Reaching Planner Nirvana with 2 Fluoro Pink Filofaxes!

2015 Planner Setup Fluoro Pink Filofax

With 2015 right around the corner, I thought it was about time that I shared with you all my planner setup for the upcoming year. Ever since the beginning of 2014 when I purchased my first filofax style planner, the large Mint Kikki K Time Planner, I have been searching for the ever elusive concept of Planner Peace. If you are not familiar, planner peace is essentially a state of organizational bliss where you have found the planner system that works best for you and are regularly using it to keep yourself organized! Well, it has been a long year, but I found peace at last with my pair of Fluoro Pink Originals; one in personal and the other A5. To go along with my two planners, I also have a supplementary third planner from Sugar Paper for Target, this lovely gold python number pictured above, that basically completes my planner needs for 2015! So, without further ado, let’s jump into my setup!


Let’s start smallest first, shall we? Although the Sugar Paper for Target pocket sized planner is the littlest member of the group, she certainly isn’t the least! This planner has a very specific purpose for me in 2015 as my only bound planner. This is going to be my food journal for the year!


As someone who tries to make sure they are keeping a food journal, I have found that I tend to keep my food journal entries all over the place, but now I have one dedicated spot with space enough for the details of my meals that is bound together in one compact little planner!


Next, moving on into my personal Fluoro pink, which is my every day carry planner! As I have explained in previous setups, my personal sized is my main planner, housing all the information for my in progress projects as well as keeping track of my tasks and calendar schedule! If you are familiar with my previous setups, you will know that not much as changed, but I would like to point out a few new additions! First of all is this custom personal information page I made for myself! I think it’s much cuter than the run of the mill info page I was using before.


The next major change to my personal sized is my calendar pages! I am currently using a month on two pages of my own design that you can purchase in my shop, as well as my custom week on one page insert. These two calendars contain my daily schedules with important information I need to keep track of.


After my calendar section, comes my yearly overview. For 2015, I made this lovely little printable filled with quotes and reminders to keep me on track and focused on what is most important to me throughout the year. If you would like this printable, click here to download your copy now!


The next major element of my yearly overview section is this year at a glance calendar that I downloaded from! Philofaxy is a great resource for planner lovers and they keep a library of free inserts that I love to use whenever I am interested in trying out a new layout or style! This yearly page is something I use to keep track of health related items like my workouts and weight.


The final element in my yearly overview section is my project planning and tracking inserts. They start off with a month on one page insert of my own design (available on my shop alone or as part of my project planning bundle). This insert keeps track of date specific as well as month specific tasks that relate to projects I have on my plate!


The next insert which is also part of my project planning bundle is my yearly goal tracker. This insert is another trifold like the year at a glance page, and is a place for me to keep track of my short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for the year!


Once my yearly goals are tracked in my yearly page, I break them down into manageable action steps within my project planning pages which round out my project planning bundle of inserts! If you like these inserts, feel free to check them out in my shop, they are available in both personal and A5 sizes.


After my yearly overview section comes my work section. The main focus of this section is my Blog & YouTube tracker pages that help keep me organized and focused on content for my blog and youtube channel. These inserts are also my own design and available on my shop as well! Other than these trackers, I also keep pages with lists of blog post and youtube video ideas within this section, as well as other work related items such as inserts and designs I want to create for my shop.


The next section of my planner is filled with miscellaneous and personal information and inspiration! Not much as changed in this section in comparison to previous set ups, however, one notable addition is my Pen Scratch Testing sheet, which is essential a piece of personal sized paper that I use to test pens when they stop writing. I have that problem a lot with my pens for some reason, so it is good to have a dedicated page in my planner where I don’t feel guilty scribbling to get my pens to start again!


The final section of my planner is a lists section where I keep, you guessed it, lists! Anything I need to write a list for is here in this section, and so I keep this divider stocked with a variety of notepaper and inserts. This To Do list above comes from a Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Company notepad that I absolutely adore!


Now, at the very end of my planner, I also like to keep a custom file folder in case I have any loose items that I need to store quickly! I used to use a two-pocket folder that I have a DIY File Folder video on, however, when I moved into my personal original, I found that it took up too much space so I made a slimmer pocket instead.


Well, now we have made it to the final element in my 2015 Planner System, my A5 Original! If you have seen my video on How to GTD with a Filofax & 43 Folders, you already know that I use this planner as a storage and organization system using the 43 Folders method.


Of course, technically, this is a 45 folders system because, as you can see in the image above, I actually have added two more folders to the mix; one as an inbox, and one as an outbox! The inbox is just a place for me to quickly stash away papers that I will later file into my 43 folders system when I am in a rush, and the outbox is a place where I keep things that need delegating or mailing.


So, after those first two folders, I actually have 12 file folders that I made using standard paper files, one for each month of the year. These folders act as catch alls for any paperwork or items that need to be processed in the month before I schedule the tasks to be completed on a specific day.


Following each monthly folder is also a custom made month on one page calendar where I can keep track of important events and information. On the flip side of this calendar I also have a master monthly checklist that helps me to keep track of items I have processed like bills and items that I need to remember!


In addition to the 12 monthly folders, I also have 31 tabbed pages, one for each of the maximum number of days in a month. Although these would also be files in the 43 Folders system, to save space in my planner, I just use a single sheet of A5 sized paper to represent each day of the month. Here I will stick notes or insert important paperwork that may be date sensitive. I will also distribute any items from the monthly folder to days of the month in order to manage and organize my workload! As you may be able to tell, this planner is less about tracking, and more about storing and organizing information that is not yet actionable, or is simply too large to be kept in my personal sized planner.


The final little touch in my A5 is one of my favorite notepads, this iPad tablet style notepad that I purchased from Walmart! I use this as extra notepaper if I need it, its a great size for this planner as it is about A5 size!

Now, of course I made a complete setup video on all of my planners! Here is the video linked above, and if you are interested in seeing a page by page flip through of these planners, feel free to check it out! I go into much more detail about elements in the system within the video, so definitely give it a watch when you have the time! Just a warning, it is a longer video because I am covering three planners within my system, so keep that in mind!

Well, that is it for my 2015 Planner System! Like I said, this is the system that has brought me to Planner Nirvana and I am so excited that I have a great system set up for 2015! If you have found planner peace, please let me know down in the comments what your setup is like or feel free to tag me in Instagram photos and even send me the link to your own setup video! I can’t wait to see what your planners and setups look like!



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18 comments on Reaching Planner Nirvana with 2 Fluoro Pink Filofaxes!

  1. Havok
    December 15, 2014 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    Your month on one page pages are great! I like the checkbox addition, to track projects in an overview sort of way. I’m trying to find a good way to track projects, that might be something to try!
    Also the blog post and youtube page, with checkboxes for the tasks for each post is brilliant. I need to be more organized with my bloggin, as I tend to keep ideas and notes about a post all together, and then schedule them on a weekly page, and then write the schedule dates on the post ideas and ugh, it’s a mess of a system, ha! Yours is so streamlined!

  2. lyn
    December 15, 2014 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love the inspirational quote page (have been looking for something like that) and will print it out later.

  3. Ling
    December 18, 2014 at 9:31 am (3 years ago)

    I love the idea of the inspirational quote page. I noticed the last quote is not one by Nelson Mandela, but Marianne Williamson instead.

    • MissTrenchcoat
      December 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Ya know, the misattribution of quotes is a rampant problem on the internet! Thanks for the correction!

  4. Deborah
    December 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Alexis. I have been thinking about putting together a planner for a long time. I purchased an Erin Condren last year but it wasn’t really what I was looking for but it did give me some ideas though about what would suit me better. I stumbled across your videos on You Tube and I understand completely when you say Planner Nirvana because I get really caught up in the possibilities (even though I’m not as creative as I would like to be).

    So thank you very much for putting this all together for the planner challenged (like me).

    • MissTrenchcoat
      December 30, 2014 at 11:20 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Deborah! Thank you very much for your kind remarks! I am glad you like the post and I hope you find your own Planner Nirvana soon! Best of luck to you in the New Year!

  5. Vickie
    December 29, 2014 at 4:13 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this blog post. I got a new filofax for Christmas and have been obsessed with getting it organized. I wanted it to be functional not just pretty. You allowed me to have the best of both worlds. Thank you again so much for sharing your filofax.

    • MissTrenchcoat
      December 30, 2014 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

      You are very welcome Vickie! Good luck with your new Filofax!

  6. Emily
    December 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I just love your ideas and style, cheers to you in the new year! Thank you for your talents and sharing 🙂

    • MissTrenchcoat
      December 30, 2014 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Emily! Cheers to you as well! xx

  7. Christina
    January 21, 2015 at 11:57 am (3 years ago)

    LOVE your blog and your style! Question: Will you be putting your personal information page on your products page? I have been looking for something with better design and haven’t found anything I like. I adore yours!

  8. Renee
    January 30, 2015 at 1:30 am (3 years ago)

    I LOVE your 2015 quotes page. Did you ever think of doing a tutorial on how to put one together? I would love to make my own but have no clue how!!

  9. Jelisa
    June 14, 2015 at 10:27 am (3 years ago)

    Hi there! I keep staring at that gorgeous Personal Info page! Any chance you’ll put it up for purchase in your shop? I’ve got a Large Kikki. K it would look mighty pretty in. 😉

  10. Shannon
    June 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Where did you get the bow paper clips? If you made them yourself can you do a DIY post or video?

    • MissTrenchcoat
      June 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, I made a video and there is a blog post, search my archives from December!

  11. Casi
    December 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Will you make a “this is your year” for 2016?


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