Working as a freelancer means that I have the freedom to either work from home, cafés, library or coworking spaces depending on my needs and mood. One of the biggest issue I face as a digital nomad is weight: I love to work from different places and to change desk almost everyday, but carrying my whole work supplies with me is one of the biggest drawback of my freelancer life.
Planning & productivity
Long time no see! Luckily, I’m back just in time to share this new post and introduce a new series on the blog!
“The Planners” serie is a portrait gallery of people using various planning systems to manage work, their family life, personal projects and much more. The goal of this new serie is to give you more inspiration and to introduce you to new planning methods and tools beyond the bullet journal system.
For this first post of the serie, I’m thrilled to welcome Yukiko Sakamura on the blog! I’ve been following her work on Instagram for a while now and she was kind enough to answer all the questions I had about her planning system. In this interview, I’m asking her, among other things, how she manages her projects, what she learned using a planning system and who are her planning role models.
I’ve been working on a super exciting project these past few weeks, and started to share some pieces of it on Instagram…It’s now time for the big reveal!
I’ve partnered with Soumkine, a stationery brand based in Paris, to design a gorgeous 6 months freedated planner in limited edition.
Before I start to tell you more about this collaboration and the gorgeous planner we’ve been working on, I’d like to thank you all: nothing would have been possible without you and this amazingly supportive planner community. So from the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU <3
Answers to the questions you sent me about my bullet journal and everything else are here!
I’d first like to thank you all for the questions I received on Instagram and in my mailbox! I tried to synthesize them as well as possible to answer most of your lovely messages. Truth is I don’t have tips for everything so I answered the questions from my own experience.
The only request I didn’t answer in this post is making a video of me setting up my bullet journal. I don’t feel like I’m equipped and skilled enough to do it for now. I’ll probably work on videos this summer, so you’ll have to show some patience here.
That being said, let’s dive into it, starting with Instagram tips!
It’s been a while since I gave you a full tour of my bullet journal and planning system…And let me tell you that there have been major changes in my planning system since January. Now that we’re almost halfway through 2018 (I just can’t believe it), it’s time that I show you the tools I’m using for project management and what my planning routine looks like.
I’ve been plotting with the team of the Circle of the 4 Notebooks to release a new blog post together! For this new article, we’re exploring how the bullet journal system can help your personal growth. You can find the links to read Ady’s, Karolina’s, Powa’s and Caro’s blog posts (all of them in French) at the end of this post!
On my side, I’m talking about procrastination and the benefits that come with this bad habit…
Taking notes effectively doesn’t seem to be such a big deal. But sometimes, complex entries make note taking a bit tricky and it’s easy to get lost if you have a lot of information to process.
After taking notes in class when I was a student and attending (too many) meetings as a project manager, I thought I could share some effective note taking techniques I learned from my own experience. Because effective note taking is key to save your time and energy, and to help you make the most out of the hours you spend on meetings.
Even though my organization system mostly relies on my bullet journal, I also use some digital tools (planning apps and softwares) in addition to my notebook.
So today, I’m not going to show you my bullet journal, but I’ll tell you more about these digital helpers that are contributing to keep me on tracks and make my life easier. I find all of them to be very complementary to my bullet journal, but each for various reasons.
So a few weeks ago, I change my job which involves big changes in the way I get organized. I now work full time from home, and it’s a real struggle for me to stay productive and motivated all day long… To face this new (and exciting) challenge, I’m trying to better manage my time with a simple yet effective technique called time blocking.
Drawing an action plan + printables!
Even though we don’t see them this way, we are all project managers in our daily lives: planning a moving, organizing a wedding, writing a thesis… They can be “small” projects or bigger ones, but they still are projects we need to handle. I’m convinced that, just as professional ones, personal projects need to be managed.
Once you’ve well define what’s your project and the goal of it, it sometimes may be difficult to know where to start from. Setting up an action plan is the first thing to do to divide it into big steps, and then into achievable tasks. The action plan setting also allows to identify and prevent any difficulty that may occur and delay your project.