Yes, I know it's already ten days into the new year. I'm deep in production mode for post-holiday stamp orders and the first Quote of the Month is already in the mail, but my left brain has really been clamoring for attention: plan, organize, get my mental house in order so I have the freedom to be creative. Welcome to my new organizing obsession: the Circa notebook.
For about a year and a half now, I've been doing a brain purge at the start of each month (or, ideally, near the end of the previous month). I write down every little thing I can think of that I need or want to accomplish during the month. I'd been using random spiral notebooks for this task until I discovered the Circa. Now I have my very own blank sheet of paper alongside a page that lets me sort out everything into manageable tasks.
This way I also have a sense of the big picture. When I start categorizing all those to-dos, I can shift what's needed to another month (because I have another blank sheet of paper for the next month all ready to go...yay!).
Between the monthly summaries I've made a two-page spread for each week:
I've actually only made the first three months of the year so far, as I know I'll want to make a few adjustments. I'm also trying to encourage myself to record my business mileage as it happens, not days (or weeks, or months) later. If it makes me happy, I'll use it, right?
And, because I had so much fun putting this notebook together, I made a couple more. One for the notes I'm always gathering at Magic Wand Collective events, and one for new product ideas (trust me, I need a whole notebook for that).
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