Welcome to another Planner Girls Collective post. I’ve decided to move this over here from my old blog (A Life Lived In Words) as I am working to combine the two. I love this week’s topic which is ‘My Monthly View’. One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear, especially from new planner girls is ‘how do you use your monthly view’? Hopefully the collective can come together and offer some ideas to help you out if this is something that you have been struggling with! I also think it is going to answer another common question – ‘how do you forward plan without decorating ahead?’ So, let’s get on and check out how I use my monthly view.
Forward Planning With My Monthly View
When I have appointments or events planned a few months in advance I either pencil them in or use little sticky notes and page flags to mark them. I have learned not to pen them in place as I now re-date my monthly view so that the week begins on a Monday!
My Month at a Glance
I decorate my Monthly View during the last week of the previous month so that I have an ‘at a glance’ look at the month ahead. It will already have all of my post it notes in place from my forward planning, so my first step is to re-date the page – I cannot cope with the week starting on a Sunday! So I buy monthly kits that start on a Monday and re-date my monthly view to reflect this! Next I will transfer in all of those dates that I have from forward planning. Finally I mark in all of the bills that are due for the coming month. Here are a few examples of my monthly view (some private appointments are blurred).
Using That Side-Bar
One thing I have always found wasn’t getting used was the Side Bar on the monthly view. Since I use mine as an at a glance for the month, I did not have many ‘notes’ to go there. However, the lovely Michelle @ UglyBugPlans mentioned how she would use her Side Bar for monthly bills and I gave it a go. As you can see it is now a permanent feature. I use it as a checklist – once the bill is paid I mark it off!
So, that is my monthly view in a nutshell, don’t forget to check in with the rest of the Planner Girls Collective to see how they are using their monthly views!