In the first post in this series, I wrote about buying a notebook.
Now you have your book you will probably want to start writing in it straight away, but that can be quite daunting.
My best advice is to skip a few pages
Leave yourself some space to come back to. I will make some suggestions for those blank pages later in this series. Number a few pages then start writing on page 3 or 4.
I suggest you make yourself a simple weekly spread first, because you can get your immediate time organised straight away.
Even if you’re starting your journal in the middle of the week, it doesn’t matter. Draw yourself a grid for seven days.
Beginning on the Monday, write the dates in and fill in your appointments for the week, including those you have already been to.
Add a to-do list with check boxes ☑️ so that you can keep track of your important tasks. At the end of the week, transfer any unfinished tasks to your new to-do list for that week.
I have created a space to write important reminders for the following week too.
The next step is to create an index. I start mine in the back of my notebook. On the left hand side of the page, write the title of your spread eg “weekly spreads” and next to it put the page number. When you add more weekly spreads, just write the page number next to the title, so it will look like this:
Weekly spreads ….. 3, 10, 15
Update your index every time you create a new page.
If you would like to share your “before the pen” pages with me, I would love to see them.
Either leave me a link below, or comment on my pinboard