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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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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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One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment – Lessons Learned

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’.

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One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment Supplies

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?

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Update on One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment

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!

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One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment

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