I want a pretty planner for 2016 though I don’t really use one.

Are you a planner type person? I really am not. I have had planners before and I always ended up not using them much or at all. I’ve realized before that it’s the organized and structured format that bothers me. Well, you know, each page or spread is for a specific week and there are spaces and lines for each day. It bothers me when I don’t have anything written down for each day or if I have too much stuff on a particular day and spill out on to the space meant for the next day. I just can’t ignore the dates and labels. I know, I’m weird. What has been working for me so far is a plain, unlined notebook. I can write anything – from random ideas and thoughts, to-do lists, plans, etc. – and I don’t feel pressured to write something for each day hah. It’s great.

However, these gorgeous planners are making me re-think my planner game or lack thereof. Take a look and see what I mean.

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Finally found a good use for my oh-so-too-pretty-to-write-on Starbucks planner.

I have decided to start a freelance journal. What exactly is a freelance journal, you ask?

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I want to start some sort of journal this year and that I promise to keep writing and get my freelance career going. Well, some of the action plans for those goals include finally starting (and completing) that 30 day creative writing challenge (I was supposed to do this last year!) and starting a freelance journal.

I got this idea from Mri Dukhullar’s blog, one of my favorite freelance writing blogs. Her blog is so useful and inspiring. Anyway, a freelance journal is sort of a way to keep track of what you do everyday. You write down everything you do and include notes like feedback from your boss or the number of revisions you had to do. The idea is that by looking at your daily activities, you’ll eventually see some kind of pattern with the way you work. Maybe you’ll see what makes up most of your time and then you can adjust as needed.

So I made my first entry on Feb 1st and I’m hoping to keep this up until the end of the year. Hopefully this will help me manage my time better. Or something. It’s actually nice to use pen and paper again.

You think this is a good idea? ;)