It's that time of year when I review my planner from last year and decide whether it's working for me. This system is working really well for me.
Several years ago, I went paper-free. It was inconvenient and unsatisfying. One day in Office Max I found Avery's 5.5." x 8,5" binder and all of their planning and calendar inserts and grabbed it.
The folks who are using their planners as little daily journals inspired me to make planning a bit more fun so I dug through my stickers and post-its and some Smash book stuff to add to my planner. Here's the video and below I give a bit more explanation.
I trimmed pieces of scrapbook paper for some of the tabbed pages.
Avery's plastic envelope inserts are great for reminders, business cards, notes-to-self.
Smashbook envelopes were hacked off and adhered to the inside front cover. A small composition book fits nicely for brainstorms. That book and the Frixion erasable pen (which comes with an extra refill) are both from JetPens.
All in all, this planning system is flexible, fun and working for me. The only drawback is that I can't find a set of weekly calendar pages with the dates/months already entered. I have to do that myself :(
As emails come in or appoinments made, I enter them directly into my computer calendar and then either Sunday night or Monday morning, I transfer everything into my paper calendar and plan my week.
If I'm planning a long term project, after the initial brainstorming, I break everything down in dates in my Omnifocus (this is a great app for businesses). Omnifocus is hooked up to my iCal.
I slipped a piece of paste paper and a tag into the plastic covered front cover
I hope that some of this info helps you. Small business owners have a lot of plates spinning. My system works for me and it's been a long time in the making.
Let us know if you have any ideas about organizing your time.
If you want to make this more of a hobby, there are TONS of videos on YouTube. Search any of the following: Filofax, Midori, Erin Condren, Kikki K.