As you may know, I’m a big Bullet Journal fan. (Not sure what Bullet Journalling is? I wrote an Illustrated Guide which you may find helpful. It gives you an explanation of what a Bullet Journal is, and how to get started).
I don’t always Bullet Journal. Sometimes, I’m in my Filofax. Sometimes, I’m not planning at all. (It really depends on what’s going on around me at the time).
As my life has shifted gear a little, I’m heading back into my Bullet Journal – but this time, I’m doing things a little differently.
I will do a full post (or maybe even a flip-through video) with exactly what I’m doing and how I’m doing it, but for today – I just wanted to give you a sneak peek inside my new Business Planner.
Rather than use one notebook, I’m moving into a Midori-style system; a leather cover (which is being made just for me as I type – how exciting!), and three interchangeable Moleskine Cahier notebooks. One of these three notebooks is my Business Planner. The Cahiers have a card-like cover, and I love how slim they are (plus, they remind me of school exercise books a bit, which totally makes my Sage happy).
For the front cover, I just used my alphabet stamps and StazOn Ink Pad.
On the first spread inside the notebook, I have a list of things that I’d like to keep inside the Business Planner. This wasn’t entirely necessary to include, but I think it will help me stay focused on the kind of things I’d like to get better at noting down.
Next up is my Editorial Calendar. Again – I’ll do an in-depth blog post or video explaining this in more detail, but basically – I’m doing things a little differently this time around. I usually feel so much pressure if I have an editorial calendar to fill in ahead of time – I’d much rather be more spontaneous with my blog, and publish whatever thoughts I’m having on that particular day. However, it is useful to keep a track of what I’ve posted, and when. This simple editorial calendar layout is a space for me to retrospectively record what I’ve written about, and whether it ended up as an email being sent out to my community (highlighted in blue).
Next up is a space for me to record any blog post ideas I have. I used to make this waaaay too complicated, with check boxes for when things have been published, graphics created, where the post has been shared etc. This time, I’m keeping it really simple – just a double-page spread to note down any ideas I have that could potentially make good ideas for posts.
Following these main sections, there are more double-page spreads with just white space, ready for me to jot down notes as and when I have them. So far, I have ‘Offering Ideas’, ‘Questions I’m Asked’, ‘Kind Words’, and ‘Quotes I Love’. There’s no washi tape or stickers or complex layouts – just a little header I wrote with my Tombow brush pen, and a ballpoint.
And that’s it so far! Nothing fancy – just plenty of space to take notes, jot down ideas, and plan when I need to. I might experiment with some calendar layouts to help me plan what I’d like to do – and when – but for now, this is all I feel I need.
I really hope you enjoyed this sneak peek! Leave a comment below if you’re a Bullet Journaller. How do you use yours? Or, if you have any questions about how I’m using mine, leave them below and I’ll get to them asap 🙂