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Recently, I shared how my previous planning system totally collapsed in my post How to Plan When Life is Chaotic.

My replacement method of using only a calendar and a daily “Must Do” list was great for getting myself back on track. But since I kept my emergency daily todo list in my composition notebook, it kept getting buried under all of the book notes and project ideas I would scribble into the same notebook.

After a few weeks of putting up with this, I realized that I was ready to build something more permanent. I don’t like the “I can’t find my plans” feeling.

That’s one of the reasons why Bullet Journaling doesn’t work for me. I have a hard time finding my todos among all those notes about other things. Tabs do help, but it’s still harder than I would like it to be.

For some direction for building my new planner, I turned to the Zen to Done method by Leo Babauta, which happens to be the backbone of my book How I Learned to Plan as an INFP.

Revisiting Zen to Done reminded me that planning is a habit that takes time to build. And like many habits, it can fall apart and need rebuilding. Right now, I’m still rebuilding my planning habit.

But it only took me two days to set up a personal system that is simple and works well. I hope what I share in this post could help you to do the same if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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In other news: I'm making great progress in editing my next book! It should be out by the end of the year. 🎉