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Make Calendar Blocking Work in Your Paper Planner!

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Calendar Blocking, Time Blocking or Block Scheduling... Have you heard of it? It's all I've been hearing about this month! Since I found a way for it to work in a paper planner and I've been using it successfully since September, I'm excited to share my experience with you!

So what is it calendar blocking?

Basically, it's blocking out specific blocks of time for certain tasks for a specific amount of time. I do go more into detail in the video below if you haven't heard of it.

I first heard of this through Amy Landino, I immediately tried it out, colouring in blocks in my hourly planner, but I just couldn't get it to work for me. It took way too long, the colouring was messy because I was trying to go fast and it just wasn't sustainable. 

Then I saw Jordan Page's video and there was this click in my brain. I needed to make some sort of recurring schedule and block out time for different themes in my day. 

Grab a nice cup of tea and join me in this week's video as I walk you through how I use it and how you can adapt it to fit your planning:

I created a laminated folder listing all my routines and a check list help me with my calendar blocking. Here's my process video for that laminated folder:

If you are a mom with a schedule that changes at the drop of a hat or someone who works shifts or has some other sort of varied schedule, stay tuned because I have a video coming up for you to adapt this system to your life.


10 Traveler's Notebook Hacks for Beginners

Traveler's Notebooks are so fun, pretty and functional, but if you aren't familiar with them and how they work, it can get a bit overwhelming. I've been using them for quite a while and I know my way around a TN and I'm sharing my favourite hacks with you!

Even if not you are not new to traveler's notebooks, I'm sure you'll learn something new in this week's video. I've got ten tips for you to get the most out of your TN, plus two bonus hacks! Run and grab your TN and a cup of tea and hit play.

 


How to Plan Your Life in 2019 | Create a Planning Routine

So way back in June, I noticed that I had been getting slack with my planning. I was leaving it to the morning and that was getting me off track, and I was always getting a late start to my day. 

So for July I started planning the evening before and tracking how often I succeeded. (If you want some ideas on how to habit track, click here). I didn't do it every day, only 15 (out of 20 'school nights'), but it still made a huge difference. 

Now, I plan on Sundays and Wednesday nights and it's really helped me get more done.

Grab your planner and a cup of tea and click on the video below to see how I plan now. Going from long and short term goals, monthly planning, weekly down to my daily planning routine.

 

 


Have You Already Forgotten Your Resolutions?

Happy New Year! I LOVE a fresh start and that’s why I love Mondays and the new year. I love a fresh new week, a blank slate, but the very first full week of a new year? Wow, it’s like my birthday!! I’m super excited this week to get this year started.

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I’m using the gorgeous Bloom collection today to pretty up my January planner and that very first full week of this year. These stickers are so pretty and feminine, which is a great way for me to get motivated to work towards my goals. I have both the regular sticker tablet and the mini one, which is a fabulous way to always have the right size sticker on hand. No more thinking ‘I wish this sticker was just a bit smaller’.

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What I really want to do is to put my first few goals for 2019 front and centre in my planner to keep them top of mind. I want to make sure that I’m reminded every day of what I want to accomplish this month. My three main goals for January are written in the notes section of my weekly spread with little check box banners with enough space to check off one per weekday.

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I’ve also written each goal out at the front of this weekly insert so that I’ll see them often as I flip open my planner. My big goal gets the place of honour on the front cover and the other two are written just inside. I used the matching Bloom scrapbook papers to cover the insert and the inside front cover along with cards from the cut apart sheets.

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A tip for when you are covering inserts: make sure that the book will open and close smoothly after you've added the paper. Close the book before sticking down paper completely on the outside. I'll stick the front cover, close the book, then stick the back. I'll even wait to cut the width of the paper until after it's stuck down so that I'm sure there's enough (the video below, shows how I do all of this). When adding paper to the inside leave a fraction of an inch near the binding to make opening and closing a cinch.

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Since my first goal is a big one, I am also including an entire spread dedicated to it. I 'borrowed' some pages from a blank insert and stuck them in. I started a list of the steps I need to take to make progress on my goal, but I didn’t include the entire list because I don’t want to overwhelm myself. That would just backfire and I’d make no progress. This list is already long enough to get me started and once I get close to finishing it, I can add in new steps. I also added in 3 mini monthly calendar stickers to the bottom because I’d like to make some real progress towards this goal in January, February and March.

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I also used the Bloom chipboard to make a couple of planner clips. I added a bit of the Bloom washi, dated the page with stickers from the Numbers tablet and added a tab and covered it with a clear tab sticker.

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Grab your planner and a cup of tea and hit play on the video below to watch how I created all these pages!

Happy Planning!