At this time of year it's easy to start thinking about what planner we might choose for next year. I'm pretty happy with my current planners and I have a system that makes changing from one planner to another really easy without anything getting lost so I thought I would take a look at some of my favourite layouts and different planner spreads and share with you why I love them.
What do you do when sitting in front of a blank planner and several folders of stickers sparks nothing creative at all?
We've all been there, especially at the moment. Plans are sketchy or non-existent and the vast expanse of white space is taunting you. EASY......
STICK THE RAINBOW!
It's the start of a new month and a new quarter so I’m sharing some of my set up process. As it's a new quarter, I start with a bit of a reflection.
In my new quarter four Amplify Planner, I use the 3 month goal page as a review of where I feel things are in different areas of my life. This is similar to the Powersheets and is something I have colour coded throughout the year. I’ve used 3 star checklists (R102) and a mix of rainbow (R098)/lunar rainbow (C043) headers to add some colour to this spread.
I was always taught to look on the positive side of things, kind of philosophy of 'if life gives you lemons, make lemonade'. But I’ve learned to be super flexible too. I started gathering resources whilst my children deschooled from main stream schools and I used Penguin Joe and decorative pages from past collections to brighten up my planner, and the long lists of resources.
At the beginning of a new school year, my new work planner naturally makes my mind wander to thoughts of a new personal planner in a few short months. So many of us are thinking hard about what we want in a planner for 2021 and some very organised planner people have already purchased theirs (if you are one of these people, I salute you!)
This is a time of potential, possibility and positivity as a planner person (say that three times quickly!) and it has prompted me to sit and have a think about why we plan in the first place. Therefore, in the style of a chart countdown, ‘from’ Top of the Pops from the olden days, I give you, the top five reasons I plan.
Hello, Stickeraters! It’s the start of September, which, for me, always feels more like New Year than the actual New Year. Maybe it’s because most of my life has revolved around the academic year, first as a student, then as a teacher, and now as a mother. This academic year is a big one for our family. My son is starting university (Where did the last 18 years go?) and my daughter is starting Year 11 - all being well, she will be sitting her GCSE exams next summer. The other day, my daughter and I were chatting about this and decided that we wanted to plan some adventurous fun for after her exams finish in June: days out, weekends away, a summer holiday, that kind of thing, and I resolved, there and then, to make losing weight a personal priority for the next nine months.
It’s back to school time! Scottish planners, I know you’ve been back for a couple of weeks and I send you a big, socially distanced, well done and say thank you for everything you’re doing. I’m a primary school teacher in England and am about to go back to school after a very strange period of time in education and I am so looking forward to seeing my pupils again.
The Urban Dictionary defines Frankenplanning as creating your own planner from multiple existing planners to find your planner peace.
So I decided to go through my forgotten planners and give them some much needed attention and create my own Happy Frankenplanner setup.
Did you know every month there is a Throwback Thursday release at EllieBeth Designs? This usually takes the form of planner kits of all sizes and creative items from a design released in the past. You can vote for which collection returns in the Facebook group for a couple of days before the release which adds some fun and excitement to the release. Well, when "Take Me To The Ocean" was voted in for release a couple of months ago I couldn't resist the "Mini Creative Pack". I thought I'd give you some ideas of what the pack entails and what you can make with it, just by adding a few things from your craft stash.
Something has clicked this week and I have realised why I’ve been feeling all over the place – it’s because I need to actually plan! The structure it gives me during the week supports my mental health as well as helping me to remember things – who knew? 😉