A New Planner Page & a Motivation Trick

New Planner Pages & a Motivation Trick 1

Most of you know that I’ve been a Franklin Covey girl for a long, long time.  I wander off the path occasionally but I usually end up back in my Franklin.  However, I’ve been downsizing and the compact feels too big.  So I cut the Franklin Covey compact pages down and put them in my Filofax Personal Guildford.  I haven’t decided whether I can handle them that way or not.  I don’t have a problem with the smaller size but I’m not thrilled about the hole placement. Continue reading “A New Planner Page & a Motivation Trick”

ADHD Planner Setup

This is probably going to be the strangest planner setup article you’ve ever read.  But maybe the most interesting, too?  Well, it’ll definitely be an experience.  I just hope that when you’re done you don’t think I’m a nut case.

Many of you know that I used a Franklin Covey Compact two pages per day for 20 years.

Franklin Covey Compact Planner

The first 15 years I didn’t realize there were other options so I stuck pretty faithfully with my FC (fewer options is better when you have ADHD).  My recollection is that I used it faithfully.  But my archives and my best friend say different.  My archives show gaps in use.  My best friend says I’ve always struggled with my planner.

Until about 5 years ago, I made it work.  It served me well enough that I was able to keep my ducks in a row, for the most part.  But 5 years ago life started getting crazy.  I won’t bore you with all the details but let’s just say I went from a well-ordered life (at least that’s what I remember) to a crazy one.  Life became very unpredictable and difficult to plan.  And my FC compact started driving me crazy.  I tried anything and everything to get it to work but I just couldn’t.

I started exploring other options – like upgrading to a FC classic size (5-1/2 x 8-1/2).  I liked all the space but I didn’t like carrying that giant planner and looking like a nerd.  I tried Filofax.  I bought a personal Malden and day on two pages inserts.  But it was too small. Are you seeing a pattern here?  I sounded like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – this one’s too small; this one’s too big.  It seemed like the compact was just the right size.  Only it wasn’t.  And I was tired of it.  20 years is a long time.

So I struggled.  I can’t tell you how many nights I sat on the couch with three planners on my lap.  I asked my husband’s advice so many times he can practically recite the speech while asleep:  “Just pick one. What is so hard about a planner setup? Any of them will work.”  And the rest of my family just rolled their eyes when I mentioned my planner struggle.

At the end of every year I started panicking about which planner I’d use starting January 1st.  I desperately wanted to pick one and stick with it.  But then January rolled around and I was no closer to choosing!  I just felt more pressured.  By the time February arrived I was completely depressed because I wanted this to be the year I decided.   Oh, wait.  I did decide. But then I changed my mind.  Sometimes multiple times in the same day.

And here we are again.  I have to decide because I’m driving myself (and my family) crazy and my ducks are NOT in a row!!!

So I analyzed my schedule and my needs and realized that most of what I do every day is the same.  And between my household routine and my blogging routine, I don’t have much time left.  So I created a custom page for my Filofax that included routine tasks with a few lines for extra tasks.  Those few lines were to remind me that I don’t have much extra time so I shouldn’t write much.  I also included things to do sheet on the left side for all the other stuff I think of that needs done sometime.  That sheet travels with the daily page.  Notes about my day go on the back of the page.  I also borrowed an idea from Raine of limetreefruits and added a “De-Brief” page at the end of the week where I can write a summary of my week and a few thoughts about how I can do better the next week.

Filofax personal custom pages

Filofax personal custom pages

Filofax personal custom pages

Filofax personal custom pages
De-Brief is an important part of my planner setup.

I used these pages for a couple of weeks and was very excited about them.  But then I noticed a problem (of course).  Using this planner setup I wasn’t getting the extra things done and some of them were important.  Also, I had several days that fell apart and by the time I had a chance to catch my breath, I was completely overwhelmed and had no idea what to do next (thank you, ADHD).

And that’s when I realized that as much as I love the personal Malden Filofax with my custom pages, they will not work for me.  I need a different planner setup in order to function effectively with a chaotic schedule, ADHD issues and all my responsibilities.

Drum roll please.  And the answer is . . .

Franklin Covey Classic with Two Pages Per Day

Are you disappointed?  Were you expecting something . . . well, different?!  I know.  I was disappointed, too.  But after much analysis, this is what the doctor ordered.

Here’s how I’ve been using it:

Franklin Covey Classic

I divided the to-do section into three parts.

TOP:  Must Do

MIDDLE:  Blog

BOTTOM:  House Dailies

Then when I have one of those days when I go from Plan A to Plan M and I don’t have a clue what to do next, I just look at the Must Do category and pick one.  It doesn’t even matter which one.  If I happen to get all those done, I can choose out of the other sections or not choose.  It doesn’t matter that much since the Must Do’s will be done.

The best part of having the page divided this way is that it’s easier for my ADHD mind to compartmentalize.  That’s the problem I was having with the custom pages in the Filofax – because of the small pages, all the tasks ran together and when I needed to see what to do next, I couldn’t.  That’s not necessarily going to be the case for everyone – that’s just me!

I’m also marking the schedule page so I can see at a glance when I have time to work on my Must Do’s or other tasks.  On this particular day, I was free for a little while in the morning but then I left to pick up the grandkids.  From 11:00 to 1:30 I was either traveling to get them and bring them home or feeding them lunch.  The time from 4:00 to 8:30 was when they would be up and expecting my undivided attention. With my schedule marked this way, I’m able to see exactly when I have time to work on tasks.  In this case, a little time in the morning, a few hours in the afternoon, and after 8:30 when they go to bed.

I might end up using the very bottom section for my menu but for right now I have it up at the very top. Once again this is the planner setup that works for me. It might not work for everyone.

I’ve divided the Notes page into two sections.  The section on the left is for notes – anything and everything that comes up during the day.  The right side is my food journal.  I’ve increased my activity lately and now it’s time to clean up my diet.  The most effective way to keep a food journal for me is to have it right on my planner page where I can see it every time I look at my planner.  If it’s in a section at the back, it’s easy to ignore.  But right there . . . I can’t miss it!

I’m also using the Progress Task List made by Franklin Covey.  It allows me to write all the other tasks I think of directly on the page finder and that also is in clear view so I don’t forget there are other things to do besides the ones on my list.  But they’re in a designated location so they don’t overwhelm me.

Here’s another sample:

Franklin Covey Classic Planner Setup

So this is my planner set-up for 2014.  I hope.  Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted – unless I’m too embarrassed to admit I changed again.  And if I do change again, it’ll probably be right back to my FC Compact . . . which is actually looking pretty good right now . . . you know, just the right size.  Just kidding.  Mostly.

How about you?  Do you struggle choosing a planner setup and/or format?


 More time management/planner articles are available
in the Time Management Index.


Agendio Customizable Planners

Agendio Planners

I am a huge geek over planners. I have made hundreds of page templates over the years. I even bought a Cinch from We R Memory Keepers to do my own spiral bound planners. I finally found a Classic Cherry Filofax Compact knock off that I fell in love with and I have used it more consistently than any other size I have tried. This little bright cheerful planner put my spiral bound planners on the shelf. Continue reading “Agendio Customizable Planners”

Planner Experiment Results: Not What I Expected!

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The Planner Experiment didn’t turn out the way I expected – and that’s probably a good thing.  I’m pretty sure I was hoping to get a list of planner options from which I would randomly choose one and miraculously stick to it forever, or at least for a long time.  But it didn’t happen that way.  Instead of a list of planning systems, you all gave me great advice and some things to think about.  You tried to figure out what I needed so that I could finally have planner peace again.  And I thank you for that.  You are all wonderful and I’m blessed to have you reading my blog.

Since you had such great advice, I decided to start this post by sharing some of it.  I know there are other people besides me who are struggling to find a measure of planner peace and these suggestions could be helpful for them, too. Since most of this is available in the comments, what’s in this post is a summary.


Cat:  But you keep going back to compact Franklin Covey two pages per day?

What is it exactly you do NOT like about the Franklin Covey two pages per day that you keep going back to?   This is a great question.  Anytime you’re considering switching or feeling dissatisfaction with your current set-up, ask yourself what it is you don’t like.  If you can’t fix it, at least you have a better idea of what to look for in the new system.


Cat:  IF IT WORKS…THEN WORK IT! The grass (or planner) is not always greener on the other side! This is SO true!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided to switch sizes or formats and was in the new size and format only minutes before I realized it wasn’t an improvement and ran back to my Franklin Covey.


Elena (weekendwife.wordpress.com):  I would think that with the amount of writing you do on a daily basis that you would be hard-pressed to switch to a format that would hinder how much you write. You want freedom in your planner, not feeling like you’re being suppressed.  And this is one reason why there are so many different options.  Elena hit the nail on the head. I want lots of writing room and freedom within structure.  Trying to find a system that goes against my basic needs will never work.  That’s true of everyone.  If you like writing, you can’t choose a system with no room to write.  If you don’t like writing, you don’t need a lot of room.  If you write large, you probably won’t be happy with a tiny planner that requires tiny writing.  So the first rule in choosing a planner format is to choose one that meets our basic needs.


Elena (weekendwife.wordpress.com):  My other vote would be to still use classic/A5 (as you need space) and just use plain lined or grid paper and perhaps draw out different types of layouts (either weekly or daily) and test them out that way without spending money on formatted pages first.  There’s no rule that says you can’t use blank paper.  Blank paper can be a very effective planning tool.


Doug Puryear (addadultstrategies.wordpress.com):  homey – read your requirements. Haven’t you already picked the right planner for you right there? Would you consider trying it for 6 months instead of one? Wouldn’t that make your life better? Or are you on the quest for the Holy Grail?  Duh.  Doug’s right.  My “rules” outlined a lot of details about the planner I want.  Sometimes we know what we want but we still think something else will be better or more interesting or more exciting.  The truth is that time management and doing the do’s on our list is work.  It’s not necessarily fun.  And having the right planner doesn’t make it more fun to clean the kitchen or do the laundry.  A planner is a tool.  When my husband chooses a tool for a remodeling job he needs to do, his primary focus is whether it will do the job and if it’s the right price.  Obviously we can have a little more fun with our planners than he can with his tools, but the bottom line is the same – a planner is a tool.

I wish I could tell Doug I wasn’t searching for the Holy Grail.  I didn’t think I was but maybe I am.  Or maybe I’m just bored with my to-do’s and hoping a different planner will make them more fun.  Has anybody had success with that?  I’m guessing not.


Bree (simplyparticular.blogspot.com):  I do think any planner is better than no planner, but I don’t think any planner will work if we stick with it.  I think you’re right, Bree.  I think one reason Ashley can make any planner work is because she’s staying with a similar style.  She knows what she likes and the different formats she tries are all within that style.  If she tried using something different, like GTD, I don’t think it would work for her.  We have basic needs in our planning system and certain planners meet those needs better than others.  Within the style we like, there can be other options, though.


Bree (simplyparticular.blogspot.com):   What are the things that you reference when you take your planner out of your purse away from home? (Not the just in cases, the actual things you refer to). What do you like most about the ring binders that you keep returning to even though the pages inside don’t always work? Texture? Color? Layout? Clasp style?  What are the things that create friction and prevent you from using a planner that’s working okay?  (For me, I’ve learned I won’t deal with all the folding pages like DIY Fish, I must have a binder that lays flat, I must have dated pages, and when I design my own pages I have to print a ton because when I run out I don’t always have the time/energy to get the next batch going).  What colors, font styles and designs make you happy? What colors and designs bore, repel or frustrate you?  What planning tools have intrigued you, if money were no object?  These are great questions, Bree, and I think that before any of us make changes we should ask ourselves these.  The more we can figure out ahead of time, the more money and time we’ll save in trying to find a system we like and that works for us. 


Helen:  I have two thoughts on this – On the one hand, you need something that works the way you do. On the other, if you really want to prove the claim you make in the title, that *any* planner can work, you need to go 100% out of your comfort zone, to something totally different to what you’ve used before.  Wow, Helen.  You’re absolutely right.  To prove that claim, I need to do something different.  But in my “rules”, I pretty much laid out the same system I’m currently using.  The truth is – I don’t want to try something different.  I want to try something just a little bit different than what I’m currently using.  I had no idea I was doing that.


Jane: I really think that you should stick with compact Franklin Covey 2ppd. I know it’s boring, but it really does seem to work best for you. At least my impression is that you complain less on your blog about missing things or feeling stressed out when you stick with that system. That’s probably not what you wanted to hear, though.  You’re right, Jane.  That’s not what I wanted to hear but I’m hearing that a lot.  Even when people suggest other options, they end with the idea that I probably really should stick with my Franklin Covey.  Sometimes the best system for us is the one we already have.


Kim (tinyrayofsunshine.blogspot.com):  Ultimately, pick whichever has the least amount of friction for you and makes you feel like you’re actually happy and getting things done. If some part of it is getting in the way, perhaps it isn’t the size but the type of planner. I’ve heard that there’s a big thing surrounding ring-bound planners called “perfect size, but too small pages”.  If this is the case for you, I suggest ditching them altogether and try a different ring system like the discbound system, their pages tend to be closer to the actual size of the notebook itself while lending to format of a notebook and flexibility of a ring-bound binder. Interesting idea.  I had never heard of that but it’s exactly right.  I’ve never considered the discbound system but maybe I’ll look into it.


And finally, I thought this was a good note to end on:

Kim (tinyrayofsunshine.blogspot.com):  And lastly, you might totally hate the challenge if it turns out that a few days in it’s not the way YOU plan and what you like. That’s perfectly okay, we all have our preferences. If this happens, I suggest forgoing the challenge and going back to the last system that worked best for you and find a way to be happy with it. You probably don’t need to even lug it around with you. I leave my Bullet Journal at home most of the time.  When I go out for dinner and errands, no need to bring a planner type deal with me!  Instead I bring a pocket notebook just in case anything comes up that I need to write down. Back to what I was saying, do what’s best for you, don’t keep doing the challenge to try to please us, we read your articles because we like you, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your own happiness. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!  You’re right, Kim.  No one can choose a planner for us – we have to choose for ourselves.  I’ve sat down with my family many times and forced them to choose one for me and then I promptly used a different one.  Actually, that can be a good strategy for figuring out which one you really want to use!  Unfortunately it doesn’t sit well with the people you forced to help you for the millionth time.


So what did I decide?  In case you’re interested, I’m going to use –

Personal Filofax Guildford
with
DIYFish Life Mapping Pages

DIYFish Life Mapping System

I’ll keep you posted on how I use them.  And thank you again for all your help and support.

A Planner Experiment: I Need Your Help!

A Planner Experiment: I Need Your Help!

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My daughter-in-law, Ashley, can make any planner work.  Seriously.  Her only problem is that she gets bored. She uses one format for a while and then likes to try something new.  But she usually sticks to one planner size so it’s no big deal to use a different format every week if she wants to.

I’m not like Ashley.  Not even a little bit.  I find fault with every single planner I try.  And every size.  So while she’s experimenting within the same planner size and thus maintaining continuity, I’m experimenting with different formats AND different sizes.  It doesn’t actually work very well – not very well at all – because my information is all over the place.

So I decided to see if I could be like Ashley.  But I need your help.  I want to do an experiment but I need some assistance and some accountability.

My goal is to show that

any planner can work

Here’s where you come in.  I want YOU to choose my planner/format and I’ll use it for one month.  Here are the guidelines:

  1. Please stick to ring bound if possible. I’ve tried bound books and traveler’s notebooks and ring binders really work better for me.  However, if you really, really, really think I should try one, go ahead and suggest it.
  2. Any size is okay but keep in mind that I already have binders in classic size (5.5×8.5), personal (3.75×6.75) and compact (4.25×6.75).
  3. Probably not weeklies. I’ve used two pages per day for years because I write a LOT.  However, as I said before, if you really think I need to give weeklies a shot, go ahead and suggest it.
  4. The planner you recommend can be one you’ve made and sell in your Etsy shop; a planner system you give away on your blog; a planner you made for yourself to use; a mainstream pre-printed system; or simply a system that doesn’t necessarily have inserts (like GTD); or something else I haven’t thought of.
  5. Cast your vote in the comments below or email me at homemakersdaily (at) yahoo (dot) com. Whichever way you contact me, be sure to include a link or photo of the planner you want me to try.
  6. I’d rather not spend more than $25 if possible.

I’ll assign each suggestion a number and then choose the winner using random.org.

Here’s the fun part.  I’ll post weekly updates showing how the planner is working for me and how I’m adapting it to meet my needs.

So cast your vote as soon as possible because I’m closing this “contest” on Sunday afternoon, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. central standard time.  I’ll choose the winner Sunday afternoon and then get to work setting up the planner for the week.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!  This will be fun.

P.S.  You don’t have to choose a system based on my lifestyle or needs, but if you want to know what my life is like, here’s a brief summary.  I’m 54 years old. I stay home full-time but I do work several hours a day on this blog.  I watch my grandchildren every chance I get.  I have ADHD so I struggle with time management.  My days are very unpredictable which makes planning a challenge.  If I don’t write things down, I don’t do them, so I write a lot!  I like checking things off.  I usually include my routine tasks on my to-do list or else I’m likely to forget them.  And if you have any questions that might help you with your vote, please feel free to ask.


 

A Tale of Three Planners – An Update

A Tale of Three Planners, Part 2

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Planner use changes as circumstances change (or when we get bored!).  My daughter, daughter-in-law and I have all changed our planners since I wrote A Tale of Three Planners in September 2014.  If you missed that one, you can read about it here.   So I decided it was time to give you a peek at how our systems have changed.


Ashley

I’ve been a ring-bound girl for a long time now. So when my mother-in-law suggested a fauxdori, I was excited to give it a try but skeptical that it would actually work for me.

We had a blast that day making our own fauxdoris out of a piece of brown leather and making booklets to fit inside.  But after putting them into the fauxdori, I kinda wigged out. It was such a huge change and I felt like I was abandoning my beautiful pink Filofax original. But, here’s my adorable pink fauxdori!

Ashley's Fauxdori

The ones we originally made were about the size of a personal Filofax, give or take a few inches. I found this one on Amazon for 15 bucks. When it came, I grabbed my magnifying glass so I could see it. This sucker is way smaller than I thought it would be. I found myself disappointed because I thought, “no way can I make something that small work.”  But I had fallen in love with it, and I decided, “for better or for worse”. So I gave it a try.

 I love it.

You can make your own books or buy them (I make mine). You can add charms and pretty covers to your books and there is something about not being ring-bound that rocks my face off. And ALL of my books are homemade except my calendar which is one of those cheapies from Walmart.

Ashley's Fauxdori

Ashley's Fauxdori
These pages are from Miss Tiina on Etsy.

Ashley's Fauxdori

Ashley's Fauxdori

I was SO bored before so I welcomed the hardcore change. It’s completely different than anything I have ever used and I’m having a blast!

If you want to try one, you don’t have to spend a fortune. There are tons of tutorials on how to make your own fauxdoris and booklets on You Tube so you can experiment for cheap before forking out big bucks for books and a real traveler’s notebook.

I always love your feedback! Tell me what you think!

TTYL,
Ash


Rachel

Rachel’s circumstances have changed BIG time.  Three months ago she had her first baby, a little girl named Everly, and quit working to stay home full-time.  Well, she didn’t exactly quit working.  She and her husband also have a photography business.

Rachel's Planner

Rachel always liked bound planners with a weekly view but for a while she ventured into the world of ring bound planners with a variety of page layouts.  She ended up with a weekly view (DIYFish inserts) in a Daytimer portable size binder.

But a while back I won a Quo Vadas weekly planner and asked her if she wanted it.  She did.  In fact, she fell in love with it and immediately ditched her ring bound planner.  We had a Franklin Covey cover laying around that she put the planner in and she’s happy as a clam. I think it’s actually a relief to her not to have to print pages or deal with rings.  She also uses the planner as her wallet.

Rachel's Planner

Rachel's Planner

Rachel's Planner

Rachel's Planner

In addition to the paper planner, she also uses Trello for her photography business and Reminders on her iPhone for anything she needs to be reminded about.

She’s pretty busy with the baby these days so she doesn’t do a lot of planning.  There are two columns in the paper planner that she uses for all her tasks.  One column is for her menu and the other is for her tasks.  She only writes down what will fit in the box – which amounts to about five things.


Patty

Well, I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t decided on anything and I’ve been trying everything.  Seriously.  I’ve spent tons of time on Etsy and Google Images looking at planner pages and trying to find something that will work for my crazy schedule, my lack of motivation and my ADHD.  So far nothing has caught my interest.  In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lousy job at keeping track of information or doing much planning.

Patty's Planner Fiasco

I’ve gone back and forth between my personal size Filofax Guildford, my compact Franklin Covey Her Point of View and my Franklin Covey Classic Giada with 1.25” rings.  Every time I think I need more space and get out the Classic, I end up using it about 15 minutes and then put it back.  It’s too big.  I think my favorite is the personal Guildford.  I keep going back to that one because I like the smaller size. It feels good in my hand and fits well in my purse.

Patty's Planner

I’d have to say my favorite method of all the pages I’ve tried and looked at lately is the unstructured/bullet journal approach.  That seems to be the easiest for my unpredictable schedule – I can use the page and plan however I need to to make it work for my day.  However, whether I’ll use this format is anybody’s guess.

You know . . . sometimes, even though you know you have to have a planner to function, you just don’t want to use one anymore.  And you’ve looked at so many pages and formats and systems that your head is spinning and you have no idea what you should do.  That’s where I am.  I’m going to blame it on menopause hormones which are wrecking havoc with my adhd!  Now if I could only get through menopause, maybe things would settle down and this planner stuff wouldn’t be such a big deal.

unstructured planning page

I was talking to my daughter-in-law about my planner woes the other day and she had some thought provoking comments.  She said:  “A planner page is just a page for the day.  It doesn’t assess the day you’re having and change to fit your day.  You have to make the page fit your day.  I think you’re making it too hard.”

I said:  “I don’t have any structure.”
She said:  “Then you have to create it.”

I said:  I’m not consistent.”
She said:  “Then you need to learn to be.”

Then she reminded me of something I told her a long time ago.  “The less structure you have in your life, the more planning you need to do.  And the less structure you have in your life, the better your system needs to be.”  Dang.  I hate it when she uses my words against me.

So in conclusion, let us know if you have any questions about any of our planning systems.  And if you know of any awesome pages that might work for me, let me know.  I’m looking for something with flexibility within structure.  Beyond that, I’ll know it when I see it!  Can anyone relate???

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

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Yes, I’m trying something new.  After analyzing my schedule, my needs and my preferences, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need something different.

I’ve been cycling back and forth between the same systems, hoping each time that something would change and they would work for me.  I blamed myself thinking I wasn’t committed enough or disciplined enough.  But I finally realized that at this point in my life, none of these systems were ever going to work because they weren’t right for my needs.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time on etsy and various blogs looking at each and every planner system/page available but none of them were truly different from what I’ve been trying already.  So in the end, I decided on a modified version of the bullet journal.  My system is still in progress but here’s what I have so far.

I’m using a personal Filofax Guildford.  I’ve considered switching to a classic size planner because I tend to write so much but I’m trying hard to resist the urge and stay in the personal.  I love the writing room of the classic but I love the portability of the personal more – at least for now.

My planner still consists of page lifters (homemade), A-Z tabs (Daytimer), monthly calendar tabs (Daytimer) and five tabs at the back for odds and ends (Filofax).  I also have a bunch of graph paper that’s either DIYFish pages or my own graph pages. I don’t keep a lot of post-it notes or cards in my planner.  Sometimes I have a few business cards or receipts but that’s about it.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

I must have monthly tabs for advance planning and reference.  So those are a part of my bullet journal system.  I keep pending items on my monthly calendar and use codes when I don’t have enough room to write something out.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

I love, love, love the monthly chart and calendar from DIYFish Life Mapping System so I’ve included several of those.  The first is just behind the Daytimer monthly page and is for tracking David’s jobs (he’s a self-employed remodeling contractor) and bills.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The second is behind one of the tabs and is for tracking health.  One side is for tracking my daily weigh-ins and the other is for tracking my calories and steps.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

 

The last monthly chart is for the blog.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

Directly behind the monthly tab is the meat of the system – the daily pages.  Take a look:

I discovered that it bothered me having the notes and tasks combined.  It made it harder to see the tasks.  So I started putting circles around the notes – not each note individually – just blocks of notes.  That helped a lot.

 

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

That big checkmark next to those photo dates means I have them recorded on my monthly calendar.

L is a lesson I learned.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The dot in the Pay Bills box means I started it but didn’t finish.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

I put this weekly page in for advance planning for the week.  I really didn’t have anything I needed to write when I made the chart.  Most of the time I do, though.  I’ll probably put a flat on this page so I can find it easily when I’m making my list for the next day.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The other side of that weekly page was intended to be a place to record my priorities for the week and anything else I might want to have handy for planning purposes.

Sometimes if something is really important, instead of putting a star by it or some other code, I just write it really big – like the mileage entry.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

I did get tired of re-writing my dailies every day so I made a label to put at the top of the page.  I’ve only done this one day so I don’t know if it will be a permanent thing or not.  I’m just giving it a try.

The Craziest Bullet Journal You’ll Ever See

I’ll be doing an index like I’ve done with my Franklin Covey system in the past.  Instead of numbering the pages like the bullet journal system recommends, I’ll be indexing by date.  That’s what I’m used to, and since I’m not using a bound book, it will be easier.  Numbering pages works really well in a bound book but it’s a little more complicated in a ring bound system.

I’m pretty excited about this system and hope it will be the answer I’m looking for.  It’s definitely not a traditional bullet journal system but it’s what will work for me.

What planning system are you using?