Over the past few months I have raved about Digital Planning, however, 5 months into my new vocation as a Virtual Assistant, it hasn’t really been working out. My iPad contains too many distractions and I found myself looking at more than just what I needed to do. In fact, I don’t even think I was looking at my planner recently.
No, digital planning really wasn’t working and helping me to organise my life. Which is something I really need.
I started searching for a new paper planner and methods to combine digital and analogue planning. I turned to Google and found this article about why we shouldn’t go paperless. It made complete sense while I was reading it. And to be fair, I had just purchased an A5 Filofax Notebook (affiliate link) so wanted to try it out. (I’ll tell you more about my Filofax Notebook in good time.)
I checked Amazon for planners, read reviews, watched YouTube videos, but I still couldn’t figure out what I wanted. Did I go back to a Boxclever Press Life Book?
In the end I found my way back to The Busy Days Planner (again, from Boxclever Press). I had looked at it briefly last year but didn’t take the plunge.
The Busy Days Planner looked great, a versatile disc bound planner which means I could add my own pages. It’s bulky but it wouldn’t be travelling with me unless necessary.
I have been using it for almost 2 weeks and LOVE IT.
I’ve created my own cover. I’ve added extra pages in (Printables are coming soon). It’s really working for me… and the best bit is the huge amount of space I have on the weekly pages.
So let’s have a brief run down.
The cover page I created is just something to make me smile. It serves no functional purpose. But I’m pretty sure it’s something unique.
Hopes, plans, and dreams for November & To-do list
I’m not great at this bit, but I’ve written down a couple of things I hope for, plan to and dreaming of for November.
I may be changing my To-do list this month. But it’s quite nice to pop it in the start of the monthly section so I can keep referring back to it.
Goals, Special Days, Events, and Birthday’s for November.
I’m a rubbish goal setter. But I have tried to set small, achievable goals. The thing I like about this page is the fact that they are already separated for me into Home, work, and me time. It makes it far easier to set them out. Maybe next month I’ll be a little more creative.
My monthly spread on two pages is probably the most important. I use it for deadlines, appointments, events. It’s where EVERYTHING goes. It always looks a mess by the end of the month but it’s a must have in any planner for me. I like to see the bigger picture.
Weekly Spread & Meal Plan
I plan on a Sunday ready for the week ahead. It’s the time when I transfer everything for the week from the monthly spread to the weekly. It contains everything I need for the week.
I do this over the weekend, so I know what I’m ordering with my grocery shop. It’s generally done before Sunday because shopping gets delivered on Sunday.
Weekly block schedule
As useful as the Weekly spread is, I like to see the time I have available. It doesn’t always go to plan but it is something that has always been used in my previous planners.
Monthly Habit & Mood Tracker
This is something that I’ve just started for November. So we’ll see how it pans out. The thing that’s going to get to me, though, is the fact that I love how it looks so it always makes me happy. (There are 31 days but I’ve used washi tape to blank out the last column.)
Weekly cleaning schedule
I need to get into the habit of setting aside some time everyday to get on top of my house. It’s driving me nuts, I want to declutter, make sure that things are done on certain days. Whereas before I could do everything as and when, now my workload has increased I’m struggling to get everything done.
So, there we have it… my current planner setup. Let’s see yours.
It’s been a while since I have offered my readers a free printable, but today I have a great one for all planner addicts.
While searching for a daily planner, I realised that I really was not going to find everything I was after. I really struggled.
I needed something that gave me an area for appointments with the ability to include a to-do list Go-do lists are good for my brain). No-one seemed to offer such versatility for me though.
I decided to create my own.
I ended up with a day on 2-page spread.
It really does have some magnificent features. Currently, it’s only available in A5 but I do plan on extending the sizes on offer.
The A5 version does work well in Good Notes too as a digital planner. (I’ll be telling you more about my digital planning discovery in the coming weeks).
The day on 2 pages planner inserts have a few nice features.
- Plenty of space to include the date
- Set out 50 both pages can be seen as a spread.
- Lots of to do space
- Day planner in 15-minute intervals
- Notes section.
In the time between creating the printable and writing this post I have decided to give digital planning on my iPad pro a go.
It’s pretty bloody amazing. 1mi in love. It is far easier and quicker to plan digitally.
I have used this printable in GoodNotes, and it does seem to have worked with digital planning. The image below shows an example of it in use GoodNotes.
If you want to give my free printable a go. You can download it below. (The first page is blank by design to allow the correct set up for automatic double sided printing!)
day on 2 pages
After presenting you with my free printable reading journal last month, I’m ready to reveal a new one. I also use this one although it isn’t an everyday essential. I give you a free printable for recording your blog statistics.
I record Beth in a Box’s stats on the 1st of every month… it’s not important in the sense that the world will end If they don’t get recorded. But, as a blogger, stats are generally rather important.
Why do I record the blog’s stats?
I like to see progress
Or not… as the case may be. I measure myself by the progress I make. That is in all aspects of my life including weight, in games. Numbers actually mean a lot to me. However, I try not to let the numbers I see on my records affect me. I have good months and bad months but the general trend seems to be good.
Very often stats are asked by PR’s or SEO’s looking to work with bloggers
This includes Domain Authority and Traffic. Sadly, it’s the way this world works. I don’t put too much stock in it all the time because I still get opportunities but I also don’t have the time to overload myself.
My meagre stats work for me in the most part but all I ultimately want are opportunities that benefit me and add value to my blog. By recording stats monthly it makes it easier for me to give out the information when I am asked for it.
So with this in mind, I’ve created a printable that I use myself to record my own stats. It is still a work in progress but has the important ones to me already included and plenty of space to add any other metrics you desire.
It is available in 3 sizes – A4 print on A4, A5 print on A5 and A5 print on A4.
A4 Print on A4
Monthly Stats A4
A5 print on A5
Monthly Stats A5
A5 print on A4
Monthly Stats A5 print on A4
If you want to use this printable but it isn’t quite right and you want some extras included let me know and I’ll edit it.
Now, a question, do you have any ideas for printables that you would like to see? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to my list.
A few weeks ago, I announced I had some exciting plans for the blog. It’s been a hard slog to get things looking how I want them to look and to perfect my delivery of them.
I have decided that I’m just going to be straight up and make it really easy for you.
Today, I am launching my brand-new collection of printables. Over time, I’ll add to the collection and try to cover all page sizes and formats. Right now, though, I’m kind of focusing on A5 printables as that is the size I use in my planner.
This one won’t appeal to all of you but there’s definitely going to be some of you who will find a use for it.
Introducing the readers delight, my reading journal.
I have been writing a lot of book reviews recently and the reading journal is proving to be a valuable addition to my beautiful and functional planner.
When I first start a book, I fill out the information. Title, author and start date. If I have any important first impressions I also jot them down. Then, it generally gets left until the end unless I have something important to add to my notes. The kinds of things I will add before finishing the book includes boredom levels, excitement etc.
Once I finish reading, I add the end date and my rating before writing up my thoughts.
My reading journal is available in A5 only but two separate formats. You can print on A5 paper if your printer is able to do that. Or, you can print A5 on A4 paper. To download, click the download button on the toolbar.
Print A5 on A5
Print A5 on A4
Reading Journal A5 print on A4
The next printable will be one for the bloggers… Don’t want to miss it? Sign up for updates using the form to the right at the top of the post.
What do you think of the reading journal? Do you have any ideas for printables you would like me to make? Let me know in the comments.