I purchased the Practical Paper Co planner with the intention of using the A5 size so requested the pages come unpunched and use them with the ARC disc binding. I bought the planner a year ago and have since changed my mind so good thing I bought the 7 x 9″ page size as well just in case I changed my mind 🙂
Read more: Practical Paper Co Weekly Planner
This company doesn’t seem to be very well known but has very functional weekly spreads with my favorite being the Brooklyn Task List weekly spread.
Before the Pen
After the Pen
Never stays just black pen for very long…
The letters beside the checkboxes are my workflow for blogging:
- D = Draft
- E = Edit
- I = Images
- P = Pinterest
- R.P. = Related Posts (to update links)
I kept the details box free for anything that popped up during the week (I normally use a sticky note for this but the line spacing in this planner is close together – only 5mm whereas most planners seem to be 7mm – so I had some extra space).
Not a terribly exciting spread but I find the dashboard layouts with plenty of list space don’t warrant the use of stickers and the easiest way to color code is to just use colored pens or highlighters. So yes my spreads might seem a bit same same nowadays but that’s what’s working for me so I’m sticking with it for now.
The page size is 7″ wide x 9″ high. This is my favorite width (and height) for a planner. A5 is not quite wide enough (although this planner does come in A5 page size if you wanted it) but I don’t need the full width of an A4 piece of paper so 7″ wide is a nice in between (and thankfully the size plenty of planners come in).
This was my key for the week:
I was going to use the tick column to write the times I expected each task would take, but decided to just do a separate category for quick tasks instead. Eat that frog is for stuff I don’t want to do but need to do (like cleaning tasks, boring tasks and stuff I’ve been putting off for a long time). I try and do one per day but haven’t been lately… hence adding it’s own category.
I used the Monami highlighters – I really should use these more often as the ink doesn’t pool at the end as much as other highlighters.
When I want date dot stickers to match the highlighters I grab some Prima Planner date stickers, color in with highlighter and then the colors match 🙂 I cannot find the Prima stickers for sale anymore but this same method would work with any date stickers on white label paper (preferably matte finish as the highlighter color wipes off easily on glossy sticker paper).
I was going to add some skinny washi tape over the top of the divider lines for each day but resisted (because I couldn’t find a close enough color match with the highlighters). Another thing I considered was using the highlighters to make a border like I did with the Zebra Mildliners in the Whistle and Birch planner.
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- Monami highlighters
- Practical Paper Co Planner
- PaperMate Inkjoy Ballpoint 100 10.0M pen
- Keji whiteout tape from Officeworks
- MAMBI self inking checklist stamp
- Prima date stickers (no longer available)
Pros of this spread
- Quick and easy to setup
- The page size is just right
- No color on the spread so you can add as much as you want without worrying about the colors you use clashing with the colors of the planner
- No wasted space, just plenty of functional space
- Mix of lined and unlined writing space
- The weekends is not combined into 1 box
Cons of this spread
- Can’t think of any!
Would I use this planner again?
Yes. I like the simple layout and it’s in my favorite style: dashboard weekly in a very functional layout with just the essentials and no extra sections I wouldn’t use, or would need to tweak to suit my needs.
Past weekly spreads
- Customising the Mi Goals Weekly Planner
- Converting the Day Designer daily into a weekly planner
- Trying out the Happy Planner Dashboard Layout
- 15 habit tracker tips & ideas to try
- 15 Productive Things You Can Do In 15 Minutes or Less
- Planning on a budget: If I only had $50 to spend on planner supplies, this is what I’d buy
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