Sunday, August 2, 2015

One Book July 2015 Conclusion

My "One Book"
Did you notice that I was awfully quiet about One Book July?  That would be because I really struggled with it!  I did flip flop around and finally ended the month in the same cover, but with a totally different set up than what I started with.  In fact where I ended is actually more of a "one book" than where I started, but hey, I have been known to do things in reverse order from what is the "norm".  I ended the month in my Black fauxdori cover, but the interior books are what is really different.  I have one insert that houses what I call my permanent information - finances, contacts and login information and another book that has my planning calendars, lists, journal, notes and pretty much everything else - this book is 300 pages!

Yep, you read it correctly - 300 Pages!  
Over an 1" thick!
I love the Miquelruis grid journal books that you can purchase at Barnes and Noble for just under $10.  I love the paper and the grid, but the way they come standard are too wide for my preferences.  I prefer the standard Midori size of 8.25" tall x 4.33" wide and these books are almost 6" wide.  I tried to cut one down myself and ended up with a hot mess of jagged pages and who likes that?  Not me, that's for sure!

So, I did a little brainstorming and remembered that I had read that Office Max, Staples and Office Depot can cut down books, but I also remembered that sometimes they mess up.  So I did some more thinking and remembered that I have a local printing company just down the road from my day job so I decided to give them a call and see if they could cut it down to size and they could!  Total cost for one cut - .75 cents - less than a dollar!  Keep in mind that this book is 300 pages and just over an inch thick.  I bought two new Miquelruis books at Barnes and Nobel (one to finish this year and one for next year) and had them both cut down.  
My Icon Tabs!
I have everything in this book - a year's worth of month on two pages, the rest of the year (August - December) day per page, all of my lists, projects, meal planning and about 150 pages left over to journal, take notes, doodle or whatever I want.

My permanent info insert
With 300 pages (600, if you count the front and back of each page) I will be able to fit my whole year's worth of month on two pages, one day per page, lists and more for my 2016 book.  Of course these books are not pre-printed, so it did take a bit of time to create the calendar (found online, printed and glued into the book) and daily pages (all hand written) and re-write all of my lists and projects.  The daily pages are a cross between Hobonichi style and Franklin Covey day per page. "This one is just right...." - that's how I feel about this book!  
A "blank" daily page
Life is good when you have a planner that works with you, for you and you are not fighting a pre-made system trying to make it work for you.  The only part that is written ahead of time is the top (similar to Hobonichi) with the date and room for weather and menu tracking.  The rest is left fairly free form so I can do what I want/need with respect to that day's planning.  From start to finish it took me about 5-6 hours to completely set up my system.  I plan on doing a video with a more in depth look at how it is set up and how it works.  

I am so, so happy with the way this turned out - love the freedom to change the look of the daily pages as per my whim and schedule needs and I love the Miquelruis paper.  As Goldilocks said when she laid in the baby bear's bed, "This is just right!" That's how I feel about my setup!
An example of "completed" pages
So that's a wrap, One Book July was a success as far as I am concerned - although it was frustrating, it did lead me down the path to what I'm using now.  
I might not have started where I wanted to be, but I ended up getting to where I wanted to go!
Did you participate in OneBookJuly2015?  How did it go for you?  I would love to hear how it worked out for you and if you decide to try the Miquelruis book for your set up please let me know, I'd love to have you do a guest post, in fact I am always interested in having others do guest posts on my blog and if you are a blogger, I will happily provide a link to your blog within your guest post!