Hello everyone! This year I wanted to make a guide for anyone in need of a new 2019 agenda. This series will include my recommendations on spiral bound planners, target planners, ring inserts, printables, sticky notes, pens, tools, and more! I’ve compiled all of my planning favorites into a 5 episode series on my YouTube channel! Each episode will be accompanied by a blog post for a closer look at the products. Make you sure check it out starting December 29th- January 2nd. Hope you enjoy!
Happy 2020! This year I’m changing up the task cards and ordering process. I’ll be offering 8 colors of page flags, first come first serve!
There is no order minimum or maximum. You can order one or more cards in any color, so long as they’re available. With each card you’ll be able customize 5 tasks on 5 separate flags on a clear plastic card.
$6 per card + free shipping
Please fill out the order form below and return to MadyPlans@gmail.com with the subject line “Task Card Order”
- Orange Dream
- Peaches + Cream
- Creme de la Creme
- Milky Matcha
- Forest Green
Orders Closed for Updates
Email for inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your completed order form and any questions to MadyPlans@gmail.com.
What page flag colors are available?
Classic Task Cards Sets:
- Pastel Set (limited quantity)
- Bright Set (limited quantity)
- Muted Set
- Patterned Set
- Neon Arrow Set sold out
Custom Order Individual Flags:
- Pastel Pink LIMITED QUANTITY
- Pastel Yellow
- Pastel Grey SOLD OUT
- Pastel Blue
- Bright Orange
- Bright Green
- Bright Purple LIMITED QUANTITY
- Bright Blue
- Neutral Blue
- Neutral Green
- Neutral Grey
- Neutral Clear
- Muted Red
- Muted Yellow
- Muted Green
- Muted Blue
- Neon Arrow Pink –Sold out
- Noen Arrow Yellow –Sold out
- Neon Arrow Blue –Sold out
- Neon Arrow Green –Sold out
- Neon Arrow Orange –Sold out
- Patterned Pink Polka Dots
- Patterned Blue Geometric
- Patterned Horizontal Lined Yellow
- Patterned Mint Striped
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about my “downtime productivity”. I’ve had several reference lists and charts in the past, but my new flag mechanism is by far my favorite!
Downtime productivity: tasks I can complete in my spare time or down time that will benefit me some area of my life.
When I find myself binging Netflix, or caught in a YouTube conspiracy theory rabbit hole, the best way to redirect my energy to benefit me and my goals is to complete an item on my downtime productivity list. Here are my personal categories as an example.
Professional: update resume, check LinkedIn, professional progress review, practice special skills, check Indeed
Social Media: blog maintenance, update content calendar, analytics review, respond to dms and comments, brainstorm
Personal: organize/ tidy up, update planners, meditation, workout, skincare
I keep this list in the front of my planner or on my desk for easy reference, but the flags double as reposition-able check list! While I can use this as a reference chart, I can also grab a category and place it on my front dashboard or on my daily inserts if I plan on working on professional tasks for the day.
Want to order? What do you get? Each productivity card is $12 and contains 3 large transparent flags that hold 5 lines of text. You can label each flag (such as professional, social media, or personal) and choose 5 custom tasks for each category You will also receive a ‘highlight’ tab to indicate which item is in progress.
I created this task card system to save space, time, and paper by organizing my most repetitive tasks onto reusable sticky flags that I can place around my planner.
They are organized on cards for easy categorization and storage- fitting into any card holder or pocket!
Stick them to your dashboard to create a reusable to-do list, place them in your daily or weekly inserts to outline your week “before the pen”, or simply keep them in a clear pocket as a to-do reference list!
I love my ringed planners for the simple fact that I can change out the inserts anytime I want. There are so many customization options when it comes to this mechanism, and there are tons of shops out there that create inserts for this style of planner. My 4 favorite shops for ring planner inserts and printables are Peanuts Planner Co, 8Lotus, Cloth & Paper, and ElleMonPaperCo.
She offers an array of sizes and styles- there’s a layout for just about anything! These come as downloadable files that you can instantly print, cut, and punch into your planner! Varvara is working on offering these as a physical item as well, but in the mean time I highly recommend trying her test inserts for practice printing and cutting your own!
Infinite Lotus is a newer shop that offers both printed inserts and printable files. The clean fonts and white space are perfect for any minimal set up. Vivian, designer and owner, has a lot of different options of insert layouts. The downloadable files are super easy to print, with user friendly cut lines.
The packaging was delicate, simple, and luxurious! The paper quality is amazing, the physical inserts are printed on a crisp white paper. She also sells precut plain insert paper to print yourself. This is a great option if own a printer, but do not have a paper cutter!!
Ashley Reynolds, founder and CEO, designs chic and fashionable inserts for her fellow planner girls. She has a ton of different calendar options, weekly inserts, capsule planning , and even beauty inserts. Her editorial style is unique and high end making these the PERFECT inserts for a luxe agenda set up.
ElleMonPaperCo is another amazing shop for printable inserts!! She has a beautiful selection of calendar inserts, dashboards and more.
Michelle, owner and creator, has revolutionized planner printable cut lines! They reach all the way to the very edge of the page making cutting that much easier. I highly recommend these inserts for their beautifully chic design and user friendly cut lines!
Overall, these 4 shops are the perfect place to start for anyone looking to spruce up their ring planner organization! Make sure to check out the YouTube video for coupon codes and a closer look at these inserts!
I have been thinking of adding a spiral agenda to my 2019 planner lineup. These are my top 3 choices of spiral bound planners from a few different including the Purposeful Planner, STIL Classics, and Cloth & Paper.
The Purposeful Planner by Corie Clark is perfect for anyone looking for a desk agenda with PLENTY of space. Here are some of the reasons I thought this planner would make a great addition to any 2019 set up!
- Aesthetic: The front cover has a beautiful marble pattern, and gold accents that pop!
- Laminated tabs is a MUST! I always look for this feature when shopping for a spiral planner.
3. Layout. I love the large monthly view!! It has plenty of room for your busy schedule. The weekly planner has a nicely organized WO2P vertical layout with a timed schedule, and the daily planner has soooo much space, and is kept very minimal. This planner also incorporates finances, menu planning, goals, gratitude, and more!
STIL Classics is a new-to-me brand that I completely fell in love with, for obvious reasons.
The cover is absolutely beautiful, minimal, chic, and luxurious!!
It has laminated side tabs, a gorgeous monthly view, but the best part is that it has TWO different weekly layouts! You get both horizontal AND vertical layouts to better fit your needs on any given week. This is amazing, because of the nature of spiral planners, it’s not often you have many choices within the system!
Finally, the Cloth & Paper 2019 Spiral Planner! This option is a 2 parter. This GORGEOUS, luxurious agenda can be dressed up or down. You can purchase just the spiral planner, and use it as is, or you can pair it with a high end leather piece. The spiral notebook was designed to slide perfectly into either the Cloth & Paper agenda cover, or the Louis Vuitton A5 desk agenda cover.
The agenda cover has endless pockets and card slots, and has a pen loop to store your fav planner pen.
The agenda itself includes a monthly page to jot down bdays, important dates, and upcoming events, followed by a WO2P vertical layout.
Overall, these 3 planners are top of the line choices for a 2019 set up depending on your needs. Using any of these agendas consistently will no doubt keep you onto of all your daily tasks! Make sure to watch my YouTube video on all 3 of these amazing planner options!
I’ve recently entered the world of influencing and collaborating through social media. By NO means am I a huge influence, but I’ve learned a couple things that I wanted to share with anyone looking to start working with other brands.
- SEEK MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIPS. This is of course number one. No brand is actively seeking to send free product with nothing in return, and no influencer is going to put in work for free. This doesn’t necessarily mean you, the influencer, will be paid in cash, but there should always be an exchange – for example, product for post. If you feel your work holds monetary value, be up front and negotiate your terms. Some brands may low ball you (as expected) but know your worth and stand your ground. If you don’t feel comfortable agreeing to their terms, you may need to let that collaboration opportunity pass, but always be cordial incase they decide to reach out again in the future.
- Do a little brand research. Anytime you’re going to be working with another brand, you should always check their socials. You want to spot any possible red flags before associating yourself with a brand, since you will be promoting their products/services to your loyal followers. Read reviews, comments, etc to gage the sentiment of their followers and costumers to help you make a more informed decision.
- Make sure you love the products/ service you’re promoting. I know it can be exciting when a brand reaches out and offers you FREE STUFF!! But hold off and make sure you love the product they’re offering. Check their website or social media for reviews to ensure that you’ll be satisfied with the quality. If you don’t like the specific product, but would like to promote for their brand, suggest a different product that you can get excited about! Keep your audience in mind! Odds are they trust your judgment and value your recommendations. Only promote products you love yourself, or you think your audience would love!
- Stay on brand. ALWAYS. This fits right in with tips number 2 and 3. Know your brand and treat it as your empire. Establish your brand values, code of conduct, mission statement, aesthetic, etc and make sure collaborations align with your brand. If a company offers you product that doesn’t fit your aesthetic, or their brand values don’t align with yours, you may need to decline. When you find a brand that DOES fit your standards, the collaboration will be effortless.
- Conduct yourself as a professional. Working on projects over the internet does have its challenges, one being communication. Establish relationships with brands and be understanding of any issues or miscommunications. Most interactions are done over email or phone call. If you have concerns, try to resolve them before making any decisions to terminate an agreement or back out last minute. Treat any brand collabs or affiliations as you would your job. Try to be timely, accurate, and meticulous in your work. Each of these collaborations can and should go onto your resume at some point as either references or examples of your work. Always be cordial and welcoming, this will reflect well on you, and you will better your chances of being considered again in the future, or recommended to other brands!
Starting a new social media account can be intimidating and I get a lot of questions on where to start and how to gain followers.
Here are my tips on getting started!
- JUST START! The hardest part of creating a new account is sitting down and getting everything set up. Choose handles that are easy to search! If your handle or profile name has too many symbols it’ll be hard for people to find you in the future. Try to keep your name consistent across platforms. If you’re “plannergirl123” on Instagram, you should use that as your YouTube and Blog name as well!
- Post content YOU enjoy. When I first started my planner YouTube channel and Instagram account, they were meant to be beauty channels. I quickly realized that wasn’t something I truly enjoyed posting on my social media. Although beauty is a hot topic on social media, if you don’t enjoy your own posts, odds are others won’t enjoy them either. Since I LOVE my planner and organization posts, I tend to post more often, and get more engagement with my posts than I would with content I’m not as passionate about.
- Don’t be concerned with your follow count. Starting over with 0 followers is more of a blessing than a curse. You have the freedom to experiment with posts with no judgement! During this time, play around with features, types of posts, and decide the direction and aesthetic of your account.
- Make connections. Once you’re ready to start gaining followers and posting more often, follow related accounts and make REAL connections. Talk to people through comments, DMs, and support others! Once you make a few friends in which ever community you are interested in, you’ll have a few people ready to like and comment on your posts, which will get more people talking!
- Practice good social media etiquette. Don’t follow hundreds of people expecting them to follow back and then unfollow everyone- not a good way to gain interactive followers. Organic growth is extremely important when starting a new channel. This works with tip #4. Making real connections and practicing good etiquette will ensure you have a good foundation for a supportive and engaging follower base. Be supportive – not competitive and conduct yourself as you would in the real world!