This is the last post in the blog series that Francine and Nancy and I have been doing these last few weeks about Memory Planners. Check out my other posts, I talk about how I got into memory planning and I show you my process for decorating my memory planner. Today, I share my system to help you with your memory planning.
I hope these tips will be helpful to you!
1. I set a timer on my phone to remind myself to journal everyday. At first it went off at 9pm, but I was always hitting snooze and eventually turning it off and not journaling because it was a busy time, trying to get the children asleep and winding down my day. I realised that 10am was a quiet time of day, most days. So now it goes off at 10am and I am able to journal 3-4 times a week.
2. I have my memory planner out and ready. When my timer goes off all I need to do is pick up my pen and write. It's in a drawer that is high enough that I can write in it, right in the drawer and then I can close it up. It doesn't have to be out on a desk or table, cluttering up my room.
3. I take the current week's page out of the binder rings and lay it on top. I'm left handed so those rings get in the way. I'm able to write a lot neater when the page is clear of the rings.
4. I wait until the back of the page is journalled on before I decorate the front side. I hate having to write over the bumps and lumps from cards, die cuts, stickers and even thin washi tape. So I won't decorate a spread until the left hand side of the following spread is journalled on.
Now that the 13th, 14th and 15th are journalled, I can go back and do the spread for the 7th-12th.
5. I decorate the 'extra pages' all at once. I like to spend a good bit of time on the creative part of my memory planner so I do all the extra pages for each month together at one time. This saves me time as I don't have to work to get those creative juices going!
6. I keep all of the supplies for my memory planner in the drawer with the planner. It can get a bit messy, but it makes decorating much quicker.
There you have it! I hope that you have enjoyed this blog series. Here are links to the other 2 posts: