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The Importance of Planners / Calendars

I deeply believe that life is about relationships- our relationship with God, our family, our friends, and our community. We have a lot of opportunities to form relationships but it takes time to grow and deepen relationships. How in the world do we find time in invest in the relationships that matter most? We intentionally plan it into our life: We make the effort, to call up that friend and schedule a coffee date or a play date. We move a few events around to make a hole in our calendar so we can finally have a date night with our spouse. We set aside a few hours to go serve at the church. All of these require good intentions AND a planner/calendar. This is why planners are so important to me. I can’t make good on my intentions if I don’t have a way to keep track of what I’m doing when.

Maybe there was a time when life was simpler. But now, in addition to the people in our immediate family, we each have several separate communities of people we also interact with: the church, the homeschool co-op or PTA, our extended family, the soccer team… I don’t know about you, but without a good planner, I can’t keep up with all of this. To make it even more complicated, my kids are starting to have their own soccer teams, clubs, and activities. However, with a custom made planner, I find I CAN keep it all straight and even enjoy the time I spend with others.

I Love Paper

Digital planners are great, but NOTHING compares to paper. Once I eliminated the tension between the two, I found that I could both embrace digital planning tools and still relish the pretty paper… the way it feels so tangible and organic in my hand, the surge of euphoria when I get to check something off with red ink, the can’t-forget-that effect of a bright yellow highlighter circle around my next appointment, the emotional connection I get from writing out my thoughts and sketching doodles in the margins… ah, paper!  However, this is 2018.

There’s no reason to use a paper planner that’s not specifically tailored to your life.

Your life is unique- you have specific activities you do and a schedule that only you keep. In fact, if you’re like me, you probably have a different schedule for different seasons of the year. Your planner should be flexible and should change to fit your changing needs.

That’s why I create planners that are fully editable in Microsoft Word. As long as you own the software, you can change anything and everything in the document. Of course, they’re beautiful and ready to print as soon as you download them, but if you want, you could change the colors, swap out the art or add in a favorite bible verse. You could type “church” to every Sunday morning, or block out soccer practice.

I’ve been designing digital planners since 1996 and I’m addicted to having my planner fit my exact needs. I think you will be too. This may be the last planner you ever buy! So, now that I’ve convinced you, here’s the best way to build your Ridge Light Ranch planner: Start here with step 1 and I’ll lead you through the process.

Let’s Create your Perfect Planner in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Pick your planner size.
  2. Pick your weekly planner.
  3. Pick your monthly planner.
  4. Add on an annual calendar and maybe some pretty extras

1. Pick Your Planner Size

My planners are first organized by size.

Both the Full and Half size planners leave room to punch holes so you can add them to your favorite three-ring binder or take them to an office supply store and have them bound. Many people are already committed to one particular size, but if you’re starting anew, think through the pros and cons of each.

  • Full page, 8.5 x 11 inch planners. The full size planners have a lot more space for writing and you can see more information at a glance. We also have several homeschool specific planner files in this full size!
  • Half size, 5.5 x 8.5 inch planners. The half size planners are more portable. I find I can easily work on them in my lap and I can fit a few sheets (without the 3-ring binder) in my purse easily. All half size files are designed to print on a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and then cut in half.
  • Travelers Notebook (Standard Midori). Travelers notebooks are very portable and there are a wide variety of beautiful covers available! My selection for files that fit travelers notebooks will continue to expand.

Choose one of the sizes above to continue!


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