How to Organize Your Planner

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With the new spring semester coming around the corner, being able to organize your life is a must. Being busy when I’m not in school means that I’m that much more so once my classes begin again. I’m going to show you some good tricks to help keep your planner in order so your life will be, too!

#1 Color code by types of entries.

This may be a color for each class, a color for appointments/meetings, a color for each organization you’re in… the list can truly go on! You can color code your planner any way that fits your own personal needs, as long as it does not make it harder for you to organize your life, then it can work!

#2 Use to-do lists!

You can write them on the pages of your planner, use the notes section in the back, or even add in some sticky notes to jot your lists on. To-do lists always keep me organized because it narrows down what I need to do in a certain time period without overwhelming me, like looking at your monthly/weekly view in your planner can do sometimes.

#3 Plan at least one week in advance.

A planner does no good unless you use it to plan. That’s why I like to lay out everything I can as soon as possible. However, sometimes that just isn’t plausible. So, my rule of thumb is just to plan everything at least one week in advance. If I know about events, assignments, etc. more in advance, I’ll write them down but if not, I stick to the rule!

#4 Make your planner appealing to the eye!

When your planner is nice to look at it, you’ll want to use it more and look at it more! That’s why I try to pick out a “pretty” planner that makes me want to use it then use various colored pens (because my planner is color coded!) to keep it looking sharp. Whether it’s a $10 planner or a $50 Erin Condren, you can make it your own!

How do you organize your planner?
What’s your favorite planner?

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Blogmas Day 4 | Holiday Bucket List

I’m makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice. Bucket lists are a great way to make goals for a certain time period whether it be a month, a season, or your lifetime. I love making lists of holiday-specific things that I can do to get myself in the spirit. Here’s a bucket list that we can all use to make for a terrific Christmas season!

  • Go look at the Christmas lights
  • Decorate your house for the holidays
  • Go ice skating
  • Make homemade ornaments
  • Volunteer
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Have a Christmas movie night
  • Buy a pair Christmas pajamas
  • Have a peppermint hot chocolate
  • Give gifts to your neighbors
  • Take a “Christmas card” picture
  • Buy an ugly Christmas sweater
  • Make Santa cookies
  • Donate to a local non-profit organization
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Make a holiday art craft
  • Participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange
  • Wrap presents for your friends and family
  • Learn about another culture’s holiday celebrations
  • Eat foods from other cultures’ Christmases
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Make fudge
  • Do a random good deed for someone
  • Spend time with your family

These are all things that I personally want to see myself do before 2017 and I hope you all can take a little bit away from this list as well! If you have any requests for Blogmas posts that you would like to see in my series, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays! ?

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Things to Include in Your Planner/Bullet Journal

Things to Include in Your Planner/Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling has been all the rage here lately. You see tons of blog posts, videos, and more about it but you still see the classic “Plan With Me” posts/videos as well. I personally still use a planner and plan to upgrade next August when I need a new one–duh, you know I’m getting an Erin Condren… as a celebration of my student teaching! Anyway, there are tons of things that you could include in your planner or bullet journal that many people do not think of. I love to plan my entire life so there are plenty of things in here that I want to incorporate into my own planner in time (got to get the perfect system down). Most of these ideas have been gathered over time from other blogs, Pinterest pins, etc. Let’s get started!

Personal

  • Monthly/Yearly Goals
  • Daily/Monthly Habit Tracker
  • Wish List
  • Daily Gratitude
  • Positive/Inspirational Quotes
  • Daily Reflections/Journal Entries
  • Relaxation Guide
  • Life Challenges
  • Mood Tracker
  • Monthly/Yearly Achievements

School

  • Assignment Planner
  • Class Schedule
  • Grade Tracker
  • Professor Contact Information

Business

  • Blog Stats Tracker
  • Social Media Following
  • Income Tracker
  • Side-Job Information
  • Expenses Tracker

Technology

  • Username/Password Record
  • Shopping Websites by Category

House/Finances

  • Cleaning Schedule
  • Spending Tracker
  • Gas Log
  • Credit Card Log
  • Add to Savings Tracker
  • $5 a Day Savings Plan
  • House Repair/Maintenance Log
  • Bill Tracking
  • Debt/Loan Tracker
  • Vehicle Information
  • Important Contacts
  • Go-To Recipes

Family

  • List of Birthdays/Anniversaries
  • Meal Planning
  • Pregnancy Planner/Tracker
  • Trip Packing List
  • Gift Ideas
  • Master Grocery List

Health/Wellness

  • Appointment Logs
  • Medicine/Refill Tracker
  • Step Tracker
  • Daily Water Intake Tracker
  • Illness Tracker
  • Essential Oil Blends
  • Women Tracker
  • Weight Loss Tracker
  • Exercise List/Tracker
  • Food Log
  • Body/Size Measurements

Miscellaneous

  • Daily/Monthly To-Do Lists
  • Books to Read
  • TV Show Tracker
  • Places to Travel/Places Been
  • Movies to Watch
  • Project Planner Pages
  • Daily Weather
  • Music Playlists
  • Sale Tracker

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August Goals

I can’t believe August is here already! It feels like yesterday that July started and I was getting everything ready for my boyfriend officially move in. Now he’s moved in, I’m loving my job, I signed up for sorority recruitment, and school starts in less than two weeks! I’m so happy that this time is finally back. I love summer but I feel like it’s far too long sometimes. I love school (yes, I’m one of those) and being out for THREE MONTHS drives me up the wall with boredom.

Now, with a new month comes new goals! Not only will I be setting goals for the month of August but I’ll also be setting goals for the upcoming fall semester (Stay tuned for that post!). However, this is only for my monthly goals so let’s get into it…

Personal Goals

#1 Focus of loving myself a little more. | I’ve worked so hard towards this goal in the last year or so and I’ve really improved. However, with work and being busy, I’ve neglected it. I don’t try as hard and I don’t feel as good about myself because of it. I love doing my hair and makeup in the mornings because it makes me feel good. I love wearing edgy yet cute outfits because I feel amazing in them.

#2 Finish my current book of choice. | I am currently reading a novel called “A Version of The Truth” by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack. I’m in love with it so far. I’ll definitely have to do a book review on the blog once I finish it but I can already tell it’s going to be a good’n.

#3 Throw myself into the semester/school activities. | School is one of my favorite parts of life… which explains why I want to be a teacher and get three degrees at minimum. I’m so excited for classes to start back and I’ll be a SENIOR this year. That’s crazy! I am finally going out for sorority recruitment so I’m beyond excited. I’m also an officer in a few organizations so I really want to plunge into that at full speed.

#4 Pick up the apartment daily. | I’m really bad at this. I get so busy with work here lately that I always let it get a mess before I clean it… mostly because I’m so exhausted and just wait until my day off. My goal is to continually pick up around here every day so I don’t have a HUGE mess to clean once my days off come around.

#5 Lose 5 more pounds. | I started counting calories and working on my weight loss journey once again almost three weeks ago. I have now lost 10 pounds since then and I could not be more excited. I’m so proud of myself and I can’t wait to continue to lose more. As a guide, I want to lose at least 5 more pounds in the month of August. I lost so much recently that this shouldn’t be too hard if I keep eating healthy.

Blogging Goals

#1 Reach 50 email followers. | I had over 1,000 email followers on my previous blog before my unfortunate incident happened. This is honestly what hurt me the most because I lost all of them. Most of my social media was easy to transfer or pick back up but I haven’t had as much luck with this. I’m going to seriously try to up my email follower game this month. (You should totally go to the sidebar and sign-up if you haven’t already. ?)

#2 Reach 50 Bloglovin’ followers. | The same goes for this as does my email followers. I had to remake my Bloglovin’ when I got a new blog (naturally). I don’t have barely any followers here either but I’m planning the same course of action. Hopefully, my Facebook blogging groups and Twitter will help me build up my followers. (If you want to be a doll, you can also follow me on Bloglovin’ here.)

#3 Continue to schedule posts ahead of time. | I think this is going to be what keeps me from getting behind once classes start back up so I have GOT to do it. I plan to get about two weeks worth out before the first day of classes (if I can manage it) so I don’t have too much to worry about until I’m at least a week into classes so I can focus on getting a feel for the semester.

#4 Stay on my blogging schedule. | I currently have new posts go live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This puts me at posting three times a week, which seems to be good for me and an easier schedule to live up to. I even did a poll and everyone agreed that this was best. I want to stick to this throughout school coming back (this is REALLY hard for me).

#5 Keep up with my new Facebook group, Blogwarts. | Blogwarts is a new group that I created that is going AMAZINGLY. It’s based on Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series, only for bloggers! I have so many amazing admins and members that have made my 19 members grow to almost 100 now in only a few days. This is so mind-blowing. I couldn’t be more grateful. I want to keep up with this and help it grow as much as possible. (Click here if you want to join in and be sorted into your very own house. ⚡️)

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