Sunday, December 14, 2014

Plannerisms planner: set and track your goals!

The Plannerisms planner is designed to help you focus on what's important in YOUR life, and is very flexible so you can use it any way you want/ need to.

The Plannerisms planner is specifically designed to incorporate your goals into your daily schedule. There are pages to break down annual goals into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals so you can go from the big picture all the way to daily actions. This post has detailed photos of all the planner pages and features.

People have written very nice things about the Plannerisms planners! Click here for customer testimonials and links to posts showing how people use their Plannerisms planners. I love seeing different ways people use their Plannerisms planner! It is designed for flexibility of use, so different people use it in different ways.

I've written several posts on how to use your Plannerisms planner to set and track your goals, and to incorporate your goals into your daily schedule. Click on the links below:

There are loads of Goals pages in the Plannerisms planner: Annual, Quarterly, and Monthly. Here's how to use the Goals pages.

The planner has monthly calendars across two pages, and between each month there's a two-page spread of lined pages for tracking your goals including finances, health, monthly reviews, or to use any way you like. Here's how to use the monthly pages for goal tracking.

The weekly pages are designed with a column to list your daily intentions so you don't have to re-write them every day. Here's how to use the weekly pages.

I've also done some videos on how to use the goal pages, and a general overview of the planner pages too. Click here for links to the vids.

The 2015 Plannerisms planners are available on the Collins UK website for worldwide shipping. Order quick because they are going fast! Right now there are only a few Purple left, and other colors are getting low too.

I've had loads of people email and tweet me that they loved their Plannerims planner this year and are getting another one for next year! It warms my heart that something I designed is helping so many people.

Huge thanks to everyone who has ordered a Plannerisms planner, this year and in past years too. I really appreciate it and I hope it helps you achieve everything you desire in the upcoming year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2015 Deafmessanger weekly planner

If you've never seen Deafmessanger's street-art inspired planners and notebooks, you are seriously missing out. These are some of the coolest little books I've ever seen.

Their 2015 Diary/ weekly planner is a nicely portable A6 size so it can go everywhere with you. Check out this cover art:
This is the Bird and...2015 Diary. There are loads of other cover options for the 2015 planner, check them all out here.

The diary comes with an elastic closure strap, red ribbon placemarker and a pencil in a loop so you can get started right away.

The little book is filled with Kucin's art with lots of little bits he's found stuck in there. There's a pocket inside the front cover, made out of a magazine page.

 There is an overview planner with 6 months over two pages:

The weekly planner pages have art on each spread so you never get bored.

Randomly stuck between the pages are quotes, pages of magazines, newspapers, books, maps, anything. You never know what you're going to find in your book.

There are other pages too: People/ Things that made me happy, Favorite places, addresses, and loads of blank pages for notes, art or whatever you want.

The inside of the back of the book has contact info. Be sure to check out
Also look at their Facebook page to see lots of photos of their production process, and action shots of their products all around the world.

The back cover has a picture of Kucin's cat, Frida. Love it!

This little book will be your constant companion all year and keep you inspired and feeling great!

Deafmessanger is based in Prague and ships worldwide. You can use or a similar currency conversion program to see the amounts in your currency.

Huge thanks to Deafmessanger for sending me this wonderful diary as a sample to review. I love it!

WARNING: Deafmessanger products are highly addictive and entirely awesome. Once you get one, you'll want more!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Update: 2015 Plannerisms planners now shipping worldwide!

The 2015 Plannerisms planners are now shipping worldwide from Collins UK! Click here to order!

The most popular covers are already selling very quickly, so order yours now before the color you want runs out!

For any questions about ordering, shipping, delivery etc. please click here to contact the Collins UK team.

See all the cover colors and order here.

Click here for more information on the Plannerisms planners!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 Plannerisms planners now ready to pre-order!

Great news! You can now pre-order your 2015 Plannerisms planners from the Collins UK website for worldwide shipping. Click here for the pre-order page!

At this time I don't know when the planners will actually ship, but I will let you know when I find out. For any questions about ordering, shipping, delivery etc. please contact the Collins UK team.

I recommend pre-ordering the color you want, because the most popular covers go very quickly so make sure you get the one you want!

See all the cover colors and pre-order here.

Click here for more information on the Plannerisms planners!

Spark notebook Kickstarter

Here's another awesome new productivity tool on Kickstarter right now: the new Spark notebook.

When Kate emailed me to tell me about this new notebook, I got really excited about it. I really like the look of this book. It's way more than just a notebook, it has everything you need to plan and track your goals, take daily notes and keep everything together in one cool, portable, professional-looking book.

There are monthly calendar pages, pages for monthly goals, 30 day challenges, weekly goals, your week schedule, project planning and tracking, meeting notes, lined pages for notes, everything. It's A5 size so it's easy to take with you everywhere, so you don't miss anything. And it looks GOOD. Nothing frilly or embarrassing. It looks professional, so therefore you do too.

(Images taken from their Kickstarter page. Hopefully they won't mind since it's to promote their notebooks.)

This notebook has obviously hit a nerve with people, because they are already way over their funding needs. But don't blink or you'll miss it! Click here for their Kickstarter page.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2015 Plannerisms planners available for pre-order soon!!

Great news! The 2015 Plannerisms planners will be available to pre-order from the Collins UK website for worldwide shipping in the next few days!

I'll post a big announcement here on the blog and on Twitter when they are ready to process pre-orders. I strongly recommend you pre-order yours because in previous years the most popular cover colors sold out quickly. So pre-order to make sure you get the color you prefer!

When they are ready I'll post more information here on cover colors, price, and the ordering link. Thanks for your interest, and be sure to check back here in a few days for the update!

Meanwhile you can click here to learn more about the Plannerisms planners, see photos of last year's planner, read customer testimonials, examples of use and more!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Guest post: My Life In A Pocket

Many thanks to Helen for this excellent guest post on how she (very effectively) runs her life from her pocket Moleskine planner!

My Life in a Pocket

Firstly thank you to Laurie for letting me post about my new set-up. When I was researching new ways of planning, I found very little about using pocket sized bound planners, so thought it would be useful to share this in case it helps anyone else.

Back in August life changed significantly for me. I left my corporate job and became self employed. At the time I didn’t realize how much this would change the way I planned.  Before I go on, I must thank David (who know who you are!) for helping me in those first few weeks to settle into the self employed world and supporting me in trying to work out what my new planning system should look like.  Your advice was wonderful and much appreciated!

So, my life before August… I was an engineer working in a large company. I had many people reporting to me, and had many deadlines and hundreds of very small tasks to get through each week. On top of this, I had all of my personal appointment and tasks and lists. This is how I organized my life:

Work – I had an A5 note book which I used as a day book. All my meeting notes went into this. Because I had so many tasks to keep track of, some of which came through an electronic system, I used that system to keep a track of everything. Each day, tasks to be done on that day would be transferred to my day book and ticked off as they were done.  My work diary was online in the office.

Home -  I used a personal Filofax which housed my diary, task lists, general lists eg. Present ideas, books to read etc.  My diary was basically personal appointments only. Work appointments changed so quickly I couldn’t keep up on paper and really didn’t need to. Tasks were put into the week on two pages diary for ticking off as and when they were done. My blog planning was also done in my Filofax.

When I left, suddenly there was a gaping hole. The tools that I organized my working life with were no longer there. Also my working life had changed, and those types of tools were not really necessary anymore. So, I started on a voyage of trial and error to see what would work. What I came up with surprised me somewhat.

Here is what I wanted:
  1. Something as small as I could get away with. When I see clients I have to carry a lot of stuff, so a bulging Filofax wasn’t going to work anymore.
  2. A diary I could easily archive. This headed me towards a bound diary. 
  3. I wanted to keep notes in my diary about important things that I wanted to keep for posterity. 
  4. I needed a way to keep track of my to-dos both work and personal
For two weeks I kept a note of the parts of my current set-up that I used when I was out of the house. This told me what I needed to carry with me and what I didn’t. Not wanting to waste money on diaries and stationary which wouldn’t work out, I started to experiment with what I had.  I downloaded various templates from the Moleskine website, and started to work out how I might use the different sizes and layouts.

I quickly homed in on the pocket size, but it seemed so small, but after some trial and error, I realized it could work… and here it is:
Pocket Moleskine Weekly notebook, Peanuts

I picked a pocket moleskine week on one page with notes diary. I chose the Peanuts version, because who doesn’t like Snoopy?

In the front I keep some sticky notes and flags for making notes and jotting things down when I am out and about. 
Sticky notes

The monthly spread looks small, but it is useable. I use this for planning when I am free to take on work and when I am booked. Everything is written in pencil as plans change often. Once the appointment has happened I write it in pen. I carry a Lamy 4-Pen with me everywhere. It has red, blue and black ink plus a pencil and eraser.  I only write in black, and I like very plain pages. Very occasionally I will put a red star next to something if it is urgent or very important. I enjoy looking at people’s decorated pages, but I can’t make it work for me. I can’t see through the decoration to the important stuff!
Monthly spread

It also has a page for holidays and events, which is where I list birthdays, remembrance days etc. This is a page I have in my Filofax, and I like to have it with me to remind me to buy cards.
Special events pages

Flicking to the back, the Moleskine has 5 notes pages. I have used these to carry important information that I need when I am out and about. I printed them out and glued them in. In my Filofax I have pages and pages of addresses, phone numbers, logins etc. I don’t need them all when I am out, just key information, the rest stays in my Filo at home.  At the very back I have some list sticky notes for use as I need.
Page for important home info

Pages for contacts

Sticky note pad at back for lists

Now, to the main part of the book. The diary.

The photos show mocked up pages in an old diary as I couldn’t find one which didn’t have personal or confidential business items on it.

On the left hand side go appointments. I don’t have that many, and when I do they tend to be half day or all day affairs. Sometimes I may be booked for a whole week by a client, and then I write it in at the very top of the page so it is obvious that week is full.

You will see letters in brackets on some days eg. (G). This means the gardeners are coming and I need to pay them. It is a regular appointment and it saves space. The blue circle on Thursday tells me it is recycling week for bin collection.
Weekly pages: individual day appointments and notes/ tasks
On the right hand side are the notes pages. I extend the lines between each day across, so each day has about 4 lines each. The very top of this page is used for general notes or reminders which are for the week, and not a specific day. You can see that I note down all sorts of things, hours to bill a client. Phone calls, blog entries which are scheduled to publish.

I use a bullet journaling approach for my notes:

A round bullet is for a note, and a box is for a task. I’ll come to tasks in a minute. Now I am a bit of a neat freak, and I like my boxes to be square… so I use an eraser guard made by Derwent as a stencil.  It fits perfectly in the pocket at the back of the book, so I can pull it out, stencil in the shape I want as a bullet, and make the note.  I also have a Pocket sized Filofax ruler in the pocket at the back in case I need to draw any straight lines or measure anything.
Derwent stencils and Filofax ruler

So, back to tasks. The number of tasks I have has dropped dramatically, which frankly is a relief. I used to have 70 – 80 per day to get through at work (I never managed to clear the list each day). I used to write every task in my diary in my Filofax. I came to realize that my diary now is for recording significant things related to my personal and business life.  I won’t need to know in ten years time that I put the rubbish out every Thursday!  I have the master list in my Filo. Each week I review what needs to be done the following week, normally on a Friday afternoon. Any task which is unusual, or I would like to record that I have done eg. Submit tax return gets written in the diary with a little box.  Everything else which has to be done, but is part of the detritus of life I write on a sticky note and put in the diary. The sticky is binned once it is no longer relevant.
Tasks list sticky note
All those other lists of books to read, present ideas, blog planning etc are still in my Filofax, which now stays at home. Every now and then I will grab my Filo and take it with me, but it is less than once per month and I have never needed it and not had it.  I keep a separate journal inspired by Millie’s Moleskine diary, so this keeps my more private musings and observations away from the administrative running of my life.

I have been using this system for a couple of months now and really pleased with it. I thought the limited space would be a problem, but what it has done is make me really think about what I need all of the time, and what I don’t.  Recording absolutely everything in one place is a nice idea, but it doesn’t work for me. It feels overwhelming and makes me stray away from what is important. I have bought another Moleskine, Peanuts edition again, for next year. I feel really settled with this. I enjoy using it, and enjoy how quickly I can see the important parts of my current week, and past weeks without going through pages and pages of detail.  I now carry a really portable system which works for me 99% of the time. If I need anything more, my Filofax comes with me too.
What I carry with me

I’d love to know if anyone else has made a pocket sized bound book work for them.

Wow thanks again so much to Helen for sharing her super-efficient portable system! Please comment below.