This week found me a tad bit busier than last week and not feeling 100% but I was able to stay on task, due to prior planning, and get the things done (in a timely manner) that needed to be accomplished. I didn’t get many personal things checked off my to do list but that’s okay with me. This week highlighted the importance of having a flexible planning system.
Observations and changes made this week:
The first and most recognizable change for me this week is the TN cover itself. I have been struggling with the LOVELY TPS Floral TN since my initial set up. While I love, love, love it, the 1.5″ spine is just a little too small for my needs right now.
I am using my One Book July to experiment with tracking all of the things that need to be done this month, both personal and professional. As the festival and pageant are at the end of July and the first week of August, I have little to do and lots of time to do it…STRIKE THAT, reverse it!
The next change I have made is the addition of a dump book. I have one dedicated to all the details that I need to stay on top of this month in preparation for the festival and pageant, however, I didn’t have something to capture all the other items. So, I dedicated some of my self-care time to creating an insert and have already started collecting items to be organized after my Incompletion Trigger List review.
My weekly spread is where the “work” gets done in my One Book July. I noticed that I didn’t consistently use my dailies but went back and filled in what I accomplished, instead of using it for pre-planning. I used stickers to create “word pictures” to help with my memory and this resulted in aiding my recall. Therefore, I have decided to pre-set up my dailies this week. Let’s see how that works for me. I have had a new memory and discovered a 20 year gap…this blank spaces do not mean I don’t remember anything for those 20 years, but rather all instances relating to a specific memory group (i.e. an annual picnic that I have no memories of or the location it has been held in, although I apparently have attended it numerous times). This leads me to look for ways to re-associate people, places, and things in hopes of being able to access the memories eventually. So, I am attempting to use more stickers in my planning routine to create word pictures in my mind. Well, see how this works. This week will be the first time I include the sticker associations in the “guts” of my planning and I am hopeful I can report a success next week!
This Michael’s Recollection’s Hourly Vertical Planner sits on my desk and does double duty as my memory planner.
This is the weekly box spread in my One Book July and functions as a weekly overview of my events and appointments using pictures.
This is a printable from Ray Blake at My Life All In One Place and functions as the “guts” of my planning. I have not previously utilized stickers in this section as it houses tasks…this is where I take my “To Do’s” to “To Done” and document any changes to my planned schedule of events with actual events.
Finally, I have decided to set up my dailies for the week to see how I can better utilize them in the TN. However, I typically use my hourly planner for itemizing the details of my white spaces.
How are you using your One Book July? What have you learned so far? I would love to know how has this “experiment” helped you stay on track to reach your goals.
See you next week!