My planner Wishlist…

I am very excited to be getting a new planner: you’ll be able too see my reasons as for the switch soon, as I’ll be posting about it soon. (Long story short, I needed an upgrade, as everything was becoming too crammed into my personal sized planner.) I love to have everything laid out visually on paper, as I otherwise can become very muddled. But this is my Wishlist of what I would like to decorate the new Planner with!

Washi tape:

Washi tape allows me to decorate the pages of the diary, and because it has very pretty pictures, I can ‘theme’ each week. To decorate is something that I find to be really calming. And when I come back to whatever page, it makes me smile. Paperchase have owl washi tape-click here to view-as well as Blue gingham tape-click here also to view. I usually choose patterns that are typically quite dark, so I wished to go for something brighter this time. Hobbycraft have gold washi tape (click here). Plus Paperchase have mint pink! (Click here also.) As you can see, I was almost stupidly excited.

 

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Look at the Washi tape and stickers!

Stickers:

So, yes, I am upgrading a size, because I have so much to juggle now. It needs stickers, surely? These Paperchase stickers are able to point to to specifically important post; by contrast, I just like these stickers because they are rose gold. And there’s also these stickers, which are just too pretty to not include.

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Even back on this old set up, there’s a lot of stickers!

And to keep track of appointments?

There are these lovely looking sticky notes from Paperchase. (Click here to view.) I tend to add in a lot at the last minute-even to just scribble a note on a post it-which would makes these a great addition. I also love that they can book mark certain pages-just what I need!

Other paper things:

Whilst browsing the net, one tip I read was that, in order to create a new pocket, just simply hole punch an envelope, and put it in your planner. Genius! I came across this lovely looking envelope (click here to view). And in case I run out of writing paper? These yellow refills look lovely.

The planner I have my eye on has tabs for an undated diary (I’m not sure about this format, bare in mind), a meal planner, shopping list, budgeting, and notes. Although some of these I may switch round-maybe with new dividers, such as Blog, Writing, etc-I’m keen to be changing my planner.

Let’s see how this goes,

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Washi tape

For today’s post, I wanted to write an ode to something I love; washi tape. WASHI TAPE! (Yes, really. Please excuse how odd this post is.)

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Can ya see it?!

Washi tape makes my planner pretty; I could sit for hours, just decorating it, cutting it up in bits, etc. And it makes me very happy to see a sudden burst of colour. But Washi Tape, apart from being pleasing to the eye, cheap, and fulfilling a decorative purpose for your planner, also has several other uses.

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I guess I use Washi Tape a lot-I can even sit through films, decorating. It’s what cheers me up. There are even other bloggers who keep samples in their planner, so that they can decorate on the go. But it doesn’t take being really creative-there are so many things you can do with Washi Tape. Here are some posts that I found on the Net:

Washi Tape, I do love you. And I can’t wait to decorate my new planner 🙂

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Why I’m Changing To A Paperchase Organiser From A Filofax…

Don’t get me wrong; my Filofax has been my lifeline for a long time now, in organising every role I have to inhibit-the student, the columnist, the blogger, the wannabe journalist. And by the title of this post, I wish not to sound disparaging towards Filofax; it really has been a good brand to me as a consumer.

But I wish to upgrade my planner.

The personal size is just too small now; everything is now crammed into a tiny space. And it’s really daunting to see everything crammed into one page-just look above. It leads me to feel as if I do not accomplish a lot, in spite of the hours put in.

Later this year, I’ll also be taking on more roles; I’ll be working to pay rent, studying for a Journalism diploma, filing stories as often as possible, and launching my blog as a business. (You may have noticed that I switched round the pages, added a few widget, and changed the background colour.) This needs more space!

Whenever I go into my local Smiths, they rarely have any A5 Filofaxes in stock, due to being a small, local franchise. But when I go into Paperchase, it has a wide range…. (you can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?) I can’t wait to show you my new planner.

 

 

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The Lebister Award.

Whew! good morning. You’ll probably think that today’s post is really self centred, pretentious, but Blog Awards are a great way for Bloggers to connect, hence why I’m writing this for today. I was nominated by Daniella, whose blog you can read by clicking here.  For this post, you have to:

  • Post eleven personal facts
  • Answer the 11 set questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with a further 11 questions, whilst tagging them.

Sounds easy, right? Here goes-and my eleven facts are:

1.I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome in January 2015. Although that seems a long time ago, it really is not, in taking into consideration how long it took me to get diagnosed. (Because, well, to be blunt, it’s really obvious. I was the ‘different one’, the ‘freak’ who was picked on at various times. How horrible.) But I see it as ‘my job’ to raise awareness-because why should anyone be picked on?

2.The last book I read was called The Spy, based on the life of Mata Hari.

3.My hero is Jacqueline Kennedy, because she was a well educated woman, and restored the White House, spoke several languages, and was a book editor for the last twenty years of her life. *I’m always asked about her style-but I like her substance.

4.I LOVE Rock music-Queen, Genesis, Dire Straits…

5.You’ll probably find me in a library, enamoured with a dozen or more books, looking for something to read. (Or maybe with my cat, also reading.)

6.The first record I bought was A Night At The Opera (Queen) in a shop, and Resurrection (Anastacia) online. Quite the contradiction!

7.Of all the people that I wish to interview, Brian May, Queen guitarist and all around really cool person, tops the top of my list. (RT this, and @ him, okay? Ha ha!) I did meet him once, and he seems like somebody who could tell you a good story or two.

8.Funnily enough, my first cohesive memory is of listening to Queen-You’re My Best Friend. (who said I was a fan girl?!!)

9.I love to talk about politics, having taken it as one of my three A levels. Whilst I know that it can be polarising-just look at Brexit!-I think that we have a duty to hold those in power to account, and to be well informed.

10.Feminist? Yes.

11. In spite of the fact that I juggle being a full time student, a blogger, and a columnist-meaning that I have to be VERY organised-I am a very messy person.

And now for the set questions from Daniella to answer! (Still with me?)

  • Why did you start blogging? I saw an article in Shout Magazine, which was a place I could take refugee in, being a lonely pre-teen. (Not a lot has changed.) It looked really cool-and a way to write-so, with the permission of my parents, I jumped in1
  • Who inspires you, not just in the blogging world but in life? Oh lummy, that’s a tough one. Jacqueline Kennedy is my hero, but I am also inspired by Anastacia (I created my own version of one of her outfits recently), Brian May for being just a really cool person, Caitlin Moran for the way she writes, Jodi Picoult for the way she writes and tackles issues, and Lesley Ann Jones, the lovely and supremely cool rock journalist and author.
  • What social media app do you find you use the most for your blogging? WordPress to write posts from, Twitter to post.
  • One thing you are most scared of in life? Dying? (Yeah, about that…) I do believe that there is a God-because there just must be more to life than this-but I don’t want to have wasted the time I have on Earth. Oh and the Tube. Too many people-it’s an ASD thing.
  • Do you prefer a night in with friends or a night out on the town? Depends on the mood I’m in. I prefer town because I can go down to Brighton, and get lost for hours. Everything exciting seems to happen there! But I love to host Netflix evenings.
  • What topics do you blog about most and why? Too many to count! Lifestyle encompasses a lot-so books and autism, I guess. I love books-and you can never be lonely with a book-and Autism, well to raise awareness. 
  • Do you find the blogging community supportive? Largely yes. I won’t elaborate as to the ‘no’.
  • If you were an animal, what would it be and why? Always a cat-I love cats!-and my nickname is the crazy cat lady. Apt, no?
  • What is your favourite genre of music? Rock.
  • What’s the bravest thing you’ve done in the past week or so? Probably talking to a lecturer with eye contact, and I managed not to feel anxious at all. (Eye contact is a hallmark for those on the spectrum.) I also can find it hard to interpret what they mean. And yes-I’m being neutral in case they are reading this. But they are such a good teacher-it’s just me being me 🙂 This is something that I find happens frequently, in that I cannot maintain eye contact, but it is something I am overcoming. 
  • Do you prefer savoury or sweet treats? SWEET!

The Eleven Bloggers I wish to tag:

Kimberly Jessica

Country Katie Uk

This Stuff Is Golden

Lisa Kallas

A Beautiful Caos

Freya Creech

Youralmostalice

Envy Fisher

Grace Brown

Blogger Badger (Emily)

Faz

And anyone else who wishes to do so!

My questions for you:

  1. How do you keep organised, in terms of a planner?
  2. Ice cream-yay or nay?
  3. Manicure or pedicure?
  4. Apple or Samsung?
  5. First album you bought?
  6. What motivated you and why to start blogging?
  7. Dream job as a child?
  8. Would you call yourself a feminist?
  9. Who is your role model?
  10. And hero?
  11. Pineapple on pizza-yes or no?

Until tomorrow,

Lydia

XO

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Inside My Bullet Journal. (Guest post by Envy Fisher.)

Today’s guest post is by Envy Fisher, over at Lost In translation. Be sure to visit her blog by clicking here!

I think every blogger will agree with me that we live in the age of Bullet Journals. I know very few bloggers who don’t have a notebook full of fancy spreads to keep their lives organized. If you were to see mine though… I’m not cut out for the Bullet Journal life. I scribble my to-do lists first thing in the morning on the first piece of paper I can find. Illustrating and color-coding is nice and all, but wouldn’t it make more sense to use that time to actually start doing the things on your list? Apart from that, no matter how pretty I’d make my Bullet Journal, I don’t see myself looking back on it in five years time and thinking: ‘Man, my life was awesome back then, look at all these things I had to do!’ No, I’d rather remember the stories of my life by writing them down. So instead of a Bullet Journal, I keep an old-fashioned journal. Though I don’t think ‘old-fashioned’ is the right word. My journal is a little bit different than the old school journals and diaries. Let me show you.

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I started this journal in February 2017, fairly recently. It was the first time I had a completely blank journal, no lines or anything. At first that scared me to no end. I have a reputation for not being able to write a sentence in a straight line on a completely blank piece of paper. After a day or two I realized blank pages are the best though: you’re not limited to just writing, you have more than enough space to add illustrations.

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The first illustrations appeared while I was planning my blog’s relaunch. I needed a rough sketch for a header and was writing about how nervous I was for the relaunch. Then I picked up a pencil and started doodling. It felt weird at first. Diaries aren’t sketch pads. I immediately regretted that thought. Why follow the rules of journaling if you can pick and choose, then make your journal exactly what you want it to be?

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From that moment on I illustrated the stories of my life that I wrote down in my journal. The illustrations became bigger and bigger, until I made pages in an art journal style. I made these to motivate myself, to get over my ex-boyfriend and as a tribute to Antwerp, the Belgian city I fell in love with in February.

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There’s nothing I won’t try in my journal. I’ve used pen, pencil, acrylic paint, chalk, and spray paint. It’s fun to try so many different media in the middle of writing the story of your life. But that doesn’t mean every page is a success. For example, when I first used my can of red spray paint, the paint went straight through the pages and stained more than I’d expected… It looked a little bit like a massacre to be honest. Luckily I was able to cover it all up with a picture.

The thing I like best about the combination between diary, travel journal and art journal is that there’s no pressure to do anything. I don’t have to make a fancy spread, I don’t have to write about my day if I don’t want to and if I feel uninspired I don’t have to make any illustrations or collages. But when I do feel like doing any of those things, my journal is there for me with as many blank pages as I need. So how about it? Can I convince you to give this kind of journal a try instead of the Bullet Journal? I promise you won’t regret it!

x Envy

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A look inside my Filofax (for 2017.) 

As I’ve done previously, I’ve shared a few posts, relating to my Filofax, how I plan, and what is inside. As I write this, it’s the last day of February, and my planner has already become well and truly stuffed. About a week ago, there was also a Twitter chat, which deviated towards Filofaxes, Planning, Organisation, and all under the topic of Motivation. So, I wanted to show you what is inside, how I plan my blog, column, etc.

Firstly, I use a Red Metrapool in personal size version; that way, I can put it into my bag at a moments notice. There’s also two pen loops-one for a biro, and one for a (blotchy) Fountain pen.

On opening, however..


This is the initial insides. To the left there are several pockets, all of which I keep things stashed in, in order to reach them easily. I have three stamp books, my medications, post-its, and my tube and rail card. Because we always need easy access on the Underground!

The pink card is there as something to keep me cheerful, as well as to be something inspirational. I wrote a letter to Grazia Columnist Polly Vernon; she responded back! (Not at all what I expected.) To me, correspondence is something very meaningful-as the card is to me-which is why I wish to keep letters. It’s special to me, hence why it’s in the Filofax.

But when you turn the page….


So you can see the front of Vernon’s card here-it always makes me smile. Next is a plastic fly leaf, complete with my name on it. If ever it gets lost-such as at my college-I hope by having this included, my Filofax will find its way back to me.

After this is a wallet. Here, I keep tickets from some of my favorite ‘press shows’-could be a concert, a play, a production, even an exhibition. These remind me of why I do the job I do, in spite of not being paid. These were all great experiences, of which I have been privelleged to be a part of. (My favorite has been Queen Extravaganza!) Before I go any further, I thought I should explain about my tabs:

These Tabs-the cream coloured things-were available on Amazon, for far less than they were retailling on the Filofax site. (Yes, cheapskate I know, but I had limited resources.) They each perform different functions:

  • Diary: obviously, this is where I keep my appointments/engagements/posts logged. So, I post daily, I have a column deadline, I additionally pitch to brands, have a lot of college work to do, etc. And they are colour coded!
  • Notes: literally my jottings!
  • Projects: This is where I look after anything major I’m doing-so, interviews, blog brand partnerships, my book that I’m writing, etc.
  • Information: Every college student knows what further progression means! So, here is my UCAS/NTCJ information, etc.
  • Finance: empty at the moment!
  • Addresses: also empty currently! I’m planning to create a directory of all my helpful contacts I’ve built up over the years-that’ll probably take a long time, however. Too many things to do in the mean time!

If you look behind these tabs, you’ll notice there’s a lot of paper that doesn’t relate at all to what is inside the Filofax. A Filofax to me can also function as a wallet-you can stash things in it to transport, whilst you take it with you. So, as you can see in this photo, I have some letters to post-the stamp gives it away!-as well as a few forms in the back. All you have to do is take it to a postbox,post the letters, and continue with your day.

Simple, right?

I’ve also previously stashed a few letters I’ve received; that way, I can reply quickly.

Here’s what a blank spread looks like:


As you can see, I like to decorate my planner-just to make it pretty, and less bland than it already was. (You have yet to see the Washi tape!) With a week to a page, I can easily keep track of what is happening. For this reason, I also colour code every entry.

  • Blue = blog post. (This is daily, so a lot!)
  • Green= any social event, or if I’m required to report on something.
  • Pink= birthdays! (I also sometimes stick a star next to them.)
  • Yellow= reminder. This can be anything at all.
  • Purple= other. Anything that does not fall into these categories! (Also a signal for guest posting slots, and if people I know are away.)
  • Orange= deadlines. So, this could be for my column, homework, other copy deadlines, etc.

Sounds so simple, right? I really like taking the time to colour code, because then I can just glance at a page.


This is my notes section, and as stated previously, it’s where I literally keep my notes, or where I take notes. You can also see for the tab that ai went a bit overboard with Washi Tape and Stickers! (But I love colour.)

This next photo is where all the secrets to my blog lie..


Projects are always being worked on, although nowadays I don’t always have a strict deadline-I keep posts in my drafts, and upload them whenever I have a moment. That way, I can never run out of ideas! (And it’s also how I coordinate interviews, guest posts, etc.)

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But I can’t disclose some information, for obvious reasons.


So, this tab relates to my further progression, later on from the college. (There may be a blog series about this later!) However, I did use it to log information that I would perhaps need on a train journey last year-so, if I was going up to London, what route, underground, etc.


The finance and address sections are still blank-I’m working in them!

What’s in your planner?

Lydia

XO

 

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A look into my journal. (Guest post by Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden.) 

(For this 365 day challenge I’m doing, I wanted to bring a few guest posters along; mainly because it’s a collaborative thing to do in the Blgging world, it can impact your views, and I do get sick of my own ‘writing voice’ at times. So, Lauren from This Stuff Is Golden was nice enough to help me. Click here to go to her blog.)

I jumped on the bandwagon of bullet journals a few years ago. I’ve always had notebooks to organise myself but no system to keep that organisation, er, organised.
I had tried using the Day Designer and stuck with it for a little while, but personally I found the planner way too big and therefore wasn’t using that much – I like to keep a notebook on me at all times and couldn’t fit the Day Designer in my bag. I wish it had worked out as the Day Designers are absolutely beautiful.
So I found a new system – whilst browsing the internet looking for new notebooks, I found a video on Youtube about the Bullet Journal. It was such a logical and easy system that I had to give it a go. It was also a very customisable system, which is awesome because you can adapt it as you go along.

My current notebook is a Paperchase Squared Paper A5 Notebook. I normally go for a Moleskin version, but well, budget.


I start off with the standard Contents pages, leaving 2 double pages for it. It comes in handy when I’m trying to find something specific, though to be honest, I don’t use it that much. It certainly makes me look organised though, so there’s that.

There’s no particular order to my journal – which is something I love. Yes, I do have a standard layout for the beginning of my month and my to-do list for the week, but apart from that, it really depends what I feel like putting in.


I keep spare pages for doodles (as you can see), and I tried the “Year In Pixels” idea, which I actually really like to do. All it is is a record of how my days have been in regard to my moods. I put this near the start for ease of finding it each day.


At the beginning of each month I start a new spread, with one page dedicated to the days and dates of the month and the other dedicated to what I want to achieve for that month. I find the month at a glance page to be very useful when scheduling things, reminding me of appointments and anything else that crops up during the month. The goals page is great not just for planning ahead but also looking back – I can look back on previous months and remind myself of the progress that I have made.

This is my typical layout for a new week. I note down the starting date of the week and jot down everything that I want to get done. This can be a single page or a whole spread – though as you can see, I use the right hand page for other stuff. In my previous Bullet Journals I have used a spread to write down a week’s worth of to-do’s but separated by a heading of each day. That worked well when I was working in a busy office, but it’s not so useful to me at the moment.


 There’s a few of these sorts of techniques on the internet, namely Instagram. I came across the ‘wave’ method (drawing wavy lines in a repetitive manner) but prefer the above ‘triangle’ style of basically the same thing. I filled up a lot of those triangles when waiting in an airport, surprisingly anxious about flying home for Christmas. The left is a watercolour and pencil picture of a pretty autumn leave that I found. Creative little things like that really help to take my mind off any stresses, worries or general bad moods, so there are plenty of pages like this in my journal.

 

Yes, I’m corny enough to use song lyrics to keep my spirits up, but so what? I particularly love this spread because it started out as just a trace around my hand. Whether it’s song lyrics, poetry, motivational quotes, or just my own personal ramblings, I have a lot of these pages that I can look back on when I need to raise my spirits. Again, this is another reason why I love the Bullet Journal system – so much creative freedom to just make random spreads like this!

What would my notebook be without several blog post ideas spreads?! These are a must-have for me as I am constantly either jotting down an idea or looking back through old brainstorm spreads for ideas on what to write. And of course, I get the satisfaction of ticking them off once they are completed.

What journal is complete without a unicorn?

What do you folks use to keep yourself organised? Let me know in the comments below!