So, I tried bullet journaling in 2022 and then evolved into my own system mixing both analog and digital tools. But this year? I fell off the planning wagon hard. Like, barely-planned-a-thing hard.

Here are the lessons I learned from my epic planning fail:

  1. Too much on my plate: Digital tools let me add infinite tasks, which is a recipe for overload.
  2. Guilt trip: Seeing unfinished tasks made me feel paralyzed. I knew I couldn’t finish them in time but didn’t want to erase them either.
  3. Out of sight, out of mind: Planning is pointless if you forget to look at your plan. I always forget to check my task manager and then my notebook planner of choice.

Tasks vs. life experiences: I collected tasks more than memories, when it should be the other way around.

So, for the rest of this year, I'm starting fresh with a new setup using just three tools: Weekly Planner, Memo Pad, and Reminders App.

Weekly Planner

I use Kinbor, the budget-friendly knockoff of Hobonichi Planner, as my weekly planner. I also have Hobonichi Weeks which I use for memory keeping at the end of the month.

My system is simple:
- Left side: Time blocking space.
- Right side: Tasks that will get transferred to available time slots.

At the beginning of each week, I'll list all the tasks I want to do, prioritize them, block my time accordingly, and transfer them into my calendar or reminders app. Then I'll write a weekly reflection at the end of the week.

Memo Pad

This is my daily reflection tool for the week.

  • Top of the page: Write down the date and jot down The Weekly Highlights at the end of the week.
    - Bottom of the page: List the four most important things to get done that week.

At the end of each day, I'll write down up to three highlights of the day. If there's a specific task for a particular day, I'll note it in the right corner and erase it when it's done.

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