One of my 2019 goals is to be more consistent at sharing posts on the blog. Of course, I plan to keep up with posting about bullet journal and project planning. But I also want to take you behind the scenes and give you some peeks of what my freelancer life looks like, all that through the pages of my journal. So today, I’m opening a new series on the blog: the monthly reviews.
I hope you’ll like these glimpses of what happens behind the blog’s and eshop‘s scenes!
This month in my journal
February has been a very intense month!
A lot happened on both personal and work sides of my life, including cutting some ties that were holding me back, starting a special project with one of my favourite people, and working on the launch on PROJO Plus, the PROJO kits subscription. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately but this surprisingly made me feel great (and WAY better than in January – which wasn’t too difficult).
All these events made me fill a lot more pages than I usually do in PROJO, my all in one journal. Of course, the planning pages helped me a lot to stay on track all through the month, but I also created a lot of new collections in my PROJO N. Book (notes book) to brainstorm about the projects I’m working on.
Some notes pages in my PROJO notes book
Making the most out of the PROJO layouts
As I’ve been having so much to deal with this month, I’ve been experimenting with the PROJO planning layouts.
I haven’t changed the monthly layout much: I used the calendar as a calendar and the project section to keep my projects on track.
The only thing I did was to split the calendar into 3 columns instead of the usual 2. The first column is for my personal schedule, the second for every event and appointment work related. And the third column is the new one! It’s a column I created to have a better control over the plan of my project, the launch of the PROJO plus subscription program. I used it to create a detailed timeline of what needed to be done, and to plan everything.
Of course, I’ve been running late all month on this project, but I really liked to have this timeline view, so that’s a keep. I may even create one column for each one of my key projects.
Just as the monthly layout, I’ve been slightly hacking the PROJO weekly layout to make it fit my needs.
As I tend to lose focus super quickly and to jump from one thing to the other letting all of them in the middle of nowhere, I created a “focus” section in my weekly schedule. I then assign a focus for each day. This helps me to group similar tasks together (like taking pics for instance) as well as keep my focus during the day. It was one of my “things to improve” in February, so I’m super happy I turned that intention into something real. It’s far from perfect and I’m still on a slipy slope most of the time regarding time management, but it’s getting better!
I love how this turned out (and how the minimal PROJO layouts allow this kind of adjustments!).
February achievements and goals for March
Achievements this month:
- Better managed my time (and decluttered my schedule)
- Started a super exciting project with a friend
- Almost finished my home office remodel
- Got ready to launch PROJO Plus on the 1st of March
- Created new business links
- Hit 30K on Instagram
- Started to seriously work on a new version of the eshop
Things I’d like to improve in March:
- Time management: Keep making progress on my time management strategy implementation
Strategy: keep up with my efforts to get into a better work routine (weekly and monthly), with the Pareto principle in mind
- Comfort zone: this past year has forced me to step out of my comfort zone on many occasions. But I’d like to take a new step! My goal is to create more connections outside of my usual circles. Being a freelancer for a year has left me pretty isolated on the working side and I’m now craving to build new work relationships!
Strategy: attend events on my own, create opportunities to meet new people I could collaborate or cowork with.
Intention for March
“plant today the seeds that will build tomorrow”