This blog has definitely become more planner heavy these past few months. It’s a passion and an addition. If you’re also as obsessed with planning as I am, here are 25 planner related blog posts you can write today.
My Planning Style – Are you into no white space? Love functional? Share it!
How I Stay Organized – What planners do you use? Do you also use an online calendar?
10 Planner Hacks to Make Planning Your Days Easier – Share your secrets
How to Store Your Planner Stickers – File folders? Binders? What are your tips?
Best Places to Find Stickers– In store? Online?
How to Use Leftover Stickers from Kits – Those pesky leftover stickers need to be put to good use!
My Planning Evolution – Show your first spreads and your most recent ones!
Top 5 Favorite Etsy Shops – make sure you include Oh, Hello!
Organizational Tips for My Younger Self – What planner advice do you wish you knew before?
How to Plan for Other People – What’s it like to plan for kids, significant others, etc.
Essential Planning Supplies – What planner supplies are a must?
Planner Supplies You Don’t Need – What planner supplies can you do without?
Planning for School – Show how to use certain planners to plan for school.
Different Ways to Use the Monthly Spread – Use your monthly spread for homework, travel, chores, etc. Show different ways to use it.
Planning Supply Wishlist – What planner supplies are you coveting lately?
My Thoughts On Planner Peace – Does it exist?
Favorite Character/Doodle Stickers – Blobby is a definite must.
Planning for Vacations – How do you use your planner to plan for trips?
How to Get Out of a Planning Rut – Share your tips for re-finding planner inspiration.
Planning Challenges – Challenge yourself to plan differently and share the results.
Top 5 Favorite Planner Spreads – Share photos of your favorite planner spreads.
Planning Starter Pack – What stickers would you recommend to someone getting started?
How to Organize Sticker Freebies – How do you make sure you’re using up freebie stickers?
Project Sticker Use-Up – Challenge yourself to use up your sticker stash!
How Planning Has Changed Your Life – Share your planning story.
Save this list and you’ll never be without ideas for planner related posts! Leave more post suggestions in the comments!
Everyone always talks about the importance of setting goals, but I’m basically rubbish at it. I’ve never been good at writing goals down and I’m even worse at checking back in to see progress. That’s no excuse to not set goals though. So I’m working my butt off to be better at it. I’m on a quest of sorts.
Lucky for me it seems like Erin Condren sensed my silent plea for better goal management when the new planners came with a spiffy new monthly notes page. It screams “track your goals here” and I’m trying just that. With July nearly over and my first attempt at better goal tracking nearing its close, I definitely still have a lot to learn. But I’m improving.
The most notable realization I gained from the first month is the difference between hopes and goals. This month I had “hoped” to film more Kawaii Bunny videos. When in reality, it wasn’t a goal I felt really passionate about. I wrote it down as a goal hoping the process would motivate me to do it. Really it just added more pressure to my busy schedule and made me feel like I let myself down when I couldn’t accomplish it. So for August I’m going to work on more obtainable, realistic goals for projects I’m already working on. That way I’m not trying to veer off in a random direction, but rather continue to focus on things I’m already doing.
I also need to learn how to celebrate completed goals. Although Kawaii Bunny ended up not being a very great goal, the other three goals I set for myself were. I accomplished all of them, yet I didn’t celebrate it. Giving yourself a pat on the back is important, regardless of how silly or small your goals may be.
So I continue this quest to set better goals. I keep the SMART goals list in the back of my mind, but I also want to focus on goals that work towards self-care as well. It’s so easy to constantly focus on work, but taking care of myself should also be on the list.
Do you have any advice on how to set goals? What types of goals are you currently working towards?
I hear it a lot. “Someday we’ll move.” “Oh, someday I’ll start that business.” “I’ll get to it someday, but I just don’t have the time right now.” So many people in my life are constantly dreaming about a better future filled with doing things they’re passionate about, but they never seem to get any of their dreams off the ground.
I’ve taken a lot of career risks for only being twenty-five. Quitting a “stable” job to pursue a career in sticker making isn’t exactly logical, but I’m not going to become someone who lives for “someday.” And neither should you.
Alex loves the saying, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is today.” I’m not saying to quit your day job or achieve your goal in a day, but I think it’s important to actually start working towards your goals rather than just talking about them.
Because at the end of the day, it matters more to you whether or not you’ve done anything you’ve talked about, than it does to me. The same goes with my friends and family. You’re responsible for how your life ends up and if you’re not interested in reading a list of regrets at the end of it, I suggest you start now.
So turn someday into today. Start working on that novel you’ve talked about writing, or start that YouTube channel. Start doing research on opening your own brick and mortar or start taking dance classes. Let’s all vow to stop being those people who are constantly dreaming and never bothering to work towards those dreams. Even if it’s only a little forward progress each day, at least you’re moving.
I recently celebrated my two year anniversary for working from home and it got me thinking about all the things I’ve learned from the experience. There are a ton of pros to the stay-at-home life, but there are also a quite a few things needed in order to stay organized. I highlight all of them in today’s video, but I wanted to share a more detailed, written version as well.
The best way to truly stay organized working form home is to have meetings. Whether you work for yourself or someone else, it’s super vital to set aside time to meet so you can really focus on what’s going on, what projects need to be worked on, and what the other person is up to.
I also find it helpful to create a weekly to do list and a daily to do list. It’s good to have one master list of everything that needs to get done, but it’s overwhelming to look at. I like to take that master list and break it up throughout the week into more manageable chunks. That way I’m still getting everything I need done, but it doesn’t feel like I have to do it all at once.
Another thing Alex and I have found helpful in our working from home life is to separate work from home by leaving the majority of our working space in the basement. This might not be a possibility for everyone, but being able to close off a work area or tuck away work supplies makes it so you can actually relax when the work day is finally done.
Although I’m a strong advocate of separating work spaces from home spaces, I don’t think that’s true when it comes to planners. I strongly suggest not over-complicating things by having more than one planner. Sure it may seem like a good idea to separate everything out into different planners, but over time you’ll find it’s just too much work to keep up with. Plus you’re just one person and will have to do all these things at some point anyway. So might as well put them all in one place to make things easier for you.
Finally, give yourself a schedule throughout the week. Give yourself certain days for certain tasks to give your week more structure. That way you know generally what your week looks like so you can fit things into it accordingly.
There are tons of factors that go into working from home so if there’s anything you’re interested in, leave a comment!
I’ve been blogging for about seven years or so and my process has changed a lot since those earlier days blogging on sites I’m happy to forget about. Whether you’re just getting started or are a blogging pro, it’s always interesting to see other people’s processes. I’d love to know about your process in the comments so I can learn how to better mine!
After so many years my process has become second nature. Usually I start off by hunting for inspiration if my content calendar is sparse and needs some post ideas. I follow a lot of lifestyle blogs who write content that’s vastly different form mine. Just reading blogs can spark a ton of new, unique ideas. More times than I can count I’m reading a post about someone’s weekend trip to New York city and I suddenly have an idea for a planning related post. Inspiration hunting is more about getting into the mindset of blogging than anything else.
Once I have a healthy list of post ideas, I get to content scheduling. Since I run this blog and a YouTube channel I like to try and get my posts and videos to lineup. So if I have a video about how to stay organized working from home on the schedule, I may add in a blog post about the topic as a supplement. I put all of my posts down into my Google Calendar and move them around until they’re in an order that makes sense.
Then comes bulk blog photography. Tuesdays are my filming and blogging days so I create all of the content I need for the next week or so that day. Bulk photography is the best way I’ve found to make sure I get all the photos I need.
Next up is editing the photos which is always a lot faster when I take bulk shots. Since I’m using the same settings on my camera, I’m able to apply the same edits to all of the photos. Then I go in and tweak things here and there for specific photos. My favorite program is Lightroom since it’s so easy to do a bunch of photographs at once.
Once I have all my photos figured out, I create a bunch of draft posts and add in the photos. I’ll add in blog post titles as well and save them for the next step. I usually find that I have to be in a certain mindset to write posts so I try to do as many as I can once the inspiration strikes. Since all the posts are already drafted, I just open up whatever post I feel like writing and start typing. If I happen to finish the post, I’ll schedule it to go live when my content calendar says, or publish it to go live immediately.
The final piece is social media. I always make sure to share the post on my Facebook page and Instagram. I often have more than one photo for a post so I’ll choose a couple to spread out over the next few days to keep referencing back to the post. Social media is also the part of my blogging process that I want to improve on. I have so many old posts that I need to work better at referencing. That way my content doesn’t vanish to the archives after a few days.
My process isn’t overly complicated, but I find that it works best to keep blogging consistently. It’s a tried and true method but I’m always trying to hone it in to be even better.