notebook planner.

DSC_00301I knew that freshman year in high school required actual organization skills. And that means *planner!* I had fun looking around, looking at other people’s planner styles and varieties, and I found one that fits me.

I used a Moleskine lined notebook that I got in a two-pack at Barnes and Noble. LOVE these. They have enough pages that I can fit the whole school year in if I use half a page for every school day. These notebooks are also nice in quality. There are some pens that write like a dream on these pages, let me know if you’d like to see a post on that. 🙂

There are a bunch of planner “techniques” out there. From the chronodex to bullet journaling to project breakdowns like this one. However,  I didn’t need an hour-by-hour breakdown of my day. I just needed a place for deadlines and assignments. That’s why this technique (kind of like the bullet journaling) is the answer.

DSC_00421At the top, I have the date, and the events/deadlines for the day. A few lines down is the start of my task list. Some days it almost filled the column, and others requires some embellishment to fill that empty space. The last two or three lines are where I record my outfits. I started recording them because I wanted to make the most of all the clothes I have. I have a good amount of clothes that I wear all the time and I wanted to remind myself to “not wear that gray tee five times a week.” And, I get to look through and see all the outfits I’ve ever worn and how my style has changed.

This system has worked out for me great this year. It’s not any hassle to write down my tasks, which means I’m more likely to actually write them down!

Tell me in the comments what type of planner and any tips you have as well. 

planner update

20140316-200200.jpgOkay, remember how I got a blog planner for Christmas? (ETA: Just realized I accidentally deleted all the photos of that planner post and now it doesn’t exist) Yeah, here’s how it’s going so far.

January

By Jan 3rd, I had the whole month planned out. And that was when I was still posting every weekday. Amazing! And what’s more important, I scheduled and posted all the posts, on time. New planners always inspire me and I go so many ideas. The other side, was… not as helpful. It’s wonderfully organized though I personally didn’t use the Tweets, Pinterest, or Notes Section. I used the Inspiration section for sites I learned a lot from or have been visiting frequently. The Posts Ideas & Notes section was filled, I don’t remember how though, haha. Usually, if I come up with a new post idea, I try to schedule it  right away on the calendar, not write it down. And I check the calendar side anyways, when I look for what posts I need to write.

February

This month, I started losing my mojo and inspiration. I couldn’t really think of any post ideas so my posts were even shorter and simpler than before. And that is against my overall goal of improving the quality of my posts. I got all the days filled, though and was pretty on time with my posts. The last two weeks of the month were vacation days so I got off my schedule. As for the other side, I only barely used the Post Ideas & Notes part. I tried focusing more on the quality of the posts so I put some”extra” ideas in this section and chose some of the better ones. Overall it’s pretty blank. 🙂

So there’s my update. I hope you’ll share your planner and tell me how you’re using it in the comments!