Do you blog? Do you keep a home? Do you do both? How do you keep track of it all? Digitally? Via a notebook? On a calendar? In your head? Blog Notebooks and Home Management Notebooks can be found circling the web in the blog sphere and on Pinterest, but one thing I haven’t found is ONE notebook that combines it all in ONE simple set up.
In the past I’ve tried several different systems, including both digital and paper setups, but no matter what, several things kept frustrating me. There were too many tabs in the notebook to keep track of. I couldn’t see the week, month or day at a glance. I had a different notebook for my home chores, my blog chores, my prayer list, my goals, my menus, and more. I had so many different notebooks and action papers I couldn’t keep up. Finally I decided no more.
It was time for me to do some research and find something that finally worked…for me. I knew I wanted something that didn’t require me to flip through tabs because I like to see everything laid out before me. I also knew I wanted it to be the ONLY notebook I needed. Thus the result you see below. This project has been long in the making as I’ve been constantly trying it out and perfecting it for what seemed to work best. As a result, I feel pretty pleased with the outcome and hope you’ll find it useful too.
To create my notebook, I began with a 1/2″ white clear covered notebook. I’ve seen some take their home-created planning sheets to an office store to have it spiral bound but I did not want the added expense of having to have something bound every time I needed another sheet. Thus the notebook.
From there I just had fun on Publisher. Let’s take a tour.
Since I am right-handed I actually set up my main area at the back of the notebook. On the right, slid into the back pocket is a homemade tear-off pad with my weekly schedule. On my “This Week” page there is a place to write down my week’s menu plans, my top 10 goals for the week, and my daily home and blog to-do lists. There’s also a place for me to check off my social media interaction online each day.
|Cardboard back of a notepad + paper + rubber cement = A Homemade Tear-Off Pad|
|Paper clip the cardboard and paper together and apply a thick layer of rubber cement to the top of the stack.|
|Add more paper clips and let dry.|
There are two downloads–one for the pdf planner pages and one for the editable blog party agenda. Thank you again subscribers! You definitely keep me motivated through thick and thin. Today’s freebie is for you!
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|Planner links are located below my footer.|
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UPDATE: For those desiring a EDITABLE version of the above blog planner, one is now available for purchase. Please click here to get your copy today. For the rest of you, unfortunately the pdf version of this planner is no longer available. Please be on the lookout though because an amazing new look will be rolling hot off the presses on December 20, 2012. It will be one update you won’t want to miss!
UPDATE 12/20/2012: The Cornerstone Confessions 2013 Blog-and-Home Planner is now available. Come check it out. It now has over 70 unique pages for your blogging and home organization needs!
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