Today’s guest blogger is the very talented author LJ Higgins. Linda is one of my close friends who first encouraged me to share my Never-ending Notebooks with the world after receiving one of the first ones I ever made as a gift. Read on to find out how she uses her Never-ending Notebook in her busy life as a self-published author and mum of two.
When I was asked to do a guest post for The Never-ending Notebook (NENB) I was super excited to be able to express my love of my own Never-ending Notebook, as well as share ways it helps me organise my everyday life. I’ve had my beautiful NENB for six months and use it just as much, if not more, than the day I received it. Not only do I love how it can be personalised to suit my personal taste (denim outer and dream catcher inner for me), but as someone who goes through many notebooks, it’s a great alternative to my, “I’ll put this in a safe place… where did my notebook get to?” approach.
Why do I go through so many notebooks? I’m an author, and without notebooks, all of my amazing, inspired, sometimes crazy ideas, would shrivel up and die. I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but when inspiration strikes if I don’t write my thoughts down they seem to evaporate into thin air. The portability of the NENB makes life so much easier and if I am hit with an awesome idea I can scribble it down immediately. Right now I have three notebooks on the go, one for business stuff, and one each for the books I’m working on at the moment. I also have a sketch book, two pockets to store even more notes and inspiration in, and a six month planner.
I love my planner so much I don’t really know where to begin… As someone who works from home, keeping a family, personal and business life balanced isn’t always a simple task, but I find it much easier with my planner. I’m able to block out time for writing, running my various social media accounts and for any other projects I’m working on at the time. This has helped me write and work on my business during the hours my family are at school and work, and I can concentrate on my two kids and husband when they’re home. At the same time I’m able to keep track of my kid’s commitments, my own exercise, dancing, and socialising, and the weekends my husband plans to go fishing. I track my weight loss goals in the To Do List/Intentions column, and use a colour code to map out my time during the day. I use the left pages ‘To Do List & Events’ for my personal to do’s, and I use the right page for my work to do’s. I find there’s plenty of room in each day to add reminders for myself to do social media posts, blog posts and anything else that needs to be done that day. I also write my word counts for each day at the bottom of the column. I’m sure there are many ways to utilise your planner, but this is what I find works best for me.
As a writer I love books, which means I do as much reading as I can squeeze into my busy life. To help keep track of what I read, I’ve drawn up a fun book page in my sketch book where I can write the title of each book I read. I’ll post a picture so you can see. I also like to sketch, draw and design in my spare time and use the back of my sketch book for this.
So, whether you need to better organise your life, love to draw and sketch, love to take notes or just love stationary, I highly recommend you grab yourself a Never-ending Notebook. It has made my life as an author and a mum, so much easier and more organised. Thank you The Never-ending Notebook!