1- From Jennie: Insert Book
I want to know how you decide what goes into an insert book to be moved between bujos and what goes into the Bujo. For example, quarterly, monthly, and weekly pages clearly go into the bujo, but what about annual plans? Does something have to be fully time independent to make it to the insert book? (For reference I use three bujos per year).
Would love to know how you decide because I find things that happen infrequently like vacations or holiday plans are a grey area!
A: You use 3 BUJOs/year, so I think that’s a key piece of information!
If you want something referenced longer than that AND don’t feel it would benefit from pruning every few months —> accessory notebook
For me, some of the things I used to keep in my accessory notebook I’ve gone digital. It’s just easier to keep things that I want in perpetuity that way 🙂
As for vacations & holiday plans, if the vac isn’t within the time frame of the bujo – then definitely digital or accessory! Some might enjoy doing it digitally THEN copying into a physical layout closer to the vac
2- From K and W: Goals
You mentioned in a blog post this weekend that you are struggling a little with your goals for 2021…and I can relate to that! I often write monthly/yearly goals that feel quite small (monthly goals – books I want to read/admin that has to be done/presents I need to buy for upcoming family birthdays). It’s stuff that needs done, but I don’t seem to have the vision of what I want to aim for that I need to set goals that would get me further. Any advice about how to identify goals?
I have a question for one of your Q&A issues. How do you choose and set goals? I feel like I must be missing a gene, because when I ask “what do I want to achieve?” my mind is blank. Sure, I’d like to be debt free, and lose 20/30 lbs but who wouldn’t? I’d like to catch up with my reading list but it’s so long, I can’t possibly set myself a goal. I did this year, start having “read 10 articles” and “read 10 pages” on my daily list, which I guess is goal setting, but it doesn’t feel like what everyone else is doing to me.
- maybe focus more on process goals
- think about where you would like to be in X amount of time
- talk about it with someone!
- think about what is needed to get there
- things that can seem small can add up (ie, savings)
- consider 1-2 “dream goals” or reach goals – might be more fun and spark more interest in the process
- also perfectly okay to take a break from goal-setting during stressful times!
3- From K: Tracking Medical Data
I was diagnosed in the summer with a minor medical condition which doesn’t affect me daily but flares up from time to time. It would really help if I could identify triggers or patterns in these flare ups. I tried to keep note of food/medication/symptoms for a while but didn’t keep it up once I returned to work after changes to COVID restrictions allowed it to reopen. Do you have any advice about how I could use my planner to create a habit which will help me? What should I record and how? I use a bullet journal and think I could incorporate what I need to record but need some help to figure out how to do it effectively in a way that I can sustain.
- The annual layout in the Hobonichi or Wonderland would be great for this – something that shows every day and has a space for notes
- You could use some kind of color code for symptoms – ie august 4th green dot = headache
- Keep perhaps a few pages set aside to identify anything different going on when you have flares
4- From Lee: Dealing with Changes and Cancellations
This seems like a silly question, and maybe you’ve already addressed it in a podcast I missed, but here’s my dilemma: How do you fathom using PEN in your pretty planners? What if something gets cancelled? Doesn’t it look messy if you have lots of cross-outs? I can only stand to use pencil in mine for this reason, but then I feel like I’m missing out a little on using the “smooth” gel pens and all the fun of colors… what’s your secret to dealing, mentally, with edits making a mess on your page?
I use arrows and lines to adjust things. I change things in my planner all the time! Practice has helped the overall look stay fairly neat, but nothing is set in stone.
If something is particularly prone to being cancelled (like . . 2021 travel) you might want to consider using a sticky note to mark the event rather than pen, but that’s up to you!
True planner disasters can also be covered up with stickers!
5- From A. Large Goals
Tips on handling VERY LARGE goals?
I feel like there are two types of large goals — those that are one big goal that is just chugging away at some thing repetitively (ie: preparing for a tough exam), or a big multi-step goal like publish a book.
If it’s the latter – best to identify those steps specifically!
You could create a page (or pages) just dedicated to strategy around them with an optimal timeline.
Some goals really more easily done and tracked digitally. Just a reality, even though I love paper. (Word doc, trello, notes app, whatever).
Do suggest that every week you look at progress you have made. Consider making it part of your weekly review!
May want to consider Kanban type of methodology with projects that have multiple moving parts – can “see” where each segment is.
Finally — I personally really need deadlines. Like to have ideal deadline for whole project but honesty benefit from deadline for each piece.
So I was wondering- maybe for an upcoming podcast Q&A- what would 11-year-old Sarah have wanted to use for a planner, if she could choose one? Or, in the alternative, what planners are you looking at for Annabel, if you are possibly going to get her one? My daughter will have school work, and she has used school issued planners in the past, but this year may be different because she is hopefully going to have more free time, or at least more say in how she structures her school days. We are doing virtual learning until at least January.
She is using a Hobonichi next year! It may not be the most practical choice, but she wanted it (more on that in ep #10). Plum Paper also has great (customizable!) options for kids, some of which look great for tracking online school.