United Front: Ship's Log 2021
This is a planner like none other. It's packed with dozens of selves-help & coaching tools, bullet-joural-like flexibility, and it's all made for plural, multiple & DID systems. This plural-centric planner provides places for your& entire "Ship's Crew" to log, plan, and deploy missions while adventuring through human space.
A stand-alone volume, but also designed to pair with the upcoming book United Front: Adventurers, this is a tool that will help support your plural or multiple system whether you prefer planning or logging. Work on system-wide issues together, and craft your own amazing internal community.
- Monthly internal & external satisfaction assessments to help spot areas in need of attention
- Track internal & external roles, goals & projects
- System safety plans
- Trust, communication, mapping & self-care tips
- Information on quality of life, developing better spoons
- And much much more…
- Available as a PDF downloadable & printable right now at Gumroad. Starts $5USD, pay what you wish.
- Coil-bound Softcover from Lulu starting at $15 USD1 + shipping. Available internationally.
- Hardcover from Lulu starting at $20 USD2 + shipping. Available internationally.
Our Planner Comes Home
After years of creating and designing the "Passionizing™" planners, and feedback from several plural systems over the past couple years, we can say this planner works for plurals. Not all plurals, not every plural or every situation. Of course not. But it’s flexible, helpful, and builds good habits.
What Time-Management System Does it Use?
There are a lot of ways to time-manage. The only one that works is the one you& actually use. In that way, all time-management processes can be effective, and we attempt to teach folk how to come up with something that works for them rather than push folk into any particular system.
The idea of the "Ship's Log" planner is to both provide structure & flexibility for your& officers & crew in how to manage your& human mecha spaceship, and keep on top of your& shared external life as well as keeping an eye on internal system operations.
This isn’t a schedule book, but y'all can use it that way if that's what works for y'all. Y'all can use it to plan ahead. Or — y'all can use it to track what has already happened. Y'all are not locked in to any particular way to track or manage your& time. We do a blend of both — jotting down what we plan to do, and jotting down things that we accomplished. Our companion system mostly uses the log as a log of what has happened already, rather than planning ahead.
What is a coaching planner?
We have specifically designed this planner to help y'all learn how to coach your own system. We transform coaching exercises that are helpful for singular folk into group exercises that are helpful for the management of plural systems, as well as provide many powerful tips, tools, cheatsheets and exercises unique to plural systems. Then we walk y'all through steps to become your& own group coach; keep track of system progress, planning, & reflection.
Flexible By Design
Y'all can use as many or as few of the features included in the planner as y'all like. For example y'all can meal plan or meal track in the planner, but we keep the labels for that as unobtrusive as possible so y'all can repurpose those lines to something else if y'all want. See the tips on how y'all can use the Ship's Log below, & suggestions for how to go about coaching yourselves into creating a plan (or tracking what happens) each week & month. The planner itself includes many tips and tricks on the instruction and example pages.
This version (2021-1-1.00) has some new plural-friendly changes over the 2020 Passionizing™ Planner. (Note there's a growing list of errata below that will be corrected for 2022.)
How Much Profit Are We Making?
We prefer total transparency: our modest mark-up on the products is the same across all items: about $5 (minus fairly minor vendor fees and payment processing fees etc.) per format — so the PDF is $5, for example. We make $4 (or thereabouts) per sale after merchant fees. So we're giving advice below based on having physically handled and having used the various products, not based on us making more money off one or the other version.
If anyone cannot afford the PDF version, please let us know. We don't want money to stand in the way of plurals getting help they need. We have our own needs and expenses, and put a lot of time, thought, and development into these products, so we put a modest price tag on them to reflect that. However, we would really really rather y'all have the help you& need than us make money, hence the low profit margin to keep this affordable. PLEASE ask if y'all need assistance. Our Patreon supporters are there to help us with "scholarship" offerings etc. — so don't feel bad. They'd love to hear that we were able to give out free copies of our PDF because of their support.
What are the tangible differences between the hardcover vs. coil-bound softcover?
We personally really really prefer the hardcover version of the planner because it takes wear-and-tear and roughhousing. We are clumsy and not gentle on our belongings.
We just received the coil-bound Ship's Log and we're quite impressed with it. We decided not to do a perfect-bound softcover, and now we're certain it's the right choice.
Both the hardcover and the coil-bound "lay flat", which we feel is essential for a planner you're going to actually use. The coil can be folded back on itself to show only one page, you can't do that with the hardcover. But also, doing that can push pages out of the coil.
Note that as the hardcover planner gets thicker with more materials it actually needs a little convincing that it can lay flat. A book weight or pressing the seam between pages may be necessary to loosen up the glue some. The 2019 hardcover Passionizing™ Planner didn't have this issue.
One year we went sticker-happy in our planner, and the hardcover took it in relatively good stride, but if y'all are a washi-tape weilding affictionado with sticker packs and so on — the coil-bound version may take the added thickness of each embellished sheet a little better.
We are concerned that if we used the coil-bound and we were handling the planner every day, turning back to our quarterly or annual planning pages, or to our safety plan, etc. — it might lose some pages along the way (perhaps some washi tape could fix it though!). Our biggest concern would be losing the covers, or being clumsy and dropping it etc. We stopped using the perfect-bound planners because of the softcover not taking the wear-and-tear of 365 days of handling very well. I'm not sure the coil-bound planner would do any better in our hands.
However, we are already 100% certain that we Crisses are not kind to our planners. We dogsit, we travel, we will take it out of the house to therapy appointments, or take it camping or hiking, wherever we go, our planner is likely to go. And we keep past planners within arms reach at our desk and refer back to past planners fairly frequently, so they need to last years after we've done using them as well. We need the hardcover.
Not everyone will drag their planner on the road with them, or can afford the increase in price — so there's the coil bound option and the PDF option so that folk can choose. The coil-bound will have to be handled more carefully, but the price is more reasonable. And if y'all have a good app for filling in PDF forms, or want to use your own bullet journal or other journals outside the UF system with some of the UF exercises, the PDF can be used instead of a paper planner (or y'all can print out some of the exercises and use them).
Y'all can help with future planners
We would love more feedback to continue to tweak the content. What works? What do you hate? What do you find that you neglect & never use, or you forget to use? What’s wasted space? How can we make it better? How can we make this more fun?
Play with your& planner, experiment with it, but most of all — USE it. Do with it whatever you’d like — please let us know what happens & how it works out so we can improve it next year. Life is a work-in-progress, so is a life-journal.
We would love photos of how folk are using it, too!
Many thanks & blessings,
Tips for using your United Front: Ship's Log
Setting up your& journal: y'all can start playing with it as soon as y'all get it. There's plenty front-of-planner exercises to keep y'all busy planning for 2021 before it even starts.
At the very start of the planner there's a "Contents" page — we left that somewhat ambiguous on purpose. Y'all can use it as an index/table of contents for events or important pages in the book as the year progresses (note, there's also an Index at the back of the book; y'all don't have to index the exercises and major sections of the book — we've done that for you!) — but y'all could also use this page to create a headmate list, a subsystem list, and so on.
Here's some of the other things we've discovered that might help others customize their Ship's Log:
- Reposition-able "binder" style tabs to mark the current week for easy reference.
- Use craft glue and a ribbon to glue a bookmark into the book's spine (glue towards the outside of the spine. Only works on the hardcover.) Download a PDF photo guide on how to do this here.
- Use washi tape to mark holidays & special events. May make the paperback too "bumpy" (yes, we know from experience!)
- Use the inside cover areas to keep additional quick-reference information. We had a bus schedule there.
- A flat hairband or rubber band to hold extra papers to the inside front &/or back cover of the hardcover book (headmaps?) — we keep a price list for our Fiverr business for example.
- If you use marker on the cover of the book, cover it with clear packing tape (even "permanent marker" rubs off eventually). Especially helpful if you AND your partner system have the same planner.
- Reposition-able flags for repeating reminders. We use signature flags for recurring reminders (need to take a medication for 30 days? Just use a flag! Move it to tommorrow when you take the medication), monthly reminders, & so on. It’s easy to move them to the next date to “do thing.” We use these to mark the day to do our assessment (last day or first day of month, whenever you like), & then move it to next month to remind us.
- We love stickie notes of all sizes. Makes it really easy to move cheat sheets to the next planner when we put our "life crib notes" on them.
Free & Optional Additional Materials
- Get the latest free sample of United Front: Recruits which includes the instructions for how to create a System Safety Plan (if you have trouble here's the December 2020 version where it was first included)
- Download the US government document on creating safety & crisis plans called "Action Planning for Prevention & Recovery" - entirely optional if you get the Recruits sample, as our version goes into more detail and is plural-centric. Y'all can compare it with the Ship's Log section on "System Safety Plans" — there's a guide in the planner and in United Front: Recruits to tell you which instructions from the PDF go with which of the exercises.
- Free! United Front: System Safety Plan course at the new school on Plurality Resource.
- printable: Meeting Planner worksheet
- printable: Goal/Role worksheet
- printable: Project worksheet
- printable: Monthly Project Bookmarks
The Final Index
Ship's Log 2021-1.00
- Extra notes pages for the coil-bound. We've always found the extra blank pages added to a perfect-bound softcover or hardcover book at the start and end to be useful — the coil bound gets right to business with no added leading or trailing pages. This is bothersome in many ways, as there's no title-page or index buffer between the cover and the book, but also less extra space for adding your own "stuff" to the book at the start and end, which we've always used. Next time we create a coil-bound version we'll add bonus "Notes" pages to fill this purpose, and maybe a half-title page in the front of the planner (industrial-age printing press books used a half-title page before the full title page in case the cover of the book was lost, so there was an additional protective page before the real title info). To make it easier on us, these changes may be in all the versions.
- We want to unbold the abbreviations for the meal/exercise track/plan section so that it's easier to repurpose that section if someone doesn't use it that way (i.e. less obtrusive yet).
- When we changed the page heading font to match other United Front materials, we may have gone a little overboard, and we will make the font size for dates in the daily pages smaller, and shift some of the whitespace a bit. It ended up rather close to the top of the page in the printed versions, and we like to write in the margins & put holiday names around the date.
- page 8
- "Contents of safety plans…" typo.
- Change instructions to point to full instructions for System Safety Plans in United Front: Recruits — available in the free sample as well or you can use the latest materials & instructions for free at the online course here.
- Middle of the page the line should be Developing a Wellness Toolbox - replace Toolkit with Toolbox and instructions should direct users to brainstorm for a larger list on a separate sheet to copy items from into various sections of the safety plan. This is now the Crew Equipment Review in the online course & downloadable worksheets.
- On line for Daily Maintenance Plan: Reminder List "Quarterly" is misspelled.
- Middle of the page the line should be When Things are Breaking Down or Getting Worse — Batten the Hatches. Signs… i.e. the page title was accidentally omitted.
- Last line of "Crisis Plan" paragraph, "we are not a laywer" should be "lawyer". We are neither a lawyer nor a laywer. Not a typist either.
- page 10 - missing closing parenthesis ")" after "page 39".
- page 12 - "maritime" pilot. Oi. We did run a spell check. Imagine how many typos there would have been if we hadn't! We blame InDesign.
- page 18 - spelling/typos: car maintenance schedule
- page 20 - missing (m) marker on &/or addition of and italicization of following entries: prudence (m), forgiveness (m), modesty (m), self-control (m).
- Pages 23 & 25 - “Personal Development: Relationship…” (spelling typo)
- page 150 - "House Rules" should really be "Articles of Agreement" in alignment with United Front books. References to the page should also be changed (p. 31 & 107 and the index on 313).
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