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Making the Most of a Tiny TN

Making the Most of a Tiny TN

A few years ago, if you’d told me that I’d end up doing my main planning in a Pocket TN, I wouldn’t have believed you. No way. Yet here I am, content as can be. Here’s how I make planning in a small book work for me:

  • Only the things I want with me when on-the-go are in my Tiny TN; everything else (financial info, reference info, household info) stays in my Filofax or Van der Spek on my desk.
  • I stopped treating every insert in my Tiny TN like a divider in my ringed binder.
  • A lot of my inserts are dual-purpose; I use the front half of an insert for one “topic” and the back half for a different one.
  • I put two inserts onto one elastic by putting one insert inside of another. This works especially well if the “inner” insert is a thin insert. “Piggybacking” a rather thin insert can cause it to bend because it doesn’t have enough pages to withstand the pull of the band at its spine. Putting that thin insert inside of another insert means I can still have two inserts on one band without piggybacking them. (Also, when paired with #3 above, this can create four “topics” all on one elastic!) For example, I put the Appointment Tracker insert from Annie Plans Printables, which I use to track communications, inside of my Notes notebook; they both contain information that works together, so it’s perfect!
  • Use inserts for things other than their indicated purpose. If the framework of an insert is helpful to you, cover up what you don’t need (dates, text, etc.) and use the framework however you see fit. If it’s a printable from Etsy, a lot of Etsy sellers are more than happy to create a custom order for you… just ask nicely! 🙂 I use the Undated Daily Grid from Annie Plans Printables for my Lists because the layout is perfect for it!
  • When writing notes that are too long for a sticky note but I know I won’t need to carry with me for long, I write them in the center of an unbound/unstapled notebook. That way, when I no longer need that note, I can just remove those center pages without disturbing the rest of the notebook. (Also… removing unused center pages from several notebooks and putting them together to make a new notebook saves paper!)
  • If you’re considering changing notebook sizes, regardless of whether you’re thinking about going bigger or smaller, make an insert or two out of scratch paper (I use old school worksheets when the kids are done with them for the quarter or semester). Seeing and feeling the actual dimensions of an insert and trying out some layouts on the new paper size can make the decision to change sizes (or not) much easier.

April 2017 Planner Setup

April 2017 Planner Setup

Just a few changes since the March set-up…

Chic Sparrow Outlander

DigitalDesignsbyJodi

Stickers from PlannerKate

Tomoe River paper Grid Notebook from Goulet Pens

vCarie from DIYFish

v3s2 from DIYFish

AnniePlansPrintables Pocket TN size April 2017 Month-Week-Daily Timed

Semikolon Page Flags

Field Notes Grid Notebook

AnniePlansPrintables Pocket TN Appointment Tracker

AnniePlansPrintables Pocket TN Undated Daily Grid

Fold Out Yearly Calendar from AnniePlansPrintables

 

One Book July 2016 – Week Two Update

One Book July 2016 – Week Two Update

And that’s Week Two of One Book July 2016, already flown by!

One Book July 2016 Week 1 – Planner Setup – Pocket Pink Mr. Darcy Deluxe from Chic Sparrow

One Book July 2016 Week 1 – Planner Setup – Pocket Pink Mr. Darcy Deluxe from Chic Sparrow

You’re all doing a fantastic job with One Book July; I’m having a blast watching everyone’s videos and perusing pictures. Keep it up!

Pocket size (from Chic Sparrow) has been calling to me, and I need a small Every Day Carry right now. I moved into my Maverick and then into this delicious Pink Pocket Mr. Darcy Deluxe. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you can change out your covers all you’d like and not break “the rules” of One Book July; I just moved everything I had set up in my Maverick into Mr. Darcy in Pink. Boom.

Links for items featured in this video:

Insert Covers from Valeriane Digital
Embellishments:
     – The Peony Planner

 

The Whys and Hows of A Brain Dump

The Whys and Hows of A Brain Dump

Your brain is for thinking, not for storage.

This has been my mantra for years. As the boys have gotten older and then we decided to add another one to the bunch, it has definitely become a necessary reminder to myself that I need to maximize my mental energy in every way possible. I don’t know about your mind, but mine can go from barely-functioning-head-fog one day to creative-burst-overload the next.

Enter the need for a Brain Dump.

We all have a finite amount of mental energy; why waste that precious energy hanging on to random ideas and loose threads when we could let those things go and reallocate that energy into action instead?

Personally, I have three “rules” for doing a Brain Dump:

  1. Have it in one convenient place that is always with you. If I have multiple Brain Dump lists in multiple places, I’m undermining the entire point of doing a Brain Dump because, instead of reallocating mental energy into action, I’m using mental energy to remember where I wrote all of those lists.
  2. Don’t organize, just write. If I stop in the middle of a Brain Dump to write something elsewhere instead of just putting it on the list, my brain seizes up and I lose all of the other things that were “in line” behind that particular appointment or idea.
  3. Be proactive. I’ve been able to make a ginormous creative leap since I began scheduling a Brain Dump at least once a week rather than waiting for the impending mental overload. Use an Incompletion Trigger List like this one from GTD Portal or this very detailed list from Mungo’s Adult ADHD Blog to guide you to an extremely thorough mental housecleaning.

Want more Brain Dump info? Go check out both Rhomany’s and Vicky’s Brain Dump Videos!

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