I’ve been a huge fan of paper planners for awhile (we’re talking since 7th grade here) and I’m totally stoked that they’re making a big come back. That said, not all bindings are created equal. I’ve done planners with all types of bindings, including; plastic spiral, aluminum coil (large spiral), comb, three ring binder, and disc binding. And despite the fact that they’ve all got their pros and cons, the one binding that seems to be my favorite (and the most versatile) is the disc binding.
If you’re not familiar with this type of binding – read on.
The Basics of Disc Binding
So here’s how it all comes together. What you really need to get started is pretty simple. No fancy machines and plenty of options at a variety of price points. Disc binding includes a set of round discs with a lip running around the perimeter of the disc that creates a groove on either side.
You punch your papers with a specific punch that leaves what my daughter calls “the little trees” as holes (take a look down there). Then you simply line up those “little trees” with the discs and lightly tap the paper down in between. If you’re a memory keeper or like to track a lot of things like cleaning and exercising and meals and such, this little idea of punching an putting in lists is awesome. (I’ve punched all types of programs, notes, drawings, appointment cards, etc. and put them in and I love that my planner becomes a little journal of our lives rather than just a place to write down the daily to do’s.
There are several different places and levels of punches you can buy. There’s the Happy Planner Punch which is by far the most cost effective. I have the Levenger Circa Punch which is heavy duty and can punch through laminate (so I can make myself custom covers and punch larger quantities of pages at a time).
I’ll be honest, when I first saw the disc binding option I wasn’t all that impressed. Then when I saw how easy it was to put together, my immediate thought was that it would fall apart if dropped or tossed on the counter, and the pages would come out constantly. I had my 5 year old give it a try – and I happily report that the binder withstood her throwing it on the floor and has done just fine being jostled against everything else I stuff into my oversized purse.
Since using the disc binding method here’s what I’ve found to be completely awesome:
- I can easily print additional pages if I make mistakes or add all types of lists, reminders, and memorabilia so that my planner can be more of a place to capture a snap shot of life, hold the contents of a huge work project, or document a week in our lives (my planner does all of these things and more).
- I can remove pages and write and not have to be constantly bumping up against another binding; and when I’m through, I just pop it back in.
- If I need more note pages, I can punch and toss in extra lined sheets or even just plain old copy paper
- If I’ve added too many pages, I don’t have to necessarily start another book. I can simply use a larger size of discs.
- The discs come in a lot of different colors, sizes, and a variety of price points
- The punches are just like the discs – compact or heavy duty and cost efficient
- I’ve started taking on larger projects, finding fun lists to help me take on goals for free online, and they can all go into my planner rather than clutter up my desk or kitchen table.
- I can be cost effective when it comes to printing. Print the important things in color and leave the rest to plain old black ink.
Resources for the Make Things Happen Planner
So are you ready to get started? Want to print out a planner and put it together today? You can read more about the Make Things Happen Planner here.
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