Plan ● Create ● Succeed launched on 1st November 2012 and will have regular posts and features on organising, personal development, living a creative life, designing, creating food and journaling and other good stuff. I cannot top what the Philofaxy community is doing already writing about the stationery-love side of things so I thought I’d deal with the goal setting, life improving and plain fun creative reasons to use a Filofax instead. It can be found at www.plancreatesucceed.com. Easy to remember, no?!
I wanted to make it professional and I felt in need for a challenging project and of course that means I needed a new Filofax. This post is, therefore, all about how I used a Chocolate Classic and then a Purple Malden to make my project happen.
The interesting thing for me was how the filo changed with the project and supported change in the project. I literally started with a Classic full of blank paper and one page with some ideas jotted down. As I expanded those ideas, I’d create sections, then the sections would grow and get divided and new tabs would be born. Moving the tabs around made me think about how the posts of the blog would be ordered and so on until eventually a structure was arrived at. The filo was literally a physical manifestation of my brain.
I wanted a Project that would give me the pleasure of learning something new so I deliberately chose a self-hosted WordPress blog because I didn’t know how to do that. Research notes followed. Somewhere in the process the Classic grew too small and the Malden with its big butch rings rode in wearing a Stetson to give me a hand.
So, let’s have a look see at the Malden as it ended up. This is a very functional binder so the dividers are unadorned Filofax brand. But I found that if I cut scrapbook card, folded a piece and used Pritt Stick to glue them on around the plastic tabs, they stay on, yet come off easily if, as I did, I needed to move categories around as the project changed.
Open up and find… to do lists.
Time is an issue with this project so it’s an open-up-get-straight- to-work Filofax. One project, several lists. How does that work? First, as I started to think about the new blog I realised my other blogs and website needed an overhaul in the future so they got added in. Then I was asked to set up three private blogs for the Studio Art Quilt Association (www.saqa.com), one of which is a Visioning Project to assist people to reach their creative goals, and they joined the party. So, one list for each site allows me to focus on one at a time. Plus one list on pink paper to list all the technological sites, books, tools etc I come across and want to follow up with later.
Steve’s inserts of course. I can be a bit flaky with my personal blog these days. Ok, I am as flaky as an Eccles cake with eczema. But, I am turning a new leaf of reliability and decided to blog on Plan ● Create ● Succeed to a set pattern and schedule ahead so I can write in batches but you get a regular read.
After the initial launch fortnight I will post each Thursday on Planning, Succeeding and Creating in turn. Each Sunday has a regular Salon Sunday. Yes, it’s
The first Monday of the Month will be a Design Monthly article. On the second Monday I will be Creating Food, and the week after Journalling. The Fourth is for guest posts and other random stuff I might want to talk about, if I want to. ( Have an idea for a guest post? Give me a shout!). And on the occasional fifth Monday, she shall rest. (To be honest she might rest on the Fourth too. She shall see!)
As you can see I have written the category of post in red. When I have a draft in progress for a specific date I note it in pencil. When it is scheduled on the blog it goes in black. The note is to remind me to post on my other blogs From Down the Well ( www.downthewell.blogspot.com) and Tea and Talk for Two ( www.teaandtalkfortwo.blogspot.com). I must be crazy to attempt so much.
A boring section for blank paper and the inserts I made for behind other tabs…
Category tabs and Evernote
Each type of post to go on the Plan ● Create ● Succeed site has a tab. Behind that it s a coloured sheet with a list of ideas for posts. Then as I work up each idea I use my own template adding to it until the final scheduled date is added in red. Eventually I will move these out but there is still room at the moment.
This is working along side my Evernote system. I first tried Evernote when I first got my ipad and didn’t get it, but tried again for Plan ● Create ● Succeed and now I think its brilliant as an adjunct to a filofax. If I see material on the web that inspires a post or a good quote or just have an idea myself I make an note in Evernote. Each category of posts has three notebooks so, for example, Create Articles, Create Drafts and Create Posted. Raw material goes in Articles. As I start to write the post it moves to drafts and then when posted goes to … oh, you have a guess! I can work on it at work (only at lunch time of course, ahem!) on ipad and laptop and it all synchs. Brilliant. But I still need the paper planner to keep my head around it all. And to clutch to my chest for comfort when I panic.
In this section I have
- A mission statement to remind me what it was that excited me about this idea to read over in times where I think I have lost my marbles for wanting to do it at all
- A list of the doubts I have had and positive statements to counteract those doubts
- A list of possible site features to add later
- Lists of Wordpress themes I liked
- Notes from a variety of blogs about blogging and books about setting up websites
- Notes about how to use Wordpress, Google Analytics and other stuff new to me.
Plan ● Create ● Succeed Journal
From the very beginning I kept a diary of what work I was doing on the site, the feelings I was having about it, my hopes and aspirations and fears and the time I spent on it.
A Blank section. Guess what one of my ideas for the future is?!
I have a tab for my personal gallery website, and other blogs all of which will need attention to update or have been created while I was focusing on Plan ● Create ● Succeed
It is frightening how many accounts I have had to create to achieve these goals. Al of which seem to have different rules about how many letters and numbers can go in your user name and password. No way can I remember them so they are here. In code in case any kleptomaniacs are reading.
So, I hope you will pop over to www.plancreatesucceed.com and see what I have going on. I very much want the site to be interactive. All you lovely people on Philofaxy are my core target audience and I hope you will meet some of my art friends in the Sunday Salon, so if you have any comments or ideas of what you would like on the site please let me know. See you over there!