I’m always on the search for the perfect planner, I’ve tried the phone apps and keeping a diary electronically but it’s just not the same as actually being able to write it down and tick of your to-do list on paper!
After researching planners on the internet I came across the disc binding system, which seems to be really big over in America, but here in Australia there isn’t really much around especially where I live! The Disc Binder system is the perfect way to keep organised and is so customisable you can have your planner looking exactly the way you want!
Firstly I came across ATOMA (which is great I might add), it was the only disc binder system I could find available in Western Australia at the time, but not exactly what I was looking for.. THEN, Staples started shipping to WA! I was sooo excited and quickly ordered the Arc Leather Notebook A5, in PINK of course 😉 and a punch to go along with it. The Arc is now my daily go to planner. I still use the ATOMA binder to keep notes in for my work at the Church and it keeps all my info organised, the ARC punch will also work for the ATOMA – bonus!! Below are a few comparison photos of the ARC planner and ATOMA.
The ATOMA punch is really expensive at $220, that is mainly the reason I didn’t continue down the ATOMA path when the Arc punch is available for a fraction of the price at about $45. Below is a photo of the Arc punch available from Staples, it works great and I can punch quite a few pages at a time. The punch is a great investment, it allows you to punch your own calendar pages etc and insert them into the binder. I love being able to customise my planner exactly the way I want so this is very handy being able to design and print out the pages / calendar exactly the way I would like them, then punch them with the disc binding holes. Being able to add and remove pages this easily is also great for keeping everything nice and clean. As soon as a page is outdated or not needed anymore it can just be taken out and replaced with nice fresh sheets.
The front pockets of the ARC planner are perfect for storing a few business cards or tucking in a few receipts. Below are a few photos of how I have mine set up, with sticky page flags at the front, my to-do list for the day right on the first page and each section divided using the plastic dividers, into Calendar, Blog, Ideas, Shopping and Important. This might change at a later date but it seems to be working for me so far. There is also a handy pen holder at the side which is very useful. The ATOMA binder didn’t have one of these so I improvised by using one of the Zip pockets at the front to keep a couple of pens close by.
At the back of the book I keep a couple of the clear plastic sleeves, useful for putting any handout sheets or things I don’t necessarily want to punch holes into.
Here is also a short youtube video by Staples Arc Notebook System which gives a great overview of how it works 🙂