Lists are my favorite way to plan the week but since most planners only have small list sections for each week, I opted to use my own printables this week.
Before the Pen
I went for a random mix of things:
- Mini checklists
- Mini weekly list for blog posts (MAMBI half sheet classic page size)
- Weekend to do list
- Tax deductions checklist
- Tax prep checklist from my printable tax planner
Way back in 2017, I created a printable I called the ‘anything list‘. It had 4 checkboxes – a layout that can be adapted in so many ways. That week had the quickest setup, no decorating (I used black pen for the entire thing and actually considered throwing it out and redoing my spread to be ‘prettier’). But oddly enough, that week turned out to be one of the most popular of the entire 52 planners in 52 weeks challenge.
Since then, I’ve used that anything list many times over the years and finally updated it to a rainbow version which I decided to use this week!
By the end of the week I’m usually reaching for a MAMBI half sheet or a sticky note to plan the weekend so this week I added a weekend planning page too.
I used the ARC punch for the large printable and the half sheet insert with the MAMBI punch. See this post for detailed comparison of which discbound systems are compatible.
July / August is tax prep time in Australia so I printed out my tax prep lists (from my tax planner printables) and the tax deductions checklist (which you can download for free from the library here. Existing subscribers – login here)
After The Pen
As you can probably see, I went all out using a mix if pens and highlighters to keep the rainbow theme. I tend to always reach for my Inkjoy Gel pens so made sure I used different pens this week!
Not sure if you can tell from the photo below, but I used a variety of pens.
- The pink, purple, blue, orange and red are ballpoint pens
- The green is a felt tip pen
- The yellow is actually a highlighter (the thin end of the DONG-A Soft dual tip highlighter)
- And the teal is a gel pen
Ballpoint pens are much more prone to the ink skipping and leave more of an indent on the back side of the page. Felt tip (similar to fine tip) and gel pens have more vibrant colors and the ink doesn’t skip. Hence why they cost more… However they’re more prone to ghosting and bleed through than ballpoint pens.
I used the Prima Planner mini date dot stickers (sadly I think they’ve now been discontinued). They’re good for minimalist layouts… but can easily add some color with a highlighter border. Or you could just highlight them before peeling them off and add color that way.
I started out listing to do’s then decided to cluster blog stuff and tax stuff. Then added the day / night. This is about as time structured as I tend to get. I could use a timed schedule but that can be too ‘restrictive’ hence why I just prefer to work off a to do list.
- ARC discbound notebook
- ARC punch
- Anything to do list printable from the anything lists kit in my printables shop
- Weekend planner printable from the checklists kit in my shop
- MAMBI half sheet weekly printable (also available in this kit from my printables shop)
- MAMBI classic size punch
- Park Lane Paperie rainbow stripe washi tape
- Tax deductions checklist (from the free printables library)
- Prima Planner mini date dot stickers
- Keji white out correction tape
- Grey – Stabilo point 88 fine 0.4mm
- Pink, purple, blue red and orange – Ooly ballpoint pens
- Green – Kikki k Write i precise
- Yellow – DONG-A Twinliner Soft (thin end)
Would I use this layout again?
Yes. Allocating tasks to a specific day just doesn’t work for me. I much rather work off a to do list – even better when things are categorised!
Past weekly spreads
- Whistle and Birch Rainbow Weekly Spread using the Zebra Mildliners
- Color Coding in the Blue Sky Weekly Planner
- Minimalist versus Rainbow Bullet Journal Spread in the Kikki K Grid Journal
- My Favorite Dot Grid Notebooks for Bullet Journaling
- Favorite dual tip highlighters for planning (roundup)
- How to resize a printable to fit A5 or US half letter (5.5 x 8.5) page size
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