Free Infographic: 5 Types of Planners

To promote my latest book, Create Your Own DIY Planner, I had created an infographic that discusses the five types of DIY planners. I used it as a hook to get people to sign up for my newsletter. Now, I’m giving it to you here. Click through for the full-size version, then save it to your computer.

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Prepare for Launch!

Yes, you read that right.

Prepare for launch!

For several years, I struggled to find planner peace. What’s that?

Well, you know you have found planner peace when you find a planner system that works well for you and you like to use it.

I tried making my own. Then I found the Bullet Journal system developed by Ryder Carroll. Then I started melding my own ideas with that system. Now, while I use a few elements of that, I use mostly my own.

And I wrote a book about creating your own planner system.

Create Your Own DIY Planner.

It launches on Wednesday, which is, not coincidentally, also my birthday. Wednesday evening, I will have a launch party on Facebook where I will give away an e-copy. Print copies will be available in mid-June.

Watch this space for more updates about the book, launch party details, and more!

3 Things to Do When Your Motivation Is Low

Photo of reporter's notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Photo of reporter’s notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

I’m struggling with motivation today. Its a case of so much to do and too little time to do it. I decided in order to get at least one of the things done (this blog post), I would make a short list of three things to do when your motivation is low.

Here they are:

  1. Make a list of things to do. These can be things you need to do or things you want to do. Make a list. Get that forward momentum going again to help you build your motivation. (If you’re a bullet journal-er like I am, you do this anyway.)
  2. Already make to-do lists but leave things off? It’s not wasted if you do something that’s not on your list. Add them to it and mark them as done. It’s not cheating. it can honestly help you see that you are getting things done and building your motivation back up.
  3. Take a break. You’re not Superman or Supergirl. Nor do you want to be. (Trust me. The world would expect way too much of you.) Tell yourself it’s OK to rest, to take a break. If you don’t get everything done, the world won’t end. You can start again tomorrow.

So here’s one more thing I can mark done on my to-do list. Now if someone would write a query letter for me, I’d be set.

August Goals

I said “goals,” plural. redpenBut, let’s face it, there’s only one real goal I’m focused on for the rest of this month.

Finishing the first draft of my current project.

I’m writing a book about starting a bullet journal. I have a section on getting started and a section on the extra bells and whistles you can add to it. At this point, I think I’m about half through it.

I’m  going to include some examples of different styles. Some will be my own. Some will be used by permission of the people who did them. I will have a glossary and a resources section.

That’s August’s goal. For September, I will edit it and hopefully get it out by the end of the year.

Frequency and Looking Forward

Image used courtesy of The Public Speaking Project under a Creative Commons license.
Image used courtesy of The Public Speaking Project under a Creative Commons license.

Now that the ProBlogger Get Your Groove Back Challenge is done, I’m left thinking about frequency, topic coverage, and what’s next.

First, frequency. I know I cannot keep up a pace of posting on a daily basis. I would get bored with it and I would quit. It has happened before. I don’t want to do that again. Plus, I figure if I’m bored, you’re bored. That’s not a good combination any time. My current plan is to post a few times a week.

Right now, it’s Sunday evening. I’m going to go ahead and post this tonight, but in the future, posts will go live on Monday. I will also schedule things for Wednesday and Friday. We’ll see how that frequency works for a while. If it needs changing, I can certainly do that.

Next, topics. I still stand by what I’ve said before that this blog is about my path along the creative journey. It is. It will be. However, it will be a little more focused. It will include my main topic areas of writing, creativity in general, and planning/bullet journals. As I know you are aware, this will allow for a wide range of subtopics.

I’m planning on another fountain pen first impression soon. I’ll actually have the fountain pen in-hand tomorrow. It’s a Pilot Metropolitan Retro in orange. I got some Private Reserve Orange Crush ink to go with it. Stay tuned for that.

Now, what’s next? That’s a good question.

I’m working on a couple books. One is further along than the other. It will be an eBook, probably costing less than $2. I think this book has the potential to be very helpful and I want it to be affordable. The most helpful book in the world isn’t worth anything if you can’t afford it.

I am also planning some videos for my long-dormant YouTube channel. Anything that’s on there is …. old. That will change.

I’m making more use of my Instagram accounts as far as writing, the writing life, creativity, and planning go. Some of those posts may be lengthened and transported over here. (Yes, accounts. There’s my main one and my bullet journal/planning one.)

There’s more still percolating, but I think that just about covers it for now. Except for one thing.

What do you want to see here?

Let e know and I’ll do my best to cover it.

Let’s Talk Planners

Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com
Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com

The other day, I mentioned that I had been searching for the perfect planner. None of the traditional planners work for me, though, because of space and missing elements that are key to me.

I started thinking about that and I wonder: What are some must-haves that you look for in a planner?

I will start us off in the comments.

So You Want to Start a Bullet Journal

I could tell you and show you exactly how to start your own bullet journal, how to set it up, personalize it, ad find what works for you. And I will do that, but fist, I want you to see something.

Carrie Crista has a two-part series on YouTube about starting a ullet journal. She describes how to get started here. The second video talks about how to use collections, trackers, etc.

Regardless of if you follow her approach or the system described in the original bullet journal video by Ryder Carroll, you need to make it work for you. If that means you have a separate journal for work projects, so be it.

In a future post, I will talk specifically about what I have done and why. Meanwhile, set it up, learn what it is, and make it work for you.