Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Fauxdori Inserts: Book of Lists

I have several inserts (books) within my fauxdori, which assist me with my planning.  One of my favorites is my "Book of Lists".  I know that the latest craze is the ListersGottaList Challenge and while I love watching the videos and seeing the instagram photos on this, my Book of Lists is geared towards planning and not journaling.

Let me explain what I mean - most of my lists in my "Book of Lists" are planning items that I need to do, need to buy, wishlists, projects, etc. versus the lists in the ListersGottaList are things like "Favorite Songs",  "Favorite Books", "Favorite Washi Tapes", etc.  I am sure that there are also some other lists, like places to visit, but from what I have seen most of the lists are reactive meaning that they are a result of something that has already happened and my Book of Lists are proactive meaning that they are written for something that needs to happen, i.e. planning.

I would love to do some of the ListersGottaLists challenges and when I do, those lists will go into my journaling/creative fauxdori, but for right now the only lists I have are found in my Book of Lists...

So let's dive into my "Lists".

The first half of my Book of Lists is just that - Lists, while the second half of my Book of Lists is resource information on my family members and my detailed meal planning.

Let's tackle the lists first...these are the lists that I have with a brief why or how I use the list.

  1. Favorite Authors:  I am an avid reader and I often cannot remember all of the authors/series that I like to read, so this list is helpful when I am at a bookstore and I want to check to see if any of my favorite authors have released any new books.
  2. Books to Read:  If I see a review on a book that I want to read and/or purchase I note the name of the book on this list, again refer back to list #1 - I am guilty of thinking I will remember something without writing it down, but when I try to remember I cannot, which is why I write everything down, including books to read.
  3. Websites to Check:  Same as books, I note any websites that I want to check out at sometime in the future.
  4. Movies to Watch:  I note the name of the movie and a very brief description of what it is about.
  5. Household Projects:  each room (area) of the home is listed and under each sub heading I list projects I want to do and/or items that I want to buy for that particular room/area.
  6. Tasks/Wishes (Family): task lists broken out by each family member, most items on the list are items that I need to do on behalf of a family member.  I also have a "family" section which includes tasks/wishlists that would benefit the family as a whole or are items that need to be completed as a family.
  7. Wishlists:  Broken out by individual family member, including a wish list for myself.
  8. Tasks (Personal):  tasks/projects that I personally want to or need to accomplish.
  9. Pages for Individual Family Members:  One page for each immediate family member as well as our dog.  Includes birthdays, cell phone numbers, medications, notes from the doctor, important school info, current sizes, etc. Extended family also has a section, extended family is my adult son and daughter in law, my Mom, my Dad, my Grandma, etc., sizes are listed here along with any other important info.
  10. Meal Planning:  Favorite meals by category, recipes, etc.  I will do a separate post about this as it is pretty detailed on how I manage our family dinners. 
That's it for my "Book of Lists", I will be doing future posts on each of the books in my fauxdori, so if this is something that you are interested in please be sure to follow my blog.  Thank you and please leave me a comment if you found this helpful, have a question or just want to say hi!

Take care,

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Fauxdori Overview

For those of you that don't know, a fauxdori is a Traveler's Notebook.  One of the more well known company's is Midoiri, so a fauxdori just indicates a cover that someone has made versus the name brand version.  Traveler's Notebooks use elastic bands instead of rings and use books held on with those bands instead of individual paper. You can purchase books (inserts) in a wide range: blank, lined, grid and then specific books for specific purposes, i.e. monthly calendars. As with most planning systems you can also make your own books.

 My system is a combo of notebooks that I have purchased and notebooks that I have created. I just recently did a video which gives an overview. Everything that relates to my planning is in this one book (personal planning, household planning and business planning). The size of the books are 4.33" wide x 8.25" tall, these are also known as regular Midori size.

 I have a separate fauxdori which is for journaling and spiritual study. I have a Franklin Covey Monarch sized binder, which will someday be made into a home binder, but it will be more for reference information versus planning.

 These are the following books that I use (in the order that they are placed into my fauxdori):

1) MONTHLY: includes 12 months of month on 2 pages and 12 months of monthly index & re-cap on 2 pages. All known events, holidays, appointments, etc. are listed as they are known. I made these inserts. At the end of the year I will create a new one.
2) DAILY: first is a week overview, which includes recurring weekly tasks, weekly tasks that need to get done during that week and two small goals to work on for the week. Also included is daily pages for the week, which are modeled after the Frankly Covey day on one page. I have two months of weekly/daily pages. I made these inserts. I will remove old pages and add new as needed.

3) CATCH-ALL BOOK: This is a moleskine grid book and it is just what the name implies - I can write anything in here from a quick note to an address. My daily review includes re-writing any info that I have placed in here into the appropriate book if it needs to go somewhere. This is a toss away book, meaning when it is full it is just tossed out and replaced with a new book.
4) BOOK OF LISTS: This is also a moleskine grid book. It houses my Master lists - from personal need to dos to family need to dos, to projects, to information on immediate family members and the dog. This book will take me though the whole year and if more pages are needed, I will just add them in.

5) INFORMATION BOOK: Includes How to plan, my mission statement, roles, values & goals, finances (check register, monthly bills and annual bills), secret sister information, contact/address book, login information and a US map.
6) SPARKLE FROGS BUSINESS: Includes an editorial calendar (month on two pages, whole year). Blog and video post ideas, giveaways/promotional tracking, Income received, expenses, Weekly Feature tracking, social media stats tracking, brainstorming, etc.

That's it in a nutshell :) for a more detailed look, please continue to follow this blog and YouTube channel and I will be doing more videos and more in depth planning posts.

Thank you for stopping by and please leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions for future posts/videos!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Introducing My Fauxdori Traveler's Notebook - Planner Peace is Mine! (Video)

Yes, it has been a while, no I did not fall off the face of the earth......Life has been busy so this Blog and YouTube always seem to be the first to get cut when I have too much to do.  I am happy to report that life has slowed down somewhat, but there have been some big changes in my planning world.....

Rings are gone - that's right, after 25 plus years of using ring bound planners I made the switch on a whim to a traveler's notebook style of system and have obtained the ever elusive "Planner Peace".

Here's a look at my sure to subscribe to catch all of my videos as they air - this first video is an overview, but videos are in the works for a detailed look into each of my planning areas and maybe even a peek into my home - showing both before and after as I try to organize each area.

Thanks for stopping by - let me know if you have any questions!