Having multiple planners – Effective or confusing?

If you read my blog – thanks so much if you do – you will notice that I haven’t posted much lately, and the reason is simple. I am reaching the point where I am reassessing my planning system and how I want to go forward from here on.

I use multiple planners like many of you, for so long I thought that this system was working for me, using a planner for my home management, another for work, another for journaling and also another planner for my personal stuff. It did work, for many months it worked. Now, half way through 2016 I am finding myself feeling overwhelmed with so many planners and I am starting to question whether having just one or two planners should actually be enough.

If I had to choose only a planner or two I think I would use my hobonichi, and my A5 Filofax ring planner, or maybe my day designer. fI do see no that having multiple planners can be ineffective because I forget things or I can’t remember in which planner I wrote them down! That defeats the purpose of having a planner.

For now, I am still pondering my options and what is it that I will be doing, but for now I am leaning towards considering having a planner or two. Anyway, stay tuned fore more news on how the second half of the year goes by with the dilemmas of planner systems.

How’s your half of the year going so far and how’s your planning system working for you?

Do let me know, I’d love to know!

Thank you for reading!

Em J

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5 simple steps to help you get on track: Use your planner!

For the past weeks, I have not been adding content to my blog mostly because I have been too busy. Usually, I am busy — normal busy — but these past days life has almost been out of control. First, I had to travel to Chicago for work, came back exhausted and had mom over visiting. Then she left and I found myself unable to go back to my routine. Then I took some days off but that didn’t do the trick. Once I was back to the office I had to stay at the office longer hours because of some yearly activities that we have, when the weekend came I was done and didn’t feel like sitting in front of the computer.

Now, slowly I am going back to getting back on track with this blog. This said while I was absent from my blog a few things happened:

  1. I realized I just don’t feel like using some of the planners anymore
  2. I also realized that I am not sure I want to continue using my hobonichi planner as my work planner
  3. I bought two more planners! (Both are from Day Designer and Blue Sky)
  4. I lost motivation and inspiration to go back to my yearly goals
  5. I just don’t feel like sitting at my desk and plan

Because all of this happened I also realized one thing: In moments of crisis, it is time to sit down, reflect and reassess your plans, your methods, your goals and your habits. I realized that in moments where your mind starts to wander and you have gotten off track, the best way to re-focus is by following a few simple steps:

  1. Revisit your initial goals, go back a few months and read how your weeks and your days looked like. This will help you find focus or change the few things that need to be changed before you can go on.
  2. Find some inspiration in your past entries: Usually you will find key information in things you wrote previously. At least when I go back to other months, I remember why I started something and what drove me to do it in the first place.
  3. Find information that appears constantly, circle it and reflect on it. You will start remembering why you decided to set that goal and it will help you focus again
  4. Reflect on what your goals were in January. When we begin a new year we tend to do feel hopeful and set up goals that are not always very achievable right away. Then as the year goes by we start losing track because we didn’t change things from scratch.
  5. Assess your current habits and why you have fallen into your current routine. You will find many answers when you simply reflect on this.

What happens next? You will realize that there are things that you can change and habits you can adjust if you only try a little harder.

After doing some of these things you will realize that you no longer feel you want to do something or you don’t find a strong reason to continue working on a project. This would be a great time to sit down and think of how you can change those projects or goals and reinvent them before you go completely off track and lose your motivation altogether.

I will be using my new day designer planner and my traveler’s notebook, to work on this and I will also start thinking about how I can change things so that I keep going. It’s half the year and usually one tends to start thinking “Why did I think I could do this?” You will find a good reason and you will adjust your life right now, set new goals and go on!

I will use my day designer because of the layout and I think I will retire my Hobonichi to be used as a journal but I am not 100% yet.

Let me know if you have felt this way and what your plans are to end the year feeling like you actually reached your goals!

Thank you for reading!

Em J

 

 

Maximize your time, use it wisely

It is no secret that I use several planners at the same time. Why you may ask!? For me, it works! Using several planners allows me to sort of “divide” my life into the different realms that I need to differentiate to be most effective. I am a working mom that also handles a lot of things at home, for instance, our bills, financial matters, shopping lists, doctors/vets appointments and so on. Having one single planner for everything just doesn’t do the trick, hence, the various planners that I have.

One of these planners is my passion planner, which is a simple but very effective bound planner that I use for all things related to my family, my personal time management and it helps me have an overview of how we spend our time, our days and what needs to get done. Th reason why I love my passion planner is because not only does it help you have a road map if you entire year but also, by organizing each day and having a visual overview of how you spend each day, you are able to manage your time better. The layout of this planner is simple, and it also has space for being creative and decorate it if you want to. Each day in this planner is divided into time slots, with room for goals, focus, personal lists, work lists, and a reflection are of positive things that happened in the past.

When I started using this planner I realized how helpful it was because it actually lets you see what you do with your days. By coloring or marking your tasks and placing them where they belong – assigned to a particular time during your day – you are able to see, for example that from 1 PM to 3 PM you spent your time cleaning – or doing nothing – or that between 8am and 6pm all you did was just work and in between you squeeze in some time to read. Or actually, see when you can squeeze in some time to read when you are at the office.

This planner gives you space to see what tasks you need to do for work and for your personal life, for me, even though I use one planner for work – my hobonichi techo – and one planner for all things home and persona, it still helps me see what’s what I need to do that week specifically for work (whether it will be a regular work week or whether I need to go somewhere other than the office).

By having a visual division of your days you can easily see where your time goes, whether you spent too much time watching TV or where you actually should have been at the gym instead of laying on the couch.

Obviously, you don’t have to use a Passion planner but I am using this example to illustrate how, by using your planner, you can have a better idea of how you spend your days and actually your life and whether you need to adjust that if you are working toward a goal. Also, there are various tools that can help you visualize what you do with your time, one of these ways is using a spiraldez or chronodex insert.

The chronodex y a great tool designed by Patrick Ng and adjusted by Kent from Oz  this great tool will also help you see how you manage your time, what you do during the day what you need to adjust if you want to become more productive and achieve those goals that have been on your planner. The chronodex y actually very easy to use once you get the hand of it and here Patrick Ng explains all about it. You can also look for videos on You Tube where various amazing planner ladies-men teach you how to best use this great tool.

Here you have it, a few thoughts on how to use visual tools and planner layouts to best know how you spend your time and make adjustments so you can be your most productive self.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments box if you have ever used any of these tools or also let me know what tools you use to be productive and get things done.

Have a great week!

Em Jorden

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Three reasons why the traveler’s notebooks are super fun

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I have been using a traveler’s notebook in field notes size for about a year and I love the size. I enjoy using a traveler’s notebook because of how versatile and fun they are. Also because, for some reason, your creative energy goes a little crazy. You feel more free to use the notebooks however you want. I love this!

I recently purchased the new Webster’s pages traveler’s notebook. They are so nice! good quality and they have tons of pockets. I also took the time to cut some notebooks to size, I decorated the pages and actually did some kind of set up. At least a set up that can function for now until I figure out what exactly I want to do with this cover.

But nevermind the details. Traveler’s notebooks have a different feel to them than ring or spiral bound planners. Here are a few reasons why I think traveler’s notebooks are great fun and great to use when you ate doing more things than just planning your days.

Reason 1. You can find all kinds of inserts and add them to your cover as you please. You can also add, remove or exchange inserts depending on your needs at a specific point in time. These days you will find mixed media, ruled, tomoe River paper inserts and much more. The sky is the limit so to say.

Reason #2. You don’t have rings or a spiral on the way. Maybe this is one of the most fun things about it. I love my Filofax but sometimes I actually end up taking the pages out individually so I can write on them because the rings can be a bit on the way, depending on how your writing style is, but for me, they do get on the way.

Reason #3. You can add as many or as few notebooks as you want. You can also do this with a ring binder, at least until the rigs snap open because you added too many pages. The traveler’s notebooks covers allow you to add notebooks or remove them without much headache. With the Webster’s pages in particular you don’t have over hang because the covers are wider and a little bigger than the regular midori sizes. These cover are extra fun because of the size, which I wasn’t sure about in the beginning but now that my notebook is so stuffed, I am madly in love.

These are only three reasons but I would add that they are portable. They are easy to carry with you, especially if you add all your necessary notebooks in one place you are all set for a trip. They are well made and the strings can be changed if they get lose.

So here you have them. Do you have another reason why traveler’s notebooks are fun to have? Please let me know. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Em j

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Three reasons why the traveler’s notebooks are super fun

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I have been using a traveler’s notebook in field notes size for about a year and I love the size. I enjoy using a traveler’s notebook because of how versatile and fun they are. Also because, for some reason, your creative energy goes a little crazy. You feel more free to use the notebooks however you want. I love this!

I recently purchased the new Webster’s pages traveler’s notebook. They are so nice! good quality and they have tons of pockets. I also took the time to cut some notebooks to size, I decorated the pages and actually did some kind of set up. At least a set up that can function for now until I figure out what exactly I want to do with this cover.

But nevermind the details. Traveler’s notebooks have a different feel to them than ring or spiral bound planners. Here are a few reasons why I think traveler’s notebooks are great fun and great to use when you ate doing more things than just planning your days.

Reason 1. You can find all kinds of inserts and add them to your cover as you please. You can also add, remove or exchange inserts depending on your needs at a specific point in time. These days you will find mixed media, ruled, tomoe River paper inserts and much more. The sky is the limit so to say.

Reason #2. You don’t have rings or a spiral on the way. Maybe this is one of the most fun things about it. I love my Filofax but sometimes I actually end up taking the pages out individually so I can write on them because the rings can be a bit on the way, depending on how your writing style is, but for me, they do get on the way.

Reason #3. You can add as many or as few notebooks as you want. You can also do this with a ring binder, at least until the rigs snap open because you added too many pages. The traveler’s notebooks covers allow you to add notebooks or remove them without much headache. With the Webster’s pages in particular you don’t have over hang because the covers are wider and a little bigger than the regular midori sizes. These cover are extra fun because of the size, which I wasn’t sure about in the beginning but now that my notebook is so stuffed, I am madly in love.

These are only three reasons but I would add that they are portable. They are easy to carry with you, especially if you add all your necessary notebooks in one place you are all set for a trip. They are well made and the strings can be changed if they get lose.

So here you have them. Do you have another reason why traveler’s notebooks are fun to have? Please let me know. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Em j

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Make your own Traveler’s Notebooks, three ideas

I am not exactly the most crafty person, I do make some inserts myself and I try to come up with ideas but I am not very handy or crafty when it comes to  making big projects. I admire people who do and I so wished I was the creative kind. This is also why sometimes I also force myself to make things because I believe that it will stimulate my creativity, the one that once upon a time was very active.

This said before I bought the traveler’s notebook that I have right now by Webster’s Pages I thought of making my own cover. I gave up! I still watched many videos about how to make my own and about how to make a cover without all the craftiness. While searching I actually found a few ideas that I am sure will help you create your own fauxdori if you are interested. Even if you don’t want to spend money on a cover – which I understand – I encourage you to watch these videos and try to make your own. These ideas go from very simple, for example, I love the idea by Journalingmylife in Youtube where she made a fauxdori out of a Filofax flex! Her set up is brilliant and I enjoy her videos a lot. Also, she is based in India and I just think it is great to have a fellow stationery lover from across the oceans! Check out her videos and enjoy them, she has some amazing ideas for different set ups!  You will fine her under her handle journalingmylife  and her video is here .

Last year, I remember what came super popular was buying a passport cover by Kate spade and turning it into a fauxdori which I thought was brilliant too. Ms. Wendaful has a great video where she shows her “Katedori” and I find it so fun to watch. You will find the video here  and of course, don’t forget to check out her blog where you will find some beautiful inserts and more ideas.

Last, we have the highest level of being crafty which to me is this video made by  Craft Made Simple where she teaches us how to make a fauxdori cover with fabric which I love love love. You will find the video here . This fauxdori cover that she shows is so pretty and I love it! If you have the tools and the energy to create one fauxdori from scratch, check out her video! It’s so neat!

And these are all the ideas I have for a traveler’s notebook without being super crafty – like myself – so check them out and let me know what you think!

I am really loving this traveler’s notebook fever and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am!

Thank you for reading! Happy end of the week.

Em J

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A week in my traveler’s notebook by Websters Pages

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As I mentioned before, I bought this traveler’s notebook recently and I love it. This week I will be using it as a planner and journal. Mostly, a planner to change habits, track them and measure my success changing a few things in my life.

For now I will share with you the pictures of how the traveler’s notebook looks like all set up. I cut the inserts down to size. They are moleskine notebooks. They are not perfect but they are good for now and until I get the hang of using a traveler’s notebook. The insets are covered with scrap book paper. I did go a bit crazy decorating them, and I enjoyed the whole process!

Yesterday night I also added a page and drew a few charts to track different things, I am still trying to come up with a system that will help me but for now I wanted to share with you the cover and how it looks like all set up.

These notebooks are fun!

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Have a great week and thanks for reading! 

Em J

Not a great pair: Moleskine inserts and traveler’s notebooks

As you know, I bought my traveler’s notebook cover from Webster’s Pages about a week ago. There is a blog post here where I talk to you about my new addition. I love the cover, it is everything that I was expecting! I love the pockets, I love the size (wider and taller than the traditional size of the original midori), the colors and also the quality, they are great!

One of the reasons why I stopped myself from buying a regular size traveler’s notebook is because I knew it would be hard to find inserts. I don’t like ordering inserts from online shops every time I need one and I didn’t want to have to depend on the internet to buy them since most of the local stationery shops I have around don’t sell midori inserts. I knew it’d be hard but I decided to go for it anyway. Contrary to the field note size, which you find at local office stores like staples and office depot, the standard size can’t be found easily but online.

I haven’t bought any inserts yet but I still wanted to buy the moleskine notebook and see if they would fit in my cover. Well… after watching a few videos and seeing that the moleskine notebooks are a little wider than the covers, I still went ahead and bought them. Ah! guess what? They don’t fit. The moleskine cahier notebooks are a tad wider, and even though the cover is wider, the notebooks won’t fit if you add more than three!

I love my covers and planners chunky so I knew it wouldn’t work. I realized that I have to listen to the planner ladies out there who already went through this and I knew I had to cut to size my notebooks. I haven’t done it yet because the only exacto knife that I have is at husband’s painting studio. That place is cold! so I haven’t done anything about my inserts.

Here’s the bottom line, moleskine cahier notebooks won’t fit in a midori because they are wider, and they won’t fit in a Webster’s pages cover either because… they are wider! You need to cut them to size. Which is okay but it is one of those things that I didn’t want to have to do, not this time at least.

This is how the inserts look like, the notebook at the bottom is the moleskine cahier and the one on top is the insert that came with the cover, it is the regular standard size.

I am afraid that those of us with regular size fauxdoris only have a few options: Make your own inserts, order them online or cut the moleskine notebooks to size. Where do you buy your regular size inserts and would you recommend a specific shop?

Thank you for reading, next time I hope I will share with you my fauxdori set up!

Em Jorden

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Planner adventures: My new traveler’s notebook

For the longest time, I have thought of buying a traveler’s notebook regular size, also known by the original traveler’s notebooks created by Midori. But because this year I made the promise to myself that I would not buy planners this year I simply wrote this wish on my list of “planners to dream of” LOL.

This year, I think around February, I learned about the fact that Webster’s Pages will be selling traveler’s notebooks as well as their ring bound planners. I have bought planners from Webster’s pages and I wasn’t impressed by the quality, especially because my planner came with uneven rings. When I saw that they were going to make traveler’s notebooks, I was excited because these were great options for those of us who didn’t want to invest in buying a new Midori or Fauxdori buts till wanted to try these planners.

These new traveler’s notebooks range between $30 and $24 depending on where you buy it and depending if they are on sale. I bought mine through Blitsy.com which is a craft store that sells planners and other craft materials usually at lower prices. I am very excited with this new traveler’s notebook and I can’t wait to set it up! The cover itself looks great, it does have a small stain of what seems to be glue but I can live with that, for the price I think it’s fine. The cover has pockets which are something I love and it also comes a little wider than the regular Midori.

I am planning on either buying some inserts from the Midori brand or buying some of the Moleskine inserts and cutting them down to size. I am not sure how much bigger or wider they are but I have read reviews from other planner women who have said that they fit.

I will keep you posted on how this cover turns out to be! For now, I am very excited that I can experience the “magic” of the traveler’s notebooks and start setting mine up to be used as a planner, journal, and personal assistant or what not.

This is my traveler’s notebook.

Thank you for reading and if you use these covers, do let me know how you like them!

Em J

Filofax series, part IV: The “Lists” Section

Welcome back to the last installment of my Filofax series  today we will be talking about the lists section. In theory, this section should be straightforward and easy to understand but there are also sometimes occasions where we are not exactly sure what to include in a list.

The reason why I think it is important to have this section in a planner is because lists help have a better idea of what the components to a project, a thought or a plan are. The possibilities are endless! Lists help us empty our minds and create categories or group items into different categories of things. For example, you can make shopping lists and know that you have that list available when needed. You can also make lists that help you know what you need to do to accomplish a goal or a project. For example, you can make a list of items you need to set up your home office. A list like this will support you in numbering the pieces of furniture that you need, or the items that you need to buy or how much money you will need to budget for this project.

You can also make lists of books that you want to read, and the list will help you keep them in mind when you need to borrow them from the library, look for them or buy them.

It is very simple and you really don’t need to have a special insert for this section. For example, what I do is to add pieces of paper from different note pads that I have around my office, I perforate them and add them to my planner. My lists section is a collection of paper in different sizes, colors, types and even shapes. I love it! It is fun and it also keeps your mind busy in creating an entire section that can be customized to your needs. You can also make lists just for fun!

Last year I participated in the “lister’s gotta list” challenged launched by The restet girl and it was fun. If you are someone who loves listing items and group them in categories for your projects or plans, then a “Lists section” is definitely the way to go.

How do you use this section and how does it help you? I´d love to know so please leave your comments under the “comments” section here in the blog.

Thank you for reading and until next time for another Filofax series.

Em Jorden

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