Last week marked my return to my service provider but I call it work because most days, I am in fact, behind a computer working. Fancy that! I’ve done a bit of work at home and while I am not necessarily in full work mode, I’m constantly thinking about how my workflow can improve and how my social media accounts’ content can engage more customers.
I have pretty much worked every day since I left school and I have only been off sick, hmmm, let’s see, I can count my sick days on both hands, and I’ve been working ten and a half years now. I also don’t go on holidays for more than a fortnight at a time, even though I had six weeks off to travel the world and three weeks in Tasmania. I have to thank my parents for instilling a good work ethic in me.
As you can work out from what’s written above, if I am off for an extended period of time, I’m off exploring our wonderful world, probably skiing, watching a family member play hockey or fishing. So, the period of time the I had off was all new to me. I wasn’t away nor was I sick. I was off for two and a half months in total.
I had talked to one of my medical professionals that I see regularly and they suggested that I make a “return to normality” plan. Then I thought. I came up with an idea of a “return to work” plan, showcasing two of my favourite journaling techniques and a brand I truly believe in. It was simple. I already had all the materials I needed, all I needed was the time to construct the systems of choice.
Each system has, as with anything, has its pros and cons. One is more of a pretty, showcase one and the other is a functional, complete on-the- fly one. Different types of systems that do the exact same job.
First, let’s look at the Jenny Gollan Designs DigiBujo system. I am using the app Noteshelf for this, the DigiBujo is a PDF file and you just have to have a PDF annotation app to use it. Jenny has a beautiful selection of fonts and stickers, so I have been able to use stickers from my ‘stash’ to set up the DigiBuJo. Some stickers were just right but needed alterations to make them work the way I want them to. The thing that I particularly like about this system is that it’s unique to your needs etc and is aesthetically pleasing to write and type in.
My other system is a OneNote notebook. OneNote is a free app by Microsoft and works on Apple devices as well. I used to OneNote a lot, but I saw this video by Mery from Mom Behind The Computer which showed how to make a planner in OneNote. At that time I was planning to save as much money as possible as I had planned a big (and possibly expensive!) year to make my 30th year Earthside memorable. I will be the first of many people to admit that I have a problem of spending money, especially on stuff I don’t need! I also suppose at that time in my life, this system worked for me and my lifestyle. It is important to remember this was when Coronavirus wasn’t a major issue.
I tend to use my OneNote system a lot more because it’s quick but I wanted to see what would happen if I did it in a DigiBuJo, I had one lying around and so I experimented. I also wanted to show my readers two different methods and techniques. I tend to use the DigiBuJo system when I am not working as much and have the time to sit down and ‘make it pretty’.
What works for me will not necessarily mean it will work for you and vice versa.
Whatever system you prefer to use will work, it’s all down to what you find can be tailored best to suit you and your situation. There is no right or wrong, there’s only one thing that matters. YOU!