Traditionally, planners don’t work for me. There are sections I don’t use, sections not included that I could use, and the most common problem of forgetting to use it altogether. Some writer friends of mine started posting about their bullet journals, or bujo, and I wanted to know more.
So I asked them about it and went to YouTube and found this very helpful video. I was interested in a planner because when I had free time, I’d sit down and couldn’t think of what I needed to do. I’d been making lists on post it notes at work, but they’d get left behind so when I had a moment at home, nothing got done. So I grabbed a note college composition book and got started!
I followed the video almost completely and I’ve got yearly and monthly calendars and a simple weekly. But I added a writing goals section. Left is a yearly calendar which I highlight with what I did most of the day. It’s hard to see but some days are split half half. And on the right is the projects I want to complete this year with little check boxes at different stages. Once I stuck with the journal for a few weeks, I commissioned a cover from a friend and asked for rainbow sparkle unicorns. She did not disappoint!
So now my journal has pockets and looks super fabulous. The pens are Pentel R.S.V.P which I already had on hand. I might replace the book mark with a small ruler for adding pages on the go. I’ve been using it since the beginning of the year and if I find myself with unexpected extra time and can’t write, I refer to this baby and check something off my to do list. And I use it for more than writing. I keep a log of active yarn projects too.
Now when I watch TV or netflix, I can keep my hands busy while I unwind. My next step is to create a bujo for a project as a series bible. I anticipate to write several series so keeping a series bible will be helpful and digital record keeping isn’t my thing. So that’s my next mission, adapt the bujo to a writing resource.
Do you use a planner? What works for you?
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