Back at the beginning of September after a bit of a planner funk during August, which I think was mainly down to the school holidays, I had the hare-brained idea to switch from my trusty bullet journal to an A5 ring bound planner using DIYFish inserts v2.2 do2p. Now, don’t get me wrong I love the DIYFish inserts and have used them in the past without any issues; I love the space and flexibility of them, however this time around I just couldn’t make them work no matter how hard I tried so I finally admitted defeat and began to brainstorm what I wanted/needed from a planner.
I thought long and hard about what worked for me before with my bullet journal and tried to pinpoint where it all went wrong and what I decided was that although I loved the concept of the bullet journal on a day to day basis but I didn’t like drawing out my weekly/monthly pages, especially when life got busy. This left me with a bit of a dilemma; I contemplated going right back to basics and follow Ryder Carroll’s original bullet journal set up but for me that felt a bit too plain and I realised that I didn’t like having to rewrite collections. So what’s a girl to do?
Well this one decided to make her own booklets! I did a bit of research on the internet and found a video explaining how to make your own booklets using Microsoft Word (when your printer doesn’t have the booklet options) and off I went.
I decided to do one booklet per month (well every 4 weeks as it turned out easier to do that way); each month has an overview page and monthly projects list followed by my monthly review, memories, gratitude and tracker. After this we move onto the weekly/daily pages. I have a double page spread for each week which is one that I’ve tried and tested previously and works well for me. After each weekly spread I have seven blank pages for my daily pages followed by my weekly review questions. This repeats itself for 4 weeks and then I have a couple of lined pages for notes. I have currently printed inserts for October, November and December and on the whole I’m pretty pleased with how they have turned out, however I need to improve my cutting skills considerably.
I love the fact that I have spreads that work for me, but I don’t have to spend the time drawing up week on week. I also like the fact that I can add decoration/stickers if I choose and can switch up my fonts/colours etc each month should I wish to as my lettering skills need a lot of work.
My collections are kept in two separate notebooks. One contains long term collections such as vehicle maintenance logs and medical notes while the other is for short term collections and things that are date specific such as party planning etc. These inserts are standard squared notebooks from Travelers Times on Etsy.
Once I’d done my inserts I needed to find somewhere to keep them all together and decided to use my Websters Colour Crush Travelers Notebook temporarily but I have my eye on an Uglydori from Ugly Bug Does which I’m hoping Santa might bring me (once I choose from the gorgeous colours available) so I can put my creative journaling inserts back in their home.
I’ve not got much in the way of decoration in my planner at the minute except my lovely owl and ghost paperclips from Cherry Blossom in the Market Square, my fox paperclip and planner charm from the Ugly Bug Does October subscription box and my little owl charm from the first bookclub box from The Stationery Geekette.
I still need to add a couple of notebooks to finish off my GTD system as that’s still a bit of a work in progress at the minute but I have made a project planning notebook and will do a separate post on my full system once it’s completely set up and working well.
Well that’s my set up at the minute and I’m really happy with it. I’ve got my enthusiasm for planning back and am slowly getting back on track with everything so I think this could be my planner peace (for the next month or so at least).
Have you ever found planner peace? Did it last?