Getting It All Together
I don’t know about you, but my main goal every day is to stay organized and get shit done. Most days I feel like I fall very short of that goal, but every day is a new day. I have owned several calendars, multiple planners, and downloaded many free printables to help me stay on point. For some reason, none of these really work for me no matter how much I try. At any given time I will have about five notebooks spread around the house with various jottings of my to-dos.
I finally had a light bulb moment of how I could make a functional planner out of items I already had. It was actually possible to keep all of my ideas in one place. I headed to the craft section (the entire garage) to see what I could find in my supplies to make what I had in mind.
Finding The Space
Since my office is in the guest room of our smallish two bedroom house, I had to find a place where I would see my planner every day. I have a Happy Planner that I love but I just can’t make myself open it up most days. Anything that was going to work had to be large enough so that I couldn’t ignore it. The only space available was the blank wall behind the door. I went to work with some teal and white striped washi tape making a large square (well it is sort of a square). Later I discovered they make gold washi tape, and was disappointed in my choice, but the blue works!
As you can see I just freehanded mine, but if you are a bit more particular, or are placing this in a place where everyone will see then a level would come in handy. I mainly freehanded because I wasn’t sure if my idea would work or that I would even like it. I plan to come back in with a little more precision when I get the chance.
From the large square, I blocked off different sections so that I can have a few running list categories. Namely, my blog, my Etsy shop, a spot for things that need to be done TODAY and a place to stick random things that need to be done but are either recurring or on the back burner. I ended up cutting some letters out of vinyl with my Cricut for my headers. I do love the fact that I can cut out a variety of fonts and shapes anytime I need them for a project. An easier way to accomplish this would be to use some fun vinyl alphabet stickers to label your sections.
All The Ideas In One Place
Finally, I wrote down every idea I had in random places, as well as my daily to do list on small post-it notes. I stuck each post in their corresponding spots. It was so nice to see everything in one place. For once I felt like my life was organized. Or at least in somewhat less disarray. If you have an assorted package of post-it’s you can also assign different colors to certain tasks.
Since I have been using this system I definitely feel as if my productivity has increased. I can easily move items around according to their priority level without worrying if I am going to mess anything up in my pretty notebook. Every time I complete a task I just chuck the post it or stick it back on the top to do it again later. (Stuff like RUN, YOGA, Laundry, yuck.)
The only drawback I have found so far is not having the satisfaction of marking something off your list. I love seeing a page full of completed tasks. I have remedied this by placing my wastebasket under the planner area. When my wastebasket is full of colorful post-it notes, then I can feel accomplished.
If you are more of a visual learner then a planner of this sort just might be the solution for you. The grid could easily be separated into days of the week. If you have a large enough space try an entire month. That would be really awesome actually. Of course, I would never be able to get all those lines straight. What is your current favorite way to organize your projects and day to day life? Do you think you could benefit from a more visual planner?
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