How to use One Note to Create a Gorgeous Planner

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Planners are something I’ve struggled with in the past. I’m kind of a free spirited, make-it-up-as-you-go, spontaneous gal. But this year, after seeing all the lovely planners on Pinterest and seeing how others use them, I thought I’d give it another go. And for the first time ever, it’s working for me!

I’m using a pink leather one that you write in by hand, you know, the old fashioned way. And I bought a bunch of different colour pens that are erasable so I can colour code everything I write and all that stuff.

But I also wanted to come up with a way to have one on my computer.

I know there are different calendar type programmes you can use. And most email programmes have calendars. But I wanted this planner to look pretty.

So I turned to one of my favourite programmes of all time. Microsoft One Note. I absolutely L O V E this programme. I’ve used it in so many different ways.

I also knew that you could have as many tabs across the top as you want, and as many pages and subpages with tabs down the right hand side as you want. That sounds like a planner, right?

Unfortunately I could not find any Templates for calendars for One Note. So I had to make my own using it’s Table function. Which is fine, just more time consuming.

So here are some pictures of what I’ve come up with so far.

screenshot of calender page

In the different coloured tabs across the top I have a tab for each blog (I have 6 at the moment), and then some tabs for keeping track of things like post ideas, advertising, affiliates, finances and so on.

down the right hand side I have a page for each month, which has a calender for that month made with a table, and a few sub-pages for each month – Daily to do lists, Monthly Tasks, Income and Expenditure.

As you can see you can import pretty images and use lovely colours for colour-coding everything.

I have listed a few items that I might want to refer to just above the calender. A link to the blog, login and password for the blog, the name of the WordPress theme the blog is running. Things like that.

I’ve also added a pretty floral image in the centre, and an inspirational quote in the top corner.

Image of a daily to do page

My first sub-page is the Daily to do list. I have one daily list for each day all on the same page – 30/31, depending on the month, and you can add the date above each box and tick the little boxes as you complete each task each day.

One Note also allows you to add a soft colour background which makes it so pretty.

image of a monthly task page

One Note also allows you to add lines so that you get a notebook appearance, which I’ve done here, along with a soft blue background. This is the Monthly Tasks Sub-page.

image of income and expenditure page

The third Sub-page I have for each month so far is the Income and Expenditure one. You can colour individual or blocks of cells in a table, which is useful for distinguishing different areas.

It takes a little time to make all the pages individually, but once you’ve done one month, you can copy and paste them for all the other months, then just change the dates on the Calendar to suit each month.

I’m sure I’ll come up with more ideas for different pages and tabs, but what do you think of it so far?

Do you think you could use something like this?

I’m also figuring out how to share these planners with other One Note users, so if you would like a copy, let me know and I will share with you if I can figure out how. If you know how – please let me know!