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.
I’ve been seeing this journal mentioned all across social media. I caught it on sale and thought I would try it out.
As of right now, I’ve been using it for a little over a week. And I like it.
Developed by Mel Robbins and her team, it plays off of the 5 Second Rule. Count backwards from 5.
5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Get [Stuff] Done!
The journal came wrapped in plastic. It’s an off-set hard cover journal that lies flat. There’s a short introduction that explains some of the science behind it and an example of it’s layout. Then it starts right in.
The top of the page is the setting, followed immediately by how you feel. There’s a space for you to write three reasons for why you feel that way. It’s followed by a space for what you can do to be more energized.
After that, you jump into what I consider the meat of the journal. Your project for the day. This includes why it’s important to you and one thing you can do to move forward. You also decide what time you’re going to quit working for the day. There’s a space for other thoughts in case there’s something that pops up while you’re deciding on your project for the day.
The second page of the daily layout can be used as a calendar/schedule. Or you can ignore the times on the right side and use it just for notes and brainstorming.
It is easy to set up and quit to use. All told, I think I spend less than 5 minutes a day on this. It is not meant to replace your daily planner, but is intended to be a supplement to it.
I like that it’s ease of use lets me focus on what I need to get done. Because you don’t have a lot of room for extra writing, you’re forced to cut through the excess and figure out what is the most important thing to do that day.
In addition to some pictures of the blank journal, I have included a couple images of pages that I have filled out. I think that gives you a better idea of how to use it than just the diagrammed example provided the front of the journal.
Have you heard of CreativeLive? It’s a website with live and recorded classes on a very wide variety of subjects of interest to creatives. They also have an interesting blog.
I don’t talk about it near often enough.
Next year, CreativeLive turns 10! It was started in 2009 by Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson. Part of their central philosophy is that there is a creator in everyone. Essentially agreeing with my primary key to creativity: Everyone is creative.
They’ve been highlighted in Entrepreneur Magazine, ABC News, GeekWire, Inc., and Mashable, just to name a few.
Categories for their courses include:
Photo & Video
Craft & Maker
Money & Life
Art & Design
Music & Audio
Upcoming classes this week include:
Introduction to Paper Marbling
Posing 101: Essentials
How to Make Money
Craft Photography Fundamentals
Introduction to Adobe Stock
And many more.
Some of their instructors include:
I could keep going.
I really don’t know how to tell you how valuable a resource Creative Live is. All I can really do is to encourage you to go and check it out, if you haven’t already.
There’s a reason I’m telling you about this right now. Close to Christmas.