Something I struggle with while planning things out on paper, is that it’s not flexible at all. If my plans change, I have to scratch things out, and that makes things messy and clouded. In my bullet journal set up for 2019 I shared a blog planner I was going to try out. And it didn’t work, because I kept moving blog posts around. That’s why I decided to come up with a flexible planner for in my bullet journal, that I wanted to use to plan out future blog posts. I am probably not the only one who prefers planning on paper, but feels annoyed by how restricting it is. Sometimes life happens, or you get a new idea, and you have to change your plans. (While I use this as a blog planner, this could obviously also work to plan something else that needs a lot of moving things around!)
In short, what I did was make small squared pieces of paper, on which I wrote the titles of blog posts, and then I sticked them on a calender with a tiny bit of glue.
I used multi coloured memo’s which are 9×9 cm. I folded those memo’s in 16, resulting in mini memo’s of 2,3×2,3 cm. I then drew a calendar in my bullet journal of the upcoming month. Each square is 5×5 “squares” (the ones between the dots), or 2,5×2,5 cm, so that every mini memo could fit nicely. I wrote the dates of the month in the middle of each square of the calender.
I used a Pritt compact glue roller on the back of each mini memo and sticked them to the calendar. When I want to move them around, I’ll just lightly tug them loose and stick them elsewhere. If you don’t have a glue roller, you could also use a little bit of washi tape.
I decided to colour code my blog posts. Reviews are purple, playlists dark blue, and posts about writing are pink, for example. This makes it easy to see if I should mix things up a bit more, or if the balance is right.
Another thing you could add to your bullet journal is a page for ideas. Just stick the squares with the ideas on them on that page, and when you’re planning the posts for a new month, move them to the calendar.
So far this really worked for me and I hope this was helpful to some of you as well. Let me know if you use this idea!