I’ve got a lot going on in my little life. I’m juggling writing books, keeping publishing deadlines, writing both a blog and a newsletter, and juggling the schedule for a family that is larger than average. And though my husband calls me “super woman,” I wouldn’t be able to do it without a little help from my friends.
And my friends are my planner, my notebooks, and my kanban board!
Let’s start with my kanban board. It is nothing fancy, just a few boxes made of washi tape on the wall behind the door of my office. I use this to track my quarterly goals, breaking them down into manageable chunks. The top box is for things I need to do. The middle box is for what I am currently working on, and the bottom box is for everything that I have finished. We’re at the end of Q2 for 2021, and there’s still a few abandoned projects on the board, but I am pleased with my progress so far! The board will be “reset” on June 30th, and I’ll take down all the sticky notes, reassess my goals, and make some new ones!
So far, the kanban board has been wonderful for me. It’s very inspiring to look at and see the progress I am making, plus I can keep track of how multiple projects are shaping up throughout the quarter. The board helps me see the overall picture, while my planner and my notebook help me break down tasks in different ways.
I always keep a notebook at my side. Whether I am jotting down story ideas, character observations, little moments of inspiration, or taking notes on books about writing, it gets cracked at least 5 times a day.
And one of my favorite things to do each month is to make a monthly goal spread.
These goals are different from the items on my kanban board. While the kanban board breaks up tasks in bite-sized chunks, my monthly goals let me be more elaborate and dreamy. I aim high with these, and when I hit one, it is cause for celebration!
Plus, it is very inspiring to look back on past months and see my progress across time. The kanban board gets dumped every three months, but my notebook is here to stay.
And speaking of things to stay, I also have my daily planner. I’ve been treating it as a bullet journal, using the planner to document daily tasks, checking them off as I work. My daily planner also works as my family scheduler, keeping track of doctor appointments, events, birthdays, and days off from school.
My daily planner is absolutely my best friend. It lives right next to my writing laptop and I am constantly working out of it. While I may check off an item on my monthly goals every few days, and it may take me a bit to move a task on the kanban board, I am constantly checking off items in my daily planner. It keeps me on track with everything, from writing and posting blog posts, to when preorders are due to Amazon, to when to push my newsletter every two weeks! I also use my daily planner to keep track of my word counts every day, which I like to add up at the end of each month.
Next year, I will be transitioning away from a daily planner to a bullet journal, but that’s a post for another day.
Without these three modes of scheduling, I would be lost. It has taken a long time to perfect each method, but they work so well together that I couldn’t go without any of them!
What planning/scheduling methods have you tried?
Until next week, friends!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!