Inkscape Tutorial – Featuring The Planner Society

I have a confession to make. I love stickers! I love using them in my planner.  But, I really love designing the stickers.  Did I say LOVE? I may be bordering on complete infatuation with all things adhesive.  Having admitted this out loud here, I want to share with you why I use stickers in my planning and organizing routine.  Creating word pictures with stickers help me associate information in my (still healing) brain.  Using colors and images to assign importance or priority to tasks and events helps me to be able to recall the information and increases my retention.

In the coming weeks, I hope to share more on my learning style and planning/organizing routines but today I am sharing a tutorial video on how I design stickers using Inkscape.

I own a Cricut Explore Air2 and print and cut my stickers after designing them in Inkscape.  If you have questions or would like to learn more, please drop me a line, I would love to hear from you.

One Book July 2017 – Review of Week 2

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!

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This Michael’s Recollection’s Hourly Vertical Planner sits on my desk and does double duty as my memory planner.

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This is the weekly box spread in my One Book July and functions as a weekly overview of my events and appointments using pictures.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week One – One Book July 2017

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.

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What I have learned this week … (be sure and check out my video)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.

Happy Planning!

The SetUp

After initial research into how I am going to structure my planner for One Book July 2017, I have decided to transfer all of my necessary planning and project management into a pocket-sized TN (traveler’s notebook) from The Planner Society.  

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Behind the scenes of my YouTube setup video

The OnebookJuly2017 Challenge is to use One Book and One Pen for One Month.  However, there are no rules save for the rules you may set for yourself.  The goal, as I understand it, is to “get back to basics” and streamline or in some cases, learn what you need to be successful in your planning routine.  

Since I am a goal planner, I have included my current projects in each area (Being, Body, Brain) to help me reach my goals.  My goal for One Book July is to streamline all of my planners into one carry along planner/wallet that I can have to track EVERYTHING!  In order to keep moving forward, I need to assess where I am in any given project, once I evaluate my progress I can decide if I need to make changes or not.   

What I have learned so far:

  • Sometimes, I can not focus and am easily distracted.  When this happens I need to step away and do something else, usually a craft project, like mixed media to help my mind get clear and refocus.  Then I can come back to the task at hand.  It is helpful to know this about myself because I don’t get as discouraged and take a long leave of absence from my goals.
  • When I am riding the struggle bus, I need my planning system to have a structure and functional form to help me stay focused and follow my plan.
  • When I am hyperfocused, I need the real-estate that white space provides.
  • Having this self-knowledge is helpful in knowing which system to work out of at a given time to help me keep moving toward my goals instead of getting frustrated and giving up.

Knowing how you operate and researching the tools to help you is key to setting yourself up for success.  

Visit my Resources page to find the inserts I am testing as well as other valuable information I will add from time to time.

See you next week for an update to One Book July 2017 !!