Penguin Planner

Today is National Penguin Awareness Day.  I so happened to buy a weekly kit from Etsy that had a penguin theme for the month of January.  So, of course, I had to use it this week to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day!

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This kit is from Creating and Co, one of my new favorite planner sticker shops on Etsy.  Especially for the weekly kits.  They are pretty affordable for what you get, and she is always having some discount or sale.  And I love the quality of the stickers as well.

Now, this isn’t really a typical week for me.  I don’t usually have as many meetings, and I felt like I was always out of the house this week, either in those meetings or running errands.  I like being busy some weeks, but I look forward to a slower week next week.  I have some books that I want to start/finish and I’m hoping next week will give me the time to do that.  Of course, I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately, so it looks like I’m going to have to start scheduling in some reading time in my week.

Also, you might see that I have the same meal for both Saturday and Sunday.  What I like to do is make one main meal that we eat at home – sandwiches, chili, soup.  We are in and out of the house all weekend most of the time, so I don’t want to worry about getting home to cook something.  So we have a couple of go-to recipes that we use on the weekend, for the entire weekend.

Do you have a planner?  And if you buy stickers, what are some of your favorite shops?  

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My February Bullet Journal

I have a bullet journal for my daily planning and I absolutely love it.  It’s something that can be as simple or as creative as I want to be.  I simply bought a graphing composition notebook from Walmart, and I use pens and colored pencils inside.  I also use inspiration from other people who use the bullet journal technique that I find on pinterest.  All of that said, here’s my February bullet journal technique.

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This is the upcoming week, before I really start planning.  I used a lot of the techniques shared by Kara at Boho Berry for February.  I like the weather forecasts as a graphic used to break up all the writing and the time line at the top of each day as an overview of how  my day is broken up.  Plus, I really like the graphic under each of the days.

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Here’s an earlier week that is finished.  Some of my own additions are the sections for my meetings and the meal plan sections in each day.  I like looking at my day to consider my meal plans, so I incorporate them into each day’s section.  Monday and Tuesday are set up like Wednesday and Thursday with sections at the bottom for meetings and my grocery list.  Friday through Sunday all fit on one page.

My bullet journal is so much fun, and it’s getting quite worn because I take it with me everywhere.  I love the use to color and being able to color through the week if I want to.  I like the flexibility and I have some planned adjustments for March already!

What is your favorite journal technique or paper planner?  Do you prefer digital?

 

 

 

 

My week in Erin Condren

Here’s this past week in my Erin Condren planner.  I don’t use this planner to really plan anymore, more as a scrapbook to remember because I love looking back on last year and years before and see what I was doing or thinking on this day.  I usually spend Wednesdays working on the Erin Condren planner.  Anyway, here’s the week!

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This was our last week with Foster Pup, who went back yesterday.  We also celebrated National Popcorn day this week.  And then, somehow, this weekend which was going to be slow, actually got pretty filled up.

I’m not sure where I got the popcorn sticker.  I know it was in one of those little extras I get with my sticker order.

Most of the full boxes came from The Sticker Doodle Shop.  The washi tape is from Planner Kate (which was a more actual tape than the stickers she’s made in the past).  And the heart checklists and weekend sticker came from Paper Rose Planning.

The owl stickers I got at the Dollar Store.  The meeting sticker came in a pack from The Container Store.  And the other planning stickers are from Amazon.

How has your month been?  Do you somehow fill up weekends you thought would be free?

My experience with Planners and Journals

I haven’t always been very good with planners and journals.  I took to planning a lot faster than journaling. I like learning new ways of planning and organizing to help my scattered brain find time to do the things I want and still be able to accomplish the things I need to do.  But I’ve never been good at using a journal.  I have several unfinished journals from over the years that I start but never finish.

This past year, I had a new year goal of writing in a journal throughout the year.  I actually finished an entire journal, but the second one I started didn’t get completed.  I do enjoy going back and reading where I was a year ago, so I want to keep trying.  I’ve also tried traditional scrapbooking, but that really didn’t work.  The one scrapbook I actually finished took me seven years to complete.

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with finding the right kind of planning and journaling techniques, but when I find that thing that works for me, I get really excited and want to share.  So here is where I am this year.

As far as my Erin Condren planner, it has turned into my almost exclusive scrapbook/journal.  It isn’t as overwhelming as a traditional scrapbook, and I can include things I did at work that day and at home, which you wouldn’t really include in a tradition scrapbook either.  I also like the fact that I can put ticket stubs and parts of brochures into the planner.  It allows me to hold on to keepsakes without it just getting way overwhelming.

At the end of last year, I was introduced to the Bullet Journal technique.  There is a lot of information on this kind of planning/journaling on the internet.  Many people use it in various ways for various reasons.  I like to use it to do my meal planning and my week planning. I use the back sheets for brainstorming and include all of the brainstorms and planned days in the front of the book in the index.  I’ve only been using it for a month, but I really like the flexibility and brainstorm advantages.

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The final major planning tool I use the Google calendar.  I use this for a lot of long term planning and family and work planning.  I have a calendar that communicates with coworkers about things coming up.  And I have a family planner that does the same thing with Michael.  I also plan my blogs and a lot of my errands in the Google calendar as well.

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I am definitely scatter-brained and easily distracted, so making the planning or journaling process fun and flexible really helps me keep my head attached to my body most days.  And I’m sure I will be using different tools in the future (and sharing with you, of course), but for now, this is what is working for me!

Are you a planner or do you journal?  What techniques or tools work best for you?  I’m always up for more advice in this area!

 

The Month of November

Here’s my Erin Condren Spread for the month of November:

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November was a tough month, but looking at the whole thing, we had a lot of great memories.  Date nights, time with family and friends, and a lot of time with the SPCA!  Overall, it really was a good month.

The “Always in my Heart” sticker was from Hobby Lobby.  I put it over the anniversary of the passing of our daughter.  It happened to fall on Thanksgiving this year.  I don’t have a link to this sticker, though.

As for the other stickers, I got the paw print stickers on Amazon at Graphics and More.

The Meeting sticker was in a booklet that I bought at the Container Store.  I don’t know if they have this particular set online.  I saw that they had a similar one for school.

The other stickers were from Adorkable stickers on Etsy.  She made Star Wars stickers which are on my wish list to get soon!

I got the road washi tape from Michaels, and I have a few small washi strips that covered up some sensitive info that are from Gingerly Done on Etsy.

Can you believe we only have one month?

When do you buy your monthly stickers?

November Week in Erin Condren Planner

Here’s how the first week of November has gone so far:

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Monday, I was home sick with a migraine.  And this was the first migraine I have had this bad.  It came with nausea, vertigo type feelings, the whole enchilada.  However, despite the Monday migraine, the rest of the week has been more productive!  Also, this month, I decided to use some of the Erin Condren stickers from the back of the planner to keep track of my blog posts, as well as blog posts for work.  Since this will be a busier month than last month, I wanted to make sure I made time to write!

Just as an aside, I use the planner to plan out my week and month, and then use it retroactively as a scrapbook.  I use a more detailed plan on my phone using my Todoist app for my daily tasks.  I might be a bit obsessed with planning, but it really helps me keep on task.  Without it, I’m quite the scatterbrain!

Here are the stickers I used

Washi Tape stickers: Planner Kate

Checklist, Weekend and Full Box Stickers: Paper Rose Planning (plus the bird, owl and other little stickers were bonus stickers in the stuff I got from her).

Sun Star Stickers: Adorkable Stickers

Laundry and Grocery Stickers: Inktropolis on Amazon

Paw Print Stickers: Graphics and More on Amazon

Have you ever had a migraine?  What do you do to make them go away?  What are your favorite November stickers?

The Month of October

Here’s my finished product in my Erin Condren Planner for the monthly spread:

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Things I used for this spread:

Cutouts: I cut out the State Fair of Texas and the Cottonwood Festival from brochures I picked up at those events.

Washi Tape:  The washi tape I used at the top was from Happy Bridge Creations

Fall Stickers: The scarf, owls, pumpkins, and coffees are from Adorkable Stickers

Fish Stickers from from Washi Planner Stickers and the paw print stickers I got on Amazon with Graphics and More

The month was fairly light with activity at work, but it steadily got busier as the month progressed.  A lot of the second half of the month was dog related.  I fostered and did some pet sitting.  I had a lot of fun, even though it was incredibly busy!

What was your favorite part of October this year?