During a lengthy corporate career I was addicted to using a Franklin Planner.
Love the *feel* of leather.
Wait! Get your mind off the image of the hot Fae warrior with the butt-hugging leather pants, muscled thighs gripping the saddle of a magnificent black steed. That's a character from my next book. Although that sexy image increases my heart rate in the best of ways, I'm referring to the leather binder protecting my planner pages.
Always keep your planner/journal secure.
I used the monthly calendar tabs for an overview of my schedule and the daily planner to manage tasks and record notes.
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Notes from meetings, conversations, inspiration.
Each morning began with a few moments to prioritize tasks for the day and review notes from the previous day. In the evening, I reviewed accomplishments and posted forward incomplete tasks.
I also maintained a projects section. Each tab for a different project containing notes specific to that project. In the back of the binder, I kept a business card holder and a contacts' phone/email list for easy access. With a grueling travel schedule, the planner kept both my corporate and personal life organized.
Now, some planners use all sorts of extras (stickers, washi tape, etc.) to personalize their planners. Other than using either the seasonal or botanical pages, I didn't have time for embellishment, or so I believed...
In 2013, I released my first Indie published romance novel, Just Beyond the Garden Gate, the first in a time travel series rife with fae creatures. I've been managing things using a regular calendar and a composition notebook. Things like blog tours, appearances, giveaways, etc. Unfortunately my work space has also become cluttered with lists and sticky notes.
Although this method has seemed to work over the last several years, juggling details has become more difficult with the continually changing nature of the industry.
I've recently tried something new to me and more creative. A bullet journal. As a bonus, the one I found incorporates the joy of coloring (some believe coloring reduces stress) and the inspiration of faeries into the management of thoughts and ideas and time management.
The Fairy Inspiration Coloring Journal designed by fantasy artist Selina Fenech.
With the dot grid, the pages can be designed as needed...
For example a grid to track the progress of my next book. Or the dots can be used to create a monthly calendar, write task lists and other lists, and make notes.
To learn more about bullet journaling, do an internet search. There is a lot of information out there on the internet.
In the end, I may go back to using the Franklin Planner for the business end of my writing career and the bullet journal for the creative side of writing a book. Only time will tell.
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What are your thoughts on traditional planners and bullet journals? Do you use one or the other? How do you use them?
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