Planning the Planner

It is that time of year again when many people unintentionally gain pounds by drinking all the coffee in order to get that much-coveted planner.  Ha! I am a planner girl myself but I usually D-I-Y my planners. Because there are less than six weeks before the new year comes, I figured I should have a planner strategy. Talk about planning all the planning!

I now have a plan for my 2018 planners. I will have 5 planners for 2018.  I know what you are thinking. I am overdoing it. ( In Tagalog, OA na! LOL) So let me explain why I will have 5.

The Visual Journal

Since I no longer print my photos, I have no more new photo albums. This is how I keep my memories. I started this this year and I love it. It is easy for me to look back at the memories for the year.  So, I am doing the same journal this year. I have this Midori Travel Journal as a gift from a friend and I can just buy the inserts if I use them up. I have extra inserts so I am good for 2018.

The Task Journal

This year, I am using this planner from Myanmar. It is quite a novelty because this was a token from a trip. It has photos of Bogyoke Aung San (Aung San Suu Kyi’s father). Hehehe!

I got another Midori planner as a present so I will be using this for my to-dos in 2018.  This insert has grid lines on one side.

The Personal Journal

I have had this journal since 2008. This is a Moleskine that I covered with washi tape. It was meant to be my diary/journal at first. It has doodles and clippings of anything that reminds me of a moment. Through the years, this journal has become my refuge. Writing is one of the ways I talk to God. It has mostly my prayers to God in letters.

Idea Notebook

I write painting, writing and business ideas in this notebook. It is really a simple unlined notebook I got from a department store. In this notebook, I also list down the materials I need to buy for my paintings and other wishlists I have for the blog and other interests.

Reflection Journal

This was a corporate giveaway from my cousin that I did not use last year.  The dates without the year were already printed which makes it easy for me to use in any year. I will use this to write some short reflections for the day. I will try to incorporate into my routine to write something before I sleep.

I think I am all set.  I still have my washi tapes. My friends know that I am into this stuff. They have been my enablers.

Hmmm. I think I need to find nice colorful pens. I have brush pens and colored pencils. I need colorful fine ballpoints. When I get those, I am set. Or maybe I need some rubber stamps, too.

We’ll see. 😉

My DIY Planner

This is a graphical representation of how much it will cost for someone to get that popular Starbucks planner. (c/o myManila)

I do not think I would be able to drink my coffee well knowing that I would spend that much for a planner. (Kuripot!!) I am relieved knowing I did not gain all those calories. I am inclined to order the fancy-looking drinks with whipped cream. (Whew!)

This was my planner in college. We used to call this a filofax.

It had refillable inserts with tabs. While I abused this in college by plotting my exam schedules and various course deadlines, I never used this after graduation.

When I was still working, I used this planner (one of the  company giveaways). It was straightforward with dates and lists. What I liked about this one was that it could be laid flat and I could see the entire week. Downside, space was limited. I am a doodler.

If I had the budget, I would have opted for a Moleskine Daily Planner. It is quite thick with a page for each day.

I already saw a planner within my budget but by the time I was ready to buy, it sold out.  I made my own planner instead.


Yes, you are looking at a math notebook. There are grid lines in each page which makes it easier for me to draw lines. Below is my January calendar.

The next pages are for notes and daily to-dos. I have enough space for notes and doodles.

This planner reflects my taste because I love math. (Pag sure uy!) 😀 Added bonus, the grid line helps me create symmetric drawings. I found inspiration from graphic designer, Isabel Gatuslao. When she designed her wrapping paper, she used graphing paper to draw her initial design.  Who knows what creative ideas I might craft in this planner of mine? (Wishful thinking!)

I am now ready for 2012!


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