this is going to get me real organizeded.
the volt planner.
To be honest, I can’t remember where I saw this product now… I’m guessing it was an Instagram ad? Regardless, I am a super disorganized but OCD-type person (read: everything is cluttered, but said clutter is piled up and arranged nicely) and about died of excitement when I saw this. It’s basically a calendar/diary/check-list/self self-help book, all rolled into a pretty little purse-sized book. THIS WILL FIX MY LIFE!! Right?? Well so far, I’ve used it for 2 days and I’m about 2 days behind. But new things take practice – I’m working on it, guys.
(music is Indigo Home by Roo Panes – one of the lovely Burberry artists of a few years ago)
who makes it?
Apparently the Volt Planner was born out of a few Kickstarters (we all know I love me a good crowdfunding campaign) and has gone through a bit of a rebranding since. Their website is beeeaaautiful and the kind of thing I want my life to look like. Clean, pretty, simple. The founder, Kate Matsudaira, sounds like she is also beautiful, clean and pretty. The note card that came with the planner even said
If you have thoughts, suggestions, or a shining success story you want to share – I would love to hear it. Send me a note anytime at email@example.com
Such a lovely touch! I love small businesses that hand out their CEOs contact info like its candy. According to their website, they’re printing one more run of 2017 planners, due to ship at the end of January, and then you’re S.O.L.
why will it make you awesome?
I’ve truly never seen a layout quite like this one —
2017 theme and achievements
The first few pages are where you set your ‘theme’ for the year. I’m not quite done thinking about it, but for right now, I’m going with ‘be a better adult’. To me, that means keep the house clean, the animals happy, eat real meals (yoghurt and bacon is NOT dinner), get up more than 45 minutes before work… just do things you think adults do. I’ve technically been an adult for almost a decade now and I don’t feel like my adulting has improved. I see people in their late 20s buzzing around with 2 kids when I can’t even find matching socks in the morning. Some days I’d say I don’t even qualify as a decent teenager.
The next page is where you keep track of your achievements – we’ll see if I actually have any this year. Last year, I successfully raised an 8 week old puppy to be a 1 year old dinosaur, and I cured puppy’s brother kitten of persistent pants eruptions. Not really a year to write home about.
Next you’ve got a more generic planner-style month calendar with squares to make notes in but also space on the right got ‘FOCUS’ and ‘NOTES’.
january goals/31-day challenge
Next up is your ‘Monthly Goals’ area, where you can write down goals and check them off. I still haven’t thought of a challenge for January… I’m supposed to decide what I want to do, why I’m going to make it happen, and what my plan is. And at the bottom there’s space to cross off every day I achieve my goal, and also to sign a ‘contract’ to myself that I’m going to do it. Scary!!
goals – weekly
After that, it starts to get a liiiiiiittle overwhelming for non-‘goal planning machines’ like myself. We’re suddenly into weekly goal territory?? I’ve just made a yearly goal AND a monthly goal and now I have to set stuff for the week, answer a ‘make you think’ question, and ‘reflect and celebrate’? Not sure what that last one means, but I think I’ll do some Instagram stalking and look for inspiration.
The last section is my favourite bit! It’s a weekly planner but the days are broken out into morning, noon and night (or how I prefer to see it, before work, during work, and after work). I can definitely see myself using this the most, just to keep on top of daily tasks like laundry, dishes, cleaning litter boxes and dog walks. What a riveting life I lead.
i can adult all by myself, thank you
So all in all, I’m pretty pumped about the planner! It was about $47, including shipping – a bit pricey but hopefully this will teach me habits that I will keep for the rest of my life. One of the most interesting things about this product is, if you don’t want the bound and bookmarked copy, you can download the PDF from the website for a mere $10 and print it off yourself! They also offer un-dated versions that will last you 6 months if you’re someone who wouldn’t need to use it for the whole year (maybe a traveller or a teacher?).
I’d love to hear what you are planning for the New Year! I’ve never been one for making Resolutions – is anyone out there the same way? I’ve heard it takes 90 days to start a habit (I’ve also heard ‘one month’ or ‘six months’ too…) – any tips for making the blogging (and the working out and the drinking more water and the keeping the house clean) stick?