Planning and organization of some sort if important to run a business. Especially when you have a lot going on. When you have a lot going on, even if you don’t have a business a planner is important. Seriously. How do you all keep track of anything without one?
The thing is, it can take time and possibly be frustrating to find a method that works for you. Before 2013 I was using post it notes and an online calendar. It sort of worked but planning was more hit or miss. That’s a lot of business years without a good solid planner. I discovered the Bullet Journal right around this time. These are my 2014 and 2015 Journals.
I thought the index page was clever. I like the size of this, it was neat and easy to carry and you can see I improved on my indexing in the 2014 year by breaking out my monthly calendar.
I kind of enjoyed making new calendar pages and being creative. The thing is that sometimes I needed more. I wanted to be able to add pages and I found myself a little frustrated… So the bullet journal got abandoned (notice the calendar stopped?) mid year for a Midori style set up and then soon after for a larger Midori setup.
This gave me the ability to have a calendar book. A book for writing prompts. A book for budget. A book for… etc etc etc. I could add or remove books as needed.
I had this thing really thick once and then pared it down to this which was fairly workable. I used this through 2016 when I was thinking I could fine tune it and make it even better.
My criteria was that I didn’t want it as thick but I wanted all the stuff in it and I wanted A5 size. I also needed it to be able to shift pages or “booklets” in and out. I looked at a bunch of options and finally settled on the Filofax model.
I will admit that this Filofax is thicker than I thought I wanted but in reality it holds my everything. I don’t always travel with it but I always travel with some part of it. It’s pages can be shifted and moved so I can take pieces with me and then put them back into this as needed.
There’s handy file dividers so I can find a section easily.
And I have 2 “Today” markers so I can find Today and also another important point just by looking at the top of my planner. Right now I’m second marker is on January 1 2019.
I know this was all long winded. What can I say, I like paper and pens and planners. I’m not telling you this to tell you that you should run out to get a Filofax, or a Midori, or a Bullet Journal, or any other journal specifically. I even tried out others that I mentioned on the blog but didn’t stick with long. Basically I’m relaying my story to tell you that if one journaling method only kind of works, keep looking. Be willing to abandon what you have in search of a set up that works for you. Work it, work it to its best and then move on if it’s not filling your needs. There are so many planners out there and one will hopefully fit you.
I’m working on some calendar and planning pages to help with business stuff so I’ll go over that next. I think if I found this kind of planning sooner, I might even have a neat desk (ha ha ha). Just kidding. I get asked about planners and biz advice a lot but I’ll never have a neat desk for long.