It has almost the same layout as the left page of the Plum Paper Horizontal Lined weekly planner but without the month at a glance section (which I think is a waste of planning space anyway).
Update: I use this layout for pre-planning the week. More on my proccess in this post.
This notebook is 7″ wide x 9″ high and is undated – it’s designed for memory keeping for your kids or journaling but I decided to turn it into a weekly planner instead.
Before The Pen
I was going to make stickers that fit the width of each of the columns but then I figured I’d just use header stickers – they fit the 3 boxes in the vertical Erin Condren life planner but also fit the width of the Plum Paper Planner 🙂
I went for a rainbow colored theme this week (which probably doesn’t come as a surprise!) I decided to color code by category and time. My categories were:
- Don’t forget (business)
- Don’t forget (personal)
- Must do
- Should do
- If I have time
- Meal Plan
I tried to keep business and blog stuff to the left and personal stuff to the right so that everything was neatly separated.
Note: I peeled off the stickers a little bit because the perfectionist in me wanted the stickers evening spaced in the top box. Most label paper is forgiving and you can usually lift them up a couple of times but I did it a few too many hence why the corners are a little crinkled. Note that I was using non-removable matte label paper.
End of the week..
I tried to stick to just 3 tasks per category – working with the rule of 3 idea.
Stickers used in this spread:
- Social media tracking – I left the Twitter column blank as I don’t use Twitter. I use the laptop for days I posted on the blog and the other icons are self-explanatory 🙂
- Weekly routine habit tracker. (Printable in my shop. Printed & kiss cut is in my sister’s shop)
- Healthy Habits weekly routine
- Top 3
- Weekly spending
- Don’t forget header stickers
- Meal plan stickers
- Cleaning stickers
- Personal stickers
- Must do, should do and if I have time stickers
Want to choose our own titles / categories? I have editable printable header stickers in my printables shop.
You can probably guess – the PaperMate Inkjoy Gel 0.7mm 🙂
Would I use this layout again?
I think I would!
- I liked that it was nice and simple and everything was condensed on the one page
- Categorising tasks according to priority of importance and timeframe is something I should do more often as it helped me focus on what to do first rather than getting overwhelmed
- There wasn’t a lot of room to write so it prevented me from over-scheduling
- The don’t forget section was a good idea but it only ended up being big enough for 1 task for personal and 1 task for business related – these tasks probably could have been moved to the ‘personal’ and the ‘must do’ sections instead
- Liked the white space/blank line between each category – the white space kept the layout neat and tidy
What I’d change if I used this layout again:
- I would probably swap out the spending sticker and put another top 3 sticker. I use my budget binder to track spending. I take receipts out of my wallet at the end of the week and record them so I don’t really need to record them twice using the sticker. Instead I’d replace the spending sticker with a second top 3 sticker so that I’d have one for business top 3 tasks and another for top 3 tasks for personal
- The don’t forget section was a good idea but I ended up putting tasks in this section that could have gone in the must do section
- I’d probably take out the cleaning section and just stick to using a habit tracker so it wouldn’t be ‘doubling up’
- Instead of writing out the letters for each day in the meal planning section I’d use days of the week stickers or stamps as that section ended up looking a bit cluttered
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Catch up on past weeks:
- Week 1: Using a daily habit/routine tracker to plan your week
- Week 2: Planning using daily checklists
- Week 3: Plum Paper Vertical Planner – Better than the Erin Condren?
- Week 4: Minimalist planning: how to plan your week using a blank notes page and stickers
- Week 5: Planning by category and task, rather than by day
- Week 6: Planning using the Horizontal Erin Condren Life Planner
- Week 7: Pros and cons of using a 1 Page Weekly Planner