Bite the Bullet

If you’ve been following along with this blog at all in the past, you’ll know I’m a sucker for organization. When I was searching for the perfect planner for 2016 in which to write all of my world domination plans, I was stumped. So many options! And the number one thing holding me back is my current daily journal.

I’ve had my Piccadilly Essential Notebook since January 2014, and it’s been my everything. Story ideas, shopping lists, habit trackers – they’ve all gone into my little black book for

two years. I know of many planner-addict bloggers who swear by their three-planner system, but I’m a one-and-done kind of gal. Having a planner and an everything else notebook was making me a little crazy.

Then, I stumbled upon Bullet Journaling via Pinterest.

To sum it up, it’s an analog system of organization that can be applied to any blank notebook. It has basic rules in place to help you better make use of your paper system.

Mind blowing and very, very simple.

Instead of buying a new planner, I’ve started using the bullet journal system in my Piccadilly, and it’s made all the difference.

Some of the basics of bullet journaling I’m not a fan of (like the month overview page; I hardly used the one I made for January), so I skip them. The beauty of the system is that you can customize it however you like.

In fact, there are pages dedicated to so-called bullet journal “hacks” (see one below) that people have come up with. Some of the coolest ideas can be found here. Just a few more ways to personalize the system to fit your individual needs.

Can you tell I’m obsessed?

Check out the video below that explains more about Bullet Journaling:


Happy planning!

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Organization Never Looked Hotter

It started innocently enough.

I wanted to buy a new planner for 2016. And I don’t mean a run-down-to-CVS-and-grab-whatever’s-on-the-shelf kind of planner. I wanted to invest in something pretty and high-functioning. Something that was going to help me get that much closer to achieving all of the goals I’d set for the new year.

A simple Google search led me to a website (much like this one) run by a woman who owns many different types of day planners for different aspects of her life – and reviews them! Suddenly I was staring at spiral bound Erin Condrens, Simplified Planners, Day Designers, Kikki K’s – the list was endless. Each planner more beautifully styled and more well organized than the next!

Stay with me. It gets better.

Finding the day planners meant finding blogs dedicated not only to the planners themselves, but their decoration.

As in, totally decked out daily, weekly, and monthly layouts, created by so-called “planner addicts”. It’s scrapbooking to a whole new level.

As a wannabe planner addict myself, I’ve now spent many, many hours drooling over these beautifully inspired layouts. It’s a beautiful marriage of creativity, DIY, stickers, and goal planning.

As any #bosslady #careerwoman knows, organization is a major key to success, both personally and professionally. I had no idea that it could be so beautiful.

Don’t believe me? Below I’ve included some of my favorite Instagram accounts from both planner addicts and individuals/companies that design the accoutrements.

Take a look, but be careful! You might fall in love ❤

p.s. Curious as to what I ended up with? Stay tuned for next time!

NEW Week! NEW Month! Let's start February off with a bang!💕 📷: @plannerhappiness

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My planners are now complete with @paperprincess beautiful tassels and paper clips!! 😍😍😍

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Last half of the week! 😍💙💜💚 • all shops are tagged •

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Half-Assing All the Way

Last week at work, I had a revelation of sorts. That afternoon, we had just wrapped up feeding forty or so people Indian food and were in the process of cleaning it all up. In a nutshell, it’s a super sloppy job to do. I kept bouncing back between wrapping up leftovers, wiping down the table, organizing the dishwasher, etc. Eventually I noticed how frustrated I was getting with my lack of progress. The place had remained messy, despite my efforts.

That’s when the eureka moment hit.

I have never before known Indian food to be a stand in for my life, but there it was. In cleaning as in life, I had been putting myself into too many tasks and not been seeing results. I had been half-assing everything from my DIY projects to my coupon cutting to my writing and fitness goals. The intentions were there, but my many and varied plans had fallen by the wayside.

My word for 2015 was ‘follow-through’, as I’ve been known to flit from idea to idea without ever finishing it. My closet at home is full of dead craft projects and unfinished story ideas; when the going got tough, I quit and started something new.

Thanks to my goal setting workbook that I completed last month, I have narrowed down my official goal “categories” to writing, getting in shape, being financially responsible, expanding my resume, and traveling. Having this list taped to the inside of my planner has been instrumental in keeping my ambitions focused, but now is the time to revisit them and re-plan for them afresh.

Words to live by!

Words to live by!

It can be overwhelming to take on such a task – especially if you are revisiting your goals only because you were getting overwhelmed by them in the first place. I recommend that you:

1) Take a deep breath, grab a refreshment (may I suggest a giant cup of caffeine) and find a quiet place to settle in for a while.

2) If you haven’t already, I recommend you figure out your top five goals like I did using this workbook. Once you have them, take the goals and break them into smaller chunks by category.

3) One by one, focus on each chunk and come up with a plan to see it actualize into something that’s achievable. Under my category of “getting in shape”, I wrote that I wanted to be able to run two miles without stopping. To achieve this, I’ve created a workout calendar that’s devoted solely to my exercise routines.

4) Implement those plans, but one at a time! Instead of trying to run two miles and learn how to dead squat, I’m going to focus on them one at a time, at least until I feel comfortable enough to move on or add more to my goal.

This slower pace can seem incredibly frustrating. After all, we live in a world where the McDonald’s drive thru can have a delicious McFlurry awaiting you in a second’s notice (I don’t recommend those if your goals include fitness…or living past 25). We – myself included – want things and we want them now!

But taking it one goal at a time can ensure a success that half-assing everything can never do for you. The wisdom you can find in Indian food!

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Work{Book} Your Life Away

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If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. Chances are it will be the worst thing you have to do all day. – Mark Twain

Today was not the first day I noticed my to-do list remained untouched.

In fact, I actually had to go find my to-do list, which was buried in a paper bag in my apartment. Also missing seems to be my motivation. Maybe it’s just that time of year – fresh faced graduates are posting their smiling faces in caps and gowns all over social media, proclaiming how excited they are about the bright futures that await them!

Their Instagrams and Facebook posts seem to fuel my current discontent, but they’re not the source. In many ways, I feel stuck. What was once new and exciting has become more routine, and my motivation is flagging, dragging, and burning. I’m sure you’ve noticed, what with my inconsistent blog posts.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one going through these post-graduate blues. My roommates are also experiencing some ruts. Now, I’m ready to take action on them.

In researching for this post, I’ve come across several different methods to making an achievable goals list. Some use money as an incentive, others stress the steps of picking a goal, then breaking it down into quantifiable pieces.

As I stare at my planner, I realize that I’ve been doing just fine in breaking things down, assigning little chunks to different days to ensure I would never feel overwhelmed. It’s the follow through that is nowhere to be found. The pieces are all there, I just have refused to take action on any of them.

Oy.

Skip ahead. I’ve found a goals workbook that promises to help guide you through revamping your to do lists, and helps you look ahead at the future. I sign up via the blog Living Well Spending Less, which automatically enrolls me to their video mailing list. In exchange, I am able to Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 3.43.30 PMdownload the workbook, and in little breaks at work I begin to fill out the pages.

I find my problem at step one. The workbook has you list what activities you think are most important, as well as the ones you think take up the most of your time; whatever overlaps especially takes priority. I had very little overlap between my items, from which I concluded that I’m hardly spending any time on what I think is actually important in my life (health and wellness, friends and family, serving my community, writing), and wasting time (I actually wrote ‘surfing the Internet’ as something that eats up my time – yikes!).

Obviously, I spend a good chunk of my life at work, which is a necessity rather than a favored activity. There will obviously be days where I have to do things I don’t want to do (I’ve been needing to switch my car insurance for a while, I’m not looking forward to that). Overall, though, my free time has been drizzled away wasting time when I could be chasing dreams and making things happen.

Additionally, the workbook has had me imagine my dream future in five years (hello adorable apartment in San Fran!), plan short term goals, and much much more. I feel re-energized and more focused having completed it.

Feeling like you’re in a rut? Find the workbook sign up page here: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/01/05/effective-goal-setter/

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