seems to be one of my biggest challenges, and that is getting my planner
organized and into a method that makes me happy. I know that I have tried quite a few
different planners that I purchased, but all of them seem to have something
missing that I want in my own planner.
Standard daily planners
tried the standard daily planners but that just doesn’t seem to work for me
because my work isn’t based on a time in the day, it is based on getting things
done that need to get done when they are needed to be done.
turned blank bullet journals into my planners, but again they just didn’t seem
to work for me. When I was sitting and looking at the last bullet journal that
I used, one thing stood out to me about why I didn’t like it, and that was it
wasn’t organized. Yes, a bullet journal
isn’t something that should be super organized as it is meant to capture tasks,
ideas, etc. For me, the bullet journal
ended up being something that I just couldn’t seem to handle.
For me a
structure is something that I like, and now I am going to try another method and
something that I tried to try last year, but it just didn’t work with everything
else that was going on in the world and my own life.
first heard about these notebooks, I immediately thought of something very large,
where you wrote about all your travels. Yes, it can be used to do just that,
and I know that there are people that use this set-up to document places they
have been and places they want to visit.
For me, it is a method of getting a little more organized and have things
in sections. The purpose of a traveler’s notebook is to capture inspiration,
ideas, thoughts, journals, and everything else.
Yes, the magic words for me are “and everything else.”
summer I decided it was time to pull out the cover for my traveler’s notebook
and start to set up my own version of what I wanted and now to see if it is
going to work for me. The first
challenge was finding the books that I wanted to use for the inserts in my
notebook. I had made some in the past, but I have to admit that took a lot of time, and it started to get frustrating,
so that just didn’t work. After some looking on various website for sizes and layout, I finally found what I wanted on Amazon.
I ended up purchasing the Coopay 24 Pack Journal Notebook Kraft Brown
Cover Dot Grid Bullet Notebooks for Travelers A5 size. I compared a lot of things, and what I wanted was basically a standard letter size piece of paper
folded in half. That was the size of
notebook that I was looking for, and the A5 was just that.
books arrived, it was time to figure out what I wanted my traveler’s notebook to
contain, and I ended up with five books in my cover. To make a traveler’s notebook work, you need
an odd number of inserts, so that is what I did.
Here is the list of the inserts that I have and the basic idea of each
of the inserts:
- Notes – this captures all the quick
notes and thoughts that I have. I
normally am writing down all those quick ideas that I have so that I can either
get something done later or work on setting something up.
- Writing – here is the book that I
normally use to capture the various blog ideas that I have. I have more than one blog, so that means
that I have lots of ideas and need a method of making sure that I can
capture them when they occur.
- Calendar – this is a weekly calendar
that I have set up and on one side of the page I note all the things that
need to be done that week. It is
set up with each week day having its own block, and then the weekend is combined. On the other side of the page, I work on documenting the accomplishments that I have made that
week. I find if I can note what I did, it makes me feel like I am making progress, even if it wasn’t something
that had a deadline that week.
- Reference – this book is used to capture
the things that aren’t going to have to be written too often such as the
list of patterns that I have for cross stitch, the fabrics we have for our
ETSY shop and items like that.
- Spare book – this book is available when
I need it, and it is currently just empty and will see when it either gets its
own name or when it is used because I have filled out one of the other
One of the
biggest things that I have discovered through trying to figure out my planer is
I am not alone in this journey. There
are so many people that are having problems finding what works best for
them. Being able to sit back and figure
out what you want your planner or organizer to really be. It will probably take a few tries to get
something that might work for you, but you learn so much during this.
that I am still learning what works best for me, and that doesn’t bother
me. What I have learned is that I need
the information that I need, and it is going to be different from another person.
My notebook is always beside me at my desk and the calendar is open so that I
can see what needs to be done and document what gets done.
or organize needs to be something that works for you, and you have to first figure
out what you want and then look to see if it is available and if not don’t be afraid
to make your own. My journal probably
isn’t over yet, but I know that at least I have something that is working for me
right now, and that is what is important.