If I had my own brick and mortar store I would celebrate the day surrounded by beautiful stationery…
I do that already!!
Thoughts of the Future
The infamous Stationery Show in London gives me #goals. I hope to (one day) walk around and feel the different textures of paper, see the new product lines of my favorite stationery designers, and most of all to stock up on more notebooks!! (Of course, after I achieve what I have set out over the next five years).
My love for stationery overflows into desk accessories and I’ve never worked at a desk in my life😂. But if I did…you can bet it would be the prettiest, cleanest white and gold desk you’ve ever seen. I vision it now:
A gold stapler
A 24karat gold block as my paperweight.
All white pens, pencils, and notebook covers. I would throw in a few gold pens.
Gold paper clips. Jumbo to a mini in size.
My charging port area would be set up with a huge comfy gold, leather, oversized chair adorned with a white sequence pillow and a fluffy white, long pillow.
The chargers and cords would be gold and my laptop alternating gold and white stripes.
My office chair would be a metallic gold while my desk, a crisp white.
Pictures hanging throughout the space that is simple and singular in design.
Everywhere gold and white intricate frames, some small and some big. No pics occupy the frames. Instead, beautiful papers that deserve to be framed.
I would have an adjacent desk that is black with gold drawer pulls and white front faced drawers. There would be something white and abstract that displays an art form on my desk.
No, I’ve never thought about what my office would look like 😂😂😂
Do You have a desk job? Is your desk a mess or nice and organized? If you have an office, share with me how it is decorated. I would love to hear about it!!
I started a post about yesterdays # put I didn’t finish it because… who the hell knows why but I didn’t. This post is being published a bit later than my normal but what the hell? It’s all good in tha hood.
I will share with you my favorite brand of pen and that is Sigma Micron micro pigmented artists pens. These pricey archival ink pens are worth every cent. The words you string together will be forever when using them. Each time I write something I want to last, in terms of actual documenting, I use these to ensure the life of my words live on.
Do you have a favorite brand of pen or do you use a particular ink tip?
I hope today brought smiles and laughter in your lives and for tomorrow,
This will be our last post before the new year arrives! Today we will be discussing breaking our plans down further but also what it means to creative plan. I cannot wait to see what y’all come up with.
By The Hour
If any of you struggle with focusing this will be a great idea for you to try. I have used this technique for about two weeks and my productivity has skyrocketed! It is called block scheduling and it.is.amazing!
The original idea is called the Pomodoro technique. Wikipedia defines it…
“The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the anglicized plural of the Italian word Pomodoro(tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student“.
Many people have used this technique and have claimed their success on behalf of it. For myself, I choose to block more than 25 minutes because it seems to take me a few minutes to get focused on the task at hand but also for purposes of not having to set multiple timers. I begin a task at the beginning of the hour, work 45 minutes and then the last 15 minutes of the hour is my break between.
Here is an example of what my daily schedule looks like by the hour.
Creative planning is where people use stickers, art, colored highlights, tabs, charts, specialty stickers, watercolors… Artsy mediums to decorate their plans. There is a crazy creative planning community and I love them! They are very supportive of one another. There are many Etsy shops that cater to this type of planning.
You can purchase printable undated calendars and add them to your system with lots of room for decorating. Each week is decorated in what is called a spread. You can find millions of examples on Instagram. Type planner community into the search bar and watch the beautiful, overcrowded planner pages pop up. This helps a lot of people to dedicate time to their planning and really look at it because let’s face it, a pretty page full of stickers is more welcoming than a blank calendar.
I’m not certain of any specific guidelines for creative planning so I just follow the beat of my own drum and do whatever it is that makes me happy.
I encourage you to do the same. It helps you stay mindful, alleviates stress, reduces anxiety and the results are nice to look at. If you can’t draw, they have stencils you can use. I use journaling cards in mine. I cut them out and glue them to my pages. I mix stickers, magazine clippings, stencils, stamping to create my own style. You should too.
Another thing I did for this year, I created a vision board. I used the front of the January separator in my planner. The paper is sturdy cardstock that holds up nicely. I added elements that all brought together to show what I want to bring to life in 2019. I am going to do another one June, halfway through the year and see how the two align. I opted to do this to make sure I am staying on target with the three goals originally set.
If you have never made a vision board, it is quite simple. It’s basically collaging but with intention. You find words or images that describe what you want to attract into your life and paste them on a poster board or you can do as I did and use the sturdier pages in your planner. I have a few more words I intend to add to mine. Discover must find it’s way on my board, love and a few others will be glued on somewhere.
It is suggested to focus on what you are creating because the energy you put in will be the energy you receive. I didn’t do mine as intently but I did enjoy the process. Will you give it a go? If so, snap a shot and drop it in the comments.
I struggle with focusing and will need to make sure I am staying on track. I painted a reminder sign and framed it. It sits right by my desk and says, “one idea at a time”.
And now for accountability purposes, here are my three target goals for 2019:
Be more present (more specifically, as a mom).
Define who I am, using three adjectives.
Heal from past hurt and forgive where needed.
Have you set your three?
Please do share your 2019 goals with me!! I would love to hear them. Are you setting any blogging goals in 2019? I am not setting any blogging goals this year. I will continue to find and develop my voice. I will not have the time to market my blog but I do intend to grow my email list and sell my handmade products. How do you plan to achieve your resolution or goals? Will you be joining me on my journey? If not, share your strategy. I may wanna follow you or borrow a few ideas. Anything helps.
Ps. I must add to this that I also use digital calendars set with reminders to keep me up to date. I recommend finding your system. The paper and pen technique is something I find calming. It helps keep my attention whereas technology disrupts my course of action.
With my new laptop, there is a focus mode to which you set to decrease distraction from mindless scrolling. I haven’t yet tried it but will come the new year.
I will go ahead and state the obvious, we are close to the end of the year and need to get our butts in gear for our first attempt at planning!
Keep in mind:
Realistic. Honest. Simple.
You should have your three goals for 2019 written out. If not, we are rowing the same boat 😉
-WRITE THEM NOW-
Assign each goal 4 months.
Before we go any further
Let’s write a
A Pledge to Plan
Am I cheesy?? I’m cheesy.
I think one will benefit us by reminding us a few things. Write this where it can be seen when you sit down and plan. In the front of your planner, typed and framed on your desk..get creative.
I, (name), pledge to plan in 2019. I am striving to achieve these 3 goals. (List your three). I will remember to be patient, forgiving, and persistent. Planning is a habit formed by practice and I am learning. If something isn’t working I will reconfigure my plans for next month. I am creating a customized plan that suits mine and my family’s needs and will not compare my system to anyone else’s. Everything entered into my plans will be full of intention. The plans entered are flexible because life happens and I will not quit if my plans have to be altered.
Next, jot down ideas of things that could be done, action, to work toward achieving the ultimate goals. These will be our mini monthly goals. I separated them into a column style, graph-like diagram. I listed at least 10 under each goal. The amount of each is up to you but it cannot be more than 16 because more will exceed your limit of 4 max each month assigned to your goal.
Do not forget that you have other aspects of life that will require your attention. Having the mini monthly goals set at 4 max stops you from becoming overwhelmed. I drew something, much nicer than the first one 🙂, that I think will be a great guide to follow. It serves as an outline and I encourage tweaking it to your needs.
Here I made space for secondary goals and those would be ones specifically for your job, school, child’s dance class and then an area for scheduled events. This scheduled area should be where you add to your planner your weekly and daily routines that you are trying to develop or that you have already established.
“What?”, you say, yes, we are now breaking our planning down further from goals to achieve this year, to monthly mini goals, and now on to daily….and soon, hourly.
We gonna get our shit together this year boys and girls. 🙂
Before you decide that planning isn’t for you, this is a great stopping point. Absorb the information provided, pin the image created as a guide and we will pick up here with more detailed images and in-depth instructions.
Breathe. Smile. And be grateful. We have a plan!!!
If you have any questions at all, please chat with me. Stay tuned for the third and final post in our When I Becomes We: Planning 2019 series. There will be a fun, creative activity thrown in the mix 🙂
P.s. There will be many planning posts throughout the year. I wouldn’t hang you out to dry like that, it is the last with this title. Shew! I thought I lost ya.