For week 10 of the 52 Planners challenge I kept it really simple. I was using my printable craft show planner to prepare for the Brisbane Planner Markets (read my review about it here), so didn’t need a ton of planning space.
Setting up the week
I was originally planning to keep the right side of the page entirely for meal planning but needed a bit more space for planning so called it ‘personal and miscellaneous’ instead.
Next, I used some days of the week stickers I made (they’re available in my sisters’ planner supplies shop), to create the daily planning space. Yes I could’ve just written the days of the week straight onto the page but I did this in week 8 of the challenge when I did meal planning (see image below) and it ended up being a bit cluttered with a lot of text on that section of the page.
Papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7mm – just can’t get enough of these pens!
My pros and cons for this layout are much the same as week 7 of the challenge when I also tried a 1 page weekly spread.
- Having just one page was handy with everything right there in front of me – I didn’t have to flick back and forth through multiple pages of plans
- Loved the rainbow colors of this spread (I just love rainbow color and planner stuff in general) 🙂
- The page was really quick and easy to set up – just stuck some washi and stickers and I was ready to plan – I didn’t have to ‘think’ about where I was going to put stickers to create a rainbow effect or have colors coordinating (I can be a little OCD when it come to creating rainbow planner spreads with stickers :p
- I liked have the 2 separate columns for work and personal life so I could simply look either to the left or the right of the page, not here there and everywhere trying to find the next task I needed to get done
- While a one page weekly layout was compact, if it was a really busy week, I’d need more space to plan
- No checkboxes for the tasks 🙁 I could’ve highlighted or lined through tasks as I completed them but I try and avoid doing this as I don’t like how it makes the page look messy
- I tend to color code by category (e.g. blogging, meal planning, shop stuff etc.) – last week I tried a spread with no color coding (which I never do) and it actually turned out alright!) So this week I tried color coding by day. I’ve come to the conclusion that I much prefer color coding by category (especially since I’ve been coding that way for quite a while that it’s become a habit). I find it so much clearer and easier to see how much I’ve planned for each category which helps to try and plan a balance, and also to see what needs to get done next. For example, usually I can just at the pink text in my planner to see what posts I have planned for the week.
Would I use this layout again?
It was very quick and easy to set up the week and I liked the simplicity, but this layout would only be ideal if you didn’t have a lot of things to plan.
This layout would be good if you are prone to over-scheduling because you have minimal space to write.
I liked the separation of business and personal life for each day, but if I was going to use this layout again I’d take out meal planning and put it on a separate page. I did this one other week using similar stickers:
The stamps in this spread are by MAMBI – they’re self inking so there’s no mess and they’re quick and easy to use! The pens are the Papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7mm
Or like I did in Week 4 using sticky notes:
Catch up on past week’s of the challenge:
- Week 1: Using a daily habit/routine tracker to plan your week
- Week 2: Planning using daily checklists
- Week 3: Plum Paper Vertical Planner – Better than the Erin Condren?
- Week 4: Minimalist planning: how to plan your week using a blank notes page and stickers
- Week 5: Planning by category and task, rather than by day
- Week 6: Planning using the Horizontal Erin Condren Life Planner
- Week 7: Pros and cons of using a 1 Page Weekly Planner
- Week 8: Weekly Planning using the Plum Paper Memory Keeper Book (52 Planners in 52 Weeks: Week 8)
- Week 9: Customising the Erin Condren hourly planner for task based planning
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