Hello again my friends! I wanted to post this updated planning routine today as we are officially at the half-way point in the year – only 6 more months until Christmas which basically means the year is half over!
I’ve perfected my planning system – the system I will officially be using for at least the rest of this year. Keep reading to learn more about what exactly I do to stay on track and keep on top of my crazy busy life!
So I have a few different methods or areas of planning, and you’ll recognize the logic here if you read my post about my favorite smartphone apps (a good quick read if you’ve got a couple minutes). My planning supplies are: bullet journal, smartphone, desktop computer. Please note that these methods are generally only used for things that I’m involved in by myself – household planning that would require my husband to be included is done with a different system entirely! (Because..I’m crazy)
I just recently purchased a desktop computer (even though I do have a laptop), and I can honestly say that I do not regret my decision at all. It’s so nice to have a larger monitor to work with when designing my “productivity wallpapers.” The wallpaper pictured below is one that I started using about a month ago in conjunction with the sticky notes software on my computer.
I basically use this as a catch-all area where I can quickly jot down any events/to-dos/reminders that I think of while I’m browsing the Internet, editing photos, or writing. It’s a way for me to visually see everything at a glance without having to scroll through a smartphone or pull out any paper/pens. You’ll notice that the wallpaper has different sections (and a color code) that allow me to organize the sticky notes at least a little bit.
This is where the crux of my on-the-go planning happens. I don’t usually cart around my bullet journal – which you’ll read about next – and I definitely can’t take my digital sticky notes with me wherever I go. So my phone is where some other magic happens!
I use Google Apps for all of my Gray Graphics communications and content implementation, so it only makes sense that I use it while I’m planning for some stuff as well. This helps keep my iCal app on my phone free of business events or other tasks that I don’t need to do right away for my personal life. Plus, I can access the GA suite from any Operating System (which is great ’cause my desktop uses Windows while my laptop/phone runs on Apple’s iOS). Again, I really only use these apps while I’m out and about so that I have another way to do the “sticky-notes-on-my-desktop” thing without having my actual desktop!
My Bullet Journal
I love, love, LOVE the bullet journal method of planning. I can literally customize any spread I use for inspiration so that it fits my exact needs. There’s no hassle involved with trying to rework an already-printed planner; I just have to draw in my own pages! (Honestly, the drawing is pretty therapeutic though, so I don’t mind it.)
This is usually the last place I visit on a Monday morning once I’m ready to plan out my week with a more solidified method. I use my “bujo” – as they’re usually called – to plan out my months and weeks and to brainstorm/plan my blog content from the sticky notes and GA suite stuff I have up until this point. And every morning after that, I open up my bujo and add any other things I’ve added to the two methods above while I didn’t have my bujo.. It’s a lot, I know.
Here are a couple of photos that give a glimpse into my usual weekly spread and blog planning spread.
Basically, I’m an organizational wizard! (Or an organizational freak, depending on who you ask…) Anyway you guys, that wraps up today’s dose of inspiration and content. Do you have any tips/tricks/crazy-weird-things that you do to plan your life? Share them in the comments below!
Until next time!