productivity, planners, planning

3 Tips to Help You Stay Productive When Sick

It’s been a few weeks since my last blogpost thanks to a hectic work schedule then falling terribly sick—ugh! 🙁 And not just any sick but lying in bed sick, at the mercy of slow-acting medications, and worrying about everything NOT getting done in my planner. I know, I know. I should be focused on taking care of myself but it’s hard not to worry with the kids still in school, bills coming in the mail, projects still underway at work, and life continuing on around me. So what can you do to stay productive when you’re sick?

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#30daysofinks Instagram Challenge – 2017 Week 4 Wrap-up!

We did it! Yesterday was the last day of the #30DaysOfInks April Instagram Challenge hosted by yours truly and our fellow fountain pen geeks did not disappoint! This year there were lots of new and exciting inks—some from brands that were new to me—and it was great to see them featured so creatively in swatches, writing samples, and drawings. My last contribution to the challenge was a truly ‘magical’ ink, while others shared eye-catching round-ups. Check out the Week 4 wrap-up for more information!

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Jibun Techo – Functional Plan With Me

Welcome back everyone! This week I’m sharing a functional plan with me using the ‘newest kid on the block’—the Jibun Techo Mini aka B6 ‘Slim’. If you’re a Japanese planner enthusiast (Hobonichi anyone?), you’re going to LOVE the Jibun Techo! Every January, I share all the planners I’ll be using for that year but this year I didn’t write a blogpost about my choice for a primary planner. That’s because I was struggling with what I had chosen and it wasn’t until I found the Jibun Techo that I finally found a planner that worked for me and my method of planning. So why is it so wonderful? Let me count the ways… 🙂

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#30DaysofInks Instagram Challenge – 2017 Week 2 Highlights

Welcome back to #30DaysOfInks Instagram Challenge! We’re now at the halfway mark and Week 2 showcased an array of artistic writing samples of beautiful inks and amazing sketches by fellow fountain pen geeks. Also this week, I featured several colors from the Diamine Shimmertastic collection which encompassed every color of the rainbow, infused with either gold or silver shimmer. To find out more, keep reading…

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30 Days of Fountain Pen Inks – 2017 Instagram Challenge

Calling all fountain pen geeks! This past weekend for the 2nd year in a row, I kicked off my 30 Days of Fountain Pen Inks April Instagram Challenge. 🙂 Whether you have 2 small ink samples or an impressive collection of bottles of inks, this challenge is for all our fellow pen enthusiasts!. Join in the fun or follow along to discover a variety of ink colors from many different brands—you just may find a new favorite! For more information, keep reading…

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planners, tech gadgets, tech apps, paper versus digital

Write it Down or Power it Up? Password Lists

Welcome back for another installment of Write it Down or Power it Up where I review something we typically track to see if —in my opinion—it’s best suited to be managed on paper or using technology. This week’s topic is keeping track of passwords. In this digital age where almost every aspect of our lives involves technology, the number of passwords we need to keep track of in our personal, professional, and/or academic lives has greatly increased. So which is the best—and safest—way to keep track of your passwords?
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Functional Planning with Multiple Planners

In the planner community, there two types of plannernerds: those that use one planner, and those that use multiple planners. It’s a friendly debate that strives to keep us focused on productivity without getting distracted by all the wonderful things we love: organizer covers, notebooks, papers, and pens! 🙂 With all the beautifully crafted products on the market, some may think plannernerds use multiple planners simply to find an excuse to use everything in their growing collections. However, I’ve come to learn over the last few years that there are circumstances that might warrant using an additional planner—or two, or three!–to help me plan more effectively. So what are some functional uses for multiple planners?

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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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