I’ve spent a good chunk of time trying to upload my set up video on YouTube for One Book July but alas, it’s been fruitless. Hopefully it will work soon!
In the meantime I just wanted to fill you in on how I am finding the challenge so far, and give you a glimpse into the system I came from!
Before this challenge I was using the following planners. Each book was a filofax original and served a different purpose.
My Personal Planner
This had my weekly and daily calendar inserts, lists, routines, notes, book/movies I am watching, notes on planner love,
This is the planner my husband and I would write our schedules, meal plans, shopping list, home projects etc
Devotional Planner with room for prayer notes, sermon notes and devotional study musings.
I used my Kate Spade as a wallet and on the go planner. There was sections for weekly diary, notes on my business, sermon/spiritual notes, goals, lists, Contacts. It was equipped with things I would need when I was out of the house.
This is where I have lots of fun. Quotes, doodles and general childish whims go in this planner.
Now I was determined to take on #onebookjuly2015 and really embrace the essence of it. Finding a system that works! I also really wanted to reduce the number of planners I was using. Sure it was fun to collect them, but did I need them all? Would I miss them during the month of July? This was what I wanted to find out about myself.
So I set up my Chic Sparrow Narrow Creme Brûlée with the following sections.
- Monthly Insert
- Weekly Insert
- Common Place Book/Lists
- Art Journal
The monthly was new for me, but so far it’s working well. I am just using it to have a glance at what we’ve got going on for the week and I just add my hubbys schedule in there too. Easy!
The weekly- now this is where I was faced with a real challenge. I wanted to condense my home management binder, my weekly personal planner pages and my business to dos all on two pages a week! Crazy, no?
But I did it- and so far it’s working a treat!
I am putting in daily tasks on the left side and on the right blank side, I split the page in half using slim washi, and then using planner stickers I dedicated mini list spaces! I have an area for my planner stuff, tv shows/movies I want to watch for the week, I write down my book of the week and then the second half is work/chores related.
Chores are represented by the wee vacuum cleaner and I list mon-fri the areas of the house that need to be cleaned, washing machine sticker for laundry, trash sticker is self explanatory, and the mail stickers are for my little business. Next to it I jot down weekly tasks I need to do for my business. Lastly is the shopping trolley and I keep a wee running list there and then on Friday evening I’ll pop it on our magnetic list pad on the fridge!
Now, usually on my daily inserts I was using I was able to track my water intake, but for this month I decided to use one daily sticker a week. One glass represents my 2L water jug. Once I finish that jug I fill in the water glass, and that’s my daily water intake sorted!
I am using another grid insert as my commonplace/list book. One half of the book is for thoughts, notes, spiritual notes, quotes, and the other half is lists. It will last me through the month and then I can archive the insert.
Lastly is my art journal insert and oh what fun I’m having with it!
So far I haven’t been needing to use any other book and I am really enjoying the Travelers notebook versatility. There’s something very nostalgic and exciting about the aesthetics of it and how it’s moulding into a place I am loving to spend time!
The challenge is going quite positively at the moment!
Another update soon