5 Things To Do When You’re Too Busy To Plan

Welcome back, dear reader, and please excuse the delay between posts. My regular ‘day job’ has been extremely busy these last few months leaving little time for myself, family and blogging. It’s not uncommon for life to sometimes get in the way and interfere with your best intentions to plan for the other areas of your life. Many productivity and goal planning tips are based on the premise of proactively planning to make sure you stay focused and take action on your highest priorities every day. Well, what if you have other mandatory responsibilities—like work—dominating your time and attention so you’re too busy to plan? What do you? What do you do?!

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2017 Planners – Work Bullet Journal & Bonus Functional Plan w/Me!

Welcome back for Part 2 of my 2017 Planners blogpost series. Last week I shared my blog (content) planner setup—read more about it here. This week I’ll be sharing my dedicated work bullet journal as well as a functional plan with me. And, yes, solely using a bullet journal is VERY out of planner-character for this ring-bound gal! There’s a very interesting story behind this 360 degree turn but I’ve gotta say, it’s worked out very well!

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2017 Planners – Blog (Content) Planner Setup

Happy New Years everyone! Plannernerds everywhere are in a state of euphoria now that they’re finally able to use their brand new 2017 planners. 🙂 Some chose one planner for 2017 while many others—like me—chose multiple planners, each dedicated to managing a different area of their life. At the end of 2016, I shared my choice for a blog/YouTube/social media (aka ‘content’) planner—read more about it here–so in Part 1 of this yearly blogpost series, I’m sharing a video that shows a walk-thru of my blog (content) planner setup as well as some of the supplies used.

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Best of 2016–Thank You!!!

As 2016 comes to a close, I wanted to take this time to thank ALL my readers/followers not just here on my blog but also on YouTube, social media, and my personal life—thank you all sooo much!!! The decision to share your creative passion with the world is never an easy one so it’s extremely gratifying to know that there are like-minded folks in cyberspace that are interested in what you have to say—or write. 😉 That said, I’d like to take a moment and share with you my ‘best of 2016’ blogposts thanks to all of you! 🙂

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10 Tips for Preparing the Hobonichi Weeks for 2017

With just 2 weeks left for 2016, many plannernerds are scrambling to put the final touches on their 2017 planning system setups. One of my choices for next year is the Hobonichi Weeks planner—more details to come in a future blogpost!—which is predominantly a Japanese planner. While it has many useful features, there are some tweaks you can do to make it even more effective. Check out my latest video where I share my top 10 tips for preparing your Hobonichi Weeks planner for 2017!

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Planning for Gratitude

Welcome back everyone for a special holiday post! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. which got me thinking about the process of gratitude and how that fits into our busy lives. This year has been extremely busy at work—hence the delay between posts, sorry!—and also at home (teenage kids have a lot more extracurricular activities) so while I’ve had to adjust the things on my schedule to make things work better, I still try to make time to focus on gratitude (spoiler alert, my planner is part of this process!). So what are some ways you can use your planners, journals, digital tools, and pens to practice gratitude every day?

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Blog Planner Choice for Next Year – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 of my ‘Planner Setups for the New Year’ blogpost series (check out Part 1 here). As a blogger (and YouTuber) there’s a lot that goes into planning and generating what I strive to be quality content for my readers. As a result, I use a different, more creative planning style than I use for work or my personal life so I have found it best to designate a separate planner for this life area. This year I was thrilled to find a new product on the market that I think will be perfect as a blog/YouTube planner. I posted a sneak peak on my Instagram last week and many were surprised by my choice—nothing wrong with shaking things up! So what have I chosen as my Blog/YouTube planner for next year?

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Choosing a Planner Setup for the New Year – Part 1

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently in the process of revamping my planning system after experimenting with a bullet journal ‘inspired’ setup for the past 4 months—read more about it here. Traditionally, I’m a ‘functional planner’ meaning I like simple, dated layouts that enable me to write down and track as much information as possible. So, for now, I’m back to using my dated weekly pages. In addition, I’m also trying to determine my planner setups for next year. In this week’s blogpost I share my thought process for reviewing, tweaking, and choosing a planner setup for the upcoming year.

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Bullet Journal Experiment Update

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?

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Write it down or Power it up? Calendar Schedules

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.

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