DIY Weekly Planner | Moleskine Hack



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*I’ve written an update with a few extra tweaks – you might be interested in that!

I know I’m not the only one who loves planners, lists, keeping organized, etc!  Anyone else love changing out your planners regularly, hoping to find the system?  I do! I do!  (In fact, you may remember I purchased another planner back in the Spring… and it just didn’t work for me.  I didn’t like how the monthly views were all together… kind of annoying.)

A few months ago I showed off my newly purchased Moleskine notebook on Instagram.  The master plan was to take that notebook and turn it into my own little customized planner.

I frequently try different ways to keep to-do lists.  But in early summer I noticed I was loosing track of tasks for the blog and for my consultant work (not good!).  So it was time to rethink my strategy!

My last few months at my last job, just before leaving to stay home full time, I started (can I say invented????) a way to group to-dos by category.  Instead of saying “these are the tasks I will accomplish today”, I wrote to-dos to accomplish by the week’s end.

So I modified this idea for my new home/mom life, and have been using it diligently for the last few months.  It’s high time to show it off!

This custom planner is a home schedule, master calendar, work tracker, AND a blogging calendar, all in one 🙂

First up, here’s an over view of the notebook itself.  It’s the Moleskine Classic Colored Notebook in the Large size.  It’s big enough to hold all my musings, but small enough to toss in the diaper bag.  I love the soft covers of Moleskines versus the hard covers.

The pages are covered with dots in a grid.  How awesome is that? It’s like little polkadots everywhere 🙂 And like all Moleskines, it has a strap to keep it closed, a page marker ribbon thingy, and a pocket for things in the back.  I love the quality of Moleskines!

So here’s how I have it organized!  I created my own monthly views by just drawing lines in a grid pattern.  Each box/day is an 8×8.  I’ve combined Saturday and Sunday into one day.

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I use the monthly view as a blog planner and mapping out posts. (It looks a little sparse for September, no?  Don’t worry – I took these pictures a while back!) For our own personal calendar, I still use my weekly note pad from Target, as well as iCal to sync with our phones.

After a month, I then add the corresponding week’s week at a glance view, one week per page. I draw a 2×6 grid, with 6 13×14 rectangles.  I label each box as a category.

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As the week goes on, and a to-do pops up for a category, I add it in the category box with a small check box to the left.

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When you get in close for a picture, you inevitably capture a shadow 🙂

Here are my categories I’m currently working with:

  • Home – larger “deep clean” type tasks that aren’t a part of my usual daily or weekly cleaning schedule.
  • Blog – the week’s posts, link ups to remember  and then bigger projects I hope to tackle during the week
  • Work – items that my clients have requested with deadlines
  • Errands – sometimes errands, but sometimes also appointments or play dates!
  • Church – I do A LOT of volunteer work for my church, and if I drop the ball, my volunteers I schedule don’t know what’s going on.
  • Other – any miscellaneous tasks or to-dos that don’t necessarily fall into a category above

As the week goes on, I look at my tasks and try to tackle what I see.  I love the flexibility of to-dos for the week, verses a list of tasks for the day.  I have more productive days than others, so I like not being pressured to get certain things done on certain days.

In the back of the notebook, I’ve added some page tabs labeled with a few of my categories.  This allows me space for note taking, jotting down ideas, or other schedules that are important.  For example, I’ve got my monthly deep cleaning schedule jotted down in the Home section, as well as my yearly home tasks.

And finally, in the back pocket, I’ve got stored some spare page tabs.

So there you have it!  I’m LOVING my Moleskine hack and have been using it for a few months now.

You may like a few of my other blog posts on staying organized:
Daily Schedule of a Stay at Home Mom
Daily & Weekly Cleaning Schedule

If you’re interested in seeing other Moleskine hacks out there or other planner inspiration, check out my Pinterest board on the topic:

http://www.pinterest.com/ktcupoftea/printables-planners-lists/

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8 comments

  1. handzonmom says:

    I so need to spend some time on that board! I need to get myself organized. With hubby’s weird/odd civilian and army schedules, ballet for my daughter, and homeschooling my son… I am hyperventilating thinking about it…

  2. Jennifer aka Hint Mama says:

    Love your system:) I’m a fan of using traditional planners too – I use the Papyrus little weekly planners so I have a view of what I need to do for the week as well (and at my day job, I create my own weekly to-do list on a traditional notepad).

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea Blog says:

      Thank you! The Day Job is where DIY planners/to do lists were invented, I think! I struggled adapting pre-done planners to fit what I needed. So I started doing the category system, like you, on just a standard legal pad! But, shoot, half the fun is experimenting with different organization ideas 🙂

  3. kerisnyder2014 says:

    Love this! I am always switching planners to find one that works! I thought I liked one but it had the monthly views all together like you said and it stresses me out! This is a great idea!

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