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Making time for creative projects during the week is very important to me. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I feel so blessed to have a fun hobby that brings me joy and allows me to share that with others. As a blogger and member of design teams, I like to stay organized. I wanted to share my process for staying on track during the week with all those crafty things I want to accomplish.
I have a video HERE where I go into a little more detail of my planner set up and workflow, or you can scroll below for the condensed version.
This year, I have been using the Miss Maker standard-sized Happy Planner along with the Blog Management Set–Personal Blog from Printable Possibility. I love the weekly “to do” page and actually replaced the weekly pages in my planner with this one–I just print it out at 80% trim it to 7″ x 9 1/4″ and punch the side with my Happy Planner punch.
I wanted to streamline my focus a little bit with my blog and create a weekly workflow that would work for my life.
My 2019 focus as a whole includes: Creating more Instagram stories and posting more “behind the scenes” photos, learning something new via a class, and improving my Clean and Simple card making technique.
My weekly workflow includes: 4 hrs. per week allotted to design team work and creative days fit in for other blog projects. I like to keep the weekends free for scrapbooking or just taking a break from crafting all together. It’s amazing what little breaks can do for your “creative mojo”!
In my planner, I use one of the weekly pages from the Happy Planner on the left to create a “monthly to do list” at the beginning of each month. I covered the dates on the top with some patterned paper and a “to do” sticker. This little strip has repositionable adhesive on the back so I can use it again for the next month. My To Do section includes design team projects and other blog projects I need to accomplish for the month. The Plan on It section includes other things I want to do creatively for the month such as improved photo styling or taking a class.
On the right, to plan my week, I use the “blogging to do” page from the Printable Possibility Blog Management Set. I usually plan on Sundays taking note of other obligations I have going on in my “non-crafting” life. I add a few of my “to do’s” from the monthly side over to my weekly side. This will usually include design team projects that I have deadlines for. I plan for each day of the week, but I don’t include specific time frames. I’ll try to fit in some goals from the Plan on It section if I have room. As I finish, I cross off what I’ve done and do it all again the following week. My goal is to have everything crossed off on my monthly list. If it isn’t though, I just move it over to the next month and start fresh. The only things I make sure get crossed off are the projects with deadlines.
So far, this weekly planning process has been working well for me. I plan revisit this at the end of the year and make changes if I need to.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my process or any of the products I use. Thanks so much for joining me today!