This year, you found the one planner that you would commit to for the entire year. And continued to find that planner several times throughout the year. Now your closet is bursting with old and dated planners whose existence is about to be sentenced to the Planner Twilight Zone.
And it’s a shame. Since they were all such beautiful planners. They were GORGEOUS! But now the year is ending, and you can no longer happily hop between them since the dates won’t match.
I share your pain.
I am an avid lover of Erin Condren products. When she came out with those hardbound dated planners, I suddenly found myself hoarding 3 in my planner collection.
Three dated planners that I never used again.
One ALMOST made it. It was my daily planner, but it just didn’t quite get me to finish the year with it. And the other two? One was intended to be a business planner but that didn’t last more than a month. The last one was a mock planner that I only used for two weeks. These were two 18-month dated planners with more than 90% of their pages untouched.
The fact that they were still looking rather brand new upset me. It’s been a year and a half and I still have NOT touched them.
In my defense, this year, I spent a lot of time learning what would create a positive atmosphere for my planning. And in this I realized that keeping weekly and daily planners just didn’t work for me.
Which lead me to wonder. How can you re-purpose old dated planners? This is what I came up with.
Dated Planners? NO PROBLEM!
There was no getting around the fact that the year had already passed for these dated planners. And I wanted to make sure that it would serve a purpose for me in the long run, and not an idea I was just stretching too far.
But how could I use such structured dated planners in the next year?
I came across a video on YouTube by Heart Breathings. She is an author and provides great tips for creatives and entrepreneurs everywhere!
She showed how she was using old and dated happy planners to plot her novels in one of her videos. And I thought that was a stroke of genius! What a great way to continue using her planners.
But… I’m not writing a book.
You could argue that I could use the same strategy in plotting animations and cartoon series, and I thought about that too.
Then, it hit me.
AN OUTLINE PLANNER
As a new blogger, youtuber, animator, and overall entrepreneurial creative in general, I have a LOT of ideas for everything as I’m sure many of you have as well.
If you are any sort of creative, content creator, brainstormer, whathaveyou, than I am more than sure that you can identify with the struggle of keeping fresh new ideas coming in. And if you’re publishing any sort of content for the public, you understand how effective and important having a rough outline of your topic is.
Helping To Focus
Personally speaking, it is very easy for me to get off topic. And then sometimes, I write outlines so detailed to the topic’s core… But then I don’t want to publish that piece anymore.
That’s some hours, possibly days and weeks… discarded… in a one-second click.
I’ve also realized that I actually don’t require a super-detailed outline to blog either. Or at the very least, not all the time. Which is where this outline planner shines best.
I MADE STICKERS! 🙂
I formatted these stickers to fit the Erin Condren Hardbound Vertical planner, but the overall idea is simple. Basically, I write the title of my intended idea and I have a check box next to it that say “Fin?” to signify whether this idea has already been used and completed.
I use these stickers as “date headers” and place them at the top of each column.
I have also created a color-coding system that I update every time I get an idea to add a new section to my outline planner. So far, the color key consists of these areas:
- PINK – Youtube/Video Posts
- LIGHT BLUE – Blog Posts
- PURPLE – Animations
- DARK BLUE – Speedpaintings
- BLUE GREEN – Email/Newsletters
I write the title in it’s corresponding color into the box of my outline sticker, and then I use the column beneath it to write in my very quick outline for that topic.
What do you write in each outline?
What you would probably write in any outline, but just in a very simplified way. I tend to write little bullet points of everything I want to talk about mainly. If I have a great concept idea for an introduction, I write that in as well. If I want to make sure I link to certain things or blog posts, I add that in too. I also brainstorm possible keywords and key phrases I might want to use while I’m writing a blog post.
If I am doing an outline for my newsletter, I brainstorm a few ideas and posts I want to make sure I include, plus any extra features that you will only know about if you are subscribed. 😉
For video posts, I tend to do a rough outline on things I can talk about since the act of filming makes me anxious and forgettable. Speedpaints could be categorized under videos, but when I do an outline for a speedpaint, it’s mainly an outline for the art itself. If I have a specific vision I want to produce, or a certain color scheme, certain materials, and things of that nature, that is also what I include.
A True Helper Indeed!
Any content creator should know a thing or two about keeping an editorial or content calendar of some sort. And there are creators out there (myself included) that like to be ahead whether it be a couple of weeks or a couple of months. Having this outline planner has definitely increased my productivity by 100%!
It allows me to not only have a place to plot my ideas down from a brainstorm, but also allows me to add more substance to it to make the actual writing and filming THAT much easier. I always found that having a page for only coming up with video and blog posts titles was… not that helpful. It made for great titles, but it didn’t help me register whether I would be able to write about something like that. And if I wasn’t actively writing down my ideas about that topic as they came to me, I tended to forget them when I finally got around to doing so.
From Collecting Dust On A Shelf…
…To Always By My Side. 🙂
If dated planners could talk, I’m sure mine would be jumping around with joy!
Because I now keep this planner with me at all times! I really don’t make a move without it. And I’m pretty sure they are happy for that. And the best thing about it is that it is no longer time-sensitive. I can have these dated planners for EVER since they are filled with all of my ideas, whether I use them or not.
Yep, in the end, dated planners can also have their happy ending. 🙂
And yours can too! Download Outline Planner Stickers!
Have a wonderful day everyone. 🙂