multiple planners, functional planning, planner setup, inkwell press, jibun techo

2017 Mid-Year Planner Lineup – Primary Planner Update

It’s July and I’m back to share another update on my 2017 planner lineup! Like last year, I started 2017 with multiple planners—one for work, blog/YouTube content, personal/family, and on-the-go. By mid-year (sometimes sooner!), many plannernerds have either significantly tweaked or abandoned their planning systems to try something new while others continue to press on with the planner they started with. Regardless of your situation, mid-year is the perfect time to do a ‘reality check’ to see what’s working, what’s not working, and make any adjustments going forward. This week we’ll take a look at my primary planner which is my main ‘life’ planner for managing personal, family, home, finances, fitness, and projects. As the ‘central hub’ of my planning system, it’s critical that THIS particular planner works and works well so is my 2017 primary planner still effective? Why or why not?

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2017 Mid-Year Planner Lineup – On-the-go Planner Update

Welcome back, everyone, for the next installment of this blogpost series where I share an update on my 2017 planner lineup! This year I’m using multiple planners again—one for work, blog/YouTube content, personal/family, and on-the-go. As I mentioned last week, mid-year is the perfect time to do a ‘reality check’ to see what’s working, what’s not working, and make any adjustments going forward. This week we’ll take a look at my on-the-planner setup and find out: is it still working? Why or why not?

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2017 Mid-Year Planner Lineup – Work Planner Update

At the start of 2017, I shared my planner lineup for work, blog/YouTube content, personal/family, and on-the-go. Like many plannernerds, I use multiple planners so the process of choosing a planner every year for each life area can be daunting. Mid-year is the perfect time to do a ‘reality check’ to see what’s working, what’s not working, and make any adjustments to your planner setup going forward. In this first installment of this blogpost series, I’m going to share an update on my work planner—is it still working and what, if any, changes have I made?

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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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