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Trying a New Planner

The first quarter of 2024 zipped by in a flash. My planner–a Kate Spade little beauty–was working okay for my weekly needs. But in February, my schedule got really busy, and I couldn’t see the big picture of everything.

Naturally, I bought a new planner. It would fix everything.

The dashboard-style planner I purchased did complement the Kate Spade one. But within a few weeks, I realized I was merely writing all of my to-dos in two places instead of one.

*blinking rapidly in frustration*

A few weeks ago, I came across a book in my library. Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller prompted me to purchase a blank bullet journal. So far, it’s kind of working. I haven’t found the ideal spread. Maybe it takes time. I do like that I can fit everything for the week on two pages and organize them for my brain. That helps.

Maybe I have too much going on for any planner to work at the moment.

I don’t know.

I’ll keep playing with it until I’m satisfied.

How do you keep track of projects and to-do lists?

Have a great day!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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  1. I have a planner for tutoring and daily life stuff, a calendar for writing deadlines and blog/socials, and a calendar for editing jobs. This method works for me, because putting all the things on a single planner or calendar would be major overload for my ADD brain. I need things to look fairly clean and simple while showing me what I need for the one task (such as editing or writing) that I’m looking at in any given planner.

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