New Planner: Rituals for Living Dreambook and Planner
So I think I've admitted before that I am a planner slut. I love planners. I love them all, or at least I think I do, for a little while, and then the relationship gets iffy. Really, though, I've tried several planners before, and I'm currently using two, but now I've found a new one (that I've been previously acquainted with before, of course) that I'd love to share with you.
The Rituals for Living Dreambook and Planner by The Dragontree is an integrated system for prioritizing your life and planner wrapped into one. The idea is that planning your life is not just a matter of penciling in appointments and to-do's. You need to identify your goals and break them down into actionable steps, and just as importantly you need to figure out what your non-negotiable needs are and make them into daily and weekly rituals.
This is the aspect of the planner that really attracted me--I really need to implement morning and evening routines, and make sure regular exercise gets in there, but that stuff never seems to get onto my planner; partly because there isn't space set aside from it, but mostly because the inspiration is always disconnected from the implementation.
Here is a description from the Dragontree site:
The Rituals for Living Dreambook + Planner is a place for you to dream, craft, and forge new rituals. It helps you clarify and emphasize your true priorities and establish a plan to bring them to the forefront of your life. It guides you to find enjoyment and specialness every step of the way. And it reminds you not to sacrifice your physical, psychological, or spiritual health as you start achieving goals like never before.
I'll review the full scope of the planner and its use later on, but wanted to shoot out a quick mention of it now. Since the planner is undated, you can start it anytime. And if you do your planning by quarters, July is a good start date.
Each weekly spread of the planner week has room for top 3 goals, tasks, a focus area, and sketch space. Each day, in addition to timed blocks, has space for an intention, morning rituals and activities, evening rituals and activities, and a gratitude list. Yes, I could put these things in my bullet journal weeklies, or use a highlighter to mark space for them in a regular planner, but I don't. The truth is, if I need to make any extra effort to do this, it won't happen.
I'm hoping that having that structure in a gorgeous little package will make the difference. I've used the PDF version of this planner before, but the full 8 1/2 x 11 size is just too big and impersonal for me (and don't even get me started on figuring out how to print it smaller and the cut the paper). The print version is 7x10, which is just the right size. I'd checked out the Passion Planner, but it's only available in either the full size or the A5 version, which is half the size. One's too big, one's too small. For planners, being "just right" is really, really important.
I'll report back later in the Summer once I've received and started the book and let you know how it's been working for me. I got mine with a 25% coupon code, so don't forget to check for one of those before you order!