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Let me just say it.... I feel like a failure. There I said it. Out loud.
Now let me explain. I love old fashioned paper planners. I used them during my corporate America years and I continued to use them when the world switched to digital calendars and planners.
I have always used weekly layouts to see what my week looks like. I have my schedule of appointments and my list of To Dos and my meal planning and my exercise trackers. I may change the weekly layout but it was all there.
But when I started selling notebooks and notebook accessories over on Etsy, I thought I needed more detail and more structure. Because it’s not just selling stuff on Etsy. It’s managing (well, first learning, then managing) social media content, it’s bookkeeping, it’s learning SEO ( crap! I had no idea what Search Engine Optimization was much less how to optimize it, sigh) it’s posting layout ideas.... It’s. So. Much. More!
What better way to keep uber organized than incorporating daily layouts into my planner? So that’s what I did. On Sunday afternoon I would create my weekly layout for the week. Then I would create my daily layout for Monday. I only did one daily layout at a time as things always change. All the things I thought I would get done on Monday probably didn’t get done so I needed to slide the leftovers onto Tuesday. You see how that works, right? So part of Monday evening was laying out Tuesday, part of Tuesday evening was laying out Wednesday, etc. etc. etc.
So while I will be admiring all those beautiful planner layouts I see on the web and I’ll even be pinning them to my Pinterest boards, I will be using a very minimalist layout to get my sh*t done. And I feel ever so much better about that.
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I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the holidays being crazy on top of crazy. I want to slow down and really enjoy the joy and glad tidings of the season. And get back to a simple, meaningful celebration. I am going to be more intentional about my holidays this year.
OK..... what does that mean, exactly? Well, I have identified a few areas that I think I can simplify.
First, I am going to make a plan. Check out this planner layout I made in my grid notebook. First column is the holiday activities we have done in the past. Then we picked the top seven tha we really want to do this year. So I am going to make sure these seven activities are added to our family shared calendar. That way everyone knows when the activities are scheduled for and can plan accordingly.
The next column is for holiday decorating — outside & inside. We have really scaled down this year. We selected the decorations that are the most meaningful to us. When we were evaluating which decorations we wanted to use, a big factor was weighing the joy the decoration gives us vs. the ease of putting the decoration up.
The third column is a biggie. The Holiday Budget. It is amazing to me how much we spend on “The Holidays”. Between gifts, donations, food & beverage, decorations, clothing, etc etc etc —it’s a lot of money. So having a budget helps both my husband and me see exactly where all the money is going. It also helps us identify areas where we might want to economize. If nothing else, we can clearly set our intentions.
Now don’t get this next statement wrong, I like a bargain as well as the next person. However, I don’t drive myself crazy looking for the absolute best price I can find. I do my best but I think my time is worth something. So when we have found the item for what appears to be a good price, we make the purchase and move on. I don’t agonize over it for hours...days....weeks?????
Also, start early. Right after Thanksgiving (I just can’t bring myself to think of the Holidays before Thanksgiving has its day) but NOT Black Friday (I can’t buy into the consumer mania of that day) is a good time to start. Whether you like to get all your gift shopping done in one marathon shopping day or take a fews shorter trips to accomplish your shopping, be intentional and keep your patience and holiday spirit with you.
Planning the holidays with intention and reasonableness helps me find the perfect gift for someone (in my budget), helps me stay in the moment and even — drumroll, please — enjoy the whole holiday expereience. And isn't that what the holidays should be about?
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As the weather cools and the days shorten, my mind automatically starts thinking of the upcoming holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, & New Years. That's a lot of planning.
That's where this little notebook comes in. You can do all your holiday organization in one place. Gift lists, card lists, decorating ideas (hello Pinterest), baking, travel plans, packing lists, parties to attend, parties to give, shopping lists, thank you notes to write — you get the idea. All of it in one place. There's a sample layout in the photos to give you some ideas. Click here to see it in my Etsy shop.
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Bright & Cheery Fabric Covered Book — Blank Journal — Blank Notebook — Blank Planner — Personal Journal — Prayer Journal — Diary — Travel Journal — Meditation Journal — Smashbook — School Notebook
Find this cheerful notebook in my Etsy store: WAMLcrafts. This altered composition book has lined pages which makes it the perfect notebook or journal for notes & lists -- well, really anything. It's an excellent gift for anyone who keeps a journal, planner, diary or smashbook. Maybe you need one place to keep all of your lists, thoughts & ideas.
The front and back covers of this notebook are covered in vibrant and cheery floral fabric. The covers are lined with decorative card stock or scrapbook paper. The outside spine is reinforced with grosgrain ribbon that is sewn to the fabric covers. The inside spine is reinforced with book binding tape. There's a pen loop to keep your favorite writing instrument with your notebook. There is an attached ribbon bookmark with a charm. I've included a book mark just for fun. And the pocket on the inside back cover is the ideal place to keep a few loose papers.
The front cover of this notebook can be customized, if you wish, with a placard with the word of your choice in one of six different fonts. I can also put a blank placard on the inside front cover with your name. Or I can leave it blank for you to customize. Just contact me, as I'm happy to work with you.
The size of the notebook is 9.75" x 7.50". There are 100 sheets, 200 pages of paper in this book.
I just added this blank grid journal to my Etsy shop: WAMLcrafts. The fabric covering the front and the back covers is from New Mexico. This would make a nice prayer journal, meditation journal or faith journal.
I just love the bright vibrant colors.
I don’t know about you guys, but I love washi tape. I love the colors and patterns it comes in. It seems the choices of washi are endless. Can you have too much washi? I don’t think so.
I use a grid composition book as my planner/journal/diary. While I decorate the outside, the pages are very plain. I’m quite a minimalist when it comes to my planner layouts but I do like to add a little color. Enter washi tape.
My favorite way to use washi tape to organize my book, is to put it on the outside edges of the pages. I do this in a couple of different ways. I make sections in the back of my book for different projects, lists, etc. I estimate how many pages I want in each section. Each section will get a different washi tape.
So when I look at the edges of my pages, even when the book is closed, the sections are clearly delineated from each other. (I apologize for the quality of the photo. It's very difficult to hold my journal and snap a photo. But you get the idea.)
You could use this approach to differentiate each month’s layout from the next month. And as you do this over time the edges of your pages are so colorful and pretty.
Another idea is to use washi tape to organize your family's activities and yours. Each member of the family gets a different color tape in your planner. Then when someone has an activity or appointment you put a piece of their color washi tape on the day. And the beauty of washi tape is you can write on it. So you can write the time and name of the activity. Color coding has never been so easy.
And if you have repeat appointments or activities for yourself you can use a different style of tape for each of your activities. Say you love going to the yoga studio but don’t have a set schedule. Just add a piece of tape to your planner that is strictly for yoga. Put it on the day you are going to the studio and add the time.
You can use one style of washi for your work appointments. Then you can just write the time and place on that piece of tape on the day of the appointment. This works for bills to pay as well. Just add another color of washi tape to the day you want to pay a bill. You can write the name and amount on the tape so it is right at your fingertips. No forgetting to pay someone.
Since there are so many things you can keep track of this way, it might be helpful to create a legend at the very front of your planner until you have all the colors memorized.
Another use of washi tape is to show blocks of time on your daily schedule. If a meeting is scheduled for 2 hours, say from 8 — 10, just put a piece of tape in your planner from 8 — 10 and write the meeting details on the tape. Once again you can get really creative here and use different colors or styles for different types of meetings. Or if you want to schedule a block of uninterrupted time to work on a project, washi tape to the rescue.
I try to have a highlight on my weekly layout of a goal, quote or something funny. I use washi tape to color in the area where I am going to put my goal. Then my eye naturally wonders to that spot anytime I look at my weekly layout.
Even if you are a minimalist journaler like me (just the facts, ma'am) adding a little color with washi tape is easy and fun.
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