Downsizing my work planner!

I had been thinking about this for a while, and didn't want to rush into anything since I rely on my planners so much. The last thing I needed was to choose to hastily and possibly make a planner size swap even more chaotic than usual! I suspect once you cross the brink of chaos, there is no further differentiation between a little chaos and maximum chaos.

But it's official now, and so the binder migration and downsizing
chaosprocess has begun. At this stage, it feels a lot like living out of two suitcases. Sometimes I need to get my hands on something, so first thought is "which one is it in right now" followed by "I know it's in there somewhere!"

It's actually rather fun and all worth it because I really like the new smaller setup - it's the Franklin (Covey) Planner Compact size. I must say it's a magical size. The sheets are 4.25" x 6.75" which is very similar to the Personal Filofax size, although are each wider by half an inch. I really like the extra page space this gives you when your binder is open.

Since the pockets and compartments inside the Compact are smaller, several of the things I had previously stuffed inside last work binder don't fit as nicely.  There's some folding, yamming, and stuffing going on. As well as questioning if it's really necessary for that thing to be yammed and crammed there. The Magic 8-Ball shaker-thingie keeps coming up with the answer YES MOST DEFINITELY and I can't fight that because I didn't know what to do with said item in the first place and that is exactly how it ended up in that pocket. But I am not ready to deal with that yet and so the hoarding continues. The great "in theory" advice you always hear about getting rid of things before you move was clearly made up by someone who has never moved.

The system should remain much the same as my faithful work system.

I do intend to do another update post and a few snaps when the process is further along.

For the remainder of this year, I have hand-drawn some weekly pages in the vertical format, much like my hacked format in the last work binder. I like to do this before making or buying new sheets because it gives me time to sort out what really works for me - format, placement, spacing, etc.

I am also using two sheets per day (also handwritten for now) for prioritizing my work day instead of just the spiral notebook because I am currently working from home and not zipping all over an office throughout the day. Since it's up to me right now to manage my own priorities and tasks, the daily sheets with appointment times is helping me focus on how I am spending my time all day long. I've purchased a 2-pages-per-day from Franklin Planner for 2018. The spiral is still in use much like before for voice-mails and the other things that come up during a day. I still prefer using the spiral for certain things like that - it works well with my memory.

Thank you for reading! :)


  1. Thank you for sharing. I am also looking at my work binder, which is getting too big. I also have start getting things out, and filling lost. Nice to read I am not alone :).

  2. Hi, Maria! Thank you for your comment! It is a lot of work isn't it, lol. I think it's funny I decided to downsize after many months of making a zillion lists in my previous work planner. I hope you're able to enjoy the rest of your downsizing and wish you a successful transition! :)

  3. Congratulations. I’m sure you will enjoy the weight-loss. 😊 please show us pictures when you’re ready. I loved your work planner set up in the previous size. I am eager to see how it pans out in the smaller size. I use the personal size too because these days I’m having to carry my planner with me all the time.

  4. Thank you so much! I loved the previous setup, too. I am so happy to hear your personal size is still working out for you, it's so reassuring to have a happy planner. :)