Besides obvious To Do list and appointment reminders, how do we 'work' in our planners? Your planner needn't be a boring line up of responsibilities, but a place to document your days. Just like an art journal, just like a scrapbook, it can be all of that and more.
This is an example of working in my planner mid week. For each rectangle space your planner givse with a date for each day, I work in that space all day long. STOP IT, I can hear you. It doesn't take long to doodle and sketch, often only 5 minutes. At the very least you can spend five minutes doodling in your daily space.
Ideas To Get You Playing in your Planner
1) Completely blank on what to doodle or write? Read a short passage from an inspirational book first. I keep several of them near my planner space. My favorite is The Awe-Manac by Jill Badonsky. It is daily prompts to get you creatively thinking. You could put a quote from what you read into your space so you can later remember to journal longer about it.
2) There are also books that prompt you to make lists - of your favorite foods, movies, turn ons, you could answer one of these every day, each day including a different random fact about yourself. I have a book called The Secret Me. Very fun. What I like to do is write in my writing notebook, then put snippets into my Daily Pages from my planner. You can put in the highlights and best parts that way.
3) RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW - at a random moment in your day, write a verbal snapshot id descriptive sentences about what is going on around you.
4) Document. What was the last thing you ate? What are you reading? What was your last facebook status? Your last tweet? If you get into the habit of keeping your journal open next to you throughout the day it is easier to report what is going on while you remember it.
5) Night-time check ins. At night you may have more time to meander and doodle and think about your day. Write 1-3 positive things about the day. It's like a gratitude list without the heavy responsibility of feeling things deeply. I liked when I got the washi tape in the mail today. I had the best cup of hot cocoa. These are little things and may seem unimportant, but they made you happy. When it comes down to it, we have so many more little happy things happen then big giant things. It is a simple way to document joys.
Night time check ins are a good time to set up what you have to do tomorrow (which I put in a post it note near my day, not on it, because who wants to keep to do lists forever as documentation of your life?) When I'm done with the list I can chuck it, or move it to another day in the week if I don't finish.
Night time check ins are also good for setting your intention for the next day. On Feb 5th Health was number one. I just have been getting over the flu so I needed to remember that eating well and taking care of myself was important even though I had so much to do.
The note-card is from Project life and I punched holes in it. The list is of the vitamins I need to remember to take everyday that I keep forgetting. I'll remember one but not others, so I need this list around. I have it right there with my Day of the Week and can move it on to the next week when it's time. You can put anything you really need to remember on a card like this, like affirmations and new ways of thinking.
I put a few pieces of paper from another journal in my week so I can write longer things.
Now on Sunday morning I plan to print out all the photos from the week, make them small, and put a scrapbook page right in the center of the week. This way when I am all done with this month I will have a complete package of what it was like to live my daily life. I love this! I just started working this way so I will get better at it the more I do it. And so will you.
Next post I will talk about making our own journal cards. I leave you with this little Gypsy Wagon Pillow my friend Lisa Shahabadi made for me.