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What Stays and What Goes Along with Planning My Inserts

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This is one of my favorite parts of starting a new journal/notebook. Evaluating my past system and deciding what has worked and planning what new pages I am going to try is one of the best things about this whole system. I guess I should be clear that I plan on doing bullet journaling in my TN.

After sizing up my Webster’s Pages TN, I discovered that four notebooks will fit best. The final list that I have decided on for notebooks is:

  • permanent lists & calendars
  • monthly/weekly/daily
  • blog
  • health & fitness
  • work (this will remain in my Leuchtturm Jottbook)

When I was planning what spreads and tracking would go where, I decided that having one spread to look at would be easiest. When I purchased my Moleskine Cahier notebooks, I set one aside for planning, doodling, and spread experimentation. The Moleskines are the same length, but are narrower than Leuchtturm and Scribbles That Matter notebooks, so I wanted to get used to the new size. Here is my notebooks:

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I decided that having one spread to see all four notebooks would be best for planning. I split each page in half to make my plans.

As I went through my Scribbles That Matter notebook, I decided that I like most of my spreads. I may switch them up a little, but the biggest changes came in my blog notebook. I will be pairing down the number of idea pages and will be getting rid of the inventory pages for now.

One of the biggest things that I wanted to change about my planning (besides switching to a TN) is to hand-draw more. I am going to attempt drawing more of my spreads. We will see how it goes. I will be filming my set-up as well as a couple more tutorials.

See ya soon!

NMDSig


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Getting Some TN Inspiration

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So, I have gathered some supplies and done the initial assembly on my TN, but now I am looking for inspiration about what the content of my TN will be. Coming from a bullet journal in a notebook, I think I was a little stuck thinking that I had to do my planning in the same way. In my notebook(s), I did personal planning in my Scribbles That Matter notebook, and my blog and work planning were done in separate Leuchtturm Jottbooks. It was this separation that was what first pushed me toward the TN system.

I started looking at how others plan in their TN and came across this video by Cre8tive Cre8tions by Andrea Gomoll:

I searched for other Webster’s Pages Color Crush TNs because that is what I use and found this YouTube channel. Andrea shared how she plans and I thought that it was really interesting that she has separate notebooks for yearly and monthly/week/daily planning. This blindsided me. It was like all my prayers have been answered. Make sure to visit her channel and subscribe as well as check out her online shop.

Another eye-opener was when I was watching some Erin Condren unboxings and people started talking about a ‘perpetual planner’. In essence, a perpetual planner has all of the days of the year, but not days of the week. This means that you can track birthdays and holidays and use it each year instead of having to recreate it with each year or planner.

This video shows the calender pretty well as well as providing some ideas on how to use the calendars that come with the Erin Condren planners… but that’s not why we are here.

With this new inspiration, I brainstormed what I wanted each of my notebooks to be. Here is the preliminary list that I came up with:

  • Permanent (similar to perpetual planner)
  • Monthly/Weekly/Daily
  • Fitness & Health
  • Neta Marie Designs blog
  • Work

When you are looking for inspiration of your own, I suggest looking on Pinterest, Instagram, Google, YouTube, and more. There are so many great ideas. Along with some of the inspiration on what each notebook will hold, I also found some page spread ideas as well.

  • There is a month-at-a-glance page from Cre8tive Cre8tions video above (at 10:36 minutes in) that I really loved. The page would need tweaking to fit my specific needs.
  • Another thing I keep seeing are little affirmations that people include on their spreads and I want to include them in my Fitness & Health notebook. I searched ‘daily affirmations’ on  Google and found Louise Hay’s website. There is a new affirmation each day (today is ‘I love myself just the way I am.’)

While you are looking, I suggest that you create a Pinterest board, YouTube playlist, and other ways to save your favorite ideas. Here are mine:

I will be continuing to look for inspiration and will also be starting my actual planning soon. I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself. I am combining my next two planned posts into one, so make sure to tune in for the next post in Making the Move from Bujo to TN: What Stays and What Goes and Planning My Inserts.

See ya soon!

NMDSig