Since I haven’t had any luck with the planners I’ve seen, I’ve been working on making my own. I need one that is project-based, works with my right brain as well as my left brain, is well organized, and isn’t just about planning. I need a little bit of wellness in my planner too. I thought I would show you what I have got so far and where I’m still trying to figure it out. Since it is the beginning of the month I thought it was a good time to show you what I’ve got. By the way, forgive the bad lighting. It’s been dark and rainy here for a few days and it doesn’t look like the lighting is going to get better anytime soon.
First up, my monthly spread.
On the left side is the Bullet Journal style monthly view. I like that it’s simple. The regular calendar format can be a huge pain. There isn’t much room to write anything in those boxes. This layout works well for me.
The right side is about goals and maintaining a positive attitude. The top section, brag, gratitude and desire, is an idea I got from this interview that Marie Forleo did with Regena Thomashauer. I decided to record this at the beginning of every month as a way to start the month off positively. The brag is something I accomplished the previous month. The gratitude is to help maintain an attitude of gratitude, something I have trouble doing. The desire is something I am working on and would like to accomplish in the current month.
The second part of the right side is my intention board. I should have taken the picture before I filled it out because I do it differently every month while I figure out what works best for me. I didn’t think about doing this post until after I began working on it.
Next is my weekly spread.
The left side is the planning side. The sections marked with the days are where I break down whatever projects I’m working on that week and whatever appointments I have. I’m working on creating good habits so on the top right of this page, I have a “Habits Tracker”. I track no more than three habits at a time but I prefer to only track one or two. I write down the habit and have seven boxes underneath it to check off each day I do it. Beneath the habits tracker is the “Projects In Focus” where I chose what projects I’m going to focus on for the week. This gets filled out first. Beneath that is my reading plan. I used to be a voracious reader. I read everything I could get my hands on. High school really destroyed that for me and I never got that love for reading back. So I am experimenting with planning out my reading in hopes of actually getting some done.
On the right side is my balance sheet. It’s based on Stephen Covey’s concept of “Sharpening the Saw” or at least what I’ve read about it. People tend to get too focused on work or family and don’t take care of themselves. Sharpening the saw is about making sure to exercise the other main aspects of your life;
The first four little pictures represent those four things. I decided to add the other roles I am trying to grow right now.
- web developer
- journaling for healing coach
By each picture, I write whatever I plan to do that week to exercise that part. I call it a balance sheet because that is what it is about, maintaining balance. Plus, my last job was in accounting so I thought it was kind of funny since this balance sheet is much more important to me.
Ok, so this post is already very long and I haven’t even gotten to my daily pages. I’ll go ahead and break up this post and talk about the daily pages in my next post. My daily pages are where I’m having trouble so I have a lot to talk about.
See you in my next post.