This Smythson Bond Street Organiser was a splurge, but the more I use it the more I love it. It’s leather is more beautiful than any of the handbags I own, and the fuchsia pink is somehow daring and restrained at the same time. So I thought I’d show you how I’ve been using it.
- Notes: I use this as a catch-all for my daily notes, and as a phone calls log. I have simple graph paper from Rakuten for this.
- To Do: I like the idea of GTD, so I use separate lists for Home, On Computer, Blog, To Buy. Actually, when I flip through this section it gets a bit depressing seeing all the things I have to do!
- Calendar: I have a month on two pages calendar from Debden. I like it because it has a column called Weekly Priorities down the side. I also use an undated Week Plus Notes insert from Rakuten. It’s has a feint graph background so I can customise it to suit my needs.
- Information: I use this as my reference section. Here I record all the information I can’t rely on my memory to keep track of. There’s now quite a few pages here, so I’m thinking of using the Smythson A-Z tabs so I can retrieve things quickly.
- Finance: Here I want to add my Bill Planner in personal size. Apoligies, I haven’t got round to reformatting it yet!
I don’t decorate my pages much but I have been using skinny washi in pink on my weekly pages to coordinate with the binder. And I love Deco Rush tape– it’s perfect for small planner pages. Thank you to Mits T for introducing me to this wonderful Japanese invention!
As the gilt-edged Smythson notes pages are £10 each I decided to improvise with gold skinny washi tape around the edges of my pages. It’s not the same, but it does match the gold rings:
I customised the weekly pages with columns labelled Appointments, To Do Today, Cash Book, and To Do This Week. As this paper has a feint graph pattern, this is easy to do.
Also on my weekly view I have this daily checklist that I modified from the kikki.K Weekly Good Habits pad. As I use an erasable pen, I can reuse the same page each week. The top half is for daily routines and the bottom is for weekly chores.
I have heard that some people use a ‘dollar per wear’ rule with clothes. Perhaps it’s the same with a planner. Even at one dollar per day, my Smythson will have paid for itself in less than a year!
- The heart that truly loves never forgets. If you ever doubted that handbags and stationery could be seductive, watch this video and be amazed!
- Using A-Z tabs as a filing index, on Giftie Etcetera and Philofaxy.
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