When it comes to planning there’s no wrong or right way to do it. You make it your own.
I used to use my Bullet Journal to plan out my goals as well as my year, months and days. However, I’ve been eyeing getting my hands on a printed goal planner for 2021. During 2020 I’ve also incorporated some digital ways to keep track of my tasks and organize my life. Let’s dig into it all, shall we…
If it weren’t for those expensive shipping and import fees I would definitely get my hands on a Passion Planner for next year!
But since I couldn’t reconcile with paying more for the shipping than for the actual planner I found myself on the hunt once again.
This time I landed on MiGoals and their Goal Digger Planner. I think I’ll really love this weekly setup. Plus it seems to have some pretty awesome goal-setting pages as well as monthly follow-ups. Love it!
I’ve used a Leuchtturm1917 – Dotted A5 for my daily Bullet Journal. I love the dotted version as it helps me keep everything straight, but it’s not visually “overwhelming” like a normal square or lined version would be to me.
I also got a Leuchtturm1917 – Dotted Master A4 (hardcover) for my project related stuff. So anything regarding my blog and Etsy store will go in here. I wanted a bigger version so I’d have enough space for e.g. my editorial calendar, my traffic tracking and so on. It really is a perfect size to fit that all in.
Another notebook that I see many people use is the Moleskin. I have a Moleskine – Plain A5 that I bought a long time ago when I didn’t know there were dotted versions (argh). But of course Moleskin also comes with dotted versions. They also have watercolor notebooks which have been on my wish list for a while.
My absolute favorite pen for writing (at the moment) is the Uni Pin pens. They don’t smudge, they don’t bleed through and they’re thin enough to write small but not be too thin in the lines.
Another favorite is the Pilot FriXion, Extra Fine Point pens. This pen is amazing! It’s a gel pen but you can erase what you’ve written or doodled! There’s a rubber thingy at the end of the pen that you erase with, just like you would with a normal eraser. I have them in a lot of colors and in different sizes. My favorite is the small one (0.5) but I also have the 0.7 sizes.
For my faux calligraphy I often use my Faber-Castell Fibre-tip pen ECCO PIGMENT 0.4. It makes it faster to “fill out” the letters as the nib is a bit thicker. But it’s still small enough so that I can be precise with where I color.
For coloring I have a whole array of pens although I use them sparsely :) I use the Stabilo 88 quite a lot. Their tips are small enough to make precision coloring and not color outside the lines + they don’t bleed through. Plus I love that they have bright colors without being glossy.
TomBow’s dual brush pens are versatile, they have a soft brush tip that you can get both broader and finer lines with. And they also have a fine tip for smaller lines. It’s pretty cool because you can blend colors together with a blender pen as well.
I have a straight pen holder, a few different nibs and black calligraphy ink. I will share more information further on as I’m not sure of the name or brand of the products.
As I mentioned in the Coloring section, I use my TomBow’s dual brush pens both for coloring and brush lettering. The brush tip is quite soft so you can mix beautiful thin lines with upstrokes and thick lines with downstrokes.
FaberCastell also has brush pens. I have a PITT artist pen B where B stands for Brush tip. It is quite stiff compared to the TomBow. FaberCastell also has a softer tip, the PITT artist pen SB where SB stands for Soft Brush tip. This one is on my wish list.
Digital Organizational Tools
If you’re into digital ways to organize your life you’ve probably heard of Asana. I use it in a super simple way; I have one list where I have all my tasks with due dates. And I have one list where I and my boyfriend write our grocery list making it really easy to add (and check off) items on the list.
Have you heard of Notion? If not – and you love smart digital tools to organize your life – you’re in for a treat. There are so many people sharing their layouts on Youtube, but to get started I’d suggest you check out these videos Muchellab or Kharma Medic.
Let me know if you want me to talk more about how I use Asana and Notion, I’d be happy to share more in-depth about these tools!
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