Hey blog friends! Excuse the delay between posts lately…it’s been hard trying to blog while sick—ugh! I’m slowly getting better and should be getting back to my regular editorial schedule soon. While I’ve been sick, blogging isn’t the only thing I’ve had trouble with…it’s also been equally hard to plan. September is when the school year kicks off for my kids, things get busy at work preparing for fiscal year-end, and the holiday preparations begin so this is the time when I rely on my planning system the most. Many of you know I began using a bullet journal ‘inspired’ setup in June and it worked well during the summer months but I always knew that the real test was going to be how it would perform beginning in the Fall. So did my bullet journal pass the test?
Calendars…schedules…the ‘heart’ of a planning system. Some plannernerds like to manage their calendars in a ring-bound, spiral-bound or disc-bound planner while others prefer to use a bound book or travelers notebook. Then there are those who are loyal to their calendar apps running on a smartphone or other device. In this installment of Write it down or Power it up? we’re going to review both options—paper versus digital—to see which one is the best tool for the job.
Welcome back for another edition of affordable fountain pens! This week I’m sharing my favorite, most portable fountain pen—the Kaweco Sport, specifically the Classic, ICE, and Skyline models (there are other Sport models) but these are the ones in the lower price range. Don’t let the small size or simple design fool you, this little pen really packs a punch and doesn’t break the bank!
Travelers notebooks. They’re wonderful for so many things—as a planner, journal, sketchbook, note-taker—the list goes on and on. This week I’m sharing another video (I’m on a roll!) of my favorite travelers notebook to use as an art journal.
This week’s post features a video describing a bullet journal hack for optimizing the amount of writing space on a vertical weekly layout. This is great for pages smaller than A5 size (5.5″ x 8.5″ / 148mm x 210mm) which typically suffer from vertical columns that are too narrow and/or having to ‘sacrifice’ the weekends in an effort to make the whole week fit on 2 pages.
That’s right, it was 1 year ago today when I launched my blog! It was an exciting, scary, and exhilarating experience. I’ve been an ‘undercover’ planner/pen/tech nerd for years and a closet writer who preferred to keep a low profile, lurking on blogs, YouTube channels, and social media outlets. When I finally made the decision to ‘put myself out there’, I thought: “Would anyone even read this?” Well, they did…and I want to THANK YOU, all of you!
This week’s post comes after a small week hiatus so I could enjoy some summer fun with my family—hope you are too! 🙂 As many of my readers know, I’m primarily a fountain pen geek but—to be honest—I love ALL pens equally. 😉 For the past few months I’ve been hearing a lot about the Paper♥Mate Inkjoy gel pens so while on vacation, I saw a 2-pack in a local store and I decided to finally give it a try. All I have to say is “Wow!!!”
As a blogger, I use my iPhone for many things. I take a LOT of pictures, film videos, and download files which means there’s always the danger of running out of space quickly on my phone. Originally, I would have to power up my laptop, connect my iPhone, and spend some time using different apps to transfer and backup all these files then delete them off my phone. It was a long and tedious process. Then one day, I found a solution that both made the process easier and doubled as a backup solution in a compact, 3 inch package. What was this little tech gem?
It’s the last week of July which means almost the end of One Book July! Along with that, I continued my Bullet Journal Experiment throughout the month of July, a process where I gave up all my trusty calendar pages that I’ve been relying on for the past two decades in lieu of an adhoc, ‘create as you go’, rapid logging system. It’s been an eye opening experience for this traditional, calendar-dependent, functional planner so this week I’d like share with you some of my ‘lessons learned’.
If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ll know that this year I committed to doing the One Book July challenge along with my Bullet Journal Experiment—read more about it here. So far, it’s been an eye opening experience and a lot fun since I’ve had the opportunity to use a lot of supplies from my planner and art journaling stash. So what are some of my favorite supplies to use?
This year for the first time in two decades, I decided to take my planner setup apart and turn it upside down—crazy, I know! Instead of using dated calendar pages and multiple planners (one for each life area—read more about it here, here, here, and here), I chose to strip it down to just one book and use a bullet journal ‘create as you go’ setup—read more about it here. The reason for my deviating so far off course was to eliminate the distraction layers so I could focus on the nitty, gritty details of my planning system. It’s only mid-July and it’s been quite a ride!
For the past few years, there has been a popular yearly challenge within the planner community known as One Book July—learn more about it here. It was created by RhomanysRealm in 2014 for the ‘Coffee Addicts Club’ comprised of Rhomany, MissVickyB and CarieHarling (these ladies are amazing, definitely check them out!). Since then, it’s become a cult favorite where plannernerds cut back to the basics so they can focus on their core planning ‘system’. The rules are simple: one book…one pen…one month (there are some minor exceptions so check out the video link above for more information). Hmmm…sounds interesting…and scary. Just the month before, I had already done something drastic that turned my planner system upside down so I thought: why not ‘go for broke’ and combine my Bullet Journal Experiment with One Book July?! Continue reading