Where, oh where can the best planner be?
Bloggers new and old seem to always be on the hunt for the perfect planner. I know the feeling… I’ve been searching for the perfect planner in my regular ole life for years. Buy a pre-made one? Support someone on etsy and buy a digital file to print it yourself? Spiral or ring bound? Then you start to wonder… should I be planning on paper or going digital?
Something to remember, another person’s planner and planning method will probably not be 100% for you. But part of it might work. The key it to figure out how you work/plan best, soak up as many methods and apply what stands out to you.
This post is for all my save the planet planners & the tree huggers. I’m going to do my part to help the planet. But let me start of with…
I love paper. Notebooks & note pads & sticky notes. Oh my! If it’s paper, I love it and probably have bought it (twice). A good to-do list that I can cross off and toss when I’m done is pure satisfaction. I’ve come to realize I’m not as organized or efficient on paper; things get very repetitive. I.E. if I make a mistake, I need to start over on a fresh piece of paper. So in a paper only world, ring bound works best for me. But a carrying a binder isn’t convenient in my life…
To enable my paper addiction, I bought a Midori Travelers Notebook (MTN). Or two. I’m hoping it’s bound notebooks will help to combat that perfectionist attitude, to be a little more free spirited and embrace the mess. More on that later…
OK, back to business…
I decided to do my part for the environment and go digital with my blog planning, connecting and promoting. Being a huge Google fan, utilizing products and services just made sense. Going digital means all of my planning is within reach at a moments notice (computer, tablet, phone). That’s a good selling point and Google should pay me to say it ;) A combination of Google calendar, tasks and drive (with a touch of One note, Evernote and my MTN) keeps me able to plan on the go, even when I lose my pen.
Why I Chose to Plan With Google:
- Accessibility – Computer, tablet or phone: I have access to everything I need where ever I am.
- Ease of Use – Point and click, nothing fancy =)
- Color Coding – Who doesn’t love color coding?
- Reminder Notifications – Because even the best of us forget sometimes…
- Sharing – Collaborate with others on calendars and files.
- Free Storage – Ahem, FREE STORAGE. A place to keep your free printables, website lists, places you party, etc.
Over the next few week’s I’ll be highlighting these Google’s services (hopefully more) and how I use them in my personal and blogging life.
Homework For You
Think of what you would like or need to plan and keep track of: post ideas, drafts, blog maintenance, connecting with others. Do you need to share files or calendars with anyone? Would reminder emails make your life easier? Make that list and check it twice!
Coming Soon: Using Google to Organize Your Blog – Creating Calendars