If you have read some of my other posts, you will probably know when I say finding a planner/organizer that works for me can be such a challenge. I am continuing to work through some of the different planners that I find, but have still not been able to find one that works for me.
For my life, I am thinking that I need to figure out what type of planner that will work for me, and it looks like it isn’t going to be one of those that you can purchase from a store. I know that with all the things that I juggle having something that is flexible is what I need, so now to try and tell you what I have figured out works for me right now. It is a mixture of a few ideas, but at least I am seeing that it is working right now, and that is all I can ask for.
A while ago I decided to try a traveler’s notebook and parts of it worked well for me. The problem that I encountered was using one book to capture everything more like a bullet journal, and that is where it fell apartment. I have figured out that I need sections to my planner and that is what I have come up with using the traveler notebook idea. Instead of having one book with everything in it, I have broken things down into four traveler’s notebooks that I purchased.
Here are the sections/books that I have:
1. Notes – this one is to capture all the little ideas when on the go that I want, and they can be moved somewhere else later on.
2. Writing – this captures the blog and website items that I want to write. This means that all these areas are in one place.
3. Reference – this is for all those things that you want to have with you, but they don’t change that often. Here is there I have the fabric for our ETSY shop listed, cross stitch patterns from a couple of designers that I own and some other things that don’t change, but I want to have them with me.
4. Calendar – how here is where most of the information is captures and those are the things that need to get done each week. For this I have two pages for a week, and one is broken down by day and I list out what needs to be done and then on the other page I list the weekly accomplishments. Some are on the to-do page and others that just get done
I have also found that I liked using the A5 size for my notebooks and since getting these on-line I have found that I can also get binders and loose-leaf paper in that size and that is making me so much happier. I have other projects and such in the binders and that is where I keep more of the longer-term plans and projects and the details for the various projects that I want to work on.
It feels good, starting to see a planner/organizer that is working for me right now. I continue to fine tune what is with me when we are out, but at least I know that I have ways of getting things done, and I am starting to feel better about all of that as well.
Your planner/organizer must work for you, and remember that if you can’t find one to purchase that works, you can always figure out what you need and make your own planner/organizer. My biggest piece of advice that I can give is to be flexible and if something doesn’t work you can always change and try something else.