How I Plan - Part II - Bible Journaling
Posted on June 24 2018
Hope you enjoyed Part I of this series and learned a little about digital planning! Whether you like digital planners or prefer to stick to pen and paper, I hope it was helpful to know that there are lots of ways to plan and finding what works for you is key to being productive! Lucky for you, I am sharing how I use ALL of my planners - digital and traditional so hopefully there is something for everyone.
Before I dive into how I use my Your Way Planner for Bible Journaling, let me digress for a second to elaborate on my above statement "finding what works for you is key to being productive"...
I found that I am most productive when I have a purpose for my planner. As much as I want to use one planner to organize life, work and everything else that gives me anxiety, I find it useless when I cram it all into one system. I have used hourly layouts, but find that it isn't realistic for me to time-block my day. It works perfect to track meetings, but that was about it. Vertical layouts are better for me because it allows me to organize by 'category'. What I mean by that is I can use a row for 'must-do tasks' a row for fitness and a row for family/personal items like birthdays, dinners, etc. You might have noticed I plan this way on my digital planner when I feature my spreads on my Instagram or YouTube channel.
It is okay to switch from planner to planner till you find one that works. You are not crazy! I have a planner graveyard - a bookcase filled with failed attempts at planners. I am a naturally anxious person and unless I feel like my life is organized and I have a plan on how I can attack my to-do list (which is never-ending), I go into overdrive which is not good for me and I get nothing accomplished. The great thing about the planner community is that it is filled with some amazingly creative and supportive people that inspire me to stay organized and to be creative while doing it!
With that said, Bible Journaling is something that I have done here and there in the past but never had a structured way to document and reference my progress. I finally decided to take an unconventional approach and use a planner. This is still new and I am sure it will evolve over time (and I will continue to blog about it) but here is how I'm 'organizing' it so far.
My journaling (like most) is based on what I am dealing with in my life at that time. So, instead of having a bunch of workbooks and journaling formats, I thought that a planner format would allow me to be more structured. I could keep it all in one 'book' and easily reference a topic when I need to.
I decided to use my Your Way Planner for this because it is not only undated and the perfect size for me, but it is a thicker paper that allows me to use my markers and other pens without bleeding through. It also doesn't have additional 'sections' other than notes and monthly and weekly layouts so nothing is going to waste!
Here is how I transformed the traditional vertical planner layout to use for Bible Journaling...
1. The monthly layout is simply used to track my progress. To create any habit, you must repeat it for at least sixty-days (this is what I hear). For me, crossing off a day on my monthly spread to signify that I spent time to journal keeps me accountable! I also jot down the books I am reading that month or any goals on what I want to cover.
Because of this, the monthly tabs are helpful to me and another way to organize my progress. I imagine that when I reference this in a year or so, it will follow the different seasons in my life, thoughts around holidays, the ups and downs and the purpose behind what I am journaling about will have more meaning for me. It will truly be a documentation of my journey with God.
If you are wanting to follow a twelve-month reading plan to finish the Bible, a planner is a great way to stay on track! Your monthly spread can document your reading plan for that month as well as to track your progress.
2. Weekly layouts can represent the thought of the day or just viewed as a blank slate to document your journaling. If I only journal one day a week, I don't want to leave the rest of the days blank so I am flexible here. You can fill it with thoughts, quotes, stickers, questions or verses to reference when needed. Sometime I cover the dates at the top and just add to the entire spread throughout the week. Other times I use the days to have a more structured week. If you are working through a reading plan, your weekly spread helps you to highlight what you covered that day.
The spread below is a more flexible one.
I use page tabs that I found at Hobby Lobby to mark 'topics' that I journal about. This way I can reference easily at a later point.
I make sure I mark what outside books support this topic as well as verses to find at a later date when needed.
The great part about Bible Journaling is that you can pull out your planner stickers and washi tape to use and be creative with. Michael's and Hobby Lobby have some great Bible Journaling supplies that I use with my Your Way Planner.
Hope this got you thinking on how else you could use a planner to organize your life in an unconventional way. Again, finding a system that fits your needs and helps you to be a better you is what's important. Whether you use a planner for life, work, journaling or as a fitness tracker, make it work for you! I would love to hear how you plan in the comments below!
The last post in this series will cover my work planner. Yes, all things Stylish & Co and how I manage my business with a dedicated planner. Lots of helpful tips in this next one for you boss babes out there :)