review – HB90 planner for writers

review - HB90 planner for writers

hey guys crystal here and today I'm gonna be going over my HP 90 planner which if you don't know I recently posted a video so I'll link it somewhere above I started using Sara canons HP 90 planner she is the author who has the heart breathing's channel here on it on YouTube and she provides all kinds of really great content on how to improve your writing how to work on your craft develop productivity strategies for being a writer and this is a planner that she designed based on her own methods and she sells it through Etsy she's got a quarterly planner that she updates an undated planner and I purchased the undated planner so I could just print it ad nauseam as many times as I need whenever I need even if the quarters don't match so the idea behind her planner is that it is best to work in 90 day chunks and sort of like revisit each quarter see what you accomplished and and kind of revise from there so the idea is to create small actionable goals which are the best kinds of goals in order to improve your writing and sort of like facilitate writing within your life so I'm going to go over the planner and how I use it I do use it as a binder size she provides the PDF so that you can print it out in multiple sizes she explains how to do like a 5 sizes and everything I wanted to try the a5 but that would require by the special paper and the hole puncher and all that so I decided to just go with the standard paper size and a half by 11 and try that from there I didn't know how I was gonna feel about this planner when I first purchased it but I wanted a dedicated planner for my current work in progress and my query process so this is what I purchased and I did say in that last video that I would come back to it once I had been using it because that was a right before the start of the quarter video and now I'm gonna show you guys so I'm gonna dive into the planner and take you through it and give you a glimpse of how I have used this I did sort of adapt it from her method a little and I'll show you guys how so this is my HP 90 method planner created by author Sarah cannon and this is from her heart breathing's channel and it's designed to serve as a 90 day planner in order to plan your quarterly projects so this one started in April through June and I set it up on a three-ring binder and I added these tabs and things just to kind of make it easy for myself to go through it I also have some stickers here on the side I have some notes that I keep in the inner flap and I just kind of write wrote a little index card for myself with my writing goals for the year plus additive stickers cuz of course stickers you got to do that so this planner takes you through sort of a step by step how to get started as a writer or at least how to get started with your planning for your project so it's really nicely designed she'd has quotes she has implemented a very nice style to it I think it's beautifully designed and crafted I am just in awe love anybody who creates their own planner because it's one of those things I love but could never like conceivably you see myself creating one so I love finding stuff that meets my needs that has been designed by somebody else so she has a vision statement section which I she does encourage like manifestation and stuff so there you go and then a vision board where she says like make your you know dreams come true write exactly what you want in a manifestation sort of way I'm not big on manifesting so I haven't really filled out the vision board section that's not really my jam but I kind of left it there maybe I'll come back to it and play around with it but I'm not big on the vision board idea it's just not me she then has areas to declutter her brain so this is kind of a brain dump what you have to do in order to accomplish four 90-day goals so I just kind of wrote through that and these kind of go on for a bit here's the what should I do what I want to do so you can sort of figure out your actual important tasks I didn't focus so much on these areas because I'm not currently a selling writer whereas she is so these are designed I would say more so for authors who are self-publishing and selling and need like to develop a marketing strategy or a selling strategy or authors who earth being traditionally published and have you know certain things they have to meet right now I am a aspiring author I am a writer I'm writing projects and I am seeking representation so my goals look a little different from those of a traditionally or self-published currently publishing author so I tried to make the best that I could of these and work with it this is the one that I found really especially helpful she has this time estimator and he or she encourages you to consider how much you will really realistically be working and this was kind of radical to me because I know that there are days when I will be ill I know every month there are days where I'm knocked out by migraines and there are days where things happen at work that kind of drained me and I need to re-energize before I can get back into the right mindset to write my work life involves I would say more mental stress than physical stress but it is still a stressor and it does affect my productivity especially if I'm coming home to write or if I just don't have the energy to do it once I get home so she encourages you to calculate your working days so here she says to realistically think and take into consideration on average how many days a month you miss and the idea is that over a number of quarters you will have a stronger sense of this so I went through my symptom tracker for my period app and looked at how many days on average I get major migraines related to hormones at least and it comes out to at least six to eight days a month so I planned out six to eight days a month and then here she gives you how many days of extra time are you willing to give yourself so generally I have some wiggle room I do get vacation time and this was a period where I had vacation planned already so I gave myself an extra five days of writing time I actually decided to use up some of my vacation earlier and gave myself a few extra days in April so this is this was based on the initial estimate and so my initial estimate is the number of days I plan to work in this 90 day quarter it was realistically if I looked at you know how many days I would probably be knocked out by migraines and I added in the days of vacation time in an ideal situation I would have had 72 64 working days so this was just a preliminary plan sort of like a plan for the worse so that you can plan around the time you're gonna need off it worked it really helped and this is something that I see myself using in the future because it's planning for the days that you need off if you have a job that gives you benefits you already have days off built-in because you will be sick you will need to take time off it's kind of the same thing if you're writing or working on a creative pursuit your brain cannot possibly keep up with that day in and day out and not take a break so thinking of it in this way really helped and I really appreciate it this particular section this is an ongoing task list quite kept up with it again I feel that some of these are more tailored to the publishing off there than the aspiring off there so that's what but is she's also got an ideal week and this helped me sort of block out when I really get my writing done there are certain times of the day especially in the morning when I prefer to write so I kind of like restructured my work schedule in order to fit in my writing schedule and it's been very helpful obviously not every day looks like this but this is my ideal weekly schedule and then she's got sections for goals you set your goals brainstorming again not really that much that I need to do right now and then your major goals my goals this time around or to work on the first draft of my current project continue querying and work on that strategy and develop my craft and writing again for an actual publishing all through these would look very different or somebody who's still aspiring and working towards these felt like SMART goals to me future projects that you can sort of like brain dump in here and then projects and tasks just kind of breaks it down this is where you can kind of estimate how long it will take you to go through your projects for each of those three goals this is kind of rough for me because I I'm still you know flexible in these areas just breaking it down and then like more detailed goal sections again my details are kind of just like get the draft done and stuff like that like write the next query so these aren't that significant for me right now but they hopefully will be in the future she also has a Kanban I have watched a couple of her videos on the Kanban method again I think this will be more effective for me in future but I sort of tried to play with it especially with the first draft and just kind of blocking out how many words I thought I would get through each month before the draft is finished so those were my con bungles for the main project she's got the year overview future logged things very helpful this is the undated one but she does include two years worth of that and then the calendars themselves so they're for every month this is a three month planner she does have a blank calendar so I filled in the details I bought some stickers because I wanted to decorate and make this slightly nicer so these are happy planner stickers and I bought well I didn't buy these came in the happy planner I started using the green dots to indicate a chapter finished and the red dots to indicate a word goal met and so that's why you see them scattered throughout she then has for each week a task guide where you can kind of write out based on like prices that Kanban board and kind of like bring them into the week's what you're working on that week and then in addition a growth tracker these I started using for the podcast a little bit and then towards like your work in progress goals blog post priorities for the week and then other tasks that have to happen so this is kind of like a dashboard overview then there's a week planner and again this is more so designed for the publishing writer so she has a promo section along the bottom which you know somebody who is self-publishing it would obviously have marketing goals for the week you know hitting up Facebook ads or Instagram or whatever I'm actually just using it for the podcast so it's actually helped because my co-host is uh trying to encourage me to do more of those social media stuff so this has been helpful it was tough is a sort of weak at-a-glance area I don't normally use a week at a glance type of a things so I was not used to using it but as I started using the planner this became really helpful especially on the weekends so I would either do my planning on a Sunday night or Monday morning which tends to work for me and I include it's a meal prep stuff like some areas of the project that I needed to work on and then I had notes on the side she had a little habit tracker these work to varying levels of success for me because I'm just not like the biggest person at like digital I'm I'm not the biggest person at manually tracking my habits I tend to use digital trackers so those are good or miss for me but then every day has its own dedicated page and this is where the real meat of this planner comes in this is where I adapted it a little bit she has her own method of using this this is a schedule because it does have numbers here I don't know if you guys can see them very well because of the size but there is from 6:00 to 10:00 just the hours listed on here and these help me to sort of structure my day and figure out what happens to happen one and where I can block off writing time whether it's you know before work after work during a lunch break and she also has a section up here for like two dues that you have to highlight so for instance our podcast goes live on the 1st so this was podcast episode promo day but here I started to use the planner more as a writing journal so the way structured it was that this little tiny score over here I ended up using to track my writing sprints so I would know how many words I was getting done for each sprint and have a sense of how quickly I was writing I used the main portion in order to write a little fast draft of what am I writing today and where did I leave off because I tend to be one of those writers who leaves off either at the end of a scene or in the middle of one and I always like to know what's happening next if it's completing the scene I'll put in the details of what's supposed to happen then especially if it's because I was interrupted or I was working on a lunch break I just didn't have the time to complete the full scene if I am reaching the end of a scene I kind of write out like well this is what has to happen tomorrow or if I reach the end of a chat this is what has to happen at the beginning of the next so that's what I do there and then this other little square down here I started to use as a how did I feel journal so as I was writing if I was experiencing symptoms that were potentially affecting my writing productivity for instance on this very first day I was tired and had PMS and generally felt exhausted so that definitely probably affected my writing so I started to track those symptoms in that section and this worked very well I was extremely pleased with my progress as I was using this so every day I kind of filled this up and if you watch my recent empties this is the pen that I used up this month I also used a pink one at the end of each week she has a reflection page where you can see what you're most proud of what challenges you faced are you on target etc and an expense tracker for writers again who are actively publishing or selling I actually ended up using it to track the expenses towards craft development so or towards any writing related fees because I am planning on starting to do some expense tracking and potentially tax breaks stuff because if I go to a conference or something I'm gonna start being better about putting my writing taxes and I do actually write professionally I do write professional reviews so there are writing expenses but I could be claiming and I'm just not so I'm tracking that in that area but yeah this has been an awesome planner I have now reached let's see I am now on I have to do month third this is this was for May so I bought these I don't remember now Avery I think produces these I got these on Amazon just so I could flip quickly and I made these labels for them so I've got a month a week and today one and I need to update this because there were a few days where I finished the project and didn't really use the platter so I kind of took a break from writing for a few days before I print out and start working on the edits for a different draft so that is project one complete and moving on to project two again so I've got a set of June and I have to set up the stuff for this week but other than that it's been amazing using this planner there's a note section they haven't really made much use of yet but I probably will as I start going through planning for the edit so I'm gonna make on the other project she also had a word tracker which I've used in combination with a spreadsheet that I have on Google sheets that has way too many formulas and stuff in order to see where how much I wrote how much I wrote per week break it down and how much I have left to right and all that mess but this was a nice way of just kind of visually getting an overview of it I see how much I wrote how many hours I spent sprinting how much effort per day how much was the total I could see my progress as I finished the draft and I am going to move on to using her time tracker because she does have a time log option I'm gonna print out a few more of these as I work on editing a different draft that I wrote a few years ago and that's my next major writing project is getting that draft into workable shape I'm going to use a time log because the idea of keeping track of words as I'm editing it's not served me that great in the past so I think maybe working on a time estimate tracker an actual time will be a more effective tool so we'll see where it goes but that is my review of the HP 90 planner I highly recommend it if you're a creative person it's adaptable if your writing this is a really easy tool to use I think it worked out great it really got me through this project and I can see it getting me through the next one as I start editing I'm going to use this for editing notes rather than draft notes and see how it goes so that is what I have I'll probably use the sprint section for the time track and then put that into the log but yeah that's what I'm working with I really love this planner and I see myself printing out more of it I did print it on some nice heavy-duty bright white paper this is um one let's say this was twenty five white paper because it was the paper I used for my promotion file at work and I had a lot left so it's it's a really good job this has been wonderful so that's all I have for you guys today if you're a writer and want to know more about this planner or just the planning person I want to know more about this planner let me know and I'll let you know my response I'll talk to you guys later bye you

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