4 things you NEED to do before you Buy all the Things

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obsess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about SHOPPING for PLANNER GOODIES

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If you are new to planning, you may be very excited by all the fabulous stickers and accessories that you see out there. Heck, even us old hats are trigger happy with the buy button when we see fun new, shiny planner goodies! But, I urge you not to  go out and #buyallthethings... just yet anyway ;)

'Why?' you ask...
'There are soooo many things and I want them ALL!' you say...

Ok, I know it's tempting to but bear with me for just a second here and I'll explain.

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Here are some reasons to not buy all the things... just yet.

You don't know what you'll NEED yet.
If you are very new to planning, you may not reaslise that not every sticker fits every planner.  Specific sets of stickers are designed to fit precisely into boxes and spaces of specific planners. Happy planner stickers won't fit in your personal sized planner, for example.

Also your planning needs are unique to you, someone else may use page flags to pre-plan their upcoming weeks but if you scratch it in in pencil, then there's no need of stocking your desk drawers with packs and packs of page flags from the Target dollar spot if they aren't a big part of your planning process, right?

You don't know what you'll USE yet.
If you haven't considered your activities and how you want to decorate, you won't be able to know what things you will use. For example, I LOVE coffee stickers, they are sooo cute. But I rarely drink coffee, maybe once or twice a week, and when I do, it's never planned so I don't usually add these stickers to my planner. However I LOVE putting in hockey stickers for the geeklings' hockey practices or a pretty tea cup sticker for when my girlfriend and I are planning on getting together to chat over a cuppa.

Another example is bookmarks. I think bookmarks are super cute, but, I actually prefer paper clips to hold my place. I just finished a whole class for Big Picture Classes about how to make pretty planner clips, so watch for that coming May 9th :D

Excess Planner supplies build up FAST!
Now, I know that planner clips, sticker sheets and other accessories are pretty small and relatively inexpensive, but when you have lots of extras that you aren't using, they can, not only add up to quite a lot of money, but they can end up taking up a lot of room in your creative space. Why not save that space and money for pretty planner things you will actually use!

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Ok, now for the fun part!
4 steps you need to take before you buy:

ONE: Get to know your PLANNER, use it and see if it's a good fit for you.
I'm not saying that you have to use it for months and months before you can buy stickers. HELL NO! Just make sure that the stickers will fit your planner and don't buy a big supply until you are sure you are going to use that planner for a long time first. You need to love your planner enough so that you will use it for a good while. Then you know you can invest in a stock of stickers, dividers, and dashboards that fit.

TWO: Watch your activities and Track your schedule
Depending on what you put on your schedule may have a lot to do with what products you use. There's probably no need for knitting stickers, no matter how cute, if you don't knit. You surely know already the main tasks that you do in the run of a week so feel free to start your shopping there, but over the next few weeks, watch what you are writing in your planner frequently that you could substitute with a sticker and watch which pages and sections you are using in your planner the most.

THREE: Answer me this:
Are you more of a functional planner girl or a decorator?

In other words, are you looking to add pretty decoration to the structured pages of your planner or are the stickers and accessories there to help illustrate your schedule itself? A functional planner girl likes her icons stickers of things like laundry, shopping and garbage days, alongside are her water tracker and checklists. A decorator uses pretty products that may have a set theme for the page but are not necessarily task related. For example, the whole week may have a llama or flamingo theme to it, but the tasks and activities are usually written in pen.

Maybe you fall somehere in the midde. I do :D

FOUR: One more question
What's missing?

What are you frustrated with, when it comes to your planner?  I always get agrevated when I move from the last weekly spread of one month to the first of the next.  There is that monthly spread in between, and usually a page of notes or something and I hate flipping through, trying to find the next week. So I've learned to add a planner clip to the side of my page for easy flipping.

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Other solutions to common planner problems include:

  • instead of repeatedly writing a task, add a sticker, it's easier and cuter
  • a 'today' bookmark helps you find your schedule and to-do list for the day
  • tab labels are an easy way to re-assign your section dividers
  • checklist or lined boxes help, if you tend to write crooked with no lines
  • number stickers can change the dates on outdated pages to not let them go to waste.

Of course, not all planner purchases need to be justfied, there's always a reason for a little happy mail, but I hope that this post helped you whittle down your choices so that when it comes time to shop you can make a good decision and save your budget, both for space and money, for those planner goodies that you REALLY want and need.

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If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What Inserts do I Use?

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

I also have a class specifically to help newbie planner girls get started in this slightly overwhelming but fantastic planner world. Click here for more information:

I'm a Planner Noob! Now What?

See you next time to learn how to make multiple planners work!

 


Big HAPPY Hip Announcement!

I've been keeping my lipss zipped for the past couple of weeks and it's been tough, but today I can finally spill the beans!

I have been invited to join the Design Team for my absolute FAVOURITE kit club!

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Slide with border updatedStay tuned for lots more info, because there is something I'm not telling you just yet and it's very very EXCITING!

Go and check out all the other team members and soak up all their awesomeness :D

And check the Hip Kit Club Facebook page,  Hip Kit Club blog, and Pinterest page daily, for amazing ideas and inspiration to make the most of your monthly Hip kits.


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What Inserts do I Use?

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obsess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about PLANNER INSERTS and I will compare the two main types to help you make a decision on which one would work best for you.

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If you've been around the planner world social media scene a little bit, you may have heard about vertical vs horizontal or #teamvertical and #teamhorizontal. You may have thought ‘what in the heck does that even mean?’  Well, I’m here to clear the mud! These refer to the different orientations of the insert pages inside your planner.  The days may be arranged in a vertical or horizontal set up. 

In a vertical day, your space for each day is long and runs down the page, but in a horizontal it runs across. Here's a video that shows a bit more the two orientations.

 

A lot of planner girls feel very strongly one way or another, once they get settled in a planner system that works for them. Some girls change their minds, after loving one orientation for a long time they suddenly discover the other arrangement suits them better, at least at particular moment in time and what their needs call for.  Both set ups have their pros and cons and both may work for you, just for different needs. Or maybe there’s one that you’ll prefer over the other.  Of course, there are even more differences within each set-up, but let’s just stick with vertical vs horizontal for now.

 

Team Vertical

This set-up works really well for those planner girls that like to list out their days or tasks. Listers gotta list! It’s also ideal for those who have a lot of appointments or things to schedule in because the times can be aded along the side.  Vertical

With a vertical planner you can have your whole week laid out one day after another, in a natural procession. It’s great for linear thinkers and those who like to check things off. And it’s easier to break up your day into boxes going down.

Even though the surface area of the boxes may be equal to those on a hortizontally laid out page, it seems easier to decorate for a lot of planner girls in a vertical box.

However, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for writing, like with journaling.

 

Team Horizontal

This set up is great for people who plan like they read, left to right and then top to bottom.

Horizontal

Horizontal spreads, when well designed, look more appealing (though I have yet to master decorating a horizontal layout!) It's very good for noting appointments, events and activities. It’s easier to decorate by crossing over the lines with bigger stickers for a more coheasive design.

It lends well to journaling, memory planners and telling the story of your day.

It’s also great for doodles and cute activity stickers.

 

So there you have it!

I have to say that I was stumped when it came to the horizontal layout, I’m team veritcal all the way, except when it comes to my Heidi Swapp memory planner. So here'sa big shout out to my girls on periscope who helped me come up with all the awesome things about horizontal pages. Thanks ladies!!

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

See you next week when we resist buying all the things! 

 


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obssess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today we are talking about PLANNER SIZES and I'll go through and help give you an idea what size can work for you. Planners seem to come in as many sizes as they do colours!!  8.5x11, A5, personal, pocket and a variety of other sizes in between!  How to choose if you've never used a planner before? 

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Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding what size planner to choose.  Now I can't answer them for you, but I'm going to give you some food for thought so that you can make the best decision for you.

How PORTABLE does this thing need to be?
If you plan to take your planner with you on errands or whenever you are out and about, it needs to be portable.  If you want a big planner you can always buy a bigger bag, or you can get what Jenny Penton calls an errand runner.  I have one that doubles as my wallet and it has a simplified copy of our schedule so that I can schedule appointments and things when I'm not at home.

Portability is usually the first thing that people consider when deciding on what size planner to buy.  Will it fit in my purse?  Often times, it's the only thing they consider, but I've got more questions below for you that are just as important so keep reading :D  

How much space do you need to WRITE?
This can mean how busy are you, do you have a lot of tasks and appointments to write in your planner? Or maybe you like to journal in your planner as well.  Maybe it's not just space for writing that you need, but also room for stickers and other decorations.  The more space you need the bigger the planner you want.  If you like to write a lot but don't want a huge planner, you can always use a traveller's notebook.  Because they don't have the bulky rings, they are not only a lot slimmer but the whole notebook tends to be smaller.  For example, my Cakedori holds A5 sized notebooks inside, but the book itself is only slightly wider (less than an inch) than my personal sized Color Crush.

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How many SECTIONS do you need?
This will determine more how thick of a planner you need.  The more sections you want the bigger the planner ring or spiral size needs to be.  Even if you have a lot of sections but there are only a few pages in each, if you laminate each of those dividers, that takes up a lot of room.

Do you have space in your home to LAY IT OUT?
Your planner needs a place in your home.  If you are going to use it and make it your minion, then it needs to be open, laying on some sort of flat surface. Some planners will fold back over on themselves, but some won't and if you have a ginormous planner that's a lot of desk or counter space to take up.

Of course, it won't always be open, but I know a lot of productive people who always have their planner open and at hand at all times.  Do you have room for your planner or could you clear some space for it?

Do you schedule your WHOLE FAMILY in your planner?
Who are you scheduling for?  Is it just you, or do you need to fit your entire family's schedule in there.  Maybe you don't plan for your family, but for an organisation or church group. Or maybe you are a school teacher with 25 children :)  Who ever you are planning for you need to consider their schedules too.

I have 6 children and to schedule everyone in my planner would be impossible!  Or at least it would have to be in a very large planner.  So to get around this I only schedule my tasks and appointments in my planner and I use a wall calendar for the family.  I like this global view so that I know (and everyone else knows) what every one is up to on a certain day, week, month.  This keeps my planner trim.  Maybe your children are older and have a busy schedule, maybe they can have their own planner.  

 

Here is a short video that shows some of the planners I have on hand and I compare their sizes.

So to wrap up, I'll run down my planner system to give you an idea of what I do.  Hopefully it can help you in your decision in what planner size is best for you.  

My main planner is an A5 notebook inside a wide traveller's notebook, which is slim and small but has lots of room for writing.  Next is our wall calendar to keep the family organised and last is a simple copy of the family's schedule in my pocket planner that doubles as my wallet.

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 
Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!!
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding

OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What inserts to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

 

See you next time when Team Horizontal and Team Verical battle it out :D 

 


OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding

The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obssess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. So I've got this great series for you coming over the next few weeks.  It will help simplify everything and make choosing your first (or next) planner much easier.

Today, we are talking about the BINDING and weighing the pros and cons of some of the most common types, so let's go!! Stay tunes until the end because I have a video where I show you some examples and go into more details.

 

Classic Ring Bound Planners

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Most ring bound planners have a 6 ring system but they also exist in 4 or 3 rings. If you choose 6 you'll have an easier time finding inserts, dividers and dashboards that are prepunched.  However, you can always order them unpunched and add the correct amount of holes yourself.

Examples of ring bound planners:
Kikki K, Filofax, Gillio (pictured above), Carpe Diem (by Simple Stories), Colour Crush (by Webster's Pages), Louis Vuitton, Heidi Swapp's Memory Planner (4 rings)

PROS:
*You can easily move pages around
*You can change out inserts, dashboards and dividers to whatever you'd like
*You can easily remove and add pages

CONS:
*It can't fold back on itself
*The contents of your planner are limited by the diametre of the rings and ring bound planners tend to get full fast.
*The rings can get bent or damaged easily
*Some ring bound planner don't lay completely flat when open
*Difficult for Lefties to write on the right hand side pages

 

Coil Bound Planners

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These are bound books, similar to a coil notebook, with planner pages inside. The coils range in size from very small to an inch or so in diametre.  The quality also varies, there are cheap plastic or metal coils that catch on everything, right up to sturdy double coils that can stand the wear and tear you can put it through in the run of a day.

Examples of coil bound planners:
the Day Designer, Commit30 (pictured above), Inkwell Press and Erin Condrin Life Planners

PROS:
*It folds back on itself
*Small coils results in a slim planner
*It lays flat when open

CONS:
*Some coils can bend really easily
*You can't move pages around (easily anyway!)
*You can't add or remove pages easily.  You can rip pages out, but you can't put them back in with out painstaking patience!
*Difficult for Lefties to write on the right hand side pages

 

Disk Bound Planners

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Instead of rings or coils, these planners have a series of plastic or metal disks that hold the book together.  This could be a 'best of both worlds' type of planner as it combines the benefits of both the coils and ring planners.

Examples of Disk bound planners:
The Happy Planner by MAMBI (pictured above) and The ARC system by Staples

PROS
*It folds back on itself
*It lays flat when open
*You can easily move pages around
*Not only can you change out inserts, dashboards and dividers to whatever you'd like but you can change the cover too
*You can easily remove and add pages

CONS:
*Difficult for Lefties to write on the right hand side pages
*Disks can be bulky
*Some disks can be too lightweight and feel a bit cheap

 

Traveller's Notebook

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This group includes the trademark Midori as well as traveller's notebooks (TN) and fauxdori's.  They can be leather or fabric and even laminated paper.  There is a system of elastics down the spine that are designed to hold up to 6 or so notebooks in the one cover.

Examples of Traveller's notebooks:
Midori, Chic Sparrow, Cakedori (pictured above), Confettidori, Pigdori

PROS:
*Perfect for Lefties, no big rings or coils to get in the way
*Sections are naturally divided up by each notebook
*You can have A5 sized pages without having a big bulky planner.  A TN with A5 pages is only slightly bigger than a personal ring bound planner

CONS:
*You can't move pages around (easily anyway!)
*You can't add or remove pages easily.  You can rip pages out, but it's hard to put them back!

This video goes over all the pros and cons of each type of planner and compares them for you:

If you liked this post you can check out last week's post: Newbie Planner Girls START HERE!! 

And here are the other posts in this newbie planner series:
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What inserts to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World and would like a free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

See you next week when we will tackle choosing the right planner size for you.

 


Newbie Planner Girls Start HERE! 6 tips for you

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The planning community is so amazing.  It's fun and creative but OMG it can be sooooo overwhelming!  There's so much to see and learn and obssess over ;) There are so many different types of planners and inserts and stickers. 

How do you choose?! 

Not to mention the endless amount of terms that people toss out on periscope, youtube and in FB groups. Words that everyone seems to understand but you!  'Half boxes' and 'dori' don't mean anything to the average Joe, so it's quite intimidating to newbie planner girls. Right?  Do you remember what it was like when you joined the planner community? Or maybe you are a newbie planner girl.  If so keep reading!!

I've got 6 tips for all you overwhelmed planner newbies:

ONE. Just start!  With any planner.  Do a bit of research, but don't obsess. Print some free printables from the internet or buy an inexpensive planner.  Chances are that it will not be the perfect one for you and you will move on to another one soon enough, but for now, just start with whatever catches your eye.

TWO. Don't buy all the things!  At least not just yet.  You may want to jump in full force but wait just a bit. Stickers are only a few bucks, but it adds up fast!! Not only in expense, but they take up room too. Wait until you know what you'll use.  Buy a few thing at first but don't go crazy or you'll have a bunch of stuff that you won't use taking up precious storage space.

THREE. Watch and Learn and Participate. The best way to get to know a new online worldd like the planner community is to get involved.  Watch youtube videos, and periscopes.  Check out pictures on Instagram and read the comments.  You'll slowly pick up and understand more and more. and it's so much fun!! 

FOUR. Make using your planner a new habit. If you are new to using a paper planner all together, it's hard to get in the groove of using it.  Set alarms on your phone to remind you to check it. After 3-4 weeks of using your planner, you should be getting used to it and that habit will be getting set in.

FIVE. Watch what's working.  This is the MOST important tip today! It's the squeaky wheel that get's the grease, so you have to be extra attentive to what is working for you.  Keep track of what you love about your planner system as well as  what is driving you crazy.  A page in the back of your planner would be the perfect place to write all these things down.  So when it comes time to change to a new planner or even just change out the inserts or some other element of it, you will know what to look for and what to stay away from.

SIX. Learn the lingo.  Whenever you step into a new area online, it's almost as if they are speaking another language with all terms and acronyms.  It seems like everyone knows what's going on except for you!  I've gotta little treat for you ;)  I created a cheat sheet that you can use to learn the language and end the confusion whenever you hear people talking about TNs and unicorns and team vertical!

Click here for the free cheat sheet:

PLANNER NEWBIE CHEAT SHEET

If you liked this post you can check out the other posts: 

OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: Choosing a Binding
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What SIZE to choose
OMG Where do I Start? Planner Series: What inserts to choose

And if you're new to the Planner World don't forget my free (and pretty) Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet with some of the definitions of those terms and acronyms that seem so foreign to you, but everyone else seems to know what they mean, then just click here:

Planner Newbie Cheat Sheet

If you've been at this planning thing for awhile now and have the hang of it, you could hlep out a newbie too!  Let me know in the comments what you would tell your best friend if she saw your planner and decided to jump in whole hog into the planner world.


How to Flourish in a Busy Season Instead of Drowning in Overwhelm - tips from a mom of 6 who is ALWAYS in a busy season!

There are times and seasons when our lives become busier than other times.  Right now, I'm wearing many different hats and unfortunately piling them all on my head is just making me drown in overwhelm!  What I need is a hat made from a bouy to help keep me a float!  

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This month, I'm participating in LOAD (layout a day) and I'm having a fabulous time!  However, making a scrapbook (or planner) page everyday takes time, no matter how fast I scrap.  Today is the carnaval (mardi gras) party for the geeklings so I was up late last night putting the finishing touches on costumes, reparing some and painting a bright orange star wars nerf gun black and silver to look more like Han Solo's.  The look on geekling 3's face this morning was well worth it, but that smile, even along with a LOT of coffee, won't keep me going all month!

 

So here are some tips that you can apply to help you flourish in a busy season:

 

You can do a lot in 5 minutes
When you have a time constraint or deadline you tend to work faster.  Studies have shown that we fill the time we have to do a task. So if you have 20 minutes, you can usually get it done in 20 minutes, but if you have an hour it can take you the whole hour to do that same task. So set yourself a time limit or deadline whether it be real or invented and get to work.  I like to try and finish things right before I have scheduled activity.  So if I need to leave in 5 minutes to go pick up the geeklings from the school bus, I will run around like a mad woman and do a 'turbo tidy' of one room of my house to see how much I can get done!

Shift your mindset before you start the task
Multitasking gets a bad rap because they say changing from one task to another takes time.  Your brain needs to adjust from one activity to the next.  So each time you shift your focus back and forth, you lose time.  This is why checking facebook and trying to write a letter don't mix.  However, if you know that you are going to change activities and will need to get yourself into that mindset, then get into that mindset even before you start the task.  For example, if I'm driving home from dropping off a geekling at music lessons knowing that I need to go back in 30 minutes to pick him up, but I want to get a start on a blog post in the meantime, I will think about that blog post content on the drive home and be completely in a 'blog writing' mindset before I even walk in the front door.  So that when I sit down to write, I'm already all warmed up and ready to write and take full advantage of the half an hour I do have.

Make decisions before sit down to work
Another task that takes up an awful lot of time is decision making! If you have a task that you need to do that takes a lot of decisions, try making all those decisions ahead of time when your brain is free, but you are doing something else.  Let's use LOAD for an example.  I usually do my layouts after the children are in bed, but I've watched the prompt video first thing in the morning.  This gives me all day to make all the decisions that need to go into making that page.  First off, the page topic usually comes pretty easy with the prompt video and I have that idea already. If not, it may come in the shower (that's where the best ideas always happen!).  If I have 5 minutes while water is boiling for a meal, or in that 5 minutes before I need to go to the bus stop, I'll choose and print photos.  While driving back after dropping my geeklings off at hockey maybe I'll roll around a draft of the journalling in my head.  So you see when I sit down to scrapbook, I get to just play!

Take breaks
Don't let your self get run ragged. You need to replenish yourself.  If you just keep going and going all day long, you will crash!  Now I'm not saying that you should curl up with a can't-put-down book or watch a movie, but flip through a magazine or watch a quick youtube video that will recharge your batteries and motivate you to get back at it!

Coffee or tea while you work
I love my tea breaks, I like to take a good 30 minutes each morning and afternoon to myself, but in busy times that is just not possible.  So after 10 minutes or so, I'll take my cup into my studio and get back to work, sipping away as I go.

Don't lose sleep!
Get your sleep!  You just cannot function at 100% on too little sleep! Maybe there will be some nights where you just have to stay up late and 'get 'er done', but don't make it a habit! After 3 nights of midnight sewing, tonight I'm heading to bed at a decent hour.  I'm going to curl up with a book and fall asleep before I've read a full paragraph and probably after reading the same line 7 times trying to stay awake enough to understand it.  If you do have a late night or two, make up the missed sleep with a nap or an early night the following day.  A friend once told me that not getting enough sleep is like credit, it builds up like interest and you just get crankier and less efficient.  If you max it out, it comes back to bite you in the butt.

Use lists and schedules
Even if, as a general rule, you are able to keep track of things without a list, write tasks down when things get busy.  Not only will this help you remember all the things that you need to get done, it will stop them from running on repeat over and over in your mind.  This endless mixed tape of tasks in your head is only making you worry about getting it all done and keeping you from functioning at your best.

What can you illiminate in this busy time?
You only have 24 hours in a day.  What can either, wait until things calm down, or be illiminated from your to-do list completely? I don't watch TV or read when things get busy.  Sometimes we'll skip hockey practice or baths... just as long as I'm not skipping baths after hockey practice ;)

What can you let slide or only do half assed? ... just this once 
Not everything has to be done perfectly.  Some things just need to be done.  Period.  So what if you could cut a few corners?  How about buying cookies from the corner bakery for that pot luck party instead of making them from scratch? Or, making quick meals or reading your children just one book before bedtime instead of 5?

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I hope that next time that you find yourself in a busy season that you will benefit from these tips and be your very best 'you' in the moment and get it all done!

Share in the comments what your busiest time of year is.


One sparkly little MAGIC tip to help motivate you to continue with your 2016 Resolutions

So, it’s the end of January!  How are you getting along with all your New year’s Goals and Resolutions?


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How much weight have you lost so far?  Are you going to the gym everyday? What about that new writing habit?  Have you been keeping up with your 1000 words a day? What about the 30 minutes a day of decluttering?

Did I scare you? 

Are you fidgeting in your seat and wiping your sweaty palms on your jeans?  Ouf.

 

Sorry!

I didn’t want to make you feel bad, but I did want to help get my point across.  If you have made little or no progress towards your goals since that initial gung-hu early January, super motivated go at it, it’s okay and totally normal

Most people come up with impossibly long lists of what they WANT to get done in the new year and I think most people honestly believe that they are going to achieve all of these things, then they give up or forget all about their resolutions by mid-January.

 

Because there is no magical fairy dust that will float down, all sparkly and pretty, and settle on your shoulders on New Year’s Eve as the ball drops in Times Square and dramatically change you and your habits and your ways the second the calendar year flips over.  But, we somehow believe that the new year holds these magical powers and so we set tonnes of goals, start off extremely motivated on January 1 and even throughout the first week of the year.  Then, our energy and enthusiam petter off and we eventually stop.

 

So what happens?

What happens to all that New Year’s motivation? Life happens.  And for the most part, there’s no plan. Just wishes and dreams, so we sort of forget what we set out to do.  That’s not to say none of it will get done, but with careful planning and regular check ins with how things are going, you will be able to check more things off of that wish list.

 

However, don’t set your self up for disaster!

Even if you meticulously plan out each and every one of your goals and dreams and break them down into doable, actionable steps, you are still only human and Molly Weasley still hasn’t shown up to share her wand!

 

If your goal list is long, maybe you’ve set yourself to exercise 1 hour a day, drink 8 glasses of water, eat only 1500 calories, send 10 letters a week and volunteer twice a week, and, and, and…  when you hadn’t been doing these things previously, I hate to say it, but you are going to fail.  

 

Sorry to break it to you, but it’s impossible for you to sustain this for a whole year without establishing these habits, one by one.

 I’m not saying that you can’t be on this schedule by December 31st, but you won’t be able to do it all by Jan 31.

 

Start small.

 

Slooooooow down!

If you do it piece by piece, you will see results that will build momentum that will spur you forward!

 

On January first, you set yourself the whole year to achieve these goals, not just January.  So, take your time and you can get there.  You have a whole year.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

 

Here’s my challenge for you:

What is the one goal that you are really passionate about achieving?  Start there

Now, what is one step or habit that you can start to get you moving towards that goal?

Do that!

 

For me, I’d love for my house to be less cluttered and more organised.  I know that I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m starting small.  On January 1 I chose to make my bed every day.  Yup, that’s it.  Have I made it everyday…uh…no… but, I’ve only missed a few days in the whole month!!  I've probably made my bed more times this month than I did all last year.

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But, that’s not the best part!  The best part is that I liked the look of the nice neat bed so much that I tidied my night stand one day, and I’ve refused to let clutter build up there ever since.  Another day, I got rid of some clutter on the floor. A few days later, I was clearing my kitchen counters of the piles of paper and now, I’ve started in the geeklings’ rooms and got them involved…

 

All because I made myself make my bed!

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This one little habit has snowballed and I like it!  Don’t force the snowballing, concentrate on one thing and see what happens.

Next month, I’ll continue with the bed, but I’ll add another habit. And in March I’ll add another, and so on through out the year.  January is not the only time that we can make resolutions and set goals for ourselves.

On December 31, when I review what I’ve done towards my 2016 goals, maybe I won’t be able to cross them all off of my list, but I’m sure I’ll be pretty close to where I want to be!  And I’ll be so much closer than I was on December 31, 2015.

 

Please share in the comments what one little thing you plan on doing now to get you closer to the goal you are most passionate about.  I’m off to make my bed!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

May 2016 bring you joy, love and lots of crafty fun!!

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I can't wait to share with you all that I have planned for this coming year!  Let's have fun together :D

 


Merry Christmas!

Whether you made the NAUGHTY list...

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or the NICE list...

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We wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours!

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