Monday, 21 March 2016

Planning

Last week I wrote about how I was starting to try and use my notebook as a "bullet journal".   I am pretty sure that what I am doing doesn't follow the "actual" bullet journal however, so far it is working for me.

As many of you were interested in it I thought you might like to see some more and to see how I have developed some of the pages.


First up is a month at a view.  I don't have this in my diary and it is so useful to be able to see the whole month at a glance.  This is just for appointments.  I have also added important dates - as you can see things like Easter - and a note for birthdays.  I have blanked out the actual appointments which is what the fuzzy bits are - please excuse these, I didn't think you really wanted to know everywhere I had been in March!

This page works really well for me, I have already also done one for April and will certainly continue this through the year.


Although my fitbit tracks my steps - or as you can see lack thereof on many days! - and you can look back at what you have done, I haven't found a way to see what you have done over time at a glance.  I started off writing these in the back of this notebook, then switched to a separate book.  Now though I have returned to this notebook and as part of my other pages fitted in as and when.

Again, I like the fact that I can easily look and see just how badly I have been doing.  I realise that knowing what you haven't done isn't necessarily the most thrilling thing, but it shows me that I need to keep going and also I can see the days where I have done better.  The activity is what the fitbit calculates as the active minutes of exercise, so I need this number to be 30 or more each day.


There are also some more fun pages.  I have a page for gardening jobs - none detailed yet! - and one for yarn purchases made this year.  Yes, for those of you on Ravelry I am also loading yarn purchases on there as I make them.  As I don't have a "stash" though I am not so worried about that.

I had also started a separate book for books I had read, but again I have incorporated this into this book.  As I understand it one of the ideas of a bullet journal is to have everything in one place rather than separate books and I have to say that it does motivate me to update the pages with them all being together.


Finally the weekly pages which are the most active.


Last week I had the layout above.  It was OK, but didn't really work as I had to write a lot of things out day after day - diary, dinner etc - and didn't have a space for meals.

This week I put the daily items and the meals at the top, but as you can see this hasn't left me much space on the individual days.  Better, but not quite there yet.


This is how next weeks layout is looking.  The daily things together and easy to mark off - I only worry about them Monday to Friday on the other days they happen automatically or I don't worry if they don't.  The meals will be entered on the top of the left page.

This then gives me more room on each page for the different things that day.

I add the appointments, special days, birthdays and tasks to do on specific days.


One other page I have added is an annual layout month by month for birthdays and anniversaries so that I can again see them easily all at a glance.

So, so far as good!  It does take a bit of time to write things out, but is taking less time each week and as I get going more I will not have to spend time fiddling with page layouts.  I think I have that figured out now.  Also having done the monthly pages, book, walking etc pages that will be easy to just fill in now and then add as and when.

The only bad thing is the non laying flat notebook, but as I have about six of these I will just bear with that and keep using them.  The only time it is really difficult is when I am photographing the pages, but as I won't be doing that all the time it isn't so bad.  That is why there is washi tape on the pages, it is holding them flat!  I peeled it off after the pictures.

I hope that this has been useful to you and inspired you to have a go at making your own diary and making it work for you!

Amy

41 comments:

  1. If I did all that forward planning, Amy, I'd never get anything done. Don't be a slave to a calendar/bullet journal. I used to make timetables, such as this, following how we did our timetables in school, and I'd make them for the holidays, and this set the standard and I'd make lists of jobs to do and when. Now I just do things when they need it or more importantly, when I feel like it! It must've taken you a long time to write all that down, even if you are a speedy writer. Instead, you could've had a nice cup of coffee and a read of a book, or even done some chores that needed attention. After years of going to work, I just don't want to be too organized any more. I don't have days for cleaning this or emptying that, and yet my house isn't a mess. Relax, kiddo!
    Margaret P

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    1. Goodness, that's a lot of number-crunching going on there! I'm with 'galant' and would encourage you just to live for the moment without having to stress about not having the bed changed on a Monday!! Think of all the crocheting you could get done if you didn't have to stick so rigidly to your planner. On the other hand, if you find that this works for you, all power to you. I just don't want you to feel disappointed in yourself because you can't stick to the schedule.

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  2. It looks like you're working out what works for you. Planning can be very helpful in getting things done, if you're anything like me you'll be pleased to see those ticks appearing at the side of jobs which need doing.

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  3. I do do some planning but no-where like you've shown here.
    I keep a small diary but always have a notebook handy just in case I want to make a quick note about something ... now some prefer to use the more modern method, but I'm still happy with pen and paper!

    I'm sure your way works well for you ...

    Have a great week and early Happy Easter Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  4. There's always something very satisfying about checking things off the things you've accomplished during the day. I like how you have everything in one place. I used to keep a journal of all the books I had read, but abandoned it. I might have stuck with it had I used a system like yours!

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  5. Now that is very impressive and should work well. Since taking early retirement I do things as and when but I am a fan of a list for gifts, shopping and such and keep the appointments on a wall calendar, as I don't always check a diary.

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  6. Looks like you've got it well sorted. I, on the other hand, have my planner, it has a spiral edge so it lays flat, the only problem is I haven't filled in anything.

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  7. I know what you mean galant. I am a scribbler and always have been. I keep a Household Notebook which helps run my house as it has my lists of meal plans, freezer contents, shopping lists, anything else I need to keep the house running on an even keel. However, i used to have a cleaning schedule but i don't use that any more. I clean what needs doing when it needs doing. I'm trying to live a different life now and plan a bit less. I find it hard but it is something I want to do. I don't go out to work so need to justify to myself what I get done in the day but anything after that i# am trying not to worry about.

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    1. Hurrah, a kindred spirit! Today, the house needed a clean (OK, it's not that mucky, but I like it spotless and shining, but that just ain't possible if you live in a place and don't have servants) but I also needed to write a feature, deadline coming up, so that had to take priority. It's easy for me to mentally prioritize, I don't need to write it all down simply to tick it off. I used to have so many lists! Really! Lists of things to do, Christmas presents, birthday cards to buy (I don't make them, that would take too long and I'd have to shell out on all kinds of cards and do-dahs), lists of books I'd bought/read/borrowed from the library/lent to friends, shopping list, and so forth. But life's too short to live by the List. So, as I say, I just do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. What happens if, say, Thursday is the day for cleaning the main bedroom and you happen to be ill on that day? Or if you have unexpected guests, does it get put off for another week or do you cram it into the next day as well as all the things you have down for that day, even if the sun is shining and you'd be better off going for a walk? No, I want to Ban the List, har, har!
      Margaret P

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  8. Gosh you're super-organized! I write a chores list for the day if I've a lot to do - I find unless it's written down, I tend to forget stuff. It's also very satisfying to tick things off. Everything else goes on the kitchen calendar as I tend to glance at it whilst making a cuppa. You put my slapdash methods to shame! xx

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  9. It's wonderful to see how your journal is evolving. It's great that everything is together. It also looks fun and colourful so it won't be a chore to keep it up.

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  10. I always need a little help staying organized too. I feel it helps me be a little more productive. I'm glad you're benefiting from it.
    xx Beca

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  11. Hi there Amy...
    Sorry I have not been commenting....been reading...just not commenting.
    That book is quite industrious, indeed!
    I prefer to just write small notes...as reminders to myself...
    Kudos to you, for organizing everything!!
    Have a great week ahead...and a chocolatey Easter!
    We will chat soon...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  12. Inspired enough to get off my duff and go find my new notebook and get my Easter week planned! Have a wonderful Easter/Holy week!

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  13. wonderful notes
    i had to go back to a paper calendar last week i lived with my phone calendar for 3 months and i just need that familiarity of the book form!

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  14. You have a gift for organization! Some of these things we use our calendar for...as a tickler file of sorts. The big events of the day, first snow, last snow... Books read...cool thing to keep track of.

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  15. You have a gift for organization! Some of these things we use our calendar for...as a tickler file of sorts. The big events of the day, first snow, last snow... Books read...cool thing to keep track of.

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  16. You are very organised with all those lists, Amy. Good idea to jot down your daily steps and also books read. I list the books I have read on a separate blog page but what I do need is to have a list of favourite authors or new ones I want to discover when I go to the library as when I get in there my mind goes blank and I forget some of the authors' names and also which of their books I've read and which I haven't:)

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  17. Oh wow! That is organised. I am a list person but I'm not sure I could plan on this scale. It's very impressive. X

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  18. I admire your organizational system. I do live by notes, and every day I write down what needs doing, which I enjoy tearing up and throwing away after it is done. To each her own. I do keep a list since 2011 of the books I read.

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  19. Good job. I just can't take the time to do all this recording. If I can't put it on the computer for safekeeping, it will probably be lost.

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  20. I'm glad I'm not the only one who writes down their Fitbit steps. I'm a bit obsessive about it!

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  21. Wow you are organised Amy, I just list everything that needs to be done at the beginning of my notebook then decide each day what I'm going to do off the list and cross it off once it's done, the list just seems to get longer and longer haha. :) xx

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  22. Wow! Very impressive Amy! I bet it helps you stay very well organized, as well as so smart for tracking progress. I love doing things on the computer - but I love paper and making lists too. The satisfaction of crossing things off and all of that. ;)

    Blessings on your week ahead Sweetie! xoxo

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  23. Your are so organised. I have three different notebooks on the go but I could do with a cleaning schedule xx

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  24. I really should get myself better organised ...... after all I have more than enough notebooks to keep track of all the threads of my life!

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  25. Wow, you're uber-organised, Amy! I just have my diary, a grocery list and scribble things to do on the bottom of it. I keep it a bit loose with the proviso that I try and get the mundane jobs done during the week so they don't eat into family time at the weekend. Each to their own, I say, do what works for you! xx

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  26. Wow, I am feeling very, very unorganized now. Not only did you make a great notebook, it looks well designed and very pretty. I need to get moving and get creating, not to mention do more housework.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  27. So organised! I have a few "sort of" lists, that I keep, but don't necessarily stick to. Once you've a hubby home 24/7, things can change whenever, but I manage even though I don't get near as much done as I used to. If it works for you, that is great. Take care.

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  28. would you help me plan dinners? i run out of ideas and it is time to cook and i am clueless, i always feel what and where do i start? there are always tons of leftovers ... & that is great if the meal is something i love having over and over. ha. ha! my Grandma always did washing on mondays, ironing tuesdays, her hair in rollers on saturday so it would look good on sunday church, circle i think was on thursdays, she always made time for her soap opera which came on at 2 every day. it is a no longer on ... ended a couple years back "as the world turns". funny how you always remember those kind of things. she would even iron my grandfather's undies, now she was a real quick ironer ... not me. ha. ha! ( :

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  29. thanks for sharing this, I find the idea really interesting, and I like how you can keep reviewing what works for you and adapting it. x

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  30. Very interesting, great to look back at your books and scores and compare them with the previous year x

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  31. You are very organized! I have monthly calendars that I've used for years to write menus in. It helps me plan meals, because I can always go back and see what I've made before. I like your idea's and I find if I write a list that needs to be done, I'm more inspired to do it.

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  32. My goodness, Amy, you are one busy little gal! I am tired just looking at all you have accomplished and all you have planned! This gives you a way of patting yourself on the back - as you surely deserve! I have a travel, art, dream, and gardening journal, but I am not consistent with them. Still, it is fun to look at them every now and again and add something new. I admire your organization! That is probably how you get everything accomplished, I'm sure. xx Karen

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  33. I'm tired just reading all that lol. Glad you're finding a system that works for you. I personally find that much structure can get a bit overwhelming for me so try to allocate time for particular tasks during the day rather than having a distinct task. So I might say I'll do some housework between 10-11am but I won't list what chores I'll do during that time. I'm aware not everyone gets tied up in knots over things like I can lol

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  34. I always looking at how other people keep a handle on all their everyday tasks :) Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Bullet journals are brilliant; I tried but I needed a diary, so now I use a few thin notebooks joined together in a Travelers Notebookcover.

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  36. I don't keep a list of things that get done regularly (ie. housework, laundry). But I do prepare a list in a small notebook for anything outside of that. Usually just things I don't want to forget (gifts etc). Appts are written on a wall calendar so I see them each day and don't forget them ... hmmm, seems my lists revolve around just remembering stuff! Sometimes if I have a day off coming to me, I'll write a list of all the things I want to accomplish in that one day. It all looks so ambitious and I rarely get all the things done of course. Your daily lists are very extensive. You are a very organized gal!
    Wendy xox

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  37. This looks such a great idea! I haven't needed a diary until now but within so many things going on it is difficult to keep track of it all. It is always an incentive if I write things down and then can tick them off the list. Thanks for all the tips I will be incorporating them into my plans. Sarah x

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  38. Hey Amy,
    I am a to do lost scribbler, who then loses said list, is forced to write another one which is most likely different to the original etc, etc, etc. I find that I ma less organised as I get older. I'm not sure if that's down to an aged brain, or caring less ;)) I do like your handwriting. Mine is appalling!
    Leanne x

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  39. I like lists too, and am always writing little reminders to myself. It's always very interesting to read about how others organise their lives. X

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