When thinking about my crafty resolutions from last week, I began pondering a bit more about how I need to do better about planning. When I'm on my A-game, and the creative juices are flowing, I fill page after page with ideas, to-do lists, and little drawings of things I want to make. I map out timelines, make goals, brainstorm post ideas... there's nothing a good notebook can't handle. It's also my go-to place for not-so-fun stuff, like budgeting (blech), stashed receipts, and other little details. I find it so helpful to have everything in one place.
But, those habits have really fallen to the wayside as I focused on other things. In an add-on to my resolution to plan more, the act of putting pen to paper is something I want to concentrate on to better my planning habits. What better encouragement than a pretty new notebook, don't you think? I really like these monogrammed ones from Poppin, and haven't stopped thinking about them since I bought the blue & silver version and another plain one in gold for my sister for Christmas.
I also am a big fan of using Evernote, both for crafty purposes and in my day-to-day life. While syncing can sometimes be wonky between my laptop and phone, it's my favorite way to organize different lists of things like links, homework, to-do lists, and what I need from the grocery in a convenient and portable way. Paper notebooks and planners then are, for me at least, more of a place for ideas and big picture things. Digital organizing is good for stuff that changes frequently, so ideal for my daily operations and when I have something to jot down on the fly.
Are you much of a planner when it comes to DIY? What's your system for keeping it all organized-- digital? Traditional? None at all?