I started with a composition notebook for a few reasons:
- I like the size (9.75 x 7.5), will fit in my purse, and I can add more pictures. I also have more room to write on my calendar page.
- They are inexpensive. I can get these during Back-to School sales for 50 cents. It didn't matter if I totally messed up my experiment.
- I used so many composition notebooks in college that using them now feels like going home. I buy stacks of them every year even if I don't need any.
I made lists of everything I wanted to keep in my journal/planner.
- Monthly calendar with a to-do list
- Gratitude pages
- 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin
- Reverse Bucket List
- Story and Blog post ideas
- To be Read list
- Home projects
- Fun with Grandkids
- journal pages
13 Virtues is a habit Benjamin Franklin started to improve his life. I took many of his ideas and added some of my own. I focused on one virtue every week. At the end of the day I evaluated my behavior and wrote it down.
I added a quotes page, a page for story ideas and blog posts, a to-be-read page, a fun with grandkids page...
And journal pages. I discovered having journal pages with my planner helped me write more consistently because of the convenience.
I experimented with tabs and borders and added pictures wherever I wanted. I tried out different colored inks. I tried out almost everything I saw on Pinterest.
I used stickers for the index instead of numbering pages. I thought it was brilliant at the time. I also added paperclips to the calendar pages for faster access.
At the end of four months I could see which pages I actually used and the ones that went to waste, like my doddle page or my Amazon wish list page.
- I really liked being able to see my whole month and to-do list at the same time.
- I was able to group my gratitude pages together after each calendar.
- I really liked the size. Like I said before, big enough to add pictures and be able to write on the calendar and it still fit in my bag, but I also found that it fit my desktop perfectly.
- I still had pages I didn't use.
- I could only schedule one month at a time. Future trackers were just another list. I needed to see my months mapped out.
- I had to tape in extra pages or cut out pages when I miscalculated how many pages a spread would take. I still wish I had more mobility.
Enter the Disc system.