So, if you ❤ planning and are kinda girlie continue reading. If you are not, stop reading!!! Once again, I am posting a #girliesideofelt post 7. These are my easy breezy posts. The ones you should be reading whilst having some Rose wine or a nice cup of coffee (or tea).
So, planning. I like planners (I am a Capricorn, so of course I am going to luv planning). This post will show you what my planner looks like and will give you some tips on how to ‘girlie’ plan your work and life, like me.
Spoiler alert: I am also going to tell you how to make stickers and where to look for planner stickers.
How I go about planning
Well every weekend, usually in the morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee, turn on my pc, go to YouTube and put on my favourite tunes. I then take out my planner. I have two. A boring one where I write down details about my online sessions ( timetables and mini lesson plans) and a fun one, where I write about what I have to do during the week + work. Thankfully enough, according to my planner, the fun one, I am not a workaholic, cause I actually do have a life and I do do other things as well (well, at least I plan to do them!).
What do I write in my planner?
There are two pages. On one page I write down what I have to do every day: that is appointments, important work stuff, dinner/party plans. The lots.
The other page is where I write down things I have to do for work for example, look for videos and articles for my next sessions or tweak some lesson notes. I also write down my blogging ideas cause, well, I blog a lot, and I have a lot of ideas in my pretty little head, so I write all my ideas in my planner.
Do I do everything that I have written in my planner?
Not always, especially my blogging or extra curricular stuff. That’s why I transfer things from one week to the other. That way I can keep track of the things I want to do, but didn’t manage to.
Technical details…. decorating
Com’on! As if I wasn’t going to talk about stickers and washi tape? I decorate my planner. I have bought different colour washi tape to separate the sections in my planner. I also have post-it notes for things I want to move around. I sometimes use post-it notes for my shopping list and then stick it in my purse, so I don’t forget what I need to buy. I use stickers to mark doctor’s appointments, birthdays and fun going out stuff. I also made my own planner stickers. There are loads of websites you can go to and print your own stickers.
What do I need for DIY stickers
Not much. You need to buy full sheet white matt sticker paper. Make sure the quality is good. Check to see that you can actually get the sticker off cause I couldn’t and I ended wasting a few A4 sheets. Find the stickers you want to make and then print them using your home printer. It’s a piece of cake!!
Why this way?
- It’s fun and relaxing.
- It’s like meditating and planning. Soothing.
- You actually end up doing more things when you write them down.
- It’s cute.
Instead of stressing over things, by putting them down in my planner and decorating, it makes me “think” that the week that follows will be a good week. By writing everything down I also have a clear picture of the things I want to do, and actually have seen that I do end up doing most of them. And anyways, decorating is pretty, and I like pretty shiny stuff. FYI: just so you know, my planner ends up actually being a planner/scrapbook/journal.
Useful links for DIY stickers
Do I need to plan this way? Nope. Do I enjoy it? Yeap.
If you are really ‘into’ planning, you may want to have a look at the Erin Condren life planners. They look really nice.
That’s all folks. Talk soon xxx