Finding time to be creative and crafty may be easy for some, but it’s a challenge for many of us. I designed the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook to help quilters be more productive so they can spend time doing what they love most. In today’s post I’ll begin sharing my ideas on How to Use a Quilt Planner to Accomplish More. This is the first in a monthly series of posts I’ll be writing throughout 2022 to help quilters get the most use of their planners. Each post will also be accompanied by a video in order to share even more of my ideas and practical tips.
How to Use a Quilt Planner
First, I want to stress that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to use a planner. What works for one person might not be ideal for the next person. Sharing ideas with one another can help everyone think of additional ways to make their planner work best from them. I hope that readers and viewers can share tips and their thoughts throughout the year in the comments here, on the YouTube channel, or by email (put Planner Tip in your subject line so I can easily find them). This series will officially begin the first Monday in January, and today I’ll share some ideas so that you’re ready to begin your organizing journey after the holidays.
Quilting Life Planner & Workbook Video
Watch the introductory video in my Quilting Life Planner & Workbook series above, or go here to watch it on the YouTube channel. While this series will officially begin on the first Monday in January, today’s video will give you some jump-start ideas to getting organized.
1. Familiarize Yourself with the Planner
Your first assignment is to familiarize yourself with the planner. While there is a two-page spread for each month, this tool is really so much more than a traditional planner. I hope you’ll love all of the content we were able to include.
2. Look at the Project Planner Pages
The Project Planner Pages are located at the back of the planner to make it easy to find them. And there are a lot of these pages. I particularly love the “Next Steps” and “Notes” sections features for each project. Adding notes here helps me remember where I last left off–especially when working on long-term works in progress.
3. Look at the Helpful Resources Section
After the Project Planner Pages, you’ll find the Helpful Resources Section. This section is full of ideas to help with your organization process. You’ll find a list of my favorite notions and tools, space for recording tips you want to remember, some of my favorite quilting, organizing, and inspirational books, and space for recording books in your own library or wish-list.
4. Section I: Reflection
We will begin in January by going through the sections in the planner in the order they appear. So if you want to get a little ahead, begin by reading through the Reflection section. You’ll find reflection topics and space to record your ideas on pages 10-13. You can also begin recording your thoughts in this section of the planner at any time.
5. Works in Progress
The second section of the planner, “Love It? List It!” contains plenty of space for recording current works in progress, long-term works in progress, and Bucket List projects. Now is also time to begin filling in some of these sections in your planner.
More on the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook
- Find the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook here and on Amazon here (you can also ask your favorite quilt shop if they have them in stock.
- See earlier posts on the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook here.
Thanks so much for stopping by for the How to Use a Quilt Planner to Accomplish More post. I look forward to sharing this planning journey with you through 2022.
Kimberley Rose says
My only recommendation (for future printings) would be a way to easily find each section without having to use a sticky note or refer to the index. Maybe color-coding on the side?
sherri McConnell says
I’ve thought about this too. I would just need to see how it would affect pricing. I tried to keep it at a price point that made it more accessible. I know a lot of planners with tabs end up in the $50 range…
I love the planner as sometimes I get excited about a project, buy some fabric and then forget about it when another project needs my attention. This is a great tool to keep me focused. So much thought has gone into this planner. One suggestion – I would have liked the dates on the calendar filled in.