After nearly a 6-month break from blogging, I owe an explanation.
I'm a mom now!
What an amazing journey this has been.
But what does it mean for this blog?
Well, not much.
As always, content is not created in a vacuum, and because I regularly post about my life and learning, you will see my daughter make a cameo here and there as she is now a big part of my life and learning.
However, this post will not be about her debut into this world or the dramatic change that took place when I became a mother almost one year ago...
This post will be about...planners.
Because as 2020 approaches, I've been obsessed with planners.
For the last 12 years I have regularly documented all the happenings of my life: relationships that have begun and ended, travels, moves, new and old jobs. For a long time all this information was contained in a single planner, but now that my life has become more complex (not just with my baby but also my business) I now require not 1 - but 3 - planners to keep track of it all.
Here is how that looks.
1. Delfonics: Life Planner
I've been using Delfonics as my main planner for the last 10 years. Until this year, they could only be purchased in Japan - not even online from a Japanese website. So it was impossible to get one unless I had a trip planned, and only if that trip was in the last 6 months of the year, because they didn't release their new planners until then. 8 out of 10 years I was able to make it to Japan to get this planner. One year I was in Taipei, and I bought a Leuchtturm planner, which I didn't care for, and another year I ordered a Volt journal. At the time, I swore I would not use Volt again, but as you will see, the planner makes a come back in 2020 (more on that later).
Why I love Delfonics is because of the layout. On the left side of the page, I record my appointments and happenings. On the right side I record my task list (though that will change this year).
I also use Delfonic's monthly layout to record my finances, as well as my travel schedule.
For 2020 I was able to order this stylish Delfonics planner online from the Delfonics website. They only ship within Japan, so I had it mailed to a friend and she mailed it to me. It took this company 10 years to get online, so hopefully in one more year they can do worldwide shipping.
This year Delfonics will be used exclusively for my appointments, finances, and personal happenings.
2. Volt Journal: Business Goal Planner
I used Volt as my main journal in 2018 and was unhappy with the weekly layout. I told myself I would not use it again (and went right back to Delfonics), but as my business grew and my schedule and tasks became more complex, I began to miss Volt. Their layout really focuses on Goals, with Yearly Goals, Monthly Goals, and Weekly Goals. I found the focus on goals really helped me, as opposed to the endless to-do lists I usually create.
I decided to give Volt another go in 2020, where I will use it to track my goals, but instead of recording appointments on the weekly layout pages, I will use those to keep track of my daily to-do lists that support my Weekly Goals.
I will also use the monthly layout for my communications calendar (social media and article publishing).
In this way, Volt will become my work planner.
3. Rollbahn: Travel Planner
Rollbahn is also made by Delfonics and has been around for years, but it took me a while to warm up to this notebook...
1. I hate spirals
2. I hate yellow pages
3. I hate grids
So why on earth did I buy a yellow, grid, spiral notebook? Because Rollbahn is awesome. Once you touch it, once you open it, you truly never want to use another notebook.
I plan to use Rollbahn for my travel planner. Whenever I'm on the road, I like to keep a small notebook with me to record observations, notes, to-dos, etc. I have used a multitude of blank journals over the years, and I prefer Rollbahn to them all for a few reasons:
1. I can fold one side completely under the other (hence the benefit of a spiral)
2. The pages are thick enough to write on both side without seeing the ink through
3. The grid helps me keep my notes formed
In 2020 I have a lot of short business trips planned and I look forward to using Rollbahn through them all!
Well, that's my planner plan for 2020. And for those of you who were hoping for more photos of my baby...stay tuned.