Well, I figured you were all just here for the planner shots 🙂
Everyone shows their page setups – but it’s less commonplace to show pages that are filled out / marked up / left imperfect. That’s because such pages might be messy or they might contain things you don’t want to share.
I had to white out one name (it was an unusual name) but otherwise there doesn’t appear to be anything secret on these pages. And they reflect my typical use of the Hobonichi daily pages.
Some things you may notice:
1- Morning priorities go up top. These past couple of days, I did accomplish them all! But I absolutely don’t ALWAYS, particularly if G wakes up earlier than is ideal. This is occurring less often, but it’s not never.
2- Schedule goes down the left hand side, and this serves as sort of a pre-emptive time blocking strategy. Sometimes I even add some colors.
3- To-do list goes down the right hand side. This is typically pulled from my weekly list (which comes from my monthly lists as well as any time-sensitive goals that come up!).
4- Most days, I track nutrition on the lower left. No measurements; just rough notes of what I eat on a given day. I figured out years ago that I benefit when I do this. I recognize it’s a little quirky, but as I get older I care less. Eating better –> feeling better –> not being distracted by feeling like crap because I ate like crap –> more productive & happier. What can I say? Paradoxically, my notes here often help me NOT beat myself up when I treat myself (ice cream, beer, and burgers all make appearances on my nutrition log) because I know that the overall picture is a healthy one. I can also spot patterns (super hungry for several days = ahh, it’s PMS . . .) and find that helpful. I also put workout details in this space. Sometimes I put hours of sleep there too. It’s the health section, because I know these things impact everything else.
5- Random notes or a time log on the bottom right. Sometimes I track time and but mostly I just write some random notes or observations about the day. Or a list — this is where my Summer Reading List ended up landing one day! I’d love to learn to do some actual lettering and put some more artistic things in this quadrant someday, but for now I just kind of use it as a free journaling/notes space.
So, there are my daily pages and yes, I really live by them. My planner is out on my desk from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, and it sits on my work desk in my office. I will admit that I rarely write in it after work; I’m busy with the kids and just not in that kind of mindset. So sometimes I fill in details in the AM.
I would also like to dispel the myth that I do everything all of the time. For example, research. I haven’t published anything that would be considered true research since I came to FL in 2013 (though the results of my fellowship research took so long to publish that I did have one paper come out in 2017). I am currently working on some projects — one case report with a resident + one actual study with a PhD social worker who will be doing most of the actual research legwork (I hope) while I supply the patient population & my ideas.
BUT I think I do a lot, and enough. Enough is fine, or actually it’s great.
Tomorrow – adventures in our current bedtime routine.