I have dozens of notebooks floating around my house, in my desk drawers at work, and even in my car. At any given time, I might be carrying two or three notebooks for different projects and writing down ideas. But I recently received a planner at We All Grow as a conference gift, and I have to say, I think I’m going to stop carrying so many notebooks around for all my planning and scheming. This planner is hands-down the best conference gift I’ve ever received.
I normally reject planners for blank notebooks so I can organize them the way I like; add tabs with washi tape, use various sizes and colors of sticky notes for different things, anchor a ribbon to hold my place, use an elastic band to section off where I left off, and so on.
It’s gotten rather serious and my notebook collection has become a problem. The other issue with having so many? I naturally lose track of where I left them, so I lose good ideas until I find the notebook they’re in. Sometimes they fall out of my tote bag in the car and get stuck in the crack between the seats… and I don’t clean my car except for when I’m looking for something. I have a feeling now that I’m using the Organizada planner, that’s not going to happen to me anymore. I can put all my writing ideas and responsibilities in one place and only carry one notebook-sized planner instead of carrying multiple books in my purse or my laptop bag. My notebooks can finally live safely at home.
And if you’re worried about getting used to a new system to keep track of all your stuff, there’s a page at the front to remind you how to use each section. This may seem like it should be self-explanatory, but I have to say that I think I’ve been making things more complicated for myself for years before I started using this planner. The sections just make so much sense with how they flow week to week and month to month. I no longer feel disorganized or like I don’t know what I should be doing next.
Here’s what you need to know about the Organizada Planner
This planner is awesome for bloggers and freelance writers. It’s not a normal planner for the rest of your life like scheduling carpool, kids’ activities and whatnot. The Full Life Planner is the one you want for that—it’s got stuff like meal planning, a pantry list and spots for your family budget, too. If you want a planner that’s specifically for entrepreneurs and has room to strategize monthly, delegate tasks and plan follow-up, the Jefa Planner is for you.
All the planners from The Planning Collective measure 6.5 inches by 9 inches. (If you’re already a planner junkie, they’re a half inch less wide than a standard Erin Condren planner.)
The Organizada Planner has 222 pages that are undated so you can start filling in at any time of year. (Which means you don’t have to wait to get one or waste any months that have already passed!)
7 things I love most about my Organizada Planner
1. Goal planning and execution task lists
Checklist lovers rejoice; there are so many checklist spaces to make sure you’re getting shit done left and right, you’re going to be in task-completion heaven. Plan your goals weekly, monthly and do forward planning. The unique long-list and short-list format helps with turning a huge list of tasks into a more manageable flow to make sure you’re not overwhelmed.
2. Weekly blog post planner and sponsored post tracking
Having a space in my planner dedicated to planning out posts and checklists of the tasks involved in completing them has been an awesome tool to stay organized and get more stuff done in less time. I always know exactly what step to take next before I can hit publish, so I don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of churning out posts without an actionable item list of all the things I need to do. If you write sponsored posts, there’s a separate area to track the additional information involved with that process.
3. Weekly and monthly recap spaces for tasks and attitude
Didn’t cross off all your to-dos? No problem. You can push them forward or leave them behind in the monthly recap space. You can even rate your mood on how you’re feeling about your accomplishments at the end of every week and month.
4. Financial tracking at a glance
If your wallet or tote bag is filled with receipts you intend to keep for tax time but never actually record your expenses until you’re left with a hot mess pile of paper, you’re going to love this feature. You can track both income and expenses, recurring payments in or out, who you’re dealing with, type of transaction and service, and more. All with a bird’s eye view from month to month, I also snap photos of my receipts for recording later so I can toss them every week instead of ending up with that pile of crumpled papers. This tracking feature also can pair well with a finance app such as Quickbooks to make accounting a whole lot easier.
5. Social media share planning with checklists
Are you sure you did all your social shares for new content and retargeting old content? There are checklists weekly and monthly to make sure you didn’t forget anything. There are even checklists to remind you time frames to schedule ahead for the future so you can either set it and forget it, or come back later to check your boxes off.
6. Keeping track of important numbers
Are you tracking your growth on social media and your traffic? There are spots to fill these numbers in on a regular basis so you can calculate your growth and also have a quick reference of month-to-month changes for updating your media kit.
7. There’s a Facebook group for The Planning Collective
If you’re new to planners or just new to Organizada (or the other planners offered), there’s a closed Facebook group for The Planning Collective where you can get tips from others using the same planner as well as stay accountable with your long list and short list goals.
Bonus feature I love
There are mindfulness reminders throughout the planner, including a space to write your monthly mantra.