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For the past couple of years, I have struggled to find a planning system that I could actually stick with. I have a very type-A personality, so I like to be organized and efficient, but there is also a large part of me that likes to be creative (in a structured way, you know…haha). That is why I have had such a hard time, finding a system that works for me. That being said, I think that I have finally found one, that I will really flourish with. Today, I’m sharing my updated system, that I hope will last me all of 2019 (or at least most of it).
My Current Planning System
I will be using two planners for 2019. Why two? Because they serve different purposes for me and I know that 2019 will be very busy, so I am going to be ready for it!
So, let me break it down for you.
You didn’t think I would give this one up, after the glowing review I gave it, did you?? I considered it for about a millisecond, but then I realized how the Passion Planner has helped me to tackle my goals. It has to remain part of the team, for that reason alone.
This is how I’m using the Passion Planner, in 2019:
- Mind Mapping and Goal Setting
- Creative Outlet for Journaling and Decorating
- Monthly Reflections
I love how this planner prompts me to break goals down, into actionable steps. It’s also great for keeping and looking back at my memories. I enjoy using ring-bound systems, but I do not like trying to store old inserts. Bound systems, like the Passion Planner, are much better for that.
This planner will stay at home and I will refer to it, in the mornings, before I start my day. It will also be a part of my Weekly Review, which I will talk more about later.
I’m back in Personal size! After spending almost all of 2018 in a Pocket size, I decided it was time to go back to my old faithful. I’m not gonna lie. Part of my decision, had to do with the fact, that Justin got me the Rose Gold Filofax Finsbury for Christmas. After playing around with the setup, I found a way to make it work well for me.
This is how I will be using my Personal size Filofax, in 2019:
- Wallet (ID, cards, checks, etc)
- Inbox – holding notes/receipts/etc that I collect throughout the day
- Functional week at a glance
- Health section (running log/weight loss log/headache tracker)
- Home section (meal plan/grocery list/cleaning routine)
- Ongoing projects – with action steps
- Next Actions List
This is going to be my functional workhorse. It will go everywhere and record anything I need to remember. I’ve decided to set it up, based around The Bullet Journal Method (by Ryder Carroll), so I created and index and future log. My weekly view will be very minimal. I hope this helps me to stay on task, throughout my week and really focus on getting my next actions list knocked out.
A large part of my planning system, revolves around my weekly review. I first learned about this, from Brandy Michelle Plans. After watching some of her videos, I read Getting Things Done, by David Allen. I don’t follow his entire system, step-by-step, but my favorite takeaway from reading the book was about the weekly review.
I knew this was something that I wanted to incorporate into my own system. So, I created my own weekly review page and I put it in my Filofax. Now, when I do my weekly planning, on Sunday afternoons, I try to follow the steps. I reflect over the past week and I set up the week to come.
Why I think this system will last.
As I said, at the beginning of this post, I am a mix of functional and creative. I need a way to process lists and get all my tasks complete, but I also need a space to dream and get inspired. This planning system, gives me the best of both worlds. I look forward to seeing what I get accomplished, while using it.
What does your 2019 planning system look like? Let me know in the comments!
Also, if you want to follow along, to see if I do keep up with this system, head over to my instagram and give me a follow!
Until next time, planner girls!