Hi and welcome back to another week on the Chrissie Murphy Designs blog. This week, I commence the first of my monthly Plan With Me posts. I’ve really gotten in to planning this year, as I needed something to help me harness my time. Last year I felt like my weeks were getting out of control with so many things wanting pieces of me… I decided this year that I was going to do something about it. Enter Planning stage left!! So far, it’s really helped with prioritising my art and blogging, so come and Plan With Me for February 2019.
First things first, what’s on in February?
OK, the most obvious date to keep track of is Valentine’s Day on February 14. This is important if you’ve got products you might be selling for it. The promotion of your products will need to be factored in to your planning.
Personally speaking, I also have an event coming up at my church from February 7 to 10. This is going to impact my blogging schedule, so I have noted these dates. Here’s a little tip… any time you need to block out a series of consecutive dates in your planner, use washi tape over all the dates as a visual way of identifying the time blocked out.
If you have any other dates that will impact the way you manage your time, you need to pencil them in to your planner at this stage.
Deciding on a colour theme
And you do it with stickers and washi! They are your best friend when it comes to planning. I am loving these sticker books I recently picked up. The 1675 piece Sticker Book from American Crafts is from Spotlight, and the Carpe Diem Faith Sticker Book was found on EBay. I also had some really bright washi tape I loved from Spotlight, so I wanted to put together a yellow theme for this month.
Once I had decided on yellow as my theme, it was simply a matter of searching my sticker books for stickers that complimented my theme. Here’s some things to keep in mind.
- Make sure your sticker books are planning related as they make the task of monthly planning so much easier.
- Ensure you have a place somewhere on your monthly spread for making a small note or a reminder. Try and allocate a sticker for this if you have one available.
- As much as possible, try to make sure you don’t put a sticker down to block out a day you’re going to need to make a note on later.
Deciding on a vision
Once you’ve identified your colour theme, start thinking about what you want to be reflecting on over the next month. What is your hope for February? Is there a word or phrase you want to speak over the month ahead? What do you want to be reminded of all month? What’s your vision?
I have been spending a lot of time in Genesis 37 and have been reflecting on Joseph and his dreaming. There’s a verse in this chapter where Joseph’s brothers say, “Here comes the dreamer!” It’s not spoken in a nice way, but in more of a condescending way. It says that Joseph’s brothers hated him because he was his fathers favourite, but they hated him even more because he was a dreamer. It’s really been speaking to me of how we have an enemy who hates to see dreamers dream. I think of myself as a bit of a dreamer, so February is a month where I intend to remind myself to DREAM. To DREAM big, to DREAM the impossible and to DREAM in the face of opposition.
To fall asleep with a dream and to wake up with a purpose is my vision for February. I continued to search my sticker books to find things that aligned with this vision and I put them into my layout. When you identify your vision, continue to add stickers and designs to your monthly layout so that they align with it.
Adding a monthly to do list
I also recommend adding a small monthly to do list. This should to be a list that is closely aligned to your goals. This list isn’t as time specific as other to do lists, it’s more about listing things you want to achieve by the end of the month. I love adding books to this list, because if I set myself a goal to read a book by the end of the month, it’s generally completed. Whereas, if I say I am going to block 1 day each week to reading, it just never happens… Think of this list as your monthly goals or monthly things to achieve.
Monitoring social media trends
What I haven’t shown in the images with my Plan with Me for February 2019, is my statistics that monitor my social media trends. I like to keep a track of my follower counts and my reach statistics for each of my social media accounts. This is generally done in my monthly layout. It’s just a matter of making a quick note of some numbers. Keep this in mind as an idea you might like to explore if you’re trying to grow an online presence.
Pencil in any other things that are important
With the bulk of your spread done, it’s time to pencil in any other things that are important. This is really personal, so I’ll leave this with you for what you’d like to include in other dates.
Now to some spreads I’m thinking of adding this year
If you do a search on planning or bullet journaling spreads, you will come up with a million and one ideas about things to track. It can get all encompassing, and speaking for myself here, my whole idea for planning was to harness the time I have, effectively. So I am trying to restrain myself from having too many different spreads. Having said that, I love the idea of long term lists and record keeping…. A long term list is something you create once, and you add to it time and time and time again. Here’s a few ideas, some of which I’m thinking about implementing this year.
- Books to Read list
- Gratitude Log
- Answered Prayer
- Wish List
- Bucket List
- Movies I’ve Watched
- Classes I’ve Taken
- TV Shows I’ve Watched
- Quotes I Love
- Music I love
I’ll share some pictures of these spreads next month, the one’s I get done anyway…
So that’s it for Plan With Me for February 2019
That’s a wrap on Plan With Me for February 2019. I’d love to see pictures of the spreads you put together for this month. Tag your work with #CMDPlanWithMe and I’ll be sure to share your spreads with our community.
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Bless you my friend