2020 Task Cards

Orders Closed

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”

What’s Available?

  • Fresa
  • Orange Dream
  • Peaches + Cream
  • Creme de la Creme
  • Milky Matcha
  • Matcha
  • Forest Green
  • Cielo

Happy Planning



Ring Planner Inserts and Printables

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.

Peanuts Planner Co has always been a favorite of mine. Varvara, designer and owner, has thought of everything in the creation of her printable inserts.

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!!

Cloth & Paper is the perfect place to find luxe, minimal, chic stationery. Not only do they sell ring planners, leather goods, and desk accessories, they also have a wide selection of inserts!

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!


2019 Spiral Agendas

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!

  1. Aesthetic: The front cover has a beautiful marble pattern, and gold accents that pop!
  2. 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!


2019 Planning Recommendations!

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!


Task Card System EXPLAINED

I’ve been using my task card system to keep myself organized and efficient in my planning the last few months. You’ve probably heard me talk about this system on my instagram, but I wanted to go into detail explaining why and how I use them.

I was using labeled page flags for my most repetitive tasks. After a while, I accumulated a ton of flags and they became cluttered, distracting, and difficult to use between my multiple planners.

This is where the cards come in. 

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I use the cards to organize my most important tasks by category. They are the same size as a credit card, so I move them between my planners by tucking them in various card slots in which ever planner I happen to be using. This way they are out of the way, but accessible when I need to grab a flag.

This year I am EXTREMELY busy with school and work tasks, and writing “clean kitchen” or “take out trash” is not at the top of my priority list BUT I still need to remind myself to get these simple everyday tasks done. Instead of wasting time and space on my inserts writing in these repetitive tasks, I use the flags.

Here’s how.

I plan out my work and school schedules in the beginning of the week, and I also assess what chores need to be completed. I grab which ever categories I know I will need to use, for example “cleaning, social media, and reminders”. From there, I take the tasks that I would like accomplished, and place them in various places around my planner, or right on the front dashboard.

When I’ve completed a task, I peel it off, put it back on the card, and tuck it away for next week.

It’s helped me prioritize my time, planning space, and keeps me on top of ALL my tasks!!


Vision for LV MM Agenda

I adore my pocket size planner, but it doesn’t allow me the writing space I need to plan out big picture goals. I purchased the MM (equivalent to personal size Filofax) with intentions to set up a life planner. My main focuses in this agenda are to be minimal, functional, and productive.

This will not be an everyday planner, I will continue to use my pocket size as an every day task management system. My LV will focus on academics, career, personal goals, and anything else I should need to plan out future endeavors.

A quick overview of what I expect to keep inside includes a full yearly calendar and future yearly views for long term dates, a goal section for mapping out yearly, quarterly, and monthly goals, a career section for job hunting notes and/or plans, finance for yearly and monthly expense records, and notes for brainstorming.

I tend to take a lot of notes while researching certain career and academic related topics, and I am hoping this size will be the perfect medium between my 1/2 letter size TUL disc bound that I use for intense note taking sessions, and my pocket planner that keeps me focused on everyday tasks.


My Pocket Planner Necessities!!

I never thought I’d be a pocket planner gal, but it has turned out to be my most functional set up ever, and these are the things that have really helped me to be the most organized version of myself!

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Peanuts Planner Co Inserts are the #1 contributors to my planning success. Without this shop I don’t think I’d be nearly as organized. In my opinion, the inserts Varvara has created are the most functional, organized, clever, and aesthetically pleasing inserts on the market.

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These are the ONLY inserts I use and she has an insert for anything you could want. I like to print my own inserts (it’s super easy and you get the file within minutes) but you can also request printed inserts on her website.

Peanuts Planner Co – code MADY20

Sparkling Mint clear dividers are perfect for me, since I am going for a clean look. I found these on Etsy and became completely obsessed. I use these only for the tabs to quickly flip to a section of my planner, and I like that I can see through them to the pages behind.
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Oli Clips are perfect for a pop of deco, but still being functional. I keep one on my front dashboard to clip notes, cash, checks, or anything I know I will need to access right away when I’m out and about. I already own so many, so I switch them out regularly to match my mood. Oli Block IWTV7875

Acetate is another key element I keep in my planner. They come in large sheets that you can cut down punch into your planner, and if you slit the holes, you can easily move it throughout your planner at anytime. I use these for to-do’ s and other lists I may want to move around, as well as a place to hold page flags. Available at Michaels to other craft stores.

 

Pens are another really important part of your planner. I am a total pen lover, and I have 4 pens that I switch between in my pocket planner. The first is a gel pen from Jake and Zoe’s Studio which writes very well, and I love the look of the pen. I also love the Mach liquid ink pen (0.38 point) and the Hi- Tech Pilot (0.25 point) from Jet Pens for a thinner and sleeker finish. I also LOVE my Staedtler fine liner I purchased from Target. All of these write well and don’t bleed or smear. LJGJ6729

Another shop that I recently have been in contact with is the Minimalist Planner. She has amazing minimalistic stickers that are the perfect size to punch right into your pocket planner.

Personalization is the most important part of my organizational happiness. With everything I mentioned above I have an amazingly functional set up, but by adding my own little touches here and there I have a perfect set up tailored to my needs. By adding pictures of Jake, I am happy to open my planner.
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I’ve also added typed out productivity charts so I am inspired to stay on top of things. The little additions you make to your planner are what will keep you happy and using it consistently.CDMH2294IMG_9406


P R O D U C T I V I T Y

Here are my 5 tips to being a productive human, which have truly helped me to get things done and feel amazing about my daily accomplishments. Of course there are probably a million other things that could help keep you focused but for me, these are my top 5 helpers!

 

 

Wake up early and complete one task. For a long time I was waking up right before class, rushing out, and never officially starting my day. Now I make a point to allow myself time to check my planners, complete my morning routine, eat a small breakfast, and complete at least one task, no matter how small.

Making my bed and putting away dishes from the night before help me feel like I’ve done a couple chores for the day, and when I come home I can focus on other tasks like school work.

Establish a routine and follow it. This is key guys. If I don’t have at least an outline of a routine my life falls to pieces. I’ve typed out a list of weekly and monthly routines to keep me aware of what needs to be done and how often. This is based around my school and work schedule, so every single week should be able to follow the outline I’ve created.

It includes cleaning schedule, beauty regiment, planner tasks (like filling in habits), budgeting, and keeping electronic files updated and organized (mainly for school).

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Made in a standard Word Doc with the “tables” feature.

Create a productivity chart. This is something I randomly thought of, sat down at my computer, and typed out and is now a necessary element in my planner. My down-time productivity chart holds all of the things that I should be doing if I find myself bored, or binging Netflix series during my “working hours”. Categories include personal, social media, household, academic, career, and other areas of life that need constant work and attention.

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Keep a tidy workspace. This might be the most important part of my productivity. I can’t focus on anything if my room is messy. I clean my room once or twice a week, and by clean I mean put away anything that is out of place, wipe down surfaces, and clean my floors. Since my bedroom is also my vanity, my office, my dressing room, and my relaxation spot, it gets really messy really fast. Before anything can get done I need a clear desk, clean floors, and zero clutter to distract me.

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Decompress and relax. Balance is extremely important. For as hard as you work all day long, you need to be able to decompress and relax just as hard. For me, I know I am officially in relaxation mode when the make up comes off, firefly string lights are on, and Netflix is playing in the background.

During my relaxation, I can still play in my planner or look at school work, but it doesn’t feel as daunting. It’s a clear transition from day to night; productivity to relaxation.

 


Most Functional Planner Combo EVER!

I can honestly say I have cracked the planner code (for myself anyways). Planning is such a personal thing, but I feel like these 2 agendas can work well for anyone.

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What I love about pocket size is that it’s the perfect on-the-go carry. The compact size fits in ANY bag, which is a must for me now! I bring my pocket planner with me everywhere. It carries my schedule, to-do’s, shopping lists, grocery lists, recipes, appointments, cash, on the go passwords, EVERYTHING!

It suits all of my needs as far as daily planning goes. I open up to my little home page which is labeled with a top tab “to-do” and this is where I have immediate to-do items that need to be completed, usually in the form of a page flag.

The yellow transparent flag is specific to a project I am working on in my project section, and I know that because each page flag means something, either with the color or style of flag. On the page directly next to my to-do’s I see my shopping list on a pink sticky note. If I need to remember to buy something the next time I’m out, it goes there.

This size is perfect for getting my daily tasks down. I use a timed schedule to plan my day chronologically, and the task section to get all my to-do’s down.

The pocket is extremely small which I love, but that is also the reason I need a second agenda which is my 1/2 letter size disc bound. Although pocket size is PERFECT for my everyday needs, I still need a place to brain dump, work on projects, take notes, and have my school info written down.

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Martha Stewart in Gray, TUL in Black Leather

These are both 1/2 letter size disc bound notebooks (from staples or office depot) which I have customized by adding dividers, inserts, etc. I need to be able to customize my agendas AND be able to switch covers, so these are perfect because the inserts can be moved in and out easily.

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I use a month on 2 page to fill in ALL school assignments for the semester and I use lined paper for brain dumping or planning projects.

These two work PERFECTLY together in my opinion. I am able to have my minimal and very functional everyday on the go carry that I can throw in my bag and take shopping with me, and then I have my spacious, chic desk agenda for checking school dates and staying on top of personal projects and goals.

I recommend both of these, since you are able to do so many customizations, and generally, these do not have to cost you too much money, although I prefer to spend money on a nice agenda so I feel more inclined to keep it looking clean and new.