes peeled if you decide you want one.

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