This week’s post features a video describing a bullet journal hack for optimizing the amount of writing space on a vertical weekly layout. This is great for pages smaller than A5 size (5.5″ x 8.5″ / 148mm x 210mm) which typically suffer from vertical columns that are too narrow and/or having to ‘sacrifice’ the weekends in an effort to make the whole week fit on 2 pages.
It’s the last week of July which means almost the end of One Book July! Along with that, I continued my Bullet Journal Experiment throughout the month of July, a process where I gave up all my trusty calendar pages that I’ve been relying on for the past two decades in lieu of an adhoc, ‘create as you go’, rapid logging system. It’s been an eye opening experience for this traditional, calendar-dependent, functional planner so this week I’d like share with you some of my ‘lessons learned’.
If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ll know that this year I committed to doing the One Book July challenge along with my Bullet Journal Experiment—read more about it here. So far, it’s been an eye opening experience and a lot fun since I’ve had the opportunity to use a lot of supplies from my planner and art journaling stash. So what are some of my favorite supplies to use?
This year for the first time in two decades, I decided to take my planner setup apart and turn it upside down—crazy, I know! Instead of using dated calendar pages and multiple planners (one for each life area—read more about it here, here, here, and here), I chose to strip it down to just one book and use a bullet journal ‘create as you go’ setup—read more about it here. The reason for my deviating so far off course was to eliminate the distraction layers so I could focus on the nitty, gritty details of my planning system. It’s only mid-July and it’s been quite a ride!
For the past few years, there has been a popular yearly challenge within the planner community known as One Book July—learn more about it here. It was created by RhomanysRealm in 2014 for the ‘Coffee Addicts Club’ comprised of Rhomany, MissVickyB and CarieHarling (these ladies are amazing, definitely check them out!). Since then, it’s become a cult favorite where plannernerds cut back to the basics so they can focus on their core planning ‘system’. The rules are simple: one book…one pen…one month (there are some minor exceptions so check out the video link above for more information). Hmmm…sounds interesting…and scary. Just the month before, I had already done something drastic that turned my planner system upside down so I thought: why not ‘go for broke’ and combine my Bullet Journal Experiment with One Book July?! Continue reading
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and welcome back to my blog. As mentioned in the previous post, my blog has a new ‘home’ so make sure to update any old bookmarks and check out my updated posting schedule for 2016—it’s going to be an exciting year! 🙂 Speaking of New Year, anyone feeling both excited and anxious about what planner setup to use? Should you use one or more planners? What size planner? Which page layout? Which company/brand? Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!
Tell me if this has ever happened to you: you’re walking around your favorite store and then you see it–the perfect planner! You love how it looks, the price is right, the paper is nice, and the layout is just right for your needs…except…the weekend format is all wrong! Depending on your preference, you either feel cheated because Saturday and Sunday were ‘smushed’ together or overwhelmed because the weekends have the same amount of space as the weekdays meaning wasted space since you’ll never use it. You think, “Why oh why have the planner gods cursed me this way!?” (Okay that was a little dramatic but you know what I mean. 😉 )
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Choosing a planner for the New Year can be a very anxious time for many planner enthusiasts. Why? Because of all the choices we need to make–spiral or ring bound? personal or A5 size? weekly or daily pages? This brand or that brand? Of all these (and many other!) options to consider, there’s one choice that many find to be a ‘make or break’ decision when choosing a weekly layout: vertical or horizontal?