i’m kind of ridiculous on the best of days. My obsession with planner peace is downright ludicrous at times. But it does help me keep my life organized and out of the chaotic trenches.
Right now, I’m in a bullet journal that I adore for everything, from business, to writing, to personal. Whatever it is it goes into that journal. But I realized recently that if I want a successful business, I need to think of it as a separate entity from my personal life. So that’s what let me to perusing the Erin Condren site. On a whim, I decided to buy the new hardcover planner.
That picture up there does not do this planner justice. It’s gorgeous. It’s velvety and matte-like and holy crap, it’s probably the most beautiful planner I’ve ever owned. The only thing I don’t like is that it does seem to pick up dirt a little too easily.
Other than that, it’s so fancy I feel rich just holding it. And it’s surprisingly lightweight as well.
Anyway, so I’m finishing up this last month in my bullet journal. I’ll be continuing my writing business and my personal life in the bullet journal. I just felt like seeing as how big this project was, it needed its own space to plan and work on.
So I did my December layout this morning. I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’m starting to get into a good routine with what kind of spreads I like, so I may make some into stickers I can just drop into my bullet journal instead of drawing the same ones out every month.
What I really like about this month’s spread is the simplicity while still having a little color. Last month’s spread was very basic, same layout with the goals box on the right and the three areas of my life to sort out. I changed the areas some. I was doing events/appointments, writing, and business. But I really wasn’t utilizing all the areas like I wanted to. I think it was just too broad for me.
So I changed Business to BookNerd to make it clearer to myself that this is what that column is for. I don’t have a lot of due dates for that column yet, so I don’t think I’ll fill it that much, but that’s okay. I want to remember to send the tribe newsletter out for sure, so that’s scheduled there. I did the same thing for my author business as well. I wrote out all the days I want to post blog posts, including special posts, like Christmas and New Year’s. I have some personal appointments too, but I hadn’t written them in here when I took the photo. I just added the holidays and my trip to San Diego at the beginning of the month so I remember not to schedule things there.
The last thing is a new spread for the month. I want to have new sticker sets ready for the early 2018 launch I’m planning, and a little bit to to kind of bulk up what my store looks like when folks visit. So I decided to do a 31 Day Challenge to draw one sticker every day.
When I complete one every day, I’ll give it a name in my sketch journal and put that in the box and color the box in. Because really, I just want to use my brush markers. They make me happy.
Hopefully, this helps give me tons of new ideas to put together into neat packages and get new stuff ready for the subscription box launch as well. I’m really excited.
All in all, i think my bullet journal is a good place for me to get creative and have fun, keep my trackers in and keep other parts of my life organized. I’ll probably never get rid of it.
I’m just changing up the way I do my business planning. My brain dumps, and sketches and all that still have their place in my BuJo, and that won’t change. The new planner is there so I know what I need to do on the business/serious side of my creative business and things that need to be done don’t get lost in a page full of floral sketches.