I was inspired by Christy Tomlinson of The Planner Society and a photo she posted on her Instagram “Instastories” that showed a half of a doily cut out of a card that she “franken-plannered” (that’s a word, right?)
I decided I wanted to recreate the look using the digital Halloween kit I had purchased and went to work finding a file that would help me achieve the look. What I found was a free file from BirdsCards. I was unable to the original file so I cleaned up the image and uploaded it as print and cut file in Cricut Design Space. When I selected the image on my canvas I chose “Cut” but you can change the color or add a pattern and print then cut if you desire.
I’d love to see what you create with this file! Look me up on Instagram @theorganizedmiss or on YouTube as The Organized Miss
The file was saved as a .png so you should have no problems uploading it into whatever machine you use.
In my effort to continue challenging and healing my brain, I have been inspired to participate in an October Daily journal challenge and I had to add my own twist.
The challenge is to journal daily throughout the month of October (and I hope to video it as well and post it to my YouTube channel).
I have decided to use this journal time to challenge myself to participate in activities that engage the left brain, logic-based activity (i.e. math, science, history, sequencing) on odd number days of the month.
On even number days, I will participate in activities that engage the right brain, creativity based activity (i.e. paint, draw, write, play music, crochet, using your imagination is the key and your only limit).
I created this image as a visual prompt and show you how I will use it in my video.
Feel free to print it out and use it as you follow along with me on this journey.
If you decide to join me in this challenge, share what you’re doing with the hashtag #odjjwm and tag me on social media.
YouTube: The Organized Miss
This week was a week of trial and error…more error than trial! I found that my TPS Pocket TN with 1.5″ spine was a little too crowded. I experimented by making a laminated TN cover with a 2″ spine and transferred the interior of my One Book July 2017 into it.
What I have learned this week … (be sure and check out my video)
- I quickly discovered that it had the perfect amount of room for me but I did not like the feel of the laminate as my everyday carry, so within one day I was back into TPS TN.
- I did try putting the TN inserts into a ‘B6″ size that I already owned after seeing a fellow OneBookJuly YouTuber try it and while it may work for me if I have a 2″ reinforced spine, the TN I have right now did not accommodate the pocket-sized inserts very well.
- I removed one insert, and to be honest, I can’t remember what it was supposed to be used for as I was not using it, don’t miss it and can’t recall what it was!
- As of right now, I believe I will be staying in the 1.5″ spine pocket-sized Tn through the month but will start investigating TN’s with 2″ reinforced spines in the pocket and B6 sizes.
Oh, I almost forgot, while at a work-related business meeting, the woman I was supposed to meet walked up to me and said, “You have a traveler’s notebook, you must be a planner girl!” I was so excited to know how far this community reaches, and the joy it brings us “planners” right here in my small town.
How is One Book July going for you? What have you learned this week? Are you participating in the “Go Big or Go Home” version of the challenge? Look me up on social media or YouTube and say ‘Hi’ – I’d love to know what goals you are working towards and how your #onebookjuly2017 is going.
Organizing thoughts into SMART actionable goals and planning them can be a daunting task for some…I know because it can be for me. So, when I learned of the ‘One Book July’ challenge from Carie of Paper Planning Magazine I knew I had found a challenge that would help me accomplish my goal of streamlining the systems I use for project tracking.
Prior to December of 2016, I had no knowledge of the planner community. I have used a basic calendar system for scheduling and tracking appointments and events and a plethora of spiral bound notebooks and legal pads for collecting information and (trying to keep track of) projects. Enter memory loss and accompanying challenges stage right. Approximately 3-4 years ago, I suffered multiple seizure/stroke-like episodes that resulted in three hospitalizations and many lost memories. The good news was that I had no idea what I didn’t know, the bad news was that it was reoccurring and lasted for a couple of years. In addition to losing the ability to read, write, count, cook, and a whole host of other activities that I had previously taken for granted, this left me unable to track time. Once I started getting some memories back, I struggled with extreme anxiety as one memory at a time would slowly come back. Also, I faced the realization that I did not know how long it had been since the last time I knew what date it was…(does that make sense when you read it?). I would have periods of time, that I could not track or account for. I would wake up some days and have no idea how many days had passed since what seemed to me was yesterday but a year ago to the rest of the world.
As I began being able to consistently keep track of time again, my anxiety about forgetting again increased and I began using a ‘planner’ (read: any notebook I could find that day). Fast forward to December and my little sister introducing me to the planner world on YouTube!! Cue: Overhead spotlights and the heavenly choir.
As my brain has continued to heal, I have begun the process of reentering life again, taking on projects with gusto, and spending more hours than seems rational watching YouTube videos.
Follow along on my One Book July 2017 challenge as I create a workable system for me and perhaps pick up a tip or two that you can incorporate into your own goal planning routine.
The above quote is one of my favorites and highlights a secret known by many successful individuals. In order to make progress in life, you must set and work towards goals. Whether you are working on changing a bad habit, acquiring a good one or implementing strategic action to obtain excellence in a specific field, goal setting is crucial to your success. Just as important as setting goals are to putting you on a path to success, tracking the progress of your goals is a key component to achieving that success.
Show me your calendar/planner and I will be able to tell you what you value and how successful you will be in reaching your goals. Do you goal plan? Is your schedule and tasks organized according to your desired outcomes? Do you track the habits necessary for success? I can guarantee that if you do, you will make discoveries about yourself and be able to reach success in areas that before were out of reach.
I have designed a monthly calendar and success tracker for use in reaching your goals. This eight-page digital printable has a monthly (July) view and a week on two pages. The left side of the page has a weekly with Monday start and the right side of the page has “This week’s focus” and is divided into three categories (Scholarship, Service, Style) so you can easily identify and focus on the tasks to be accomplished.
The bottom section of the page has a Success Tracker for you to list the habits/actions you intend to consistently practice and monitor for a successful week. The last few pages contain a Project Management section for SMART Goal planning and a Task Checklist. The sooner you start tracking your goals, the closer you will get to reaching them!
Happy Goal Planning!