The Crazy Suburban Mom: DIY Filofax Future Project Insert, personal size.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DIY Filofax Future Project Insert, personal size.

~The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen~ Lee Iacocca 

I need an insert  for fleshing out future projects effectively. When I begin considering a multi-step project I default to over-thinking out of the gate.   It doesn't work well for me because large projects need room to grow and time for thoughtful consideration as they evolve into something workable.

 I  wanted an insert that would help slow down my natural inclination to write every random thought that pops in.  For more  linear thinkers writing everything that occurs to them is probably productive, for me it's a time bomb to the project.  Writing all my thoughts at the get-go leaves me exhausted by the scope of the project and I give up before I start.  

When I start this kind of list on an open page I over plan and reach burn out before I've started what ever it was I wanted to accomplish.  Also, free-verse planning doesn't leave time for consideration.  I get more successful results if I tackle large projects in steps with a few general ideas first and gradually focus in.

I wanted a page for the initial planning phase that would reflect this type of progression. Something with limited space; just  a few project ideas and  a couple o' bullet points.  

This page gives me a visual reminder to keep it simple at first.  There is space for five main projects and room for an idea or two.  This insert is for a Personal Filofax because so many people requested that size and I'd never made any.

If you try this please let me know how it works and if you have any thoughts on page ideas let me know.  I'd love some more ideas.  You can click on the image to get a full size version or I can send the file it that's easier for you.

 “Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.”Albert Einstein 

Notes on the printer settings: These sheets print best on a heavier ink setting, I didn't like the result on 'normal' but that may have something to do with my printer.   I also added a 2 mm border in my print dialog box since I didn't add one to the image itself.  


MySummerTouch 10/10/12, 4:20 PM  

I Like this design a lot, as well as all of your designs!

I would include a page before this page-A mind map to dump all ideas and only then write every project in steps.

I also like the idea of using a mind map for day planning, something like Rolodex ( i think it is Rolodex). Have you seen it/ thought of using it?

M Ng 10/10/12, 6:53 PM  

I have the same problem when it comes to (over-)planning at the start of a project: I get so overwhelmed that I can't actually *do* the work. I've also noticed that my projects inherently evolve as I work my way forward, so all of the specific planning I did at the start turns out to be moot anyway. It's good to know I'm not the only one that gets planning fatigue!

Tracy Reinhardt 10/12/12, 12:49 PM  

MySummerTouch - Thank you and great idea! I've been interested in mind maps - even looked up videos about them recently. Are you talking about the cronodex fro the scription blog

I love it, and that blog!

M Ng - no you're not the only one. Its a HUGE issue for me. If I don't plan enough thats not good and if I plan too much I need a nap.

Balance is so hard


MySummerTouch 10/13/12, 7:40 AM  

Yes, i meant Chronodex by scription! I'm glad that you understood me! I have an PDF free download from the blod- made for Traveler's Notebook. I think this is only natural to plan a day using a view of a watch.

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