Thursday, February 4, 2016

Three Girls and Three Very Different Planners - a Look Inside All Three!

The three of us are all part of the same family, but if you look through our planners, you'll find them to be very different.  My daughter-in-law, Ashley, is the most creative with her planner.  My daughter, Rachel, likes hers super simple and I'm somewhere in the middle.  But let's not waste any more time - let's look inside our planners.


I used Franklin Covey compact two pages per day for years.  Then I flipped out and tried anything and everything for the next several (okay, six or so) years.  I'm not convinced Franklin Covey is my best option but it's the only thing I can get to work.  So for now, that's what I'm using.

I used the original design for the past several years but this year I went with seasons. Unfortunately, I got a little crazy and decided to use Franklin Covey in my personal Filofax.  I cut the pages down and used them in the Filofax for the month of January. But for the month of February, I'm back in my compact binder with original monthlies and seasons dailies.  Good thing I'm not OCD or the mismatched pages would drive me nuts!

Here's a look at my current set-up.

These are my ABC tabs.  I use these for contact information, reference information and occasional filing.

Sorry - this is upside down but you still get the idea.  I currently have two years of monthlies.
Even though 2015 is over, I still refer back now and then to find out when certain things happened.
 Probably by the end of February I'll remove 2015 and put it in my storage binder.
The tabs at the back hold financial information, blogging information, blank paper, etc.


Ashley recently switched to a classic size planner and is loving the extra space.  She found her current planner at the thrift store and painted on it to make it more interesting looking.  She's currently experimenting to figure out what pages and format work for her.  Most of the time she prefers a weekly format.

Custom planner by Ashley.

A beautiful cover page of her children (my grandchildren). 
Monticello Franklin Covey monthly pages.
Ashley used this hand-drawn design for a couple of weeks.  I had to cover most of the
information because I felt it was too personal to share.  
This week's format.
Ashley's dividers are custom made using newspaper articles about the Kansas City Royals World Series victory.


Rachel likes her planner as simple and clean as possible.  Her favorite format is a spiral bound vertical week-at-a-glance but lately she's been feeling the need for a daily page, too.  Her compromise was to use the Staples Arc binder.  She's been using it a few weeks and really likes it.  The binder currently has 1/2 or 3/4" discs but she's purchased 1" replacement discs for a little extra room.  Here's a look at her set-up.

Rachel added slash pockets for coupons and notes.
She's played around with several different pages and formats but ended up with this set-up.
The left side is a download from Becky at  The right
page is a free download from Day Designer.  Unfortunately the Day Designer
 page only comes in 8-1/2 x 11 so she used photoshop to convert it to classic size.
  Don't ask me how she did it - I have no idea.  But she's very happy with this page.
Another slash pocket at the back along with a few post-it notes.

And that's it.  Three girls and three very different planners.  Let us know if you have any questions or comments.


  1. Great post - I love seeing how all of you use your planners differently.

    1. It always amazes me how different we all are. I love seeing what Rachel and Ashley are doing snd how they're using their pages.

  2. Love that they are all so different. The dividers using newspaper article/photos is genius! Love them all.

    1. I know! I never would have thought of that but I thought it was really cool, too.

  3. Wonderful post! I love seeing what everyone is using.