I thought about this one for a while. I wasn’t going to post about it, but I’ve had several people asking about my planner, so here it is.
I’m using a Bullet Journal/traditional planner hybrid as my main planner. I’m also using Fresh Start 2019 by Amber McCue to help me get things set up the way I want them to be and 5 Second Journal developed by Mel Robbins and her team as a supplement to my planner. (I talked about the journal in a separate post a couple days ago.)
For my actual planner, I’m using a Carpe Diem A5 6-ring binder (in one of my signature colors – purple) with a printed calendar insert. Before that, though, there are several other sections with dot grid paper.
Section 4: Idea log/brain dump/notes to self Section
Section 5: Calendar Section. This is where the pre-printed calendar with a week on two pages lives.
Section 6: Info for contacts (email, phone, address, industry, etc.)
I also have a thin notebook in one of the pockets that’s for my content calendar. I’ve already started filling that in.
Note: I don’t put my to-do items in my planner unless/until I have a specific date or week for it to be done. These dates are either external (appointments) or internal (self-assigned deadlines). I use my NNL (Now, Next, Later) lists in Trello to hold all those.
One thing I think is important to remember is your planner is for you. No one else has to see it. It doesn’t have to be pretty/perfect as long as it works for you.
So this is what I’m using for 2019. I’ve actually already started using it and it seems to be working well. It’s easy to adjust if not. If you want more information on setting up your own DIY planner, check out my book, Create Your Own DIY Planner, or email me about a consultation.
It seems strange to think that there are only two weeks left in this year. I actually had to check the calendar after I typed that. Yes. Two weeks.
The other day, I was thinking that it was early to be planning for next year. When I look at the calendar and realize that, though? It’s not too early at all. In fact, I kind of feel some pressure being applied.
But… I’m good.
I don’t have everything in place that I want for 2019, but who does? Not only am I not that organized, I don’t want to be that rigid.
My planner setup for the year is in a purple Carpe Diem A5 6-ring binder. I’m doing a hybrid method using a traditional calendar (week on two pages layout) and Bullet Journal methods. I’ve been giving it a trial run for the past couple months and it’s working out great.
I already have my goals lined up. I will be tracking them per quarter so I’ll better know where I stand with what I’m wanting to do. I won’t share them here just yet. I will let you know some of them as they come along because it involves new books, courses, and reviving my podcast.
It’s more than keeping on keeping on. It’s growing and improving and loving what I do so that I will have more things to share with you, too.
Have you started planning for 2019 yet? What kinds of content do you want to see here (or hear on the podcast) that would help you reach your goals?
The first draft of this book was written in a notebook while I was at various doctors’ appointments. At the time, I was keeping a Bullet Journal. I had several people ask me how to do it.
I repeated myself so often, I decided to write a book. It’s not very long, but it doesn’t have to be. Please be aware that in this book, I’m not talking specifically about the Bullet Journal Method. That is the intellectual property of Ryder Carroll. I am, however, talking about ways you can create your own DIY planner. Because of that, I have no doubt there are some similarities.
For a while, I was really into the Bullet Journal trend. Then I discovered I was making, basically, a traditional planner but with pages and trackers I need. I had people asking me if I would write a book about how to do what I did.
And here it is.
Create Your Own DIY Planner will help you develop your own planner that works best for you. It is a flexible system that allows for forgetting. Just turn to the next blank page and start again. You will learn the key components to your planner, common styles, and other elements you can include, such as collections, lists, challenges, and trackers.
To promote my latest book, Create Your Own DIY Planner, I had created an infographic that discusses the five types of DIY planners. I used it as a hook to get people to sign up for my newsletter. Now, I’m giving it to you here. Click through for the full-size version, then save it to your computer.
For several years, I struggled to find planner peace. What’s that?
Well, you know you have found planner peace when you find a planner system that works well for you and you like to use it.
I tried making my own. Then I found the Bullet Journal system developed by Ryder Carroll. Then I started melding my own ideas with that system. Now, while I use a few elements of that, I use mostly my own.
And I wrote a book about creating your own planner system.
Create Your Own DIY Planner.
It launches on Wednesday, which is, not coincidentally, also my birthday. Wednesday evening, I will have a launch party on Facebook where I will give away an e-copy. Print copies will be available in mid-June.
Watch this space for more updates about the book, launch party details, and more!