I am a major list maker.  Not to the point of having lists of lists, but close.  The problem with that is that I seemed to make a new one every week or so without having finished the tasks on the previous week's.  I feel like I haven't been using my time wisely, so I thought maybe by using a daily planner, I could be more focused and have a greater sense of accomplishment.

There are tons of beautiful planner photos and charts and such on social media--Pinterest, Instagram, and so forth.  While they are amazing looking, I don't currently have a job outside of the home and my children aren't in a ton of activities, so I didn't really feel like I needed some super duper, high dollar, fancy thing.  But I do feel that I need to focus on using my time wisely.  I finally settled on getting a student planner to try.

I found this silver sparkly Mead planner at Target.  It was around $8.  

It has tabbed months and then weekly spaces in between.  I'm still getting used to its layout and I'm not convinced it's quite right for me, but it is helping me focus.  I've been using it for about a month now.  At first I seriously overestimated how much I could get done in a day and had a lot left undone.  Now I think I've gone too far in the other direction and am not planning enough tasks for each day.  

You'll notice in my photo above I have extra pages clipped in.  I now have pages taped into the front and back too.  I do like having it set up from July to June, like a school year, because that is how we plan things here.  I think maybe a binder system would work better for me, but I don't want to have a fortune in printing out cute pages either.    This is basically a fancy to-do list for me.

Do you use a planner?  What system/brand do you use?  What types of things do you put in it?  

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