Hello, it is Wan back again on the blog. Today, I am going to share how I designed a planner insert to track recurring tasks and also to keep tabs on future events.
With starting the new year, I have been rationalizing my planning systems, and there are two areas that have been particularly problematic for me last year. My first issue is with recurring chores and their reminders. Despite the fact that I do these chores everyday (or nearly everyday), I often end up only remembering about them too late when I don’t have prompts for them (like for example, only thinking about doing laundry at 11pm at night). However, just writing them down in my planner has not been working out well. Not only do I hate having to write the same thing down repeatedly, it is also taking up valuable space in my planner. Moreover, having recurring tasks lumped together with all the other to-dos makes tracking them difficult, and I like being able to track these tasks, especially those I don’t do everyday, because knowing when l have last done a particular task helps me decide when to do it next.
My second problem is that I do not have a good planning system in place for upcoming events that need prior action/preparation, which has resulted in me being caught out a few times. Since both these areas involve tracking of some kind, it makes sense to place them together and create a planner insert just for them. In addition, to solve the problem of having to write out the recurring tasks repetitively, I have designed the insert to be reusable.
To start, I computed the recurring tasks, so that it was easier to decide on the size of the insert (I went with personal size eventually – 3.75 inches/95 mm x 6.75 inches/171 mm). I then sketched out what I wanted on a piece of paper.
After deciding on the design of the insert, I used a personal sized dashboard as a template to trace out the size I needed on cardstock before trimming the paper down to size with my paper trimmer.
Once the paper had been cut down to size, I lightly drew in lines where the stamps would go, so that I could use them as a guide when stamping.
With that done, I was all ready to start stamping! First, I used the checkbox from Groceries to stamp in all the tracking boxes that I needed. To ensure that the boxes were as uniform as possible, I stuck a little piece of washi tape on one of the edges of my acrylic block, so that I was always lining up the same edges of the stamp with the corresponding guidelines.
Next, I added in the days of the week, in a variety of colours for a dash of fun, using the relevant stamps from Blocked Alpha.
Following that, I stamped the headings of the two separate sections in red (to ensure high visibility), using Mixed Alpha.
Finally, to finish off, I erased the guidelines and rounded the corners of the insert. I also laminated it for reusability and durability.
And just so you have an idea of what the insert looks like in use, here’s a picture of it in my planner.
So, this is it from me for today. I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that it has given you some ideas on how to use your stamps to create planner inserts that are tailored to your needs. Do remember to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, when you use Sweet stamps to create planner inserts, because we would LOVE to see them. Have a great day and happy Sweet stamping!