#PlanWithMe: My Planning System

I had originally planned to start this new feature, Plan With Me, on Sunday, but I couldn’t find my planner so that made it impossible to do. However, I have since found my planner and received a few things I had ordered in the mail which will make this post much better! Also, I am an Erin Condren addict as this post will show you.

I thought I would start this feature by sharing what I am currently using to plan. I have an Erin Condren Hardbound Lifeplanner that I use for all of the blog and everyday things I have to deal with. I am using an Erin Condren Monthly Deluxe Planner for all of my goals. I am mainly using it to help with my financial goals but I will also be putting my blog and other life goals in this as well.

For the Hardbound Lifeplanner, I chose the turquoise but they have 4 colors to choose from. I had it personalized with my name. I really like this hardbound because it’s bigger than the original Lifeplanner and I have more room to write it in.

I recently started decorating my pages with stickers and washi tape. This week’s spread, I literally just put my book washi on it and didn’t feel like doing a lot of decorating. I have a sticky note that has all of the books I need/want to read over the next couple of weeks. I use the top section to keep track of my to do list as things come up. The middle section is how I keep up with what I read. I am terrible at updating Goodreads while I am reading so if I write it down, I can add the dates read when I add my review. The next section is my blog schedule. I write down my commitments and then fill it in with other ideas/reviews. I haven’t really decided what I am going to use the lines at the bottom for yet.

I decided to try a Monthly Deluxe Planner this year after I saw some pictures on Instagram of the ways people were using them. It says 2018 Goals because when I ordered it, the option I chose was for January 2018-December 2018. However, when I received it the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it went from August 2017-December 2018.

I use the monthly spread to write down all my bills on so that I can see which weeks they fall on. Both my husband and I get paid weekly so we have to plan just right which bills come out of each check and this helps us to see at a glance when things are coming up.

This page is right after the monthly spread and I haven’t quite decided what I want to do with it yet. I think I’m going to pick some goals to work on each month and use this page to keep track of the tasks that need to be done for each goal. There is also a dot grid page before each monthly spread and I’m not sure what I’m going to use it for yet either. I’ll figure it out soon though.

I love this page right here. The layout is great for putting our budget on. As you can see I’m going to put our income at the top and then the cost of each bill below that. I am going to color code by week so that I know what is coming out of each pay period. I will probably use the section on the side to list other expenses that come up as the month progresses. I really want to be able to see where we can cut some spending.

There are note pages in the back of both of these planners. Right now my plans are to use these as collections pages like a bullet journal. Some of the pages I know I am going to do include debt trackers for each credit card, savings tracker, and reading challenge trackers.

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Do you use a planner or a bullet journal? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to see yours!