I’m about to share something super last century with you. Actually it’s super last last century but do you know what? I don’t care. I’m actually so at peace with this that no amount of technology will likely change me. I’m super old-fashioned – and proud of it!
Okay, so here it is…
I am a pen & paper gal.
Always have been and always will be.
Now I don’t mean that I hate technology. I have a website, an email address, a Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram account, use MYOB (reluctantly but I have to admit that it’s not too bad) and enjoy the perks & convenience of online banking (and even online grocery & delivery when Amelia was a newborn – best. thing. ever btw). What I mean is that I process on paper. I process my ideas, planning, reflections, business ideas, notes, reminders, to-do tasks and even my blog planning; on paper. I even keep all of my client notes, from every email and phone exchange that we have, on paper – handwritten by me. Crazy I know. But it works and I feel super organised and up to speed all the time.
I have paper everywhere. Writing things down is a very soulful process for me. It makes things real. It makes me accountable and it helps me be organised. If I’ve written it myself, then I know I have to own it. I’ve been a part of a process of creating something that has come from within my mind and soul. Sometimes it’s the physical feeling of writing everything down that makes me feel centered; and other times it’s the stationary itself. I can get just as turned on by a blank piece of paper as I can by walking through a Kikki K or Officeworks store. But seriously, there is something very special about beautiful stationary.
<= Take my journal for example.It has a beautifully hand-drawn fabric cover and it’s full of luxurious, white paper. This is where I write down what I KNOW. What I know from what I’ve learnt about human behaviour and from what I’ve learnt about myself and the realisations I make about myself. It also has ‘My Dream Day’ written in here. My absolute dream life written as though it happened yesterday. It’s a working goal for me.
The other book is where I make notes about business ideas. It’s broken up into tabs and is my go-to guide. There are many undeveloped business ideas in this baby! It has ideas for content for e courses, blogs and my #1 project & long term goal… of designing a planner and diary for work/life balance.
<= I’ve got a thing about planners & business planners too. I LOVE to write and draw in them and plan. The problem? I have too many that I love and it’s ridiculous to have more than one for each year. So I swap it around a bit. Leonie Dawson has just released her new planner for life & biz and she presents her work in a very artistic and dreamy way. It is very beautiful AND practical. She has one for life and one for business and both are stunning!
Tash Corbin (my business coach) has released a business planner that helps heart-centered entrepreneurs record their goals and dreams and it also incorporates a business plan that is simple and easy to follow and use. Tash’s planner combines life and business planning, which is super handy.
<= And this? Well… This is just about the closest diary I’ve ever seen to a ‘perfect layout for Tash Guthrie’. Although it doesn’t check absolutely everything off my wishlist for a diary (but hell it comes close) – It combines so many beautiful features for your day including a schedule, money, to-do, priorities and much much more! I am very much looking forward to scribbling all through this next year. You can check it out here thanks to Bliss Inventive.
I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to convert to an online calendar, journal or electronic organiser. I think that I’m one of those people who are destined to write and create and feel and touch. I like things to be personalised and cosy. I like to colour in, rub out and stick pictures and business cards all over paper. Call me old fashioned if you like.. because I am. And I LOVE it.