Merry Christmas everyone! Well, it will be in two days, but I have a surprise for you – read below…
I’ve never really been a physical gift giving kind of person, and prefer the company of friends and family, but then I thought, “Would a digital download be considered a physical gift?”. Anyway, to say a massive thank you to the blogging and planner community, I wanted to share some FREE printables with you :) (Just click on the title for the download or any text that is written in pink)
This has been requested several times by the Instagram community, so here it is. It’s fairly self-explanatory in the way that you use it. It’s a planner rather than a means of writing prose for a blog post. I’ve photocopied this template several times to plan for my blog posts and keep them on hand in a little folder so I can add ideas on the go.
These labels are slightly different from the ones that Ryder Carroll has suggested on his blog. I didn’t want to infringe of copyright, but wanted to provide something for bullet journalists to use when they plan. These are the following labels in the printable: Contents, Future Planning, Monthly Plan, Page numbers 1-260. All labels are handwritten in my signature style.
For those of you who are participating in my daily prompt cycles, here are the prompts in handy 5 x 5 cm size handwritten printables. Just print a prompt sheet for each month (note: some prompts may not be used depending on whether there are 30 or 31 days, or even 28/29 days!), cut around the outline, decorate as you please, and paste into your logbook. The designs are in my signature style print.
As always, please be mindful that these printables are only for your personal use, and not for profit or commercial use (i.e. please do not reproduce them and/or sell them). I’m giving this out for free as a means of gratitude for your support this year in all of my creative pursuits. It always saddens me when I see my work reproduced without my consent or giving credit. Feel free to share this blog post or suggest it to a friend. Share the Christmas love :)
I posted an example of my runsheet a few weeks ago and have had a few requests about how I currently use it.
In my Atoma notebook planner, the runsheet was a rapid logging daily capture of tasks and notes, while I left the weekly pages exclusively for events and appointments. If the task was scheduled for a particular day, I’d write the date to the left of the task bullet. I’d also write notes with the date in the margin, followed by an interpunction (i.e. “•”), and the notes.
Currently, I’m using a bespoke planner that I’ve designed which is basically a weekly layout. My runsheet now is akin to a master task list and I use grid index cards. I don’t write appointments or events or notes here – I leave that to the weekly layout.
I write every single task that I need to get done on my runsheet regardless of when I need to do it. On any given day, I go through my runsheet and allocate up to three specific tasks I can realistically complete that day and write them in the weekly pages. If I think of other tasks that day that I think I can complete, I write that on the weekly pages and not on the runsheet. At the end of the day, I mark off any completed or in progress tasks on my runsheet based on that day’s completed tasks.
At the end of the week, I go through my weekly pages and highlight any incomplete tasks and write these on my runsheet if they’re not already on there. The runsheet then jogs my memory about what tasks I still have to complete in the following week, and the process starts again.
I’ve found that this method has been a good way of re-evaluating what tasks I can realistically complete each week and cuts down on me carrying over or migrating the same tasks each day. If a task doesn’t get completed the day before, I just leave it on that day and try to remember to do it the following day. Because my pages are a week over two pages, it’s easy enough to scan incomplete tasks.
Anyway, I’m still refining some of this process and will share some more changes if/when they arise. What planner hack have you incorporated recently? How has it worked for you so far? What changes are you going to make to simplify or customise it?