My Planner Journey

Today, along with the other ladies within the Planner Girls Collective, I am going to share with you my planner journey and why I plan.

My Planner Journey

I’d never really felt the need for an official ‘planner’. I was one of the lucky people who just remembered. You know the kind, the ones who always remember birthdays, phone numbers, names. Well that was me, until I had my second child and became a SAHM.

That’s when everything changed. After my first I went back to work so my brain was still in use. However when my second arrived 14 years later, followed by my third 2 years after, my baby brain kicked in with full force and I slowly started drowning in appointments and paperwork.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a fully fledged stationery junkie for as long as I can remember. My mum used to work in an office and there was a never ending supply of pens, paper and sticky notes.

When I was little I loved starting a new diary at the beginning of the year and writing down all the important things you need to remember as a 7-year old! I never really got into the whole ‘Dear Diary’ craze, but I had a go once or twice.

Once I left school and got a full-time job I realised I needed some way to remember everything. I started out with sticky notes everywhere, until one day the cleaner lost one of my more important notes. After that fateful day, I moved onto a standard A5 notebook where I wrote down EVERYTHING! It had personal items, such as buy bunny food, in with work items, such as finalise year end accounts.

I also dipped my toe into the whole technology based planning when I encountered the various software packages at my disposal such as Outlook and OneNote. However, no matter how hard I tried I still couldn’t give up my paper. I always had a notebook nearby no matter where I was.

In 2012 I gave up my office job to be a SAHM and it turned out to be a complete shock to the system. Juggling the demands of a busy house together with the demands that came with a newborn baby meant I needed something to keep my baby-brain in check. I knew I needed to do something and quick.

During one particularly bad day I was browsing Pinterest when I stumbled across lots of blogs/advice about organisation. One such blog was A Bowl Full of Lemons. The information on this blog was a complete game changer and I slowly began to get myself back on track.

Planner Community

I began to set up my first planner and joined a group on Facebook. From there I came across the whole planner community, in particular a Facebook group called UK Planner Addicts. It was in her that I learnt that there are lots of other people out there just like me.

Since that time I have been introduced the world of Filofaxes, Kikki K, Bullet Journaling, Traveler’s Notebooks, Erin Condren, Happy Planners and everything in between.

I have learnt about washi tape and have found a whole new world of stickers and paperclips. It’s like I’ve found my tribe and I love it.

My Latest Obsession

Since encountering the planning community I’ve also been introduced to loads of other fabulous planning and journaling techniques. I’ve dabbled in memory planning and creative/art journaling and if it wasn’t for my planner keeping me organised with all my day to day things I wouldn’t be able to find the time for the hobby side of things.

 

So there we have my little planning journey. Don’t forget to check out the planner journeys of the other girls and find how how they became planner addicts.

 

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

Planner Wishlist ~ Planner Girls Collective

Every self respecting planner has an ongoing planner wishlist. Somewhere they keep the never ending list of things they have seen used by other planners and just have to have. I’m no different and this week, along with the other ladies from the Planner Girls Collective, we will be sharing with you our planner wishlists.

At the minute I’m currently trying to work through my current supplies so there isn’t too much on my planner wishlist. However given the right opportunity the following items would definitely be  working their way to my collection.

My planner wishlist includes everything from new planners to items to be used within my existing planners.

My Planner Wishlist - Uglydori from UglyBugPlans on Etsy.My Planner Wishlist - Staedler Triplus Fineliner pensMy Planner Wishlist - Zebra Midliner Soft Colour Double-Sided Highlighters My Planner Wishlist - Tombow Dual Brushpens

So that’s my list. What would be on yours?

Also, don’t forget to check out the lists of our other ladies

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie x

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Planner Girls Collective ~ Valentine’s Bucket List

We are sharing with you our Valentine’s Bucket List this week within the Planner Girls Collective. Don’t worry I won’t be filling the page with lovey-dovey couples things, because personally that’s not for me.

It’s safe to say that me and my OH make a perfect couple due to the fact their neither of us are overly romantic. He has bought me flowers on a couple of occasions. The first time was before we were married. Tthere were so many they filled two (yes, you read that right TWO!) buckets. I ended up running out of places to put them and had to give some to our parents.

On another occasion he bought me some and I couldn’t find my vase so they lived in the middle part of the sink for a week. Funnily enough he hasn’t bought me any since.

Anyway, onto my list. I’ve decided to focus mainly on family and self care as it’s half term this week so the kids aren’t at school.

  • Purchase a new scented candle
  • Make heart shaped cookies with kids
  • Bake Valentine red velvet cupcakes
  • Watch a romantic movie/chick flick with OH
  • Go on a ‘date’ with my kids individually
  • Do Valentine crafts with the kids
  • Put a love note in with OH’s lunch
  • Buy some valentine flowers
  • Paint my nails pink/red
  • Do a random act of kindness

I’ve even printed my list and put it in my bujo ready to be checked off.

Don’t forget to check in with the other ladies from the group to see what they have planned.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Thanks for reading, until next time.

Debbie xx

2016 Planner Review/2017 Planner Setup

Welcome to the first Planner Girls Collective (formerly Confessions of a Plannerholic) post of 2017. This week’s post is all about reviewing our planners for 2016 (what worked, what didn’t) as well as looking forward to 2017.

At the beginning of last year I was happily planning away in my square moleskine notebook, which I was using as a bullet journal. This worked really well for me until around August when the school holidays found me completely losing my planning mojo and to be honest, despite several different bullet journal setups , I never really found it again.

What I did find though while reviewing my options was the world of Traveller’s Notebooks/Fauxdori’s and became a little obsessed (I now own 5 in various materials, sizes etc) and have decided that this will be the way forward for me in 2017.

I love the flexibility of the Travellers Notebooks as you can add and remove the inserts to suit your needs at any given time.

My set up is still a bit of a work in progress but here’s what I’m using at the minute. I have decided to stick with bullet journalling and am currently using my new Uglydori from the fabulous Michelle Mills (and Trevor) over at UglyBugPlans.

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Inside I have 3 large squared moleskine cahier notebooks which make up my bullet journal – one is for my overall monthly/weekly/daily planning, one contains short term collections (next 12 months goals/projects) and one for longer term collections (projects/goals likely to take longer than 12 months) . I know this isn’t the conventional way to bullet journal, but one of the things that deterred me previously was having to transfer collections every time I finished a notebook.

I also have a week on one page with notes from Travelers Times which I think will be used as an on the go blog planner (although I’m still playing with this setup).

In addition to my Uglydori I am also using a 5-year memory book, my Attitude of Gratitude Daily Journal and my Weekly Reflections Journal, all of which were Christmas gifts from my family (they know me so well!)

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I will be trialling this set up throughout January and will let you know how I get on and what changes, if any, have been made.

I’m still working on what other planners/notebooks I will be using but I’m pretty sure there will be some additional of memory keeping in there as well as some creative notebooks, all will be revealed when I’ve made my mind up!

Don’t forget to check out the other awesome ladies and their blogs/vlogs via links below and see what changes they have made from last year’s set ups.

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Debbie x

An A-Z of Planning – Confessions of a Plannerholic

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First of all apologies for the  absence this past week, things have gone a little bit haywire over here and have had a knock on effect with regard to finding the time and energy to get anything drafted let along published on my blog. Hopefully we have turned a corner and I should be back with you on a regular basis very soon.

Anyway, I’m very late with this week’s Confessions of a Plannerholic post in part because it almost had me stumped before I started as I’m a very basic planner and not fully versed in the whole planner world.  Initially I was just going to do a list of things you could plan/track, however I decided this was too easy and would not be so easily defeated so after a lot of thought I have finally got my list.

America – they always seem to have a better selection of supplies for planning than the UK.

Bullet journal – my preferred way to plan.

Creative journal – one of my favourite journals at the minute which houses my art journal and book journal. I’m currently looking to see what else I can add.

DIY Fish – my latest insert purchase. I have used them before and I loved them, however this time around they’re just not working for me.

Etsy – the best place to find planner supplies such as stickers, insert, dashboards etc.

Filofax Malden – this is currently on my wishlist and hopefully if I’m good Santa may be forthcoming. The only problem is I can’t decide between the ochre or the purple.

Getting Things Done – this applies both to the book by David Allen and the fact that without my planner to help me there is no way I would be able to get anything done

Hacks – every good planner knows of one or two hacks that can be used to make your life easier, if you don’t there is always someone in the planner community that can help.

Instagram – some of the photos that can be found here are like porn to plannerholics – here are a small selection of my recent favourites

Journals/Journalling – there are lots of ways to use planners and journaling is one such way.

Kikki-K – another big name in the world of planners/planning but one I have yet to have first-hand experience of. I’m still a relative novice when it comes to ring bound planners.

Lyra and Co – My go to Etsy store for all things fabric/planner related. I love her products.

Money (or maybe that should be lack of) because once you become a plannerholic your money will be unable to stay with you for long due to the call of the planners and all things planner related, which leads me nicely onto my next letter.

No spend – many plannerholics have tried (and failed) at no spend weeks/months. Personally I don’t like failing so have never attempted one.

Organised – every planner wants to be organised, however sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan

Paperchase – I love browsing around the products here, although for me personally their collections can be a little hit and miss. That said I’m currently loving their Gothic Garden range.

Questions – every newbie to the planner community invariably has lots of questions and there are loads of groups, blogs, vlogs out there to answer them

Rings – rings or no rings is one of the biggest decisions a planner can make, closely followed by the brand. Personally I use both but I think my preference is no rings at the minute

Stickers – with so many amazing Etsy shops it’s hard to say no to stickers in your planner. It is, however, very hard to decide which ones to choose.

Travelers Notebooks – this is the collective name for one of the more recent additions to the planner world and is a cover with several books inside. This type of planner speaks to me because you can have all your things together while at the same time keeping them separate.

UglyDori – a new creation from Michelle at UglyBugDoes. I’m currently trying to justify to myself why I need one.

Van der Speck – this is a new name for me in planners but in the interest of this post I have done a bit of research and they look gorgeous.

Washi tape – like stickers, if you like decorating your planners, washi is your friend.

X-rated, no not the planners but some of the conversations had by the planner ladies on some of the Facebook groups.

You Tube – there are some fabulous planner tutorials and flip throughs as well as inspiration for every kind of planner

Zen – that long awaited feeling you get when you have reached planner peace. Personally I’ve yet to reach that state and if/when I do I fear it won’t last as the planning world is an extremely fickle place and there is always something new and exciting just waiting to pull on the purse strings.

Well guys, I made it to the end and didn’t have to cheat (much). Hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to check out the other awesome ladies and their blogs/vlogs via links below

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Debbie x

The Scary First Post

Hi there!

I’m both nervous and excited to finally get my blog up and running as I’ve been considering it for ages but never actually got started for one reason or another.

I’m hoping that there might actually be someone out there reading this but if not, never mind.

I’m very new to all this so here’s a bit of an introduction. I’m Debbie, a wife, daughter and mum of 3 crazy kids.

I’m hoping my blog will be an outlet for all my interests (which can be a rather eclectic mix and totally depends on my mood) and if I’m lucky there may even be one or two people who actually read my posts and if I’m really lucky they might even find them interesting and come back for more.

When I find time I love reading and always have a stack of books to read as well as a huge collection on my Kindle. I tend to lean towards thrillers/crime fiction but am currently trying to broaden my horizon by reading other genres and am always open to recommendations.

I am also a massive stationery addict and have been for as long as I can remember. I love anything stationery related and nearly always have more than one pen and a notebook with me wherever I go. This obsession had led me to several planning and journalling communities and I can honestly say that I have finally found my tribe.

When I’m not running around after my family, reading or planning I love chilling with my OH and catching up on the days events or just working through the backlog of TV shows we have on Sky+. I’ve recently been dragged into the world of Batman (and anything DC related) thanks to my OH and I’m starting to turn into a bit of a geek about it all myself.

I’ve got more things I’d like to write about including, but not limited to,

  • Bullet Journalling
  • Planning and Organising
  • Making my House a Home
  • My 101 Goals in 1001 days
  • My Family
  • My Capsule Wardrobe
I’d love to hear from you if any of these sound of interest, so please sign up for notifications so you never miss a post.
Also, being new to all this I would love to connect so please leave your details in the comments below so I can pop over and learn more about you.
Thanks for reading and I hope you come back soon
Debbie x