For my seventh and final tool in my 2017 business system setup, I am going analog. Yup! I love technology. Love trying out different tools but it has gotten to be very overwhelming for me. In 2017 I am going to practice disconnecting at lot more often. I am on my computer and phone a lot. From writing blog posts, creating graphics, editing audios, putting together videos and scrolling through Instagram. I need less screen time and a better way to plan my blog content as well as my life. I have discovery one-way to do this is by using a paper planner.
Tool #7 (Paper) Planners for organizing and planning without digital distractions
I already started and it been really helpful so far. I had the hopes of showing off my planners but neither of them are setup completely. Plus I am still learning my way around the planner community and testing out ideas to see what works for me. I haven’t developed a complete system but for now let me share with you the materials I use to get me started.
Planner #1: for my blog
- White Avery Mini 3-ring Binder (half letter size/A5) // The one I have is shown below but here’s a link (affiliate link) to a similar one, the only difference is the big pocket on the inside
- Avery Calendar Pages (affiliate link) // Fits in the Avery Mini Binder
- Sticky Notes (affiliate link) that I already had // Use these to pre-plan content so I don’t have to whiteout or cross out anything if my plans change
- An ink pen (affiliate link) which I have plenty of
How I use my DIY Planner
I recently purchase some half letter size sheet protectors (affiliate link) (8.5″ by 5.5″) and Avery Self-adhesive tabs (affiliate link) to act as dividers. I’m still working out the different sections but so far I have the following: Inbox, Calendar, Social, Shop, and Notes. Also I am looking for the right inserts to use but, if I can not find something that fits my needs I will make them.
Youtube has fueled my interest in the planner community. I cannot remember how I came to it other than it was by watching a video. Since then I have found some amazing women who have inspired some of the things I been testing out for myself. Special thanks to Brandy of Brandy_Michelle_Plans for the GTD Method I’m using in my Blog Planner, Kara of Boho Berry for the inspiration to give Bullet Journaling a try, and Alexis aka MissTrenchCoat of Strange and Charmed for the great information relating to business, productivity and planning.
Planner #2: Bullet Journal for both personal and business
Recently I started a second planner using the Bullet Journal method. This is to help me do everything personal life and business. I like this system because I didn’t have to purchase anything because all you need to start is a pen and notebook.
I am using two 1-subject lined notebooks (affiliate link) that I just have lying around. I am glad that I could find some use for them. Once I have used those up, I plan on upgrading to a Moleskine (affiliate link). Right now I cannot travel with my current notebooks because they just too flimsy. I do not want to bend, rip or damage them an anyway. Moleskine notebooks come in variety of sizes and types and they are more travel friendly.