I love planners. I love notebooks. I love the feel of a new pen gliding over paper.
At any given time I have three important things going that help me organize different parts of my life:
1. My Google Calendar. I use this for work and setting appointments like doctors visits or other things that I need to receive an alert to remind me about.
2. A Daily Planner. I use this for marking down daily to-dos and for jotting down any blog or video ideas that pop in my mind. I like crossing tasks off a list so putting daily to-dos down on paper is a must. Crossing shit off makes me feel productive.
3. A Fitness Log. When I’m working with a coach I’ll use a digital log of the coach’s choice (usually a custom Google spreadsheet or Training Peaks). When I’m doing my own thing I use my trusty Believe logbook – to plan workouts and record results.
This probably seems excessive if you’re not the kind of person who loves stationary and/or staying organized, but this is a system I’ve been using for a couple of years now and it works well for me!
I just got a new daily planner on Saturday that I’m really excited about because it includes space each day for jotting down tasks into different time slots. Usually I just write down a list and then manage my time on the fly.
At work this method isn’t a big deal because I have X amount of hours to get my job done which puts the pressure on. However, when I’m working on personal projects (like blogging) I can end up wasting a lot of time.
I might start writing my post, watch 2 or 3 or 20 makeup tutorials on YouTube, and then eventually finish the post around midnight. That’s when I should be SLEEPING!
Does anyone else get distracted like this?!
I’m hopeful that by planning specific time slots for my personal projects I’ll make better use of my time at home. That’s especially true because I’m starting to work on a fun project that will probably take up a lot of my free time. Sorry to be vague but I’ll definitely be telling you all the details this coming week.
Trust me, I can’t wait to spill the beans!!!
This is something I’ve been planning since May and I’m excited to finally tell you. Let’s just say it combines a few of my passions into one project. A passion project :).
Details coming soon!
Do you use a planner / notebook to stay organized?
Digital or paper planner? Or both?!