I’ve read a few books recently. One being how to get organised. It’s amazing how motivated, creative and mind-settling doing simple tasks can make you feel. Very much a trial and error learning curve for me over the years, but I think I’m finally swimming instead of treading water. Plus, I also now have a little project in mind.
I um’d and ah’d over whether to start a Bullet Journal this year. Although I researched and loved the variety, flexibility, and individuality of them, I just wasn’t 100% sure that I understood them. I felt it’s only difference from a planner seemed to be that you basically ‘wrote’ the journal pages to your taste, instead of it being pre-printed. I’d been loving my Filofax, but I knew I wanted a change, and with being on the fence about a Bullet Journal, it was back to the faithful Personal Planner. I thoroughly enjoyed customising it for print, however, I have added a few of my own touches to it now and as a friend pointed out, my ‘system’, is unknowingly quite similar to that of the Bullet Journal.
I thought I’d share with you the tweaks I’ve made to my Personal Planner, plus things I’ve begun doing and steps I take to make it all work for me – ultimately leaving me feel less stressed and happy. It wasn’t just about how to get organised, it was freeing my mind.
- As you can see from the pictures, I’ve separated the days throughout the week with a line, thus giving me two sides to write. This is because, although I could, (which I have tried and disliked the aesthetics of) highlight in different colours whether something happening was personal, work, or blog related, I’ve found that this suited me better. Completely separating personal things from blog things. – This is definitely something I’ll continue to do and maybe look into whether possible to do for next year upon customising my planner before print.
- As you may also have noticed, I’ve drawn my own little boxes to ‘check’ once I’m completed something, or something has happened. I know this is a pretty basic thing to mention, but there really is so much satisfaction that comes from checking that box, more so, looking at that list on an evening when it’s full of ‘checks’. – Anyone else?
- Sundays are always the same. Personally, as a family, Sunday’s are pretty easy going. The afternoon consists of a few hours of ‘own time’, which allows me to do some admin type duties. Replying to comments, scheduling tweets for the coming day or week, the joy of checking for broken links, etc.
- Now to my highlighting. There’s no particular reason to it being green, but it’s main purpose is to highlight, out of all, or anything things that need to be done that day, the things that definitely DO need to be done, no questions asked. This is something that I’ve loosely made my own, taken from Sarah Knight’s fantastic sequel, ‘Get Your Sh*t Together‘. (not just about how to get organised.) I say loosely as, I didn’t read that section in the book and say YES, I need to do this and made a conscious effort and did it the next day. I just unconsciously found myself buying a pack of new fine tipped highlighters (as well, we all know you never have enough stationary right!?) and deciding/reasoning with myself that I was buying them and that I would use them in my planner to highlight ‘important’ things. And that is basically how it went. And it works.
- Now the thing to mention that I do, that apparently is similar to that of Bullet Journaling is that I forward on things that need to be done when they haven’t been done. This maybe done in a different way using a Bullet Journal, but for me, it’s basically just a case of writing it again on the following day. It may also get to a point of becoming a NEED, therefore it would be highlighted.
- On a separate note. There is a ‘To Do This Week’ strip at the bottom of the pages, however, for future reference, I’d probably just have this as a lined area, as I use it more to jot down post ideas. Again, this would be something I’d do upon designing my new planner for the next year.
I will point out that, alongside my Personal Planner I do have a Google Spreadsheet, which I use purely to plan posts for the year. It’s something I looked at using last year and tried and failed to do myself, however, when I came across this one through another blogger, I knew it would be perfect and it is. Having everything, the full year, there in front of you, plus, not having to get the tipex out and shuffle posts around when you maybe haven’t got the pictures you wanted or a Pr has been in touch and wants a post up for a particular date. It’s a godsend.
The last thing that I’ll mention, is that I always leave my Planner open on the coffee table on an evening before bed. This is so that on a morning when I sit down with my cuppa, I can see what needs to be done that day, or over the week. I also may add to it and or write up some ideas that I’ve written on my notepad next to my bed. – Anyone else do that?
That’s it. These are all little things and like I mentioned, they’ve really helped me with how to get organised, free my mind and feel on top of things. Would any of these be helpful to you? – What do you use to plan your days? – Or blog?