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, or lately just play Minecraft. That’s maybe a story for another day but I will tell you that I find it incredibly relaxing to play. I’ve built Hogwarts in it and I’m currently building Petra.
I have a terrible time with dates. I can only understand yesterday, today and tomorrow in my mind without the aid of a calendar. If we haven’t spoken in the last three days I might think I haven’t heard from you in weeks, maybe even months. I have an even harder time picturing the month, what I will accomplish and what I have accomplished and, most importantly, fitting some self care in.
Yes, I have another printable for you this month. This time it’s a monthly overview that includes some self-care in it. I have just two planner pages left to share with you. Who knows what sort of tool I’ll come up with after that.
Hi, I’m Ann Shannon, the Manic Writer
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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 monthly overview with you and tell you how I use it.
As I’ve said before I find a paper calendar to be most helpful for me. I like being able to mark things off and change them easily and I haven’t found an electronic calendar that does that for me in a way that works for me. I love the idea of bullet journaling but, quite frankly, my art isn’t up to my standards. I come from a family of accomplished artists. My grandmother taught art and sold portraits most of her adult life, my mother has tackled and conquered every craft known to man (and maybe invented a few of her own), all three of my children are accomplished artists as well. I have high standards for art. And I word. Seriously, I can make you cry in less than five sentences but ask me to draw a stick figure and five out of ten times someone will recognize it as a stick figure. I’m willing to bet some of those guesses are just them being polite.
So bullet journaling isn’t for me. As much as I love the idea.
Of course my way isn’t the only way. If you have a system that is working for you I’d love to hear about it.
I found that with my daily planner pages I wasn’t getting the overview I
wanted needed to be able to picture the whole month. I found that by adding to my goal pages I was able to combine my goals with my own self-care goals and make an overview that worked for me.
Page one is my self care reminder. I’ve left the key and the letters above thee columns blank on the printable one so you can fill in your own reminders. Mine are Meditation, Intervals, Read, Walk, Study, and Emotions.
My current goal is to meditate twice a day and do interval training three times a week. (As you can see I’m failing miserably at the intervals this month because I’ve been ill.) I used a highlighter to mark out my plan and divided the Meditate box into two halves so I could keep track.
My mood is something I try to track so I included that and a key to how I felt.
A check means I did it and a dash means I didn’t.
Pages two and three are a reworking of my goals pages and a monthly to do list. I don’t get everything done on that list but if I have a spare hour it’s a good place for me to look for something to do.
I included a word count on this page for the months I’m actually writing in. July hasn’t been a writing month as I’ve been swamped with character and setting development. Hopefully, August will be a writing month and I’ll use those cute little boxes.
Finally page four is my reminders for monthly blog maintenance, because I forget, and my reading list which I add to and mark off as the month goes by.
For the record I haven’t actually used this page as the reminder it’s meant to be. I don’t think I’ve even created the Indie Spotlight page, or the Book Reviews page on my blog yet never mind updated them. But they are there when I need them because those are things I need to do. And the drivers (I actually mean plug-ins) thing I do when I’m writing posts and then usually forget about.
The reading list is helpful because I use it for the books I MUST read because I’ve promised to review them or the their author will be in my spotlight soon.
So there you have it. My monthly overview pages.
I’ve included the full size and half size downloads as always. I hope you find them helpful! Drop me a comment and let me know how you stay organized.
Full size planners. Decide what order you want your pages to be in and print them out accordingly.
Half size planners. Print the pages as a two-sided page, cut in half and stack before putting holes in them.
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