Right you lot, so I since I touched on this
briefly in my Q&A video, a few people requested that I go into a little more detail about
how I organise and plan and structure my days and stay on top of the various things I have
going on like running my Youtube channel, writing my blog, making and selling art, um,
my ‘proper’ job and trying to have a social life in there as well. So my planner system
tends to change quite a bit but the general structure stays the same. These sort of tiers
of yearly, monthly, weekly, daily even hourly planning and goal setting. So I will take
you through my current planner in a second but first, I thought I’d show you how I
used my bullet journal. Right so, I’m quite sure you all know what
a bullet journal is but if not then I will link on screen and also in the description
of the video that goes through it all. But basically this book acts as a sort of hub
of all my thoughts and tasks and goals and ideas, any information that’s in my head
that I need to remember. Cos the best way for me feel like I’m organised and I have
things under control is to basically write down every single thing straight away, get
it out of my head and onto paper, just so I don’t feel like I’m clinging on to a hundred
thoughts at once. And also then to have all those thoughts broken down and set out in
a way that’s easy to go back on and review. So this is one book that holds all your lists;
shopping, to-do lists, books to read, stuff like that and can also be shaped to act as
more of a sort of planner with like daily and weekly spreads as well.
So taking a look at mine in more detail… I have this sort of ‘future log’ which
acts as a year at a glance where I write down things like birthdays, goals and deadlines;
any plans that I have coming up that I definitely need to remember but aren’t necessarily
relevant right now. Then it’s narrowed down into a monthly calendar
where I write in any of those things from the future log as well as things like lunch
dates or nights out that I have coming up. I also set goals for the month and just make
sure to refer back to that basically every night while I’m planning my next day just
to make sure that I am a) staying on track with everything that’s coming up and b)
doing something every day that’s gonna bring me closer to my goals.
Then we get to the weekly spreads. I’ve always been a fan of the week-on-two-pages
sort of set up because I think it helps to keep things in perspective, what you’ve
done and what you need to do in relation to the different days of the week. And having
your whole week altogether helps to keep a sort of balance so that certain days aren’t
really busy and other days being really uneventful. This is what my weeks used to look like with
a vertical layout. But now I do things a little bit differently.
So my new weekly layout has a sort of dashboard that features the sort of daily routine things
that I do on that day specifically every week so for example, every Thursday I always aim
to wash all my clothes, deep-clean my bathroom, do some exercise and pin some useful images
on pinterest (this weekly dashboard is a great way for me to make sure I’m posting to certain
social media platforms a certain number of times every week, or it would be if I could
actually keep up with it). I also have a section for general things that are coming up this
week, any sort of daily habits that I want to keep track of like making sure I drink
water every day and drink my vitamins. A little section to write about what’s coming up next
week. Maybe a birthday wanna remember or something that I didn’t get finished this week. And
also a little section where I can write about something that I’m grateful for that week.
Then a typical week looks something like this, broken down into days. And this is where it
sort of performs more as a traditional bullet journal where it’s like a flowing to-do list
that I will either write the night before or the morning of that day, any tasks that
I need to get done. And I also sometimes will add a little bit of writing, sort of a diary
of things that happened that day if I found something interesting that I wanna remember.
And that’s basically it for day-to-day organisation in my bullet journal but I did also use this
as I said for basically everything so I have things in here like, books to read, my shopping
wish-list, any random things that I wanted to note down and also to track my finances
and savings which I actually have a blog post about if you wanna look at that in more detail
I will link that on screen and in the description of this video.
Now this system worked great for me for about a year, year and a half, and only recently
did I start looking into switching it up a bit. I loved all the yearly, weekly, monthly
spreads stuff like that but I wanted to break my days down even more, basically by the hour,
because I think as someone that works from home for half of the week, I just needed a
little bit more structure like that sort of timetable structure that you have at school.
Cos it’s really easy to write out a to-do list but then not actually think about the
amount of time that you’re gonna need for each individual task and not sort of think
about the order that you’re gonna be doing things in. So you might find yourself prioritising
watching Prison Break for 5 hours over actually doing stuff that you need to do. And yeah,
we all need to stare at Wentworth Miller for several hours a day but…
So I wanted to keep all the features of my bullet journal but incorporate a schedule.
I considered using the two systems side by side, so keeping my bullet journal and having
a separate planner that was like a daily planner and I looked into the Happy Planner and the
Day Designer and they were really strong contenders, but being the cheapskate that I am, I did
decide that I would just make my own planner. So this is it, it was really easy to make.
I basically just put together some really basic printables on Word, I cut them down
to size, I got the cover and wire binding of an old sketchbook and cut those down to
size and basically just looped it all in. And then I painted on the front what was supposed
to be a marble design and added this gold sort of um… what’s the word…
Engraving? of my logo. And since I was making my own planner from scratch , I decided that,
all the spreads that were in my bullet journal I could basically recreate in here and I wouldn’t
have to use them both together. Monogram. That’s the word I was looking for.
So the only thing different here is that I have taken away the weekly dashboard and instead
have a page at the beginning of the month that tells me all the things I should be doing
on certain days, plus a daily schedule page which breaks down specific days into a certain
structure. And It’s not completely filled in yet so just to explain better how I do
use these pages I will I’ll show you how I planned today, earlier this morning, I actually
filmed it so that you could see what my planning looks like. First I checked the month at a
glance to see if anything was coming up that I had forgotten about, then I used the weekly
schedule page to look at the things I would usually be doing on a Wednesday, then going
back to my daily page I wrote out a list of all the things I wanted to get done that day
and then, looking back at my daily schedule page as a reference, I mapped my day by the
hour. I also add those daily habits, and then at the end of the day, I will note down anything
that happened that was worth noting down that day. I do also have a journal so I can get
into a bit more detail about that stuff. And then I will also write down something that
I am grateful for that day. And this might seem a bit overly complicated
compared to my last system but I’ve found that I like mapping out my day from scratch
the night before or the morning of. It helps to keep things feeling a bit more organic.
Cos obviously I do have the same sort of plan day to day and week to week, the same sort
of structure. I could probably get away with having the same weekly schedule just repeated.
But when things are mapped out like that it starts to feel like I’m going through the
motions, I get quite bored of it so being able to write things out every single day
just keeps things feeling fresh. It keeps things feeling more organic.
BUT, an easier alternative to making your own planner cos I know it’s a bit extra would
be to get something like this. Now this is just a basic daily planner. You can get it
from places like WH Smiths, Paperchase, Staples.. what shops do you have in the states? Michaels?
Is that a stationary shop? I dunno! Basically any stationary shop. You can get just a plain
diary and what you can do, or what I would do with this is, because it’s got the plain
page, I would just write my to-do’s on this side and I could write my schedule on this
side. And I do think that I will find a way to incorporate this into my system somehow.
Cos I like it! As if I need another planner. Uh yeah but back to my home-made planner,
I also have a ‘Work’ section where I keep things like my finances um passwords, contacts
and also a schedule of blog posts and videos I’ll have coming up in the next two months.
Plus in this section and my normal section I have a page called brain dump where I will
just write down any little thoughts and things in my head that I need to note down but don’t
necessarily have a specific place. And lastly I thought I’d make a mention
this uh app! I’ll try and leave a link for it below,
there’s a free version and a pro version. I have the pro version and can’t remember
exactly how much it costs but it can’t have been that much because, I’m not one to spend
a lot of money on apps. And I basically would use this in conjunction with my other planners
so I actually have all those tasks mapped out um by the hour and alerts would go off
to tell me what to do, when to do it but as I said, having those sort of generated at
the same time every single day, it just got a bit stagnant. and i just didn’t really pay
attention to it. But I do still use this app as a sort of back up for things that come
up maybe every few months like backing up my computer which I actually need to do today
and also um things like birthdays cos you can set like a few alerts to go off before
something happens so maybe one to go off two days before something happens, another one
to go off the day before the thing happens and then maybe another one on the day that
it’s happening, like an hour before. So you’re always aware, always prepared and things don’t
creep up on you out of nowhere. So that’s it guys! Hopefully there’s at least
something in here that you can sort of take and shape and mix up to use in a way that
suits you. Honestly, there’s no better feeling than feeling like you’ve got everything
under control. So, even if this is all a bit much at least, I don’t know, write everything
down on a sticky notes. Right have a nice weekend you lot. I will
see you on Tuesday. Bye.