Posts Tagged With: diy planner

Discovering the Bullet Journal

Toward the end of March, I discovered Bullet Journaling. I had never heard of the concept before until I stumbled across a recommended YouTube video. Don’t you find it scary too how well that little imp can, sometimes, guess what we are going to love?

I have been trying it out since and can say: I really do love it. It filled a void I’ve been latently aware of for a while but never took the time to deliberately tackle. When I saw the Bullet Journal, I instantly knew that this might be something.

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DIY Calendar / Weekly Notebook

All the bookstores are cramped with calendars at the moment. Is it me or do you also get the feeling that calendars come out earlier and earlier every year?

Usually, I wouldn’t be thinking about calendars yet for another half year—until mine is used up and they are mostly sold out ;-).

However, I’m currently in the midst of improving my time and self management with a vengeance. And calendars play a vital role in good time management.

In my quest to a more organized and relaxed life, I’ve come to a point where I have to ditch my beloved tiny pocket calendar and instead go for something I can do my weekly planning in while commuting.

I’ve found that daily planning does not work for me. If I schedule a particular activity for a certain day, very likely I won’t do it. If I schedule activities for a week, on the other hand, I can very well motivate myself to do things from the list if I have time.

I looked in several shops and did long searches on the internet. As usual, it was exceedingly difficult to find a particular thing on the net if you don’t know precisely how it is called.

The closest thing I found to what I wanted was a so-called “weekly notebook” or “Wochennotizkalender” for my German readers. It has a double page for each week: the weekdays are on the left to note down appointments and there is an entire page for week notes on the right.

I really liked some of the ones I saw, but with all the categories I had that I wanted to take notes for, I could be sure that only one A6 page for notes was just not enough space.

After a while I realized that what I wanted didn’t exist and that I’d have to go and make it myself. Continue reading

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My Creative Month – July 2015

Fourth of July

I made some sweet treats for July 4th: A Stars & Stripes pie as well as red, white, and blue cake pops. Yummy! 😉

 

DIY Planner

I continued working with my planner and wrote a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own DIY Planner.

I’m so glad I kept the “binding” flexible! I had to add a couple of pages that I hadn’t thought of before and replaced some that didn’t quite work the way I thought they would.

And one very big change had to be made: I was hoping to do my weekly planning in there, but it is just no use. Since it is not replacing my pocket calendar, I just grew tired of copying all my appointments in there, and I didn’t really see the point.

For a while I thought I could just use week planning sheets that didn’t have the weekdays on them and have my pocket calendar there when planning.

But the second thing that didn’t work out was that I thought I could take a few minutes every morning or evening to look into the planner. That, too, is just not happening. I have way more time to look at all that when I’m commuting. So again, no use to have this in there.

I’ve been experimenting with to do list apps for a while, and they nicely complement my weekly planning on paper (because they are good for errands and shopping lists, etc. … i.e. things that are done quickly). But for me they just don’t work as weekly planning devices. I need paper.

So I knew the days of my tiny pocket calendar were up and I had to replace it, which I did:

DIY Calendar

As much as I love to have a tiny pocket calendar with a nice overview, I just had to admit to myself that I needed a new pocket calendar that would give me some room for doing my week planning while commuting.

Long searches on the internet made me realize that exactly what I wanted didn’t exist. I found something called a “weekly notebook” (or “Wochennotizkalender” for my German readers 😉 ), which was close. It has a double page per week with the left page being a normal calendar page with one week and a lined right page for week notes.

But I thought that this was still too little space for sensible planning. I wanted one double page for the week days followed by one double page for notes, with my own headlines, preferably.

The most important thing for me, though, was that it had to be A6 for the well-known reasons that my handbag is just too small for A5 and that I don’t want to carry so much heavy stuff around with me. My bag is heavy enough as it is.

I’ll describe how I made it in its own post, but here is a picture of it:

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Make Your Own DIY Planner

Today I’ll be sharing how and why I made my own DIY planner and I will show you step by step how to make your own.

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My Creative Month – June 2015

This has been a month dedicated to improving my organization. I’ve always been a decently organized person without having to do much about it. Recently, however, I find myself having too much on my mind, too many projects I’m working on, and having too much to think of at work and at home. The result was that I started forgetting things or getting stressed. Add my ever-growing frustration that I feel I don’t get as much done as I’d like, and you know that I needed an action plan.

DIY Planner + ToDo Lists

I’ve never really been a planner person, that’s for sure. I’ve tried it, bought some bigger calendars and ended up never writing much in them. I have a tiny calendar with two weeks on a double page where the most important dates go in and that’s it.

The main problem I have with store-bought planners is that I seem to work in a very different way than the people designing these planners.

So, I was naturally excited when, at the end of last month, I ran into basically a whole community on the web designing their own DIY planners. And I decided to make my own. There are awesome templates out there. But again, I felt that I needed to do my own VERY PERSONALIZED thing if I was ever going to use this. Continue reading

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Time Management and Creativity

Before some time last year, I was convinced that time management and creativity don’t go together. That time management was surely a good thing—for other people—but that I had little use for it.

I’m a creative person, after all, and aren’t organization and structure anathema to true creativity? I personally like to think of creative activities as a space for freedom and inspiration without any constraints or pressures.

And where structure is given, at school, at university, and later at work, for example, I found that I really didn’t need to bother with time management techniques. If I was using any without noticing, I couldn’t tell. But I am naturally pretty well organized and never particularly had to think about how I did things.

Now that I started working full time and having my own household to take care of, however, it feels as if I had barely any time for myself and for my creative projects. Particularly it feels like I hardly get anything done. That’s terribly frustrating.

Where most people seem to talk about time management in the work context, therefore, I was getting the feeling that I could use some in my spare time. Continue reading

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