Planner Layout Share: October

For most of the month of October, I had been using a sort of vertical-two-days-per-page layout in a passport sized insert. This is in preparation for my plan to do a day-per-page layout for November, which is to see if I will be able to work with a Hobonichi as a planner for 2016. I was able to use October as a way to iron out my simple planning system to make it more streamlined and cohesive.

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I used slim washi tape to separate the days on each page, and stamped out three coffee cups on the bottom to track my coffee intake as per my usual. I have my general color coding at work here (using Pilot Coleto pens). This first spread is the first week, and since I started on a weird day I ended up having to split the last column for Saturday and Sunday. I wasn’t very happy with that, and decided to just dedicate a whole column for each of the weekends. If I get empty spaces at the ends of each column at the end of each day, I decorate it with stickers, more washi tape, and brush calligraphy.

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This is the first half of the second week. Things seem to be going as planned in terms of my task management style, color coding, and post-planning decorations.

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As I was doing one day per column, the weekend spread has an extra empty column after Sunday. I use this for general note taking and brain dump area. Here I also started experimenting with some cute Halloween sticky notes and page flags that I bought. I glued them directly to the page.

Here are the rest of the rest of the pages for the month. I really liked the ghost page flags a lot, but after a while I realized that they weren’t really showing much because they were the color of the page (which is maybe the point of ghosts?). I still felt pretty cluttered here, and decided to really go bare for the first two weeks of November (no decorations; no washi tape; no stamping).

I’m currently a few days into the day-per-page system without decorations, and I am enjoying it so far! I do feel the urge to fill up the remaining empty spaces after each day ends, but I am learning to accept that blank space is okay.

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