How I Stay Organised · My Planner System + Bullet Journal · SemiSkimmedMin

How I Stay Organised · My Planner System + Bullet Journal · SemiSkimmedMin

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.

100 thoughts on “How I Stay Organised · My Planner System + Bullet Journal · SemiSkimmedMin

  1. I wish we could see how it looks! There are bits and pieces but I can't really get a good feel for what it is I'm seeing.

  2. loved it. you are gorgeous, funny, and very relatable, and the word you were looking for is embossing. ps, couldn't we do the detailed scheduling and the other items from the planner on the bujo itself? so that we could keep just the one? ps2, thanks so much for sharing the camera and editing on your notes.

  3. you are so beautiful in this video. and your voice is so nice!

    i hope i can implement your tips here in my own journal (even though i'm not sure i'll be able to stay organized). wish me luck!

  4. Was loving this video and then as soon as you mentioned wentworth miller i knew we were lost kin 😂😂😂 best video I've seen on bullet journals and I love how you use two planners do you still find it a useful system?

  5. This is my all time favorite bullet journal video, your style is so fresh and still has that touch of color but I like how you style your journals. They're not like covered in different colors and doodles, it's all cute, but your way has been the type of way I've been aiming for.

  6. I could never be this regimented. I guess my brain just doesn't work that way, however I seem to get things done! I don't know how, but it happens. LOL

  7. I bless anyone reading this with a 2017 filled with lots of love and rest, meaningful connection, purpose in the big and small things, hope & comfort in the struggles and that you would see so many of your heart's desires come to life this year. You are worth it all.😘💖

  8. outpouring::::->>>> your system is inspiring. i love to make heart maps at work, and then highlight all the things that I have to get done, and transfer those things into a proper schedule notebook. Keeps me very organized

  9. What if you're a person like me who hates carrying paper and is a very digital person? I have an iPad Pro and would love to find a solution for it to become my all in one device for planning and doing my art.

  10. Really love the way you come across, strange thing to say I know! but your voice is very calming.. you must have heard that before tho hey? 🙂

  11. oh my god – i literally JUST discovered you and beside everything else – your nail shape is perfection! lucky girl <3

  12. I loved your voice.. 🙂 but I was staring at the butt in the back.. and giggled everytime you said but.. Iam sorry..:)))

  13. Ok I'm a girl so I hope it's not weird to say this, but you're one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen!! But obviously this is on top of the fact that some of your planning tips are definitely going to be copied into my journal. Yes that's definitely what I was focusing on.

  14. Thanks for sharing this video, i'm love watching how people organise! You have a very soothing voice (without sounding creepy). Your video has a really nice zen too them. I totally agree with you, i found i needed a time structured schedule to my bullet journal too. ive added this in and its been working well, i like to see everything at once. Also i totally agree, writing your next day does help put things to perspective and real.

  15. Your organizing is so impressive, but I'm wondering if I can do it or if it will take me too much time as opposed to writing less and keeping more in my mind. Can you tell me about how many minutes per day needs to be spent in the actual planning and writing in your planners?

  16. wow, so this is the first video ive ever watched from you and its the first time i watched a whole video and was interested the whole time, absolutely impressive thank you so much for all the details. i think a certain way and you were just on point. <3 <3

  17. Ok.. When the video ended – I just said it out loud to myself – I really love her!
    I already have a planner and it works fab for me… but I just enjoyed watching the entire video! Keeping doing the fab work 🙂

    Love from India.

  18. The moment when u can't remember the word u wanted to say LOL😂
    Just discovered ur channel, ur setup is awesome! And ur voice is so calm!
    Just subscribed!! XOXO

  19. New subscriber here… your channel is so incredibly helpful because this is EXACTLY what I need! I am working on becoming a full time artist but am unable to quit my job yet. Thank you so so so much for this and all of your videos! I really appreciate them and will probably watch all your videos from start to finish 😆

  20. uh. this video is GOLD. I'm so glad you shared this. you're a pleasure to hear out and I'm totally following you.
    P.S. that painting in the background – it's neat!

  21. I just recently started following your channel and really enjoy your videos! Your planner system is pretty detailed an creative! I'm not the most organized person so this gives me some ideas on how to go about planning for grad school, work, and creating artwork on the side without feeling like a headless chicken. lol

  22. I have a bullet journal and I find it a bit tedious to write out my weekly schedule just cause I'm normally busy and I forget and one way I helped myself was getting these sticky notes that have the days of the week on them so I can just jot down anything I need to do, I found them at but I'm sure there are other brands with them

  23. I just found your channel…honestly love every video i've watched. Really relaxing and inspirational. Thank you!

  24. Great system thank you for sharing! Finally someone who understands my love for Wentworth Miller! <3 Guilty as well! xoxo

  25. It is not over the top or complicated at all I find that people who make their own planners stick to planing much better who buy planners then spend more trying to make it usable and beneficial thank you for sharing I certainly got a few ideas

  26. Wow – that is some hardcore planning. I always see vids of people talking about planners, but never watch them as I don't get the planning thing. I might have to take a closer look at one, but I think I would have more fun just writing things in them rather than following or tracking anything I wrote with the intent at completing it. I'm impressed if you write things down, track them, and actually do them – and do it over and over again. What I need is a something to help me sort of map out my goals for my channel and maybe develop an upload schedule and ideas of vids/tutorials/or miniatures I want to film and when. I can't see planning my days or my life or anything like that – but I do want to take a crack at planning the success of my youtube channel. Thanks for the quick look at how you do things. It's very interesting!

  27. one question: during the day, do you get distracted? or do you keep your planner always at hand? What if you get tired in the afternoon, can you still keep up with your agenda?

  28. That bullet journal is a work of art on its own. Only a female could do that. A man would be totally hamfisted with scribbles and doodles all over the place. Nice one!

  29. I am probably the most disorganized person I know, and I'm just obsessed with your videos right now because you're so organized and self motivated. I want to be more like you! XD
    Honestly now I'm wishing I could buy a planner that's laid out similarly to your homemade one – maybe I'll go on a deep hunt. Don't have the tools to make one myself.
    I'm trying to work from home, and it's been 3 months now and I've really started to understand just how disorganized I am and how much I need to stick to a schedule.

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