I’ve been sharing how my creative, non-linear brain works and how I manage to keep myself to a schedule, set and attain goals and actually get something done when I’d rather just lay in a field of daisies and daydream about the characters and stories in my head. I’ve said before I have a terrible time with dates. I can only understand yesterday, today and tomorrow in my mind without the aid of a calendar. As a result if you and I are friends and we haven’t spoken in the last three days I might think I haven’t heard from you in weeks, maybe even months. So how do I manage to write under these circumstances? When I’m organized I can write up to four thousand words a day, as long as I know where I’m headed with it. When I’m not organized I can sit and stare at my desk for hours and get nothing accomplished. How do I manage?
Key word- Organization.
Enter the weekly planner. Yes, I have another printable for you this month.
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The #AuthorToolBox Hop is organized and hosted by Raimey Gallant and is an opportunity for authors from all over to share their tips and tricks with each other. We post on the third Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger join us! If you are a reader mark your calendar! In the last two blog hops I shared my goals and objectives planner and my blog planner with you. This month I’ll share my weekly planner with you and tell you how I use it.
Electronic calendars are all the rage
They fit in your pocket, they cross platforms, and you can even share them with your collaborators. I use one for family based activities that is shared with my husband and daughters. But an electronic calendar just doesn’t cut it for tasks that will change as the week, or even the day passes. I need to take notes, add, or cross out steps, and make sure I have a place for a to-do list.
I need to be able to mark off what I’ve done, with a highlighter, and sometimes a pen too. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment to see all those pages highlighted!
These are simple pages, no flowers or curlicues, made in a spreadsheet. I use the color because it helps my eye but it’s not necessary. But they are invaluable to me. I may do the same work without them but I feel so much more productive when I can look back and quantify the work I’ve done.
How I Use Them
At the beginning of the month, I pencil in any appointments, dates, or other events that I already know about. (I use colored gel pens because they make me happy.) Then on Friday of each week, I look over my goals and objectives and plan the coming week. Sometimes I’ll make tentative plans for Monday and Tuesday’s writing goals and then plan my days as they come. I always highlight them when I’m done. It makes me feel like I’ve done a good job.
These pages, like the other planners I’ve offered, are ever evolving as I tweak them to to work for me rather than against me. As I work out and perfect them I’ll keep sharing them so you can use them too! I’m thinking of adding a page to my blog that’s dedicated to them. I’ll have to pencil it in!
Here is your gift this month, full size and half-size weekly planner pages to suit your own needs. I print them out double sided, or my poor planner notebook would be bulging at this point! And I have a monthly overview that I use with it. I’ll be sharing the monthly overview next month. It’s not new, not really, more an expansion of the goals and objectives sheet I shared a bit back.
Links to the printables pages- Printing Instructions below my signature
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For the halfsized planner pages– The half size planner pages are configured for double sided printing. Print the friday/weekly page and then reinsert it in the printer and print the monday/thursday page on its backside. Print the tuesday/wednesday or the saturday/sunday pages by printing on both side and then cutting it in half. This will result in you having “extra” tuesday/wednesday or saturday/sunday pages. So for a 4-week period you will need to print 4 of page 1, reinsert them in the printer, print 4 of page 2 on the back of them and then print 2 of page 3 and cut them in half. And for the saturday/sunday sheets you will print them the same as the tuesday/wednesday sheets.
For the full-sized pages– Print front and back as you would any normal two-sided document.