The Milligram Family Planner has a unique layout – a cross between a horizontal and a categories layout so I was keen to try it out!
See this post for my review of the planner.
Before the Pen
The planner has different colors for each month. The color schemes are very gender neutral and dark shades… which I’m not really a fan of. So I opted for the prettiest month in purple. Since this was actually the month of August and I was using the planner in May, I added some stickers to cover up the dates.
Dot stickers can be used for so many things – color coding, flagging important tasks, lists etc. One thing I’d yet to use them for was date dot stickers. I do have date dot stickers that I made, but those are rainbow and this time I wanted the same color for all of the dates. I opted to just grab a white pen and write on them instead of cutting an entire sheet of stickers I may not use.
If there’s text I want to cover up, I gravitate towards glitter washi tape as it’s not as thin / see through as most washi tape.
After the Pen
I originally intended to color code by section:
- Green = work
- Blue = Travel planning
- Gold = Shop & blog stuff
- Purple = Most important task / must do
But I kind of just ended up putting stuff wherever – still worked fine!
For blogging, I added a thin extra column with workflow tasks, and crossed out the prep stuff I’d already done before the week started. I.e. I may take photos of a planner and record the review video for YouTube, but then it may not get posted until a month (… or a few months) later.
- D = blog post drafted
- E = edited
- I = Images
- V = Video
- P = Pinned to Pinterest (after the post has been published here on the blog)
- Milligram A5 weekly planner (see my review here)
- Glitter washi tape
- Pilot Pop’lol white gel pen
- Dot stickers that I made (which my sister sells in her shop)
- Daiso glitter gel pens
- To do header stickers
I wouldn’t recommend the Daiso glitter gel pens I used. I know they’re cheap so don’t expect great quality but these are more prone to smudging that other cheap glitter gel pens.
Pros of the Milligram Planner
- The pages really do lay completely flat (probably the best lay flat for a stitched notebook that I’ve come across!)
- Good page size
- I like the mix of blank, lined and categorised planning space
Cons of the Milligram Planner
- Not a fan of the color scheme. Apart from the purple theme I used, the rest of the colors are dull
- The line spacing is smaller than most planners
Would I use this planner again?
Yes. I like this layout, but may stick some lined list paper (e.g. from a notepad) or sticky notes over the last 2 columns, or just write as if the divider line between the last 2 columns don’t exist. The boxes are good for categorising things but they do take up a lot of space.
Past weekly spreads
- Resizing printables to A5 page size for a rainbow weekly spread in my ARC
- Weekly planning using Microsoft Excel
- Using Erin Condren size planner stickers in the Mini Happy Planner
- 7 Planner supplies I don’t regret splurging on
- Simple method for organized brain dumping of blog post ideas using a notebook and zooms
- Favorite washi tape for planning, planner decorating & color coding
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