My 2015 Wall Planner from Create Your Shining Year

I recently mentioned that I bought the Life + Biz Edition Workbook: 2015 Create Your Shining Year from Leonie Dawson, and that I am affiliating for her because I am using this product and truly believe in its value. She, by the way, has many other products that would be just as useful. This workbook is an affordable way to get through the planning process for a year, of which mine began April 1st.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015This workbook also came with a wall planner. It is really going to come in handy for me, but will not go on my wall. It will stay in the workbook that I bring along with me everywhere. This way, I can refer to it each day when I have time to work on the activity for that day.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.The 2015 Create Your Shining Year Wall Planner is truly wonderful. As you can see, I wrote notes at the top of the planner.

  • January – March will be for 2016. My 2015 year started April 1st.
  • Planning Days – what to look at when planning for the upcoming month.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

  • Info about the retreat I want to take.
  • That I intend to take a couple of days away in the fall to hang with the bestest.
  • That I will not be doing NaNoWriMo this year because I have something more important to do.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Under the months, above the days, are three sections to fill out for each month. These sections are what set you up for the entire month. They are what you are working toward. I don’t want to give away everything about Leonie’s wall planner, but these items are essential for moving forward.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.As you can see, I have penciled many things in – one item per day. For the goals I have set with my workbook and planner, I have only written in one activity for any given day. This will keep me from feeling overwhelmed.

I have penciled in book cover, editing, and marketing activities, as well as time for working on the freelance manuscript.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I also marked the days for working on the 2016 workbook and planning times during February and March 2016, to begin another year on April 1st. I don’t mind starting my year on such a late date, it gives me time to finish up old projects without the stress of the November and December holidays.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I am not sure if you see it or not, but there are many white days on this calendar/planner. I think it was Leonie who mentioned the importance of having white space on a calendar.

Some of those days will be used to work on stuff from the original planner, but many will stay white – meaning I wont be working on the writing business those days. I need down time. We all do. Many of those white spaces are my downtime.

Total # of white spaces = 108

% planning to use as downtime = 25

Also keep in mind that I have a day job, 36 to 40 hours a week. The reason my downtime percentage is so low is because of this job.

Clicking this picture will bring you to the site for the workbook and wall planner are for sale.  The set is not expensive, and is helpful. I highly recommend this duo for planning a year of success.

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Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.