For week 51 of the 52 Planners in 52 Weeks challenge, I was short of time. I had a ton of things to get done before going on a 2 week holiday. So rather than attempting to allocate tasks to certain days which never works for me – I always end up doing the tasks out of order when I feel like doing them or depending on how much time I have available. So I opted to just work off a to do list. Given Christmas was just around the corner I used the to do list printable from my Christmas Planner.
Setting up the Week
I specifically chose this to do list design so I could add an estimated / goal completion date for each task – that way it’d help me prioritise what to do first.
To add a bit of color to the page, as I completed tasks I used red and green highlighters. I used the Zebra Midliner red highlighter. I’m not really sure what all the fuss is about with the Midliners – I don’t think they’re anything flash. There’s plenty of cheaper highlighter brands out there. And if you are stuck on the Midliners, Daiso have a cheap knock off that looks eerily similar – pack of 5 for $2.80 which work just as well!
I used the ARC system which I highly recommend!
In addition to the to do list, I printed out the weekly blog planner from my blog planner printables kit. Overall a quick and simple setup this week!
I printed and punched the pages and added them to my Arc notebook (the MAMBI discbound system is similar and cheaper if you want to give it a go)
I originally used black pen and was going to leave it at that…. but decided it was too boring so added some color using highlighters!
- Red = Zebra Midliner
- Green = Stabilo Boss
- Yellow = Bix Brite liner grip
- Orange = Artline dual tip
- Pink (retractable) = Woolworths
- Aqua = Faber Castle
- Purple = Note works dual tip permanent marker (from the Reject shop)
The cute pineapple paper clip is from kmart.
The planner addict pen is from my sister’s planner supplies shop, Carefully Crafted.
Pros of planning using printables
- Can print over and over again
- Run out of space? Just print another sheet
- Can print as many copies as you need so you don’t have to lug around an entire year if you don’t want to
- Quick – just print and plan, no need for stickers etc.
Cons of planning using printables
- There was notes space to record events or other random happenings
- Can’t use if your printer runs out of ink!
Would I plan the week like this again?
Yes. I’ve used to do lists like this many times in the past (before I started posting my weekly spreads on the blog) and it’s always worked well. For me, it’s always been my fallback ‘weekly planning’ method – the thing to make sure I don’t do is put so many tasks that it’s unrealistic / overwhelming.
A to do list like this is a good method for pre-planning the week, but I still prefer weekly spreads that have habit trackers and notes space.
Catch up on past week’s of the challenge:
- Week 25: Using the Erin Condren Teacher Planner for weekly planner
- Week 36 (part 2): Trying out the Day Designer Daily Planner by Whitney English (Review)
- Week 44: Planning the week using stamps (MAMBI, Carpe Diem & Creative Devotion)
- Week 49: Using the Create Your Own Planner
More planning posts
- 7 Planner supplies I don’t regret splurging on
- How to make lined note paper DIY planner insert refills in Photoshop (quick and easy step by step tutorial)
- Highlighters vs. Highlighter Pencils: Are they worth the cost?
- What type of pens write best on correction tape? (gel pens vs. ballpoint vs. marker pens)